ERM Fundamental

The 12 Days of ERM Christmas

Without a doubt, one of my family’s favorite holidays is Christmas. Part of the fun, especially for our son, is seeing what “Santa” brought, but most importantly, we treasure the spirit of peace and goodwill the season brings. And after what seemed to be a never-ending warm spell, the weather is expected to be good…
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ERM at Thanksgiving – An Illustration of Risk Management in Action

On occasion, I like to take some of the concepts we risk professionals think about in our jobs and apply them to different personal situations…take some of the same concepts we use when working with executives to develop corporate strategy and manage risks or uncertainty around that strategy. It’s Thanksgiving week in the U.S. –…
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Why Quantitative Risk Assessment is Not Just the Best But the Only Option – A Conversation

Periodically, I have the pleasure of speaking one-on-one with Hans Læssøe on a variety of topics around ERM, strategic risk, and other issues and trends. As you know from my previous conversations (here, here) and posts featuring his work, Hans was formerly a practitioner at the iconic LEGO Company, but even more notably, is a…
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The Three Lines Model – 3 Reasons Why I Don’t Like It

Everyone likes a clear-cut template that offers an easy way to create or manage something…I mean what’s not to like about a step-by-step process for accomplishing what you want? Sometimes this can work without any issues, such as the case with the Project Management Book of Knowledge (PMBOK), ISO 9001 standard, or a new cooking…
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One Simple Method to Validate Risk Assessment Results

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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scarcity mindset

How Scarcity Mindset Can Cripple Your Company’s Future

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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Asking Unbiased Risk Assessment Questions

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

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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What Does Risk Identification Have to Do With Crime Dramas?

Anyone who knows me well knows how much I enjoy murder mystery TV shows and books. My personal bookshelf is loaded with novels from JD Robb, Tess Gerritsen, David Baldacci, and others. And IF I’m able to manage some TV time, something that is getting more difficult all of the time it seems, shows like…
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Multi-Decade High Inflation Creates Both Risks and Opportunities

Back at the beginning of 2021, I explored the gathering storm clouds of inflation and whether it was going to become an issue for businesses and individuals in the year ahead. Very few were talking about it at the time, but signs were percolating that price inflation was indeed going to increase – the question…
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