enterprise risk management

What Risk Ownership Is and Isn’t

By Carol Williams / November 24, 2021 /

In a previous article on assigning a risk owner, I discuss how designating someone to be accountable for a risk is important for ensuring that it does not fall through the cracks and that an appropriate response is developed and acted upon in a timely manner. The article provides a high-level overview of when a…

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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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ERM Pioneer Shares Technique for Anticipating Long-Term Risks and Opportunities

By Carol Williams / September 29, 2021 /

Thinking about the long-term is not something we automatically do…after all, with the constant ups and downs and various trip wires out there, we feel that if we make it through the next year or even the next quarter, we can consider our corporate strategy a success. This mindset can be destructive in the long-term…

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6 Ways to Improve your ERM Program’s Scalability

By Carol Williams / September 1, 2021 /

Regardless of whether it’s an exercise program or business endeavor, there’s a certain energy and excitement when starting something new. We work with great anticipation of the benefits our efforts will bring. But as the old Proverb originally coined in the Robert Burns poem To a Mouse says, “the best laid plans of mice and…

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5 Ways to Improve ERM’s Reputation with Executives

By Carol Williams / June 10, 2021 /

The COVID pandemic of the last year blew the lid of uncertainty wide open… And while restrictions are easing and many are returning to the office, this uncertainty shows no signs of abating. In fact, it will continue to intensify. Now this may seem like an incredible opportunity for ERM to help the Board, executives…

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ERM for Small and Midsize Business: It’s Just NOT the Same

By Carol Williams / March 9, 2021 /

We’ve all heard it from politicians and the press, but it’s true – small and midsize business (SMB) constitutes the lion’s share of the economy. They account for 64% of new jobs created in the U.S. and over 90% of the “business population” according to this report. Gartner defines small businesses as those firms with…

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3 Questions to Consider if Management Rejects Recommendations Due to Cost

By Carol Williams / March 3, 2021 /

Occasionally, I examine local or national events with a risk lens to see what went right and wrong, such as this example of poor vendor risk management in my local community. Doing so can help us better understand areas we may need to improve in our own organizations to avoid similar consequences. Quick Synopsis of…

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Making Sense of ERM Standards in a Volatile and Dynamic Environment

By Carol Williams / February 23, 2021 /

When we are new to something, our natural tendency is to seek out well-established, reputable sources for guidance. As a yummy example, once upon a time, I decided I wanted to make my own homemade chocolate chip cookies. My first step was to refer to the recipe on the back of the bag of Nestle-brand…

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Performance-Focused Risk Management: Tying It All Together

By Carol Williams / February 16, 2021 /

Today’s article is a reprint of the last of four guest editorials originally published in The Demotech Difference, a journal targeting small- to midsize property and casualty insurance companies. The first three articles in the series delved into the foundations of building a performance-focused risk management process, specifically the importance of culture, identifying the company’s…

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Top 21 Risk Management (…and Other) Resources for 2021

By Carol Williams / January 3, 2021 /

Happy New Year!! As of this writing, the year 2020 is officially in the rearview mirror. Suffice it to say that between the COVID pandemic, a contentious election year here in the U.S., a record-breaking hurricane season, and other challenges, we are all glad to bid the past year farewell. Personally, the year had its…

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