Professional Development

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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5 Steps to Avoiding Analysis Paralysis

Thoughtfulness is a wonderful trait and one my family and I strive for each day. In the professional setting, it’s also considered an essential leadership quality that ultimately yields better results for an organization. Individuals who process information more deeply than others can be called “sensitive strivers,” according to executive coach and author Melody Wilding…
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Finding the Right Talent for Understanding Uncertainty

I don’t particularly like discussing the coronavirus pandemic; it seems like the topic is pretty worn out, but for organizations of all types and sizes, the pandemic and governments’ response to it over the last year blew the lid of uncertainty wide open. Now it’s not that 2020 ushered in the age of uncertainty –…
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planning sessions

3 Simple Steps to Be Invited to Strategic Planning Sessions

One issue that executives, Board members, and other company leaders continue to raise in surveys and elsewhere is that ERM doesn’t provide strategic advantage or valuable insights to decision-making. Reports received by business unit and company leaders typically regurgitate a list of risks and rehash what they already know. As we discuss in this post…
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4 Considerations for Building Effective ERM Presentations

No doubt you’ve attended presentations that were unengaging and downright boring. You were glad they were over, but also upset that the last 1-2 hours of your life were a waste. Being on the other side can be even more frustrating, even demoralizing… You spend hours developing an extensive 30 (or even 50!)-slide PowerPoint presentation.…
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The Future of ERM – Grooming the Next Generation

As ERM professionals, we are always looking toward the future. The core of our job is to ensure executives are making risk-informed decisions in establishing and pursuing strategic objectives. Our goal isn’t to avoid risk but to help companies take intelligent risks to ensure success. Since our profession should focus on the future, the recent…
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Maximize your Impact as a Risk Professional by Developing Strategic Thinking Skills in 4 Steps

Being an effective risk professional in today’s business environment takes more than just technical knowledge of risk management techniques. If you want more info on those aspects for ERM, you can browse through my blog for a laundry list of topics, as well as various books and other online resources. But as explained in last…
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Listening and Reading People – Two Underappreciated Skills Crucial to ERM Success

When you examine books and online resources about ERM (including my blog), you will find plenty of information on methods for identifying risks, assessing risks, establishing an ERM governance structure, and more. However, what often gets lost is the idea that there are other “soft” skills risk professionals must have in order for ERM to…
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Expanding your Abilities with the Growth Mindset

While traveling to a client site last week, I had a really interesting conversation with an attorney sitting next to me on a flight from Atlanta (…I can’t fly anywhere without going through Atlanta first). She talked about a book she had read that talked about grit and a Growth Mindset, which got me thinking……
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3 Ways to Mature your ERM Program and Why They’re All Bad

In a nutshell, ERM can be a powerful tool for ensuring executives are making risk-informed decisions and limited resources are being used in the most efficient manner. Unfortunately, this isn’t something you can simply wish for and it’s done. Getting an ERM program to this point requires time and LOTS of patience and diligence. There’s…
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