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Coronavirus Response Not Always About Minimizing Harm

Unless you have been living under a rock for the last couple of months, you have undoubtedly heard about COVID-19, a new type of coronavirus. In a daily report from the World Health Organization for March 9th, there are close to 110,000 reported cases worldwide. Sadly, the virus has claimed the lives of just over…
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Be Warned: Impacts from Cyber Attacks Not Fully Insurable

In speaking with clients or other organizations, I’m often astounded by the response I receive when I ask about cyber-attacks. Too often, the risk professional or executive I’m speaking with says something like this – “Oh, we have insurance coverage for that…” This is cringe-worthy, like fingernails on a chalkboard cringe-worthy to me. Black Board…
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Reputation: A Standalone Risk?

You can’t place a high enough value on reputation in today’s world. And executives understand this, especially after high-profile scandals shook companies like United Airlines, Wells Fargo, and others to the core. A recent report shows that corporate reputation is now responsible for 38% of market capitalization for the Financial Times Stock Exchange (FTSE) 100…
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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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Practicing ERM without a Formal ERM Program

Many of the ERM resources you encounter on my blog and elsewhere focus on elements of a formal program like developing a framework, establishing risk appetite, and more. We imply, at least indirectly, that your organization must have this formal structure in place before practicing ERM. However, this isn’t always the case… Double-take – why…
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Peak Car – Can ERM Help Automakers Adapt to a Growing Trend?

On occasion, I come across news articles that present a great opportunity to showcase how ERM can be a valuable tool in helping organizations adapt to change. Because let’s face it – any organization, be it for-profit or non-profit, must adapt to growing trends to ensure they remain relevant for the long haul. The best…
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Was Organizational Culture the Key Driver in the Collapse of a Major Company?

A large (~5£ billion) publicly traded construction company, Carillion, collapsed earlier this year after months of ignored financial warnings. In fact, because of the size of the organization and how this all went down, the UK Parliament conducted an in-depth investigation into the collapse. The report of the Parliament investigation is quite interesting. It starts…
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