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Why ERM Often Fails to Add Value to Decision-Making

Podcast: Play in new window | DownloadYou are working hard to help your organization build an effective enterprise risk management program. You’ve spoken with all the business units, identified their significant “risks” and assessed them, come up with numerous risk registers, developed detailed risk reports for executives, and so on. Yet, people still don’t seem…
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Traditional vs. ERM – Going Beyond One-Dimensional Risk Assessment

Podcast: Play in new window | DownloadIn my popular article on traditional vs. enterprise risk management, one distinct difference is how traditional risk management assesses risk from only one-dimension or point-of-view. In most cases, the use of a one-dimensional view is strongly connected to insurable risks and determining the potential impact or loss from a…
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Decision Focused Risk Management is not that Different

By Hans Læssøe To many risk managers, who have spent years identifying, analysing and mitigating risks, the concept of decision focused risk management may seem very different, daunting or even somewhat scary. However, despite the inherent differences, the change is not as big as it may appear at first. Yes, there are differences. Let me…
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COSO ERM Framework – Background & Overview

The COSO ERM framework is one of two widely accepted risk management standards organizations use to help manage risks in an increasingly turbulent, unpredictable business landscape. We previously discussed the background and a general overview of the other commonly used ERM framework, ISO 31000. COSO, which is short for the Committee of Sponsoring Organizations of…
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Poor Risk Culture Leads to Largest Corporate Fine in Australia’s History

I had an interesting conversation a few months ago with a risk professional in Australia who told me about a scandal involving his country’s largest bank, the Commonwealth Bank of Australia (CBA). CBA not only operates in Australia, but also New Zealand, Asia, the U.S. and the U.K. Unlike banks in the U.S. and Europe,…
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The ISO 31000 ERM Standard – Background & Overview

Since its inception, ISO 31000 has become a widely accepted standard for enterprise risk management by private corporations, government bodies, and nonprofit organizations throughout the world. Although the ISO standard has only been around for 10 years, its origins date back to 1995 when the AS/NZS 4360 standard from Australia and New Zealand was first…
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Expanding your Abilities with the Growth Mindset

While traveling to a client site last week, I had a really interesting conversation with an attorney sitting next to me on a flight from Atlanta (…I can’t fly anywhere without going through Atlanta first). She talked about a book she had read that talked about grit and a Growth Mindset, which got me thinking……
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7 Questions for Understanding the Fundamentals of Risk Appetite

The concept of risk appetite is probably the most confusing and controversial part of the enterprise risk management process. If you do a search for risk appetite, you will find a wide variety of perspectives on how to develop and use it. While there may be an implied risk appetite or a generic statement on…
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