erm success

Top 21 Risk Management (…and Other) Resources for 2021

Happy New Year!! As of this writing, the year 2020 is officially in the rearview mirror. Suffice it to say that between the COVID pandemic, a contentious election year here in the U.S., a record-breaking hurricane season, and other challenges, we are all glad to bid the past year farewell. Personally, the year had its…
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ERM best practices

Why Following ERM Best Practices Can Do More Harm than Good

Woven into many of my posts from the last 4+ years is the advice that ERM best practices should be approached with caution. While the updated COSO and ISO 31000 standards can be great starting points for some organizations, simply copying another organization’s policies and practices comes with many drawbacks that will eventually become painful.…
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What a Calm Act of Heroism Can Teach Us about Risk Management

I remember the day well… I was in my office on a cold and blustery January day when news came of a plane crash in New York City, but unlike other crashes in times past, there were few injuries and no fatalities. Later dubbed the “Miracle on the Hudson,” the events of that day were…
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planning sessions

3 Simple Steps to Be Invited to Strategic Planning Sessions

One issue that executives, Board members, and other company leaders continue to raise in surveys and elsewhere is that ERM doesn’t provide strategic advantage or valuable insights to decision-making. Reports received by business unit and company leaders typically regurgitate a list of risks and rehash what they already know. As we discuss in this post…
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Building a Performance-Focused Risk Management Process Step #2: Identifying Need

Early this summer, I shared an article discussing how important culture is to the success of a company’s risk management efforts and what executives can begin doing immediately to change it. The article originally appeared in The Demotech Difference, a journal targeting midsize property & casualty insurance firms. Today’s post explores the second step in…
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3 Easy to Use Tips to Understanding Why Executives Want ERM

Any endeavor, whether it is personal or in business, has a reason or motivation for its pursuit. Take exercise for example… If you’ve ever hit the gym, taken a Zumba class, or worked with a trainer, there was an underlying motivation. Example motivations are a desire to lose weight, build strength, build endurance so you…
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Decision Analysis: A Structured Process for Improving Business Decisions

If you scroll through the posts on this blog, you will notice that many focus on decisions. This shouldn’t be a surprise considering that ERM is one tool for ensuring risk-informed decisions across the organization… Unfortunately, a growing number of organizations continue to report that their ERM processes do not provide a competitive advantage and…
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5 Key Personas of an Effective ERM Professional

When my blog was still pretty new, I published in early 2017 an article on the qualities of an effective ERM professional. Three years may not seem like a long time, but it is when considering how fast things are changing. Although the original article contains information that is still relevant today, I felt it…
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