Governance & Oversight

Taking a Growth Pause: Preparing for Long-Term Success

For this week’s post, I would like to share a guest article published in Carrier Management, a quarterly journal targeting P&C insurance executives. Like previous guest editorials, this article was written with a specific industry in mind, but the contents are applicable to any organization. When a company is in its infancy, the main focus…
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5 Tips to Making Board Risk Reports Meaningful Tools for Decision-Making

The year is flying by as we’re well into the second quarter already. Q1 board risk reports should be done, assuming your company prepares one quarterly, and you are likely getting ready to prepare a midyear update. As I discuss in The Ultimate Primer for Effective Risk Reporting, board risk reports serve a dual purpose……
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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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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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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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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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Preparing for Regulatory Oversight of Advanced Modeling and AI

In today’s competitive and tumultuous environment, companies are beginning to rely on advanced modeling and artificial intelligence tools to drive decisions. With increased use of Monte Carlo simulation models and other tech-based tools, regulators are beginning to ask more questions about models and the data that goes into them. An article prepared by McKinsey &…
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Why A Strong Governance Foundation is Vital to Successful ERM

When first speaking to an organization about ERM, executives know they have a problem, but they usually don’t know what it is, much less how to fix it. All they know is ERM is a possible solution. But before jumping in, I often find trouble spots that need to be addressed first. If they are…
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enterprise list management

How Regulators Perpetuate Enterprise “List” Management

As a former regulator of property & casualty insurance companies in Florida, I can appreciate the importance of some regulation of certain companies. After all, you don’t want to find out after a hurricane that your insurance carrier is insolvent. Risk management related regulations like ORSA for insurance companies, Basel III for banks, and some…
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Chief Risk Officer

Chief Risk Officer: An Increasingly Vital Role in Effective Risk Oversight

The 2019 State of Risk Oversight report from NC State recently came out with some interesting results about the current state of risk management leadership in organizations. The report breaks down results into four different industry-categories – large organizations, public companies, financial institutions, and not-for-profit. Over the last five years, nonprofits have seen the biggest…
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