Risk-Based Strategic Decision Making

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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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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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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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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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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Remote Work: Is Your Company Making a Strategic Decision or Being Reactive?

It’s probably not shocking news that the interest in remote work has accelerated dramatically in the midst of the coronavirus pandemic. According to Global Workplace Analytics, only 3-4% of the workforce was remote before the COVID crisis, but by the end of next year, this number could jump to 25-30%…talk about a radical change! There…
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Fewer Companies Realize Strategic Benefit from Risk Management Activities

Every spring, NC State’s ERM Initiative in partnership with the AICPA releases their State of Risk Oversight report. Data for the report was obtained through a survey sent to senior executives across a variety of industries this past fall. For this year’s report, 563 surveys were completed, which is a significant increase over prior years.…
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Why Reactive Decision-Making Can Be Devastating and How to Improve It

In response to the coronavirus pandemic, companies are having to make hard choices on how to survive and thrive through this uncertain time. Instead of taking time to consider potential impacts of their options, too many companies are taking a very reactive approach to their decision-making. The book Decision Quality: Value Creation from Better Business…
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