risk assessment

5 Steps to Avoiding Analysis Paralysis

Thoughtfulness is a wonderful trait and one my family and I strive for each day. In the professional setting, it’s also considered an essential leadership quality that ultimately yields better results for an organization. Individuals who process information more deeply than others can be called “sensitive strivers,” according to executive coach and author Melody Wilding…
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Qualitative vs. Quantitative Risk Assessment – Can There Be a Middle Road?

In my years as both a risk practitioner and ERM consultant, there has and continues to be intense debate around methods for assessing risks. (If you are unfamiliar with the meaning of qualitative and quantitative, this article provides a quick overview.) To illustrate this debate, take the following two comments from a previous article asking…
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Can We Trust the Experts during Risk Assessments?

The nature of being a risk manager requires us to engage extensively with subject-matter experts (SMEs) to understand concepts, processes, and risks. We use this information to understand how the SMEs’ activities fit into the bigger picture of the organization. Without their input, it’s almost impossible to determine the appropriate risk response unless you have…
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3 Steps to Handling Risks that Exceed your Company’s Appetite

As I and others repeat often, it is impossible to manage every risk. Doing so is counterproductive and leads to even more problems than it solves, including preventing your organization from achieving its goals and objectives. Here is the truth: life is about choices and resources (time, financial, etc.) are scarce. Risks are no different.…
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signpost analysis

Signpost Analysis – An Easy Way to Anticipate Long-Term Risks

With information and other demands for our attention bombarding us each day, it can be hard to think about the long-term. As a growing number of examples show, ignoring long-term risks to strategic objectives can be devastating, especially considering the world of Volatility, Uncertainty, Complexity, and Ambiguity (VUCA) we find ourselves in. While discussing the…
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ERM standards

Making Sense of ERM Standards in a Volatile and Dynamic Environment

When we are new to something, our natural tendency is to seek out well-established, reputable sources for guidance. As a yummy example, once upon a time, I decided I wanted to make my own homemade chocolate chip cookies. My first step was to refer to the recipe on the back of the bag of Nestle-brand…
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risk owners

3 Steps to Ensuring Risk Owners Ultimately Fulfill Their Obligations

It’s all too common…we ask someone to help with something just to be disappointed later. It’s frustrating…believe me I know. When it comes to managing risks and opportunities, we assign an “owner” to manage the day-to-day and ensure someone is responsible for the risk (and oversee the mitigation activities). As I discuss in this article…
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