Integrating ERM with Strategy Continues to be a Struggle for Companies

NC State’s ERM Initiative released their 2018 report on the State of Risk Oversight. This report spurs lots of thoughts for me on a variety of topics, but I want to focus today on enterprise risk management adding value to the strategic planning process. Last year, I wrote about how ERM can be used as…
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ERM infrastructure

3 Key Infrastructure Elements for a Successful ERM Program

NC State’s ERM Initiative recently released their 2018 report on the State of Risk Oversight, which is very useful to see the progress (…or not) being made by organizations with enterprise risk management. One of the sections in this year’s report studies the infrastructure of an ERM program, specifically a designated leader of risk, management-level…
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ERM journey

How Digital Transformations Mirror the ERM Journey for Many Organizations

I recently read an interesting Harvard Business Review article titled “Why So Many High-Profile Digital Transformations Fail” which examines the digital transformations attempted by GE, Nike, Sears, Lego, Walmart, Staples, and Proctor & Gamble. These are some big brands that have run into issues when attempting to go full-force into a digital space. This part…
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ERM maturity assessments

ERM Maturity Assessments: Are we assessing the right thing?

At the end of my first year of managing the ERM program for a large Florida property insurance company, we had a big risk consulting firm come in and assess the maturity of the program. ERM maturity assessments measure where your ERM program sits on a scale (typically 1 to 5 or words that label…
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ERM on a budget

ERM on a Budget: It is Possible! – 7 Key Considerations

When I started my consulting firm in August 2016, I knew I wanted to help organizations perform better by using enterprise risk management (ERM) instead of just traditional risk management. After all, I know how well ERM can work when done right and how much the organization can benefit from it. But as a start-up,…
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KRI system

3 Steps to Building an Effective KRI System Today

If your executives and managers love metrics, then they’re sure to use Key Performance Indicators (KPIs). Even if they don’t like numbers, any smart executive will be reviewing their KPIs dashboard. These historical measures are designed to gauge performance to ensure goals and milestones are being met. As risk professionals, though, we know the value…
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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 Ways to Mature your ERM Program and Why They’re All Bad

In a nutshell, ERM can be a powerful tool for ensuring executives are making risk-informed decisions and limited resources are being used in the most efficient manner. Unfortunately, this isn’t something you can simply wish for and it’s done. Getting an ERM program to this point requires time and LOTS of patience and diligence. There’s…
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Crisis communications

Crisis Communications: Protecting and Saving Reputations Everywhere!

An Interview with Evan Bloom of Fortress Strategic Communications Communication is critical to the success of an organization — especially during a crisis. How well an organization communicates can help or hurt any reputation. I have previously written about how organizations can better understand their reputation risk; one of those methods is to analyze your…
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team player

The Ultimate Guide to Being a Team Player or Not During Meetings

Every new year ushers in a season of planning and activity, and that translates into more meetings. We have two choices: make the most of them and add value OR be a total pain in the neck to everyone else. For those of you who think meetings are a waste of time, we’ve compiled a…
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