Posts by Carol Williams

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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Building a Performance-Focused Risk Management Process Step #2: Identifying Need

Early this summer, I shared an article discussing how important culture is to the success of a company’s risk management efforts and what executives can begin doing immediately to change it. The article originally appeared in The Demotech Difference, a journal targeting midsize property & casualty insurance firms. Today’s post explores the second step in…
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changes in risk owner

Avoid the Scramble: Proactively Plan for Changes in Risk Owner

Wouldn’t it be nice if a risk simply went away when the risk owner left the organization or changed roles? Okay, now wake up from that dream…this doesn’t happen in real life. As a previous article on assigning a risk owner explains, the ERM unit does not actually manage risks. Instead individual(s) who are close…
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3 Easy to Use Tips to Understanding Why Executives Want ERM

Any endeavor, whether it is personal or in business, has a reason or motivation for its pursuit. Take exercise for example… If you’ve ever hit the gym, taken a Zumba class, or worked with a trainer, there was an underlying motivation. Example motivations are a desire to lose weight, build strength, build endurance so you…
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ERM & audit

Understanding the Changing Dynamics between ERM & Audit

As is often repeated here and elsewhere, the world is changing at an incredibly fast pace. Even without this year’s coronavirus pandemic, this pace will only accelerate in the years and decades ahead as automation, AI, machine learning, and other technologies continue to develop. ERM and audit are not immune to this change… Internal auditors…
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Decision Analysis: A Structured Process for Improving Business Decisions

If you scroll through the posts on this blog, you will notice that many focus on decisions. This shouldn’t be a surprise considering that ERM is one tool for ensuring risk-informed decisions across the organization… Unfortunately, a growing number of organizations continue to report that their ERM processes do not provide a competitive advantage and…
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