strategic risk

Real-Life Example of Robust Enterprise Risk Management

Today we have a special guest – Hans Læssøe. As you may know, Hans’ perspective is something I reference often here on the blog. We finally got a chance to catch up! In this interview, Hans and I discuss his background, what led his former company, LEGO, to adopt ERM, and a few factors key…
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Protecting Trade Secrets: Finding the Right Balance

Out of all potential sources of a company’s value, tangible or intangible, trade secrets are often the most valuable.  While the theft of trade secrets is nothing new, it is an ongoing and growing problem that leads to over $300 billion in annual losses according to the Commission on the Theft of American Intellectual Property.…
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Why Organizations Struggle with Key Risk Indicators and How to Make them Work

If done properly, key risk indicators (KRIs) can be a valuable tool for proactively managing risks to achieving strategic objectives. As I explain in a previous article, being proactive is one of the key differences between traditional and enterprise risk management. Despite their potential for facilitating the proactive management of risk, around 70% of organizations…
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Are Top Risk Reports Really Helpful to Organizations?

As we enter a new year (…and a new decade), it’s always a good idea to take a step back to see what may impact organizations in the year ahead. Every fall, NC State’s ERM Initiative, in partnership with Protiviti, surveys C-suite executives and Boards across a variety of industries to gauge what they see…
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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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ERM at Thanksgiving – An Illustration of Risk Management in Action

It’s Thanksgiving week in the U.S. – the air is crisp, Fall colors abound, and there is a palatable excitement as we enter the year-end holiday season. This week’s holiday provides a great opportunity to reconnect with family and old friends and take stock of what we’re grateful for. On occasion, I like to take…
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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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16 Essential Questions to Ask for Effective Scenario Planning

At a high level, the ultimate goal of scenario planning is to help executives better understand the impacts of new goals and objectives to ensure the goals set out in the organization’s strategic plan are the right ones. Why use scenario planning? It is an effective tool to discover and test assumptions to ensure executives…
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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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