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Identifying Psychological Warfare

I expect the term psychological warfare interests you because you are wondering which kind I would be writing about. Would it be about China, the US Election or state border restrictions in Australia? None of those. It’s about needing to operate in a culture where psychological safety is not just lacking, it’s non-existent.Recently I invited a guest speaker to my …See More
Nov 17
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Afternoon Cuppa with Bryan and Andrew: Control Testing – Applying science to assessing control effectiveness at Online via Zoom

November 25, 2020 from 1:30pm to 3pm
My stats guru colleague Dr Andrew Pratley and I are on the move to tackle Quantifornication – the plucking of likelihood, consequence and control effectiveness out of thin air. For decades we have witnessed first-hand how serious decisions about controls are more often than not made on gut feel rather than science, with costly and often-times disastrous outcomes. We would like to change that.Our goal is to encourage you to seek out or create data that can be truly relied on for decision making.…See More
Nov 11
Bryan Whitefield posted a blog post

Finally I get stats 101

I don’t know if you have noticed, but I have been blogging about measurement, data, and statistics for the past 19 weeks. All to defeat quantifornication – the act of pulling numbers out of thin air for decision making. Numbers that are seemingly reliable but are not.This week, Tuesday 10th November at 15:00hrs AEDT, I am presenting with my colleague Dr Andrew Pratley.…See More
Nov 10
Bryan Whitefield posted a blog post

Optify your advice

“Provided with the freedom to choose, decision makers are likely to act more rationally and be more fully behind the decision.” Is how I finished last week’s blog.Optifying your advice is delivering the freedom to choose in the optimum way. Your…See More
Nov 3
Bryan Whitefield posted a blog post

Hating Restraints

People mostly don’t like to be restrained. We also don’t like some constraints but we like others. For example, we like choice when buying but we don’t like too many choices.Restraints on the other hand are an attack on our freedom.Take seat belts for example. They were first …See More
Oct 27
Bryan Whitefield posted a blog post

Nudging Executives

Senior leaders love to be challenged, when you prove them right!Unfair? Yes. There are plenty of great leaders who truly want their staff to speak up. However, even some of these may suffer from measurement blindness.When it comes to numbers and decision making there are three positions people take.BelieversThese people believe measurement enhances decisions. They will…See More
Oct 20
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Beyond Nudging

Sometimes you need to go beyond nudging decision makers. However, the personal risk you take when challenging a decision depends on culture.Last week I was given cause to reflect on my time at HIH Insurance and the causes of its demise in 2001.…See More
Oct 13
Bryan Whitefield posted a blog post

Nudging the CFO

Can you make a difference with measurement if the culture of your organisation is one that does not respect, let alone crave data? In my experience it is tough to go hard against the grain of an organisation’s culture. The better way is to nudge it.How might you nudge it? Culture change can start from outside the executive team but ultimately it has to be adopted by a key…See More
Oct 6
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Early indications are …

Where should your lead indicators (KRIs or Key Risk Indicators in the field of risk) come from?A few years ago my colleague Andrew Prately and I toured the country to speak at Chartered Accountants Business Forums. We spoke on KPIs – Key Performance Indicators. We talked about lead and lag indicators and we talked about limiting the number of KPIs, as having too many…See More
Sep 22
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Data problems are not the real problem

My colleague Dr Andrew Pratley and I are on a mission to defeat quantifornication. Last week we ran the first of two …See More
Sep 8
Bryan Whitefield posted a blog post

Finding directionality

My stats guru colleague Dr Andrew Pratley and I are on the move to tackle Quantifornication, the plucking of numbers out of thin air. Last week was supposed to be our final blog we are co-writing but we couldn’t resist sneaking in another…See More
Sep 1
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When uncertain, seek directionality

My stats guru colleague Dr Andrew Pratley and I are on the move to tackle Quantifornication, the plucking of numbers out of thin air. Here is the seventh in a series we are co-writing.Nothing is certain. Not even death and taxes. Because the…See More
Aug 25
Bryan Whitefield posted a blog post

