Using an ERM Assessment Process to Understand Vendor Risks

Every organization – even my boutique consulting firm – has vendors who provide a range of products or services. These can include things as simple as Internet services and office supplies to data storage, software, and raw materials to manufacture a product, and more. Any disruptions with a vendor will inevitably spill over and impact…
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3 Easy Steps to Ensure an Optimal Outcome for Enterprise Risk Management

You have been asked to meet a deadline to accomplish a given goal for enterprise risk management in your organization. What is the first thing you do? You instantly start making a list of all the necessary steps (doesn’t matter whether the list is electronic, hard-copy, or a mental list). Then you put those steps…
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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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ERM: The Non Risk-Centric Approach

I published an article last week on risk monitoring and how critical it is to the success of ERM. Not only did the article provide a definition of risk monitoring, it also went in to some detail on why it’s important, why it must be approached with care, methods for risk monitoring, reporting, and other…
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Risk Monitoring: 6 Considerations for Understanding this Make or Break Moment for ERM

Michael Rasmussen, an internationally recognized author and expert on governance, risk management, and compliance, explains: Organizations take risks all the time but fail to monitor and manage these risks effectively in an environment that demands agility. It is not surprising then to see how risk monitoring is considered a “big win” by many… This article…
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What are Organizations’ True Barriers to Implementing ERM?

My posts for this month (May 2019) have focused on results from the 2019 State of Risk Oversight report from NC State. Each of these posts (see here and here) not only reported survey results but also included additional commentary based on my experience. Up to this point, I had no reason to challenge anything…
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Organizations Across-the-Board Report Increasing Risk Volume and Complexity

In my first post analyzing NC State’s latest State of Risk Oversight report, we discussed how more organizations are designating a Chief Risk Officer. In this post, I want to take some time to discuss another significant observation from this year’s survey – the volume and complexity of risk. The ERM Initiative in partnership with…
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