Tools & Skills

Don’t Be That Person: Attitudes and Phrases to Avoid in Delicate Conversations

Considering the resources and commentary out there, it’s easy to get the impression that ERM success is built on how well your identification, assessment, analysis, and reporting processes mesh with your company’s needs and culture. As long as these processes function well, your company will then reap the benefits of risk-informed decision-making and enjoy eternal…
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Building a Performance-Focused Risk Management Process Requires a Strong Foundation

For today’s post, I would like to share the first in a series of four guest articles published in The Demotech Difference, a quarterly publication that discusses issues affecting the property and casualty insurance industry. Regardless of your industry, instability, uncertainty, and change are becoming more pronounced with each passing day it seems. Companies need…
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Can We Trust the Experts during Risk Assessments?

The nature of being a risk manager requires us to engage extensively with subject-matter experts (SMEs) to understand concepts, processes, and risks. We use this information to understand how the SMEs’ activities fit into the bigger picture of the organization. Without their input, it’s almost impossible to determine the appropriate risk response unless you have…
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11 Tips to Effectively Conducting a Virtual Risk Assessment Workshop

The onset of the COVID-19 pandemic just over a year ago sent companies scrambling to shift their operations to remote work as much as possible. Although working from home has been a growing trend for many years, the pandemic undoubtedly accelerated it dramatically. Response has been positive with significant numbers of both employers (83%) and…
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signpost analysis

Signpost Analysis – An Easy Way to Anticipate Long-Term Risks

With information and other demands for our attention bombarding us each day, it can be hard to think about the long-term. As a growing number of examples show, ignoring long-term risks to strategic objectives can be devastating, especially considering the world of Volatility, Uncertainty, Complexity, and Ambiguity (VUCA) we find ourselves in. While discussing the…
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ERM for Small and Midsize Business: It’s Just NOT the Same

We’ve all heard it from politicians and the press, but it’s true – small and midsize business (SMB) constitutes the lion’s share of the economy. They account for 64% of new jobs created in the U.S. and over 90% of the “business population” according to this report. Gartner defines small businesses as those firms with…
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ERM standards

Making Sense of ERM Standards in a Volatile and Dynamic Environment

When we are new to something, our natural tendency is to seek out well-established, reputable sources for guidance. As a yummy example, once upon a time, I decided I wanted to make my own homemade chocolate chip cookies. My first step was to refer to the recipe on the back of the bag of Nestle-brand…
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Top 21 Risk Management (…and Other) Resources for 2021

Happy New Year!! As of this writing, the year 2020 is officially in the rearview mirror. Suffice it to say that between the COVID pandemic, a contentious election year here in the U.S., a record-breaking hurricane season, and other challenges, we are all glad to bid the past year farewell. Personally, the year had its…
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