Testing Relationships

My stats guru colleague Dr Andrew Pratley and I are on the move to tackle Quantifornication, the plucking of numbers out of thin air. Here is the sixth in a series we are co-writing.Relationships are the branch of statistics that describe…See More
Aug 18
Bryan Whitefield posted a blog post

Taste Testing Quantification

My stats guru colleague Dr Andrew Pratley and I are on the move to tackle Quantifornication, the plucking of numbers out of thin air. Here is the fifth in a series we are co-writing.The story of statistics started with a question about …See More
Aug 11
Bryan Whitefield posted a blog post

Infinite possibilities is not the trap

My stats guru colleague Dr Andrew Pratley and I are on the move to tackle Quantifornication, the plucking of numbers out of thin air. Here is the fourth in a series we are co-writing.We all have a tendency to overestimate our knowledge. And…See More
Aug 4
Bryan Whitefield posted a blog post

From Guestimate to Estimate – As simple as 1,2,3

My stats guru colleague Dr Andrew Pratley and I are on the move to tackle Quantifornication, the plucking of numbers out of thin air. Here is the third in a series we are co-writing.Why do so many educators in statistics consistently fail to translate these ideas into something that people can both remember and use? The problem is the language, not the numbers.…See More
Jul 29

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Bryan has helped thousands of leaders to achieve their goals over a career spanning 30 years in engineering, insurance and management consulting. His passion is for making the difficult and complex become doable.

He has worked with organisations across just about every sector of the economy, all levels of government, not-for-profits large and small and a range of rising star SMEs.

Bryan is like a translator. He is comfortable in complex and challenging environments as he knows how to find pathways to a simpler world with eminently achievable goals.

Bryan’s mantra is for leaders to do the “hard-smart work” others won’t. To do the research, analysis, risk assessment and creative thinking that others only do half-heartedly. Hard-smart work is what sets successful organisations and leaders apart from the pack.

Whether speaking from the stage, authoring books, coaching executives or facilitating workshops, Bryan’s ultimate goal is to help organisations live in a world with clarity of decision making. A clarity that energises executive teams, empowers managers and excites their staff.

Amongst many volunteer roles Bryan held the position of President and Chairman of the Board of the Risk Management Institution of Australasia (RMIA) from 2012 to 2015.

Bryan published DECIDE: How to Manage the Risk in Your Decision Making in November 2015.

Each week I post a Blog about Risk, Strategy and/or Persuasion. I keep my Blogs light-hearted, short and sharp. They cover a range of topics from how to create value from risk programs and executing strategy through to how to persuade people to buy-in to your crazy new ideas.
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Identifying Psychological Warfare

Posted on November 17, 2020 at 2:02am 0 Comments

I expect the term psychological warfare interests you because you are wondering which kind I would be writing about. Would it be about China, the US Election or state border restrictions in Australia? None of those. It’s about needing to operate in a culture where psychological safety is not just lacking, it’s non-existent.…

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Finally I get stats 101

Posted on November 10, 2020 at 1:40am 0 Comments

I don’t know if you have noticed, but I have been blogging about measurement, data, and statistics for the past 19 weeks. All to defeat quantifornication – the act of pulling numbers out of thin air for decision making. Numbers that are seemingly reliable but are not.

This week, Tuesday 10th November at 15:00hrs AEDT, I am presenting with my colleague…

Continue

Optify your advice

Posted on November 3, 2020 at 2:30am 0 Comments

“Provided with the freedom to choose, decision makers are likely to act more rationally and be more fully behind the decision.” Is how I finished last week’s blog.

Optifying your advice is delivering…

Continue

Hating Restraints

Posted on October 27, 2020 at 1:38am 0 Comments

People mostly don’t like to be restrained. We also don’t like some constraints but we like others. For example, we like choice when buying but we don’t like too many choices.

Restraints on the other hand are an attack on our freedom.

Take seat belts for example. They were first …

Continue

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