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My last two blogs were about risk appetite and they got me thinking about a conversation I had back in 2001. I was in a corporate role and I was deciding between setting myself up as a consultant or taking a different path in corporate. Being a risk guy at the time I applied for a job as a weather derivatives trader because the ad listed risk analytics as a key skill. My…See More
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The Publican’s Risk Appetite

I was “up the coast” this summer. A term well understood for those who live in Sydney and covers anywhere from the Central Coast to the Queensland border. As with most holidays you get a good story or three. One of mine is the quintessential Aussie story as well as a wonderful depiction of why leaders in organisations need to know staff are operating within the bounds of…See More
Feb 4
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The Market Decides

For my last blog of the year I thought I would provide you with a list of my top blogs for 2018. That is, the ones most liked on LinkedIn or to which I had the most personal response. I hope you enjoy them.Good vs Bad Surprises  About the need to take risks.…See More
Dec 18, 2018
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Hi-Jacked or Hi-Impact

Are your back office and front office aligned? Are logistics aligned to sales, is procurement aligned to maintenance, is risk aligned to production? If not, there is a chance you have been hi-jacked by well-meaning technical specialists. So technical, so smart, that they have created too many technical requirements, surrounded by technical jargon, that it is meaningless to…See More
Dec 10, 2018
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Objectives: Hands on Hearts

When I work with boards and executive teams I am often heard to say, “hold your hands on your hearts and swear you will meet your objectives for this year. “Now normally I am asking this during a planning session or risk workshop not with 24 hours of the year left to play out. So it is a given that the level of uncertainty over a 12+ month period is such that no one can…See More
Dec 3, 2018
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Recipes for Every Appetite

One of the things I am seen as an expert in is the field of risk. One of the hotly debated topics in risk is the value of a risk appetite statement. There are many reasons their value is debated, however, the real reason is because there are different recipes to produce risk appetite statements to suit the board and management’s personal appetite for risk. And unless board…See More
Nov 26, 2018
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Measure what Matters

According to Michael Henderson, Corporate Anthropologist on Oscar Trimboli’s Deep Listening Podcast, people in the western world like threes because we like balance.We…See More
Nov 20, 2018
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Start a Mental Revolution

Recently I came upon this title in a paper I was reviewing as a judge for the ASEAN Risk Awards featuring entries from across South-East Asia: “Deputy Manager Changes and Mental Revolution”. Boom! What a title. While it might be a quirk from the translation from Indonesian it struck home for me what you should aim for with your foray into the world of data. A mental…See More
Nov 13, 2018
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Data by Design

This McKinsey article titled …See More
Nov 7, 2018
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Bedtime Data Stories

Bedtime data stories are telling stories about data with data.Have you ever asked yourself, “Why bedtime stories?”. Maybe you grew up with them and you have kept up the tradition. Maybe you understand they are good for your child’s development, in particular their vocabulary, comprehension and the development of their…See More
Oct 30, 2018
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Exponential S-Curves – what the?

Those of you that know your maths know that an S-Curve can have an exponential portion to its curve but it can’t BE an exponential curve. However, I recently came across a diagram showing a series of S-curves overlaying an exponential curve which to me portrayed something very different to seeing either in isolation. It was in…See More
Oct 23, 2018
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Data Min(e)dset

There are data miners and then there is data mindset. The former are the people and/or their tools that do the digging through the numbers. The latter is about a whole lot more. Last week I blogged about how to help people believe the numbers. This week I am going a big step further talking about four different types of data mindsets and the implications for decision making in…See More
Oct 16, 2018
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Helping them believe the numbers

Decisions are all about emotion, however, numbers are so very important. At the end of the day if the bank balance is zero, no amount of emotion is going to change that.  When it comes to numbers and decision making there are essentially three positions people take. Believers These people believe numbers enhance decisions. In…See More
Oct 9, 2018
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When numbers hurt most

One of the most soul-destroying events that can happen to a company is for a bean counter to be appointed as CEO with a vision that involves cost cutting and not much else. While I am one of the first to hold true to “In God we trust, all others bring data”, I have seen too many companies damaged from a CEO overly focused on…See More
Oct 2, 2018
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Spending vs Investing

A strategy is of itself a hypothesis. Something that is proved true or false over time.  For more on this, read one of my most popular blogs here: A strategy is but a hypothesis.In proving…See More
Sep 25, 2018
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Solving Quantifornication

Solving Quantifornication has the benefits of countering fake news, avoiding poor decisions based on a poor risk assessment and learning to pose the right questions.Quantifornication is a term that I use to describe any of the following:Twisting data, intentionally or not, to make a point that the data does not actually…See More
Sep 18, 2018

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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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Posted on February 18, 2019 at 11:40pm 0 Comments

My last two blogs were about risk appetite and they got me thinking about a conversation I had back in 2001. I was in a corporate role and I was deciding between setting myself up as a consultant or taking a different path in corporate. Being a risk guy at the time I applied for a job as a weather derivatives trader because the ad listed risk analytics as a…

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The Publican’s Risk Appetite

Posted on February 4, 2019 at 11:45pm 0 Comments

I was “up the coast” this summer. A term well understood for those who live in Sydney and covers anywhere from the Central Coast to the Queensland border. As with most holidays you get a good story or three. One of mine is the quintessential Aussie story as well as a wonderful depiction of why leaders in organisations need to know staff are operating within…

Continue

The Market Decides

Posted on December 18, 2018 at 2:46am 0 Comments

For my last blog of the year I thought I would provide you with a list of my top blogs for 2018. That is, the ones most liked on LinkedIn or to which I had the most personal response. I hope you enjoy them.

Continue

Hi-Jacked or Hi-Impact

Posted on December 10, 2018 at 11:37pm 0 Comments

Are your back office and front office aligned? Are logistics aligned to sales, is procurement aligned to maintenance, is risk aligned to production? If not, there is a chance you have been hi-jacked by well-meaning technical specialists. So technical, so smart, that they have created too many technical requirements, surrounded by technical jargon, that it is…

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