What a Calm Act of Heroism Can Teach Us about Risk Management

I remember the day well… I was in my office on a cold and blustery January day when news came of a plane crash in New York City, but unlike other crashes in times past, there were few injuries and no fatalities. Later dubbed the “Miracle on the Hudson,” the events of that day were…
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Building a Performance-Focused Risk Management Process Step #3: Enable and Empower

For today’s post, I would like to share an article originally published in the Fall 2020 issue of The Demotech Difference, a journal targeting midsize property & casualty insurance companies. This article is the third in a four-part series exploring the foundations of a performance-focused risk management process. Articles one and two in the series…
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ERM in the Spotlight

In times of great upheaval for industries or financial markets, organizations often turn to the formal discipline of enterprise risk management. After the 9/11 terrorist attacks and the 2008 financial crisis, for example, ERM gained traction as many organizations realized the significant drawbacks of a traditional siloed risk management approach. But widespread ERM adoption remains…
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risk controls

An Easier Way to Understand the Effectiveness of Risk Controls

KRIs, KPIs, ORSA, ISO, COSO…risk controls, risk owners, risk appetite. The acronyms, the alphabet soup, oh my! To anyone with little to no experience, risk management jargon can be dizzying and confusing, especially to executives who are often deluged with risk registers, reports, and processes that are overwhelming and not helpful for managing the organization…
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future of risk management

Is Quantitative the Only Future of Risk Management?

Quantitative methods for understanding how risk and uncertainty impacts the organization is a subject I’ve been focusing on more this year. Without a doubt, modeling, Monte Carlo simulation, and other advanced math-based methods can be a valuable tool for helping decision-makers in certain companies. Many risk management thought leaders, including some I quote often like…
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software

How can your ERM Software serve both Risk Managers and Executives?

One key point I emphasized in my ERM software buyer’s guide is that, in spite of the vast amount of commentary on the challenges of risk appetite and other risk management concepts, no topic is more difficult to grasp and execute than choosing the right risk management software system for meeting the company’s needs. Before…
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planning sessions

3 Simple Steps to Be Invited to Strategic Planning Sessions

One issue that executives, Board members, and other company leaders continue to raise in surveys and elsewhere is that ERM doesn’t provide strategic advantage or valuable insights to decision-making. Reports received by business unit and company leaders typically regurgitate a list of risks and rehash what they already know. As we discuss in this post…
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risk management professional

How an Aspiring Risk Management Professional Can Break Through

As my blog has grown, so too have questions from readers located around the world. I always enjoy and appreciate when risk professionals reach out to me with their specific challenges – thank you!! In addition to questions about risk identification, risk appetite, risk monitoring, and other technical challenges, I often field questions from both…
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communicating risks

2 Keys to Effectively Communicating Risks to the Board

It’s getting to be that time of the year when many organizations have major board meetings to finalize plans and budgets for the next year. Considering this year’s unprecedented volatility, many Boards will naturally want to discuss risks facing the enterprise. While the topic of Boards and reporting risks have been peppered in past blog…
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