enterprise risk management

ERM on a budget

ERM on a Budget: It is Possible! – 7 Key Considerations

When I started my consulting firm in August 2016, I knew I wanted to help organizations perform better by using enterprise risk management (ERM) instead of just traditional risk management. After all, I know how well ERM can work when done right and how much the organization can benefit from it. But as a start-up,…
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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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Crisis communications

Crisis Communications: Protecting and Saving Reputations Everywhere!

An Interview with Evan Bloom of Fortress Strategic Communications Communication is critical to the success of an organization — especially during a crisis. How well an organization communicates can help or hurt any reputation. I have previously written about how organizations can better understand their reputation risk; one of those methods is to analyze your…
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risk management resources

Top 18 Risk