E106 - Make better decisions, less risk, more peace of mind - Interview with Bryan Whitefield

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Are you a crazy risk taker? Do you jump in, boots and all, without considering the consequences? Or are you overly cautious? There can be a balance! As Boundless Leaders we want to maximise fun and opportunity, all while considering the consequences. Risk management in decision-making however does not need to be a total downer. In this interview with Bryan Whitefield we discover how to have fun without regret, why the gut instinct is rarely a good source for decision-making, and what we need to be mindful of in the big-consequences decisions we make.

  • Why mindset determines motivation and our blockers in decision-making

  • How to use the MCI model - motivation, clarification, and implementation for risk checking on big decisions

  • Check your VEG - values, environment and genes while pondering what questions needs answering


About Bryan Whitefield:

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Bryan is a management consultant operating since 2001. He is a specialist in risk-based decision making and strategic insights from data 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 100 organisations across the public, private and not-for-profit sectors. Bryan is the author of DECIDE: How to Manage the Risk in Your Decision Making, a book for strategic leaders who wish to minimise the time taken to get to the right decision and Winning Conversations: How to turn red tape into blue ribbon, a book that teaches you practical methods to cut through with your advice and make the impact you want to make. This book supports his Persuasive Adviser Program for risk professionals.

Bryan also authored the Australian Government’s Risk Management Benchmarking Survey for more than 120 Government agencies from 2002-2005 and lectured in the Principles of Risk Transfer in the Masters in Risk Management program of Monash University from 2002–2006.

Bryan has assisted clients across all sectors including:

Australian Government agencies such as the Departments of Foreign Affairs, Environment, Finance, Industry, Defence, Health and Social Services. State Government Agencies such as Fire and Rescue NSW, NSW Police, NSW Health local health districts, TAFE and the Victorian Department of Health and Human Services. Not-for-Profit organisations such as AWI, Cancer Council Australia, CBM, Cerebral Palsy Alliance, HCF, IRT, QSuper, Ronald McDonald House Charities, Uniting Care and Unitywater. Private Sector organisations such as Brisbane Airport, Brookfield Multiplex, Employers Mutual, FM Global, Downer, G&S, McConnell Dowell, Navitas, Pro Pac, QBE, Santos, Suncorp, Symbion, Weir Minerals and Xstrata.

Bryan was President and Chair of the Board of the Risk Management Institute of Australasia (RMIA) from 2013 through 2015 and is licensed by RMIA as a Certified Chief Risk Officer (CCRO).

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Books mentioned:

Thinking Fast and Slow by Daniel Kahneman

Essence of Decision - Explaining the Cuban Missile Crisis


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