Bryan Whitefield Consulting (BWC)

Bryan Whitefield Consulting (BWC) courses:

Bryan Whitefield 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. He is a certified Visual Presenter and highly respected trainer known for his relaxed, humorous, ‘says it how it is’ approach resulting in a fun experience for his students.

Bryan’s experience as a risk practitioner includes the design and implementation of risk management programs for more hundreds of 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, Persuasive Advising: How to Turn Red Tape into Blue Ribbon and Risky Business: How Successful Organisations Embrace Uncertainty (#1 Amazon Best Seller).  Bryan was President and Chair of the RMIA from 2013 – 2015 and 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.

For more information on Bryan you can email him at [email protected] or
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Essentials of Effective Risk Management


This course is for anyone seeking to get the fundamentals of risk right.

The Uncertainty Paradox states that the only thing certain is uncertainty. And the risk management process is a powerful tool for understanding uncertainty to aid decision making.

The purpose of the course is to provide you with a clear understanding of the risk management process as defined in NZS ISO 31000 so you are able to utilise it effectively in daily life.

Format of the Course

Half Day Online Learning Workshop

Phase One: Outline of NZS ISO 31000

  • Background to Standard
  • Outline of Standard

Phase Two: Risk Management Principles

  • What is risk and what is risk management?
  • The Principles that underly sound Risk Management

Phase Three: Risk Management Process

  • AS ISO 31000 Risk Management Process
  • Preparing for a Risk Assessment

Course Details

Receiving expressions of interest.

3.5 hours Half Day Online Learning Workshop

Location: Online Zoom Meeting
PRICE: Members: $526+GST | Non-member: $605+GST

Project Risk Management - An Essential Skill


This course is for project managers and risk managers seeking to understand how to embed risk in a project while minimising administrative burden. You will be introduced to what an effective project risk management framework looks like and how it works. As importantly, the process of risk assessment you do every day will be broken down for you so you can apply it more formally to your key program and project decisions.

The framework, tools and techniques you will be introduced to will provide you with a basis for managing your project risk more effectively than ever before. It will also provide you with the means to demonstrate to your key stakeholders that you understand and are managing risk for their benefit.

Format of the Course

Two Half-Day Online Learning Workshops

Phase One: The good and the bad of project risk management approaches

  • Risk and good governance
  • Project risk management in plain English 
  • The Project Risk Management Journey
  • Effective project risk frameworks
  • The benefits of project risk management
  • Group Exercise – Defining the benefits and the barriers to effective project risk management.

Phase Two: Delivering value through project risk assessment

  • The project risk management process 
  • A simple project risk register tool
  • Initial analysis to establish context
  • Establishing Risk Appetite for a project
  • Group Exercise – Establishing the context for a project.  
  • Project risk assessment tools and techniques – work breakdown structures, process flow diagrams, event tree analysis, Bowtie Analysis
  • Risk assessment tips and tricks
  • Prioritising known risks, exposing known but unspoken risks, discovering unknown risks and making allowance for what we can’t predict – Black Swans
  • Group Exercise – Project risk assessment

Phase Three: Driving project performance

  • Project risk treatments – developing innovative solutions
  • Risk sharing via contracts – issues in negotiating acceptable indemnity clauses
  • Understanding risk management performance
  • Understanding and influencing risk culture within a project team
  • Influencing culture through strong risk leadership
  • Group Exercise – Methods for embedding a good risk culture in a project team.  

Course Details:
Receiving expressions of interest.

Location: Online Zoom Meeting
PRICE: Members: $1,320+GST | Non-Members: $1,520+GST

Mastering Risk Workshop Facilitation - Become an Artisan Facilitator

Come experience this immersive workshop that will provide you with the confidence to tackle the online environment while building your skill set for the future.

Modified for online facilitation using a range of collaboration tools that will make sure your workshops are engaging and effective.


This course is for risk professionals seeking mastery in risk workshop facilitation. To move beyond mechanical processes for collecting a list of risks.  You will be given a process for preparing for engaging workshops, shown techniques for facilitating effective conversations and be introduced to a range of tools to provide insights to the business so they can make better sense of their world. As a result, you will be more valued, more trusted, and will be invited to provide your advice before decisions are made.

Course Overview

Two half-day online interactive workshops with ample time to participate and practice your facilitations skills.

1: Preparation

Objectives – Context and scope
Team – Politics, culture and capability
Facility – Optimising and working with constraints
Analysis – Tools and techniques to provide insights

2: Facilitation

Framing – Introducing, confirming and clarifying
Conversations – Initiating, guiding and ending
Tipping points – Navigating dominance, bias and silence
Collation – Priorities, breadth and depth

3: Post-Mortem

Objectives check – Alignment with values and goals
Reality check – Fact check, resource check, pub-test check

Learning Objectives

  1. How to prepare for a workshop to maximise the value delivered to participants.
  2. Understand the key to an engaging workshop no matter the participants, the location or the time available.
  3. Learn how to deliver strong insights to decision makers before, during and after the workshop.
  4. Experience the value of key tools and techniques for managing politics, bias and difficult people.

Format of the Course

Online run over two half-days. An interactive workshop with ample time to participate, share and network.


Course Details

Dates: Tue, 27 Feb | 3-7pm  & Thursday, 29 Feb | 3-7pm

Location: Online Zoom Meeting
PRICE: Members: NZD$1,320 + GST | Non-Members:$1,520 + GST

Persuasive Adviser Program - Become a Master Influencer

The average piece of business advice to an executive takes about 8 hours of your and your team’s time to prepare and 15 minutes to deliver.

