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The importance of the “Trust” in Trustee

A couple of weeks back my blog called Valuing your Pressure Cooker was about how you need to consistently remind staff of your corporate values while you put them under pressure to perform. If you…See More
Monday
Bryan Whitefield posted a blog post

Biased De-Biasing

In this article from McKinsey, Controlling machine-learning algorithms and their biases, they make the point that while…See More
Dec 7
Bryan Whitefield posted a blog post

Valuing Your Pressure Cooker

At the RMIA Conference in Canberra a couple of weeks ago there were several speakers discussing very high-risk environments such as journalism from the front lines of Iraq. One of the keynotes was by Jerry Grayson, a helicopter pilot in the Royal Navy. As well as talk…See More
Nov 28
Bryan Whitefield posted a blog post

Four Equations Explain Organisational Success

Recently one of my readers recommended to me Team of Teams by General Stanley McChrystal et al. It is an excellent book. For those time poor, these four equations neatly summarise McChrystal’s views about…See More
Nov 21
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David Murray calls it for what it is

Ex-CEO of CBA and founding Chair of the Australian Government Future Fund, David Murray, wrote a piece in Business Insider recently about the collapse of…See More
Nov 13
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Implementing at the speed of light

Lightspeed is fast. Really fast. If you followed The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy series from the late 1970s and early 80s you would know how fast “really fast” is. A bit faster than when you travel in hyperspace.Because of…See More
Nov 8
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Prophesying from my armchair – The top internal issues organisations will face in 2018

I know it’s a bit early for end of year predictions, however, someone asked me what I thought so I figured I’d better not keep it a secret between just him and me.TechnologySpecifically, the massive shift towards subscription/cloud based applications which brings with it plenty of opportunity and plenty of risk. The more that goes…See More
Oct 31
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Implementing in the dark

Stats don’t lie. The research of Professor Paul Nutt of Ohio State University into nearly 400 strategic decisions by major corporations showed that a mere 50% of decisions were successful. I think much of it can be explained because the leadership were implementing in the dark.Organisations develop their own way of doing things. It’s cultural, a form of organisational creed.…See More
Oct 24
Bryan Whitefield posted a blog post

Battling underlying organisational forces

Last week I wrote about corporate high performance units. Today I write about their biggest challenge: Battling the underlying intangible forces that dictate an organisation’s ability…See More
Oct 10
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The time is now for High Performance Units

Sport learns from business and business learns from sport. The time is now for corporates to adopt from sport, wholeheartedly, the concept of High Performance Units. I say wholeheartedly because I hear “high performance” used in corporates often. However, I rarely see anything new and exciting.A High Performance Unit…See More
Oct 3
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The Ultimate Blind Spot

It is a question that's difficult to answer, however, let me ask it anyway:“Why will otherwise perfectly rational people ignore risk?”I’m not talking about thrill-seekers who love the adrenalin rush of high-risk outdoor pursuits such as base jumping, where there is no reserve parachute as there is no time to deploy one if the…See More
Sep 26
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Want a great strategy?

It’s funny how everyone wants a great strategy but not everybody wants to deal with the risk of achieving the strategy. I think it is because the following statement is true:“Risk management is good management.”Hence most of us will think and sometimes say, “Doing my job is managing risk”. And most of us think we are doing…See More
Sep 19

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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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Bryan Whitefield's Blog

The importance of the “Trust” in Trustee

Posted on December 12, 2017 at 12:13am 0 Comments

A couple of weeks back my blog called Valuing your Pressure Cooker was about how you need to consistently remind staff of your corporate values while you put them under pressure to perform.…

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Biased De-Biasing

Posted on December 7, 2017 at 12:00am 0 Comments

In this article from McKinsey, Controlling machine-learning algorithms and their biases, they make the point that…

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Valuing Your Pressure Cooker

Posted on November 28, 2017 at 2:43am 0 Comments

At the RMIA Conference in Canberra a couple of weeks ago there were several speakers discussing very high-risk environments such as journalism from the front lines of Iraq. One of the keynotes was by Jerry Grayson, a helicopter pilot in the Royal Navy. As…

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Four Equations Explain Organisational Success

Posted on November 21, 2017 at 12:30am 0 Comments

Recently one of my readers recommended to me Team of Teams by General Stanley McChrystal et al. It is an excellent book. For those time poor, these four equations neatly summarise…

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