ERM program setup

ERM to Company Misalignment: Square Pegs Don’t Fit in Round Holes

In many cases, a standard framework like the Project Management Book of Knowledge (PMBOK), JAVA for developing computer- and web-based applications, or some other business framework is the correct and best approach to take. When organizations embark on the ERM journey, one of the first (…and biggest) mistakes they make is to simply cut and…
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What Risk Ownership Is and Isn’t

In a previous article on assigning a risk owner, I discuss how designating someone to be accountable for a risk is important for ensuring that it does not fall through the cracks and that an appropriate response is developed and acted upon in a timely manner. The article provides a high-level overview of when a…
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6 Ways to Improve your ERM Program’s Scalability

Regardless of whether it’s an exercise program or business endeavor, there’s a certain energy and excitement when starting something new. We work with great anticipation of the benefits our efforts will bring. But as the old Proverb originally coined in the Robert Burns poem To a Mouse says, “the best laid plans of mice and…
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5 Ways to Improve ERM’s Reputation with Executives

The COVID pandemic of the last year blew the lid of uncertainty wide open… And while restrictions are easing and many are returning to the office, this uncertainty shows no signs of abating. In fact, it will continue to intensify. Now this may seem like an incredible opportunity for ERM to help the Board, executives…
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10 Attributes that Made ERM Successful at the LEGO Group

LEGO is a timeless, classic toy line popular among kids and the young-at-heart, including here in our home. Building LEGO sets either as a themed set (e.g., Star Wars, fire station, airport) or creative imagination is something my son and I have enjoyed doing together for several years now. Just recently, he expressed his desire…
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ERM for Small and Midsize Business: It’s Just NOT the Same

We’ve all heard it from politicians and the press, but it’s true – small and midsize business (SMB) constitutes the lion’s share of the economy. They account for 64% of new jobs created in the U.S. and over 90% of the “business population” according to this report. Gartner defines small businesses as those firms with…
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ERM in the Spotlight

In times of great upheaval for industries or financial markets, organizations often turn to the formal discipline of enterprise risk management. After the 9/11 terrorist attacks and the 2008 financial crisis, for example, ERM gained traction as many organizations realized the significant drawbacks of a traditional siloed risk management approach. But widespread ERM adoption remains…
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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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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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