Resiliency

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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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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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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Strategic Planning vs. Annual Planning: How ERM Can be Engaged and Add Value

What is the difference between strategic planning and annual planning? Here is my way of separating the two concepts: Strategic Planning is when an organization’s leadership discusses and formally plans out the future of the organization. What goals do they have regarding market share, revenue, and customer satisfaction? With the speed of change over the…
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6 Steps to Setting up Your Business Continuity Program

You know what it’s like – the first couple of days back from a vacation are always the worst. You have mountains of emails and projects to get caught up on, among other things. Compounding this problem are any new projects that your company leadership so graciously decided to throw in your lap while you…
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The “Next Frontier” of Enterprise Risk Management – From Compliance to Strategy

Is this really the next frontier of the enterprise risk management process’ role within the organization? Or is the future now? When it comes to seeing what the future holds, you need to know the history. The same applies to enterprise risk management (ERM), which has an interesting history. In fact, this history is nicely…
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4 Critical Actions for Successful ERM Program

4 Critical Things Organizations Must Do to Ensure an ERM Program’s Success

Congratulations! Your organization has determined that it needs to implement an ERM program. You’ve done all the research on the standards to use for establishing a governance structure, and you’ve committed to your board that the top risks to your business will be identified and managed. Unfortunately, this beginning is the easiest part.  Like any…
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