decision-making

scarcity mindset

How Scarcity Mindset Can Cripple Your Company’s Future

By Carol Williams / August 22, 2022 /

I don’t think it’s an understatement or cliché to say that the uncertainty gripping today’s business environment and overall economy is thick enough to cut with a knife. With inflation still stubbornly high and the odds of a recession increasing dramatically in recent months, companies are once again considering how to best navigate choppy waters.…

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Asking Unbiased Risk Assessment Questions

By Carol Williams / August 4, 2022 /

Originally coined by the U.S. Army War College in the early ‘90s, the acronym VUCA, short for volatile, uncertain, complex, and ambiguous, has become a popular term for describing today’s business environment. I agree this oft-repeated mantra could almost be considered cliché, but that doesn’t make it any less true. To make the best decisions…

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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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How to Move Past “Analysis Paralysis” – 5 Steps for Leaders

By Carol Williams / July 8, 2022 /

For this Independence Day week’s post, I would like to share the following article written for the most recent quarterly issue of Carrier Management, a journal exploring issues affecting executives of property & casualty insurance companies. (However, like previous guest articles in Carrier Management and elsewhere, this article can easily be applied to company leaders…

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The Importance of the First Five Minutes of Any Risk and Strategy Conversation

By Carol Williams / June 22, 2022 /

If there’s one thing I’ve learned writing articles for my risk and strategy blog is that considerable thought has to be put into the post’s title and opening lines. With a seemingly endless amount of content on the Internet, visitors will quickly whisk away if the title and intro to an article is not engaging…

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4 Simple Steps to a Speedy and Effective Decision

By Carol Williams / April 26, 2022 /

This may sound a little mundane, but with events and changes happening at what seems lightning speed in today’s world, companies of all types and industries need a way to make decisions quickly and effectively. Which is the core what an ERM program is supposed to do…support the company in making risk-informed decisions in pursuit…

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One Fatal Error of KRIs and How to Avoid It

By Carol Williams / April 12, 2022 /

If you were to ask what constitutes a well-rounded, mature ERM program that delivers strategic value to the organization, many would say robust key risk indicators (KRIs) would certainly be at or near the top of the list. Writing in the book Enterprise Risk Management: Today’s Leading Research and Best Practices for Tomorrow’s Executives, Deloitte…

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Alternative Methods to Clarifying Risks and Opportunities

By Carol Williams / April 5, 2022 /

Have you ever asked 10 people the same question and received 10 different answers? It may seem funny in hindsight or on your favorite sitcom, but I can attest personally that it can be incredibly frustrating. In a previous article outlining the elements of a clearly articulated risk statement, I discussed how not having a…

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Asserting the Answer – A Common Pitfall of Effective Problem Solving

By Carol Williams / March 18, 2022 /

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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3 Components of an Effective Risk Statement

By Carol Williams / February 25, 2022 /

Have you ever been given an assignment at work without clear instructions? It can be dizzying to try and figure out what your first steps to be. At best, it’s disconcerting not knowing if you’re on the right track, and at worst, you don’t even know what your desired end result should be or look…

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