Those 15 minutes simply cannot be wasted.


RiskNZ is proud to bring the risk community Bryan Whitefield’s Persuasive Adviser Program, which has been delivered successfully to full-houses across the public, private and not-for-profit sectors.

The Persuasive Adviser Program tackles the challenge risk advisers, practitioners and managers have with getting their message and key advice through to their stakeholders.

It will give risk practitioners all you will need to make the difference you know you can make, so you can create the change that is needed in your organisations.

Join the Persuasive Adviser Program to learn practical tools and techniques that will enable you to influence your stakeholders as a trusted Adviser and have a greater impact on outcomes.

Every attendee to the Persuasive Adviser Program will get a complimentary copy of Bryan Whitefield’s book, Winning Conversations: How to Turn Red Tape Into Blue Ribbon.

Course Overview

  1. Perceptions of internal advisers
  2. Achieving Persuasive Adviser status

The Pathfinder Model

  1. Why decision making can be improved
  2. MCI – Motivation – Clarification – Implementation

Stand – Paint – Tell – Make

  1. How to stand in your internal client’s shoes
  2. How to paint them a picture
  3. How to tell them a story
  4. How to make them believe

Action Plan 

  • Developing your toolbox
  • Planning your journey
  • Making yourself accountable

One of the most common complaints Bryan hears from internal advisers of all kinds (admin, finance, HR, IT, risk, compliance, procurement and audit as examples) is that it is often difficult to get some business leaders to listen to them and even harder to get them to act on their advice. He hears things like:

“Sometimes I feel like I am there just to keep them out of trouble with the boss, they don’t really see me as a key adviser.”

“It is because what I do is not sexy like sales or marketing (private sector)/like the Minister’s favourite program (public sector).”

“If I was the CEO they would sit up and listen!”

While all of these comments are examples of the challenges internal advisers need to overcome to cut through with their advice, they are not the cause. There is more going on.

For starters, most advisers have to be a corporate cop from time to time. They have to say to the business that certain policies, frameworks, and processes have to be followed. Worse still, sometimes advisors have to report a problem when the business has not done the right thing.

It then makes it very hard to turn around the next day and say to a business leader, “I am your trusted adviser on this and you should heed my advice.”

The imperative for an internal adviser is to solve problems for your internal clients. The way to do that is to stand in their shoes, understand their problems, and deliver solutions.

Consider the trust scale in the diagram below. Are you seen as a controller, like a financial controller, or an expert? If so you are not having the impact you could, you are not making the difference you know you can make.

The Persuasive Adviser Program: How to turn red tape into blue ribbon will give you all you need to make the difference you know you can make, to get invited to provide your advice 5 or 10 times more than you are now so you can create the change that is needed. While it covers so many of the traditional elements of a trusted adviser program such as listening and influencing skills it has so much more.

Learning Objectives

Here is what you will learn in the program:

  • How best to stand in the shoes of your stakeholders and internal clients, including the executives and the board.
  • How to paint them a picture to clarify and engage.
  • How to use stories to connect and inspire.
  • How best to ensure you have so much credibility, they cannot help but follow your advice.

Underlying each of these is the MCI Decision Model that is the subject of Bryan’s book DECIDE How to Manage the Risk in Your Decision Making. The model is the key that will help you to unlock the door to the decision-making processes of those you are advising so you can deliver the right message at the right time to get the right decision.

Format of the Course

Two Half-Day Online Learning Workshops 

Course Details

Dates:  Thurs, 22 Aug | 3-7pm and Fri, 23 Aug | 3-7pm

Location: Online Zoom Meeting
PRICE: Members: NZD$900+ GST | Non-Members: $1,090+ GST

Embedding Risk Culture


This workshop is for risk professionals tasked with developing or influencing an effective risk culture across the business.

What you will learn

  1. Understand what culture and specifically risk culture is and how culture affects organisations.
  2. Appreciate the pros and cons of various methods for assessing risk culture.
  3. How to design an effective program for embedding risk culture.
  4. Tips for implementing your risk culture program.

The key principle of risk management is that it creates and protects value. The challenge for risk professionals is that legacy cultures undervalue risk management. They see risk more as a compliance activity than something aligned to purpose, values and designed to help drive a successful strategy.

As strategy specialist Peter Drucker said, “Culture eats strategy for breakfast”. And so, risk culture, as a subset of culture, eats risk management for lunch. Leaving you, the risk professional, wondering how you can change hearts and minds – fast.

This course will provide you with a multi-faceted approach to assessing and improving risk culture. It will also give you the ability to develop forward-looking metrics to enable you to tangibly measure and evidence positive culture change. In turn, you will shift from being seen as corporate cop to corporate builder of a strong cultural fabric. Delivering a risk intelligent workforce.


Course Overview

This is an online interactive course run over two half-days, with ample time to participate, share and network.

Part One: Culture and Risk Culture

  • What is culture?
  • What is risk culture?
  • How does culture drive decision making?

Part Two: Assessing Culture

  • Values and behavioural indicators
  • Data analysis and investigations
  • Observations and audits

Part Three: Designing your Program

  • Desired behaviours
  • Engagement strategies
  • Measuring success

Part Four: Implementing your Program

  • Establishing benchmarks
  • Developing capability
  • Leading change

Course Details

Dates: Contact Kimberley ([email protected]) for more information.

 4 hours x 2 Half Day Online Learning Workshops, total 8 hours.
Location: Online Zoom Meeting
PRICE: Members: NZD$1,850 incl GST| Non-Members: $2,312.50 incl GST

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