Carol Williams

One Simple Method to Validate Risk Assessment Results

By Carol Williams / August 30, 2022 /

Everyone sees the world a bit differently…it’s one of those fun facts that makes life so interesting. Think about how boring the world would be if we all thought the same way! As with a group of any size, a company’s personnel will have a variety of perspectives or biases on a particular risk. It’s…

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How Scarcity Mindset Can Cripple Your Company’s Future

By Carol Williams / August 22, 2022 /

I don’t think it’s an understatement or cliché to say that the uncertainty gripping today’s business environment and overall economy is thick enough to cut with a knife. With inflation still stubbornly high and the odds of a recession increasing dramatically in recent months, companies are once again considering how to best navigate choppy waters.…

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Should We Still Be Using the Term Risk Management?

By Carol Williams / August 16, 2022 /

“What’s in a name” you ask? Aside from “To be or not to be? That is the question,” this is probably one of Shakespeare’s most well-known quotes or idioms. And coincidentally, it forms the basis of one of the biggest debate’s in the risk management world today. Between risk appetite, heat maps, and the reliability…

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Asking Unbiased Risk Assessment Questions

By Carol Williams / August 4, 2022 /

Originally coined by the U.S. Army War College in the early ‘90s, the acronym VUCA, short for volatile, uncertain, complex, and ambiguous, has become a popular term for describing today’s business environment. I agree this oft-repeated mantra could almost be considered cliché, but that doesn’t make it any less true. To make the best decisions…

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Determining the Best Approach for Low Probability Risks

By Carol Williams / July 27, 2022 /

To start today’s article, I would like to share a family story from July 2021… My husband Nathan was taking our son Jackson to his first baseball game. The two of them took a “guys” trip to see a minor-league team in my former hometown about 3 hours away. On their way, they stopped at…

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5 Steps to Shifting Board Oversight from Operations and Risk to Strategy

By Carol Williams / July 20, 2022 /

Contrary to popular belief, a Board of Directors, Trustees, or whatever title fits the corporate culture are not only for publicly traded companies. Simply referred to as the Board by most, it can be defined broadly as “…a group of individuals either elected or appointed to provide organizational leadership and oversight.” Following the Enron scandal…

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How to Move Past “Analysis Paralysis” – 5 Steps for Leaders

By Carol Williams / July 8, 2022 /

For this Independence Day week’s post, I would like to share the following article written for the most recent quarterly issue of Carrier Management, a journal exploring issues affecting executives of property & casualty insurance companies. (However, like previous guest articles in Carrier Management and elsewhere, this article can easily be applied to company leaders…

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ERM Strategic Planning: Ensuring Long-Term Company Needs are Met

By Carol Williams / June 28, 2022 /

With summer officially underway and the 4th of July holiday closing in, hopefully you’re getting some well-deserved time to step away. Besides some vacation time, this lull before strategic planning resumes sometime in the early fall is also a great time to pause and reflect on the contributions of your company’s ERM program – past,…

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The Importance of the First Five Minutes of Any Risk and Strategy Conversation

By Carol Williams / June 22, 2022 /

If there’s one thing I’ve learned writing articles for my risk and strategy blog is that considerable thought has to be put into the post’s title and opening lines. With a seemingly endless amount of content on the Internet, visitors will quickly whisk away if the title and intro to an article is not engaging…

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8 Possible Consequences of Not Being Proactive in Risk Management

By Carol Williams / June 14, 2022 /

You don’t need to be a rocket scientist or have a crystal ball to know how chaotic today’s world is. Whether due to rising costs, supply disruptions, or some other industry-specific issue, companies across-the-board and around the world are experiencing unprecedented challenges, where the response/reaction will determine their course for the next decade or more.…

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