risk informed decision making

strategic planning

6 Quick-Glance Resources for ERM to Support Strategic Planning

We’re fast approaching that time of year when organizations start their strategic planning.  It literally seems like yesterday we were talking about goals for 2019. Before you know it, 2020 will be here! Risk professionals like you play a key role in ensuring executives are making the most informed decisions possible. These decisions are among…
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Don’t waste time managing risks

Risk management as a concept is undergoing changes, as most everything else. New developments and an ever-increasing speed of change adds and changes the demands for risk management- both in terms of what to do, and how to do it. The world is changing faster than ever before – and anxiety as to the speed…
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Why ERM Often Fails to Add Value to Decision-Making

Podcast: Play in new window | DownloadYou are working hard to help your organization build an effective enterprise risk management program. You’ve spoken with all the business units, identified their significant “risks” and assessed them, come up with numerous risk registers, developed detailed risk reports for executives, and so on. Yet, people still don’t seem…
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Decision Focused Risk Management is not that Different

By Hans Læssøe To many risk managers, who have spent years identifying, analysing and mitigating risks, the concept of decision focused risk management may seem very different, daunting or even somewhat scary. However, despite the inherent differences, the change is not as big as it may appear at first. Yes, there are differences. Let me…
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7 Questions for Understanding the Fundamentals of Risk Appetite

The concept of risk appetite is probably the most confusing and controversial part of the enterprise risk management process. If you do a search for risk appetite, you will find a wide variety of perspectives on how to develop and use it. While there may be an implied risk appetite or a generic statement on…
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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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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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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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