Risk & Compliance Conference Session Provides Deep-Dive into Third-Party Risks

Risk management isn’t solely about managing threats and opportunities within your company. Just like it would be impossible for us to grow food, provide clothing, shelter, and other necessities all on our own, the same fact is true for a company. It would be impossible to provide every raw material or handle every service in-house.…
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Navigating Risks and Opportunities of the Changing Nature of Work

When the COVID pandemic forced many companies to shift to a remote work arrangement last year, it represented “…one of the greatest disruptions to work in generations.” This disruption forced both executives and workers to be more innovative, with companies spending over $300 billion last year on technology to facilitate working from home. The transition…
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3 Factors to Consider Before Escalating Risk Issues to the Board

After beginning as a requirement for financial firms, active Board oversight of risk management has increasingly become an expectation, even a necessity, for all types of organizations over the last 20 years. The annual State of Risk Oversight report from North Carolina State University corroborates this. According to their survey, a high number of Boards,…
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How to Achieve Organizational Goals with Scenario Planning

For this week’s post, I would like to share an article written for Carrier Management, a quarterly journal targeting executives in the property & casualty insurance industry. Although examples are specific to the insurance industry, the advice and insights are applicable to any organization. Whether formally documented or not, every organization is going to have…
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6 Ways to Improve your ERM Program’s Scalability

Regardless of whether it’s an exercise program or business endeavor, there’s a certain energy and excitement when starting something new. We work with great anticipation of the benefits our efforts will bring. But as the old Proverb originally coined in the Robert Burns poem To a Mouse says, “the best laid plans of mice and…
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5 Steps to Avoiding Analysis Paralysis

Thoughtfulness is a wonderful trait and one my family and I strive for each day. In the professional setting, it’s also considered an essential leadership quality that ultimately yields better results for an organization. Individuals who process information more deeply than others can be called “sensitive strivers,” according to executive coach and author Melody Wilding…
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12 Resources to Help Guide Strategic Planning for 2022

As we near Labor Day and summer draws to a close, we’re also entering that time of year when organizations begin their strategic planning for the next calendar year. It seems that September and October are the best months for this important task since summer vacations are ending and the year-end holidays are still a…
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Qualitative vs. Quantitative Risk Assessment – Can There Be a Middle Road?

In my years as both a risk practitioner and ERM consultant, there has and continues to be intense debate around methods for assessing risks. (If you are unfamiliar with the meaning of qualitative and quantitative, this article provides a quick overview.) To illustrate this debate, take the following two comments from a previous article asking…
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Disruptive Innovation: Obtaining Funding to Set your Company Apart

We take things like electricity, automobiles, and TV for granted today, but in their time, they represented disruptive innovations that transformed work, leisure, and family life. Disruptions like this have not slowed down; in fact, their pace and magnitude continue to grow. Consider that when telephone was invented in the mid-1870s, it took nearly 70…
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