7 Tips for Reducing Business Continuity Risk for ERM

Here’s a situation that is all too common… A company hires a new director for ERM. This person’s job is to design and implement an ERM process for helping executives make risk-informed decisions and understand threats and opportunities to achieving strategic objectives. At some point, this ERM Director decides to leave the company and the…
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Real-Life Example of Robust Enterprise Risk Management

Today we have a special guest – Hans Læssøe. As you may know, Hans’ perspective is something I reference often here on the blog. We finally got a chance to catch up! In this interview, Hans and I discuss his background, what led his former company, LEGO, to adopt ERM, and a few factors key…
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Protecting Trade Secrets: Finding the Right Balance

Out of all potential sources of a company’s value, tangible or intangible, trade secrets are often the most valuable.  While the theft of trade secrets is nothing new, it is an ongoing and growing problem that leads to over $300 billion in annual losses according to the Commission on the Theft of American Intellectual Property.…
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Are Qualitative Risk Assessments Fatally Flawed?

Early last month, I published an article explaining why I don’t discuss quantitative assessment methods like modeling, Monte Carlo simulation, and others very much and what companies must have in place before they can use methods like this to guide their decision making and strategic planning. In short, without establishing corporate governance policies, a strategic…
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Why Organizations Struggle with Key Risk Indicators and How to Make Them Work

If done properly, key risk indicators (KRIs) can be a valuable tool for proactively managing risks to achieving strategic objectives. As I explain in a previous article, being proactive is one of the key differences between traditional and enterprise risk management. Despite their potential for facilitating the proactive management of risk, around 70% of organizations…
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Are Top Risk Reports Really Helpful to Organizations?

As we enter a new year (…and a new decade), it’s always a good idea to take a step back to see what may impact organizations in the year ahead. Every fall, NC State’s ERM Initiative, in partnership with Protiviti, surveys C-suite executives and Boards across a variety of industries to gauge what they see…
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4 Considerations for Building Effective ERM Presentations

No doubt you’ve attended presentations that were unengaging and downright boring. You were glad they were over, but also upset that the last 1-2 hours of your life were a waste. Being on the other side can be even more frustrating, even demoralizing… You spend hours developing an extensive 30 (or even 50!)-slide PowerPoint presentation.…
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Quantitative Risk Analysis: What Companies Must Have First

The goal of my blog has been and will always be to distill ERM concepts into actionable insights for anyone interested or who is tasked with risk management in their organization. If you browse around, you will find that I discuss qualitative risk analysis methods like scenario planning, root cause analysis, and just plain old…
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Top 20 Risk Management (…and Other) Resources for 2020

It’s hard to believe that a new decade is now upon us. The 2010s were an exhilarating time for me both personally and professionally… It was a decade ago when I assumed the role of building an ERM program from the ground up for a large Florida property insurance company. That experience led me to…
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Why A Strong Governance Foundation is Vital to Successful ERM

When first speaking to an organization about ERM, executives know they have a problem, but they usually don’t know what it is, much less how to fix it. All they know is ERM is a possible solution. But before jumping in, I often find trouble spots that need to be addressed first. If they are…
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