Risk-Based Strategic Decision Making

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6 Quick-Glance Resources for ERM to Support Strategic Planning

We’re fast approaching that time of year when organizations start their strategic planning.  It literally seems like yesterday we were talking about goals for 2019. Before you know it, 2020 will be here! Risk professionals like you play a key role in ensuring executives are making the most informed decisions possible. These decisions are among…
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16 Essential Questions to Ask for Effective Scenario Planning

At a high level, the ultimate goal of scenario planning is to help executives better understand the impacts of new goals and objectives to ensure the goals set out in the organization’s strategic plan are the right ones. Why use scenario planning? It is an effective tool to discover and test assumptions to ensure executives…
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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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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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4 Ways Scenario Planning Supports Decision-Making

Have you ever been in the room when someone suggested doing scenario analysis? Did you see everyone in the room cringe at the thought? I have, and I felt pity for the person who made the suggestion. Most likely, everyone in that room has gone through the endless “what if” scenario analysis that takes 4…
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Strategic Planning vs. Annual Planning: How ERM Can be Engaged and Add Value

What is the difference between strategic planning and annual planning? Here is my way of separating the two concepts: Strategic Planning is when an organization’s leadership discusses and formally plans out the future of the organization. What goals do they have regarding market share, revenue, and customer satisfaction? With the speed of change over the…
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3 Best Practices for Factoring Risk into Your Strategic Planning Process

No one enjoys strategic planning exercises. They conjure images of a stuffy room filled with executives in dark suits, stacks of paper strewn across the table, and whiteboards covered in scribble. Even in the most collaborative organizations, each executive represents his own department as he vies for the few dollars set aside for yearly projects.…
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Enterprise Risk Management as a Strategic Tool for Companies

I previously wrote an article referencing the latest report from the Enterprise Risk Management (ERM) Initiative at North Carolina State University, in partnership with the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants (AICPA).  Their 8th State of Risk Oversight report provides an overview of ERM practices for a variety of industries. Although the previous article was…
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