risk review

3 Ways to Avoid the Check-the-Box Trap in Risk Review

In both my experience and according to a white paper from PwC, a common ERM challenge is how an annual risk review becomes a check-the-box activity. It shouldn’t be this way… Regardless of the reasons, everyone from executives all the way down to entry-level managers and employees have enough “bureaucratic” burdens as it is. An…
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Key Players for Successful Risk Identification

In order to have a risk management effort that ultimately “creates, protects, and enhances shareholder value,” you must first have a successful risk identification process. I’ve said it many times, and have heard it repeated elsewhere, that risk identification serves as the foundation for the entire risk management process…without it, the entire process is just…
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GDPR Compliance Exposes Huge Interdependencies within Organizations

Now that some of the heat has died down on this topic, I thought it would be a good time to discuss observations about GDPR from an ERM perspective. Last month, the General Data Privacy Regulation from the EU was a hot topic. You undoubtedly received emails from your subscriptions and apps explaining that new…
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Was Organizational Culture the Key Driver in the Collapse of a Major Company?

A large (~5£ billion) publicly traded construction company, Carillion, collapsed earlier this year after months of ignored financial warnings. In fact, because of the size of the organization and how this all went down, the UK Parliament conducted an in-depth investigation into the collapse. The report of the Parliament investigation is quite interesting. It starts…
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disruptive innovation

Disruptive Innovation and Change Resistance: A Death Sentence or Opportunity?

NC State and Protiviti recently released a report entitled, “Executive Perspectives on Top Risks 2018.” The report lists the top ten risks that account for the “key issues being discussed in the boardroom and c-suite” of those organizations surveyed. Topping the chart at risk #1: “rapid speed of disruptive innovation.” The report states: “This top…
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scenario planning

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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