Governance & Oversight

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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Storytelling and Risk Management – Developing Skills that Technology Cannot Replace

It’s amazing how technology has developed and changed our working world over time. Imagine trying to run my risk and strategy consulting firm without tools like Zoom, Box, Slack, and other ERM-specific technology tools. There is no way we would be able to serve our clients the way that we do. Just consider how the…
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ERM Foundations are vital for organizational success

3 Phases to Creating and Launching an ERM Program Focused on Organizational Success

If you’ve been handed the task of creating an ERM program for your organization, let me first offer my congratulations quickly followed by my empathy for the task ahead of you. I don’t say that to scare you but to provide a small dose of reality. Building, launching, and refining an ERM program that is…
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Should We Still Be Using the Term Risk Management?

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

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

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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8 Possible Consequences of Not Being Proactive in Risk Management

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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ERM to Company Misalignment: Square Pegs Don’t Fit in Round Holes

In many cases, a standard framework like the Project Management Book of Knowledge (PMBOK), JAVA for developing computer- and web-based applications, or some other business framework is the correct and best approach to take. When organizations embark on the ERM journey, one of the first (…and biggest) mistakes they make is to simply cut and…
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Compliance vs. Risk Focused Software – Can One System Serve two Masters?

To save time, money, or both, many of us have the tendency to re-purpose tools and processes for something they weren’t originally intended for. Depending on the circumstances, this approach sometimes works … Take, for example, a client who uses a system called Jira designed for facilitating IT help requests. With a few tweaks, this…
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6 Steps to Building a Vibrant Performance-Focused Risk Culture

Even without the disruptions and displacements caused by the COVID-19 pandemic and various responses to it around the world, companies are experiencing an unprecedented amount of challenges that were unheard of as recently as a decade ago. Changing regulations, shifting consumer demands, rapidly evolving technology, and an overall uncertainty of what the future holds are…
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