ERM program marketing

Why an Elevator Pitch is an Ineffective Tool for Selling ERM

You may understand how ERM can be a valuable tool for ensuring the organization’s success, but unless an executive has some prior positive experience with ERM, you as a risk professional are about to experience an uphill battle: convincing them to adopt ERM to help improve the way the organization performs. After all, without buy-in…
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ERM Implementation: What Risk Professionals Consider the #1 Challenge To Be

Podcast: Play in new window | DownloadI recently asked of fellow risk professionals “what is your single biggest challenge when it comes to ERM implementation?” What do you think the answers were? Maybe figuring out how to assess risks? Maybe integrating with strategy? Or aggregation of risks? Nope. Tone at the top! Yes, the executives…
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Explaining the Why of Enterprise Risk Management

During the North Carolina State University’s ERM Roundtable Summit this fall, one of the topics of conversation focused on how to involve more people from across the organization in ERM. During this discussion, we were all asked, “how many of you have talked extensively about ‘what ERM is’ and explained ‘we are conducting surveys, interviews,…
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ERM journey

How Digital Transformations Mirror the ERM Journey for Many Organizations

I was recently reading a really 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.…
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risk terminology

Make Your Words Count: Translate Risk Terminology to Fit the Business

How many times have you presented risk information to leadership and watched them walk away with glazed eyes and no idea what was just discussed? Or worse yet, someone falls asleep like this: Okay – hopefully, it hasn’t been that bad. But speaking from experience, leaving a meeting with executives not understanding the presentation happened…
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Being Included vs. Being Engaged – One Key to ERM Success

I have written previously about how ERM can be integrated into strategic planning (see here, here, and here) and project management. During a recent conversation with another risk professional regarding ERM’s role within an organization, we spoke about how it was included in various activities and meetings. While ERM was being “included,”  it soon became…
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8 Possible Consequences of Not Being Proactive in Risk Management

Rather than discuss the benefits of risk management in this article, I want to take some time to explain what can possibly happen if you do not proactively identify, assess and manage risks in your organization. As I explain elsewhere, risks in the ERM context is more than just potential hazards – it includes any…
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Avoiding the Dreaded “Bureaucracy” in your ERM Efforts

Bureaucracy – it’s such a dreaded word by all who encounter it. When it comes to an ERM initiative though, many perceive ERM and risk management in general as another layer of bureaucracy to heap onto their to-do pile. Fortunately, it doesn’t have to be this way!! Check out my quick video explaining how you…
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