Board of the Wrong Questions

8028269687?profile=originalLast week my blog was about the need to tap into board experience. Today I write about how boards need to be asked the right questions to provide their experience, to lead. Executive teams should ask their boards quite explicitly:

  • About Risk – What risks do they see with the strategy? What emerging risks to the organisation do they see from their experience outside of the boardroom.
  • About Opportunity – What opportunities do they see to improve the strategy? What opportunities do they see that the strategy is not grabbing?

A board that understands the balancing act between risk and opportunity and are asked these questions is one that can provide outstanding stewardship to an organisation. Stewardship that will guarantee the organisation operates in the top quartile in its industry for a very long time to come.




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Bryan Whitefield works with strategic leaders across all sectors to help organisations harness uncertainty – uncertainty is the strategic leader’s best friend. He is the author of DECIDE: How to Manage the Risk in Your Decision Making. He is the designer of the Risk Culture: Build your Tribe of Advocates Program for support functions and the Winning Conversations Program for internal advisors. Both can be booked individually or in-house. For more information about Bryan, please click here.

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Bryan is a management consultant operating since 2001, specialising in risk-based decision making and influencing decision makers, born from his more than twenty years of facilitating executive and board workshops.

Bryan’s experience as a risk practitioner includes the design and implementation of risk management programs for more than 150 organisations across the public, private and not-for-profit sectors.

Bryan is the author of Risky Business : How Successful Organisations Embrace Uncertainty; Persuasive Advising : How to Turn Red Tape into Blue Ribbon, and Team Think : Unlock the Power of the Collective Mind [to be published in 2022].

He is licenced by the RMIA as a Certified Chief Risk Officer (CCRO) and is the designer and facilitator of their flagship Enterprise Risk Course since 2019.

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