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Fewer Companies Realize Strategic Benefit from Risk Management Activities

Every spring, NC State’s ERM Initiative in partnership with the AICPA releases their State of Risk Oversight report. Data for the report is obtained through a survey sent to senior executives across a variety of industries this past fall. For this year’s report, 563 surveys were completed, which is a significant increase over prior years.…
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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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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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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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ERM May Be Simple to Understand but It’s Not Easy

One name you see me refer to often is Hans Læssøe, author of the book Prepare to Dare, and former strategic risk manager for The LEGO Group. Hans is currently a consultant based in Denmark. Not only do I admire LEGO for its stellar assortment of models that both my son and I enjoy building,…
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How Regulators Perpetuate Enterprise “List” Management

As a former regulator of property & casualty insurance companies in Florida, I can appreciate the importance of some regulation of certain companies. After all, you don’t want to find out after a hurricane that your insurance carrier is insolvent. Risk management related regulations like ORSA for insurance companies, Basel III for banks, and some…
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ERM Framework vs. ERM Process – Understanding the Difference

In the vast arsenal of materials discussing enterprise risk management, words are thrown around that may be unclear to novice risk professionals or executives unfamiliar with ERM. While I intuitively know the difference between an ERM framework and process, the random use of these terms can lead to confusion for some. If you’ve read my…
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The Future of ERM – Grooming the Next Generation

As ERM professionals, we are always looking toward the future. The core of our job is to ensure executives are making risk-informed decisions in establishing and pursuing strategic objectives. Our goal isn’t to avoid risk but to help companies take intelligent risks to ensure success. Since our profession should focus on the future, the recent…
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