Governance & Oversight

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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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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Avoid the Gotcha Reputation with Executives by Using One Simple Step

By Carol Williams / May 17, 2022 /

In case you don’t know or can’t tell, I love speaking with and learning from others to understand their challenges as it can reveal what others are likely facing. And a recent conversation with a newly appointed head of audit revealed a challenge that I felt important to pass along. You’ve heard me say over…

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5 Simple Questions for Assessing the Effectiveness of ERM Processes

By Carol Williams / December 9, 2021 /

It’s hard to believe that we’re nearing the end of 2021! Whether it’s improving health, changing eating habits, or some other goal, the New Year always represents a great opportunity for a fresh start. A company’s ERM processes are no different… The end of the year represents an ideal time to take a step back…

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Risk & Compliance Conference Session Provides Deep-Dive into Third-Party Risks

By Carol Williams / October 7, 2021 /

Risk management isn’t solely about managing threats and opportunities within your company. Just like it would be impossible for us to grow food, provide clothing, shelter, and other necessities all on our own, the same fact is true for a company. It would be impossible to provide every raw material or handle every service in-house.…

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3 Factors to Consider Before Escalating Risk Issues to the Board

By Carol Williams / September 15, 2021 /

After beginning as a requirement for financial firms, active Board oversight of risk management has increasingly become an expectation, even a necessity, for all types of organizations over the last 20 years. The annual State of Risk Oversight report from North Carolina State University corroborates this. According to their survey, a high number of Boards,…

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Taking a Growth Pause: Preparing for Long-Term Success

By Carol Williams / June 3, 2021 /

For this week’s post, I would like to share a guest article published in Carrier Management, a quarterly journal targeting P&C insurance executives. Like previous guest editorials, this article was written with a specific industry in mind, but the contents are applicable to any organization. When a company is in its infancy, the main focus…

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5 Tips to Making Board Risk Reports Meaningful Tools for Decision-Making

By Carol Williams / April 28, 2021 /

The year is flying by as we’re well into the second quarter already. Q1 board risk reports should be done, assuming your company prepares one quarterly, and you are likely getting ready to prepare a midyear update. As I discuss in The Ultimate Primer for Effective Risk Reporting, board risk reports serve a dual purpose……

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risk controls

An Easier Way to Understand the Effectiveness of Risk Controls

By Carol Williams / November 5, 2020 /

KRIs, KPIs, ORSA, ISO, COSO…risk controls, risk owners, risk appetite. The acronyms, the alphabet soup, oh my! To anyone with little to no experience, risk management jargon can be dizzying and confusing, especially to executives who are often deluged with risk registers, reports, and processes that are overwhelming and not helpful for managing the organization…

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communicating risks

2 Keys to Effectively Communicating Risks to the Board

By Carol Williams / September 16, 2020 /

It’s getting to be that time of the year when many organizations have major board meetings to finalize plans and budgets for the next year. Considering this year’s unprecedented volatility, many Boards will naturally want to discuss risks facing the enterprise. While the topic of Boards and reporting risks have been peppered in past blog…

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