Strategic Conversations

Asserting the Answer – A Common Pitfall of Effective Problem Solving

You know what they say about assumptions, right? One particular quote from one of my favorite action movies, the Steven Seagal classic Under Siege 2: Dark Territory comes to mind, but it’s not appropriate to repeat here. Instead, we’ll turn to the brilliant Albert Einstein who is quoted as once saying… Assumptions are made and…
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visual aids

Harnessing the Power of Visual Aids to Prompt Robust Risk Conversations

There’s a good chance – 65% in fact – that you are a visual learner. I personally put myself in this category. Rather than reading text or listening to instructions, I always perform better and remember more through visual aids, especially on a subject I’m not familiar with. Numerous research studies back up my personal…
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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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risk terminology

Make Your Words Count: Translate Risk Terminology to Fit the Business

How many times have you presented risk information to leadership and watched them walk away with glazed eyes and no idea what was just discussed? Or worse yet, someone falls asleep like this: Okay – hopefully, it hasn’t been that bad. But speaking from experience, leaving a meeting with executives not understanding the presentation happened…
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Being Included vs. Being Engaged – One Key to ERM Success

I have written previously about how ERM can be integrated into strategic planning (see here, here, and here) and project management. During a recent conversation with another risk professional regarding ERM’s role within an organization, we spoke about how it was included in various activities and meetings. While ERM was being “included,”  it soon became…
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