risk culture

When Organizational Culture Fails….

Podcast: Play in new window | DownloadA recent Business Insider article on Uber’s self-driving car incident goes in-depth into the culture of the company. Uber has been going through changes for over a year, beginning with the CEO being fired in 2017 amid charges of sexual harassment claims throughout the company. Uber has been focused…
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Explaining the Why of Enterprise Risk Management

During the North Carolina State University’s ERM Roundtable Summit this fall, one of the topics of conversation focused on how to involve more people from across the organization in ERM. During this discussion, we were all asked, “how many of you have talked extensively about ‘what ERM is’ and explained ‘we are conducting surveys, interviews,…
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risk literacy

Four Ways to Strengthen Risk Literacy in Your Organization

Math is not my strong suit. I feel more at ease at the keyboard, weaving words together. That’s not to say I’m terrible at math. In fact, I passed a rigorous calculus course in high school, and I actually enjoyed business statistics. But those days are in the distant past, and I rarely have occasion…
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Relationships: A Common but Fatal Mistake of Risk Management

The majority of articles on my blog focus on the process side of enterprise risk management. I’ve discussed at great length subjects like setting up an ERM program, risk identification, risk assessment, and more. However, the process and technical skills is only part of what goes into a successful, value-enhancing ERM program. If you’re like…
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risk review

3 Ways to Avoid the Check-the-Box Trap in Risk Review

In both my experience and according to a white paper from PwC, a common ERM challenge is how an annual risk review becomes a check-the-box activity. It shouldn’t be this way… Regardless of the reasons, everyone from executives all the way down to entry-level managers and employees have enough “bureaucratic” burdens as it is. An…
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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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Three Ways to Reduce Organizational Change Risk

Organizational change is something we experience and hear about all the time. Don’t you get tired of change? Goodness knows, I do! How many times has an organizational change, like a merger, acquisition, internal reorganization, or market expansion, not succeeded? Too many times to count. In fact, a CEB 2016 Workforce Change survey showed that…
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5 Critical Steps to Cultivating a Positive Risk Culture

Your company keeps experiencing negative events like vendor(s) not keeping their commitments, product changes that weren’t received well, or people leaving the company in droves because they feel like their job has no meaning or they are not valued. Management doesn’t understand why these events keep happening much less how to address them; they just…
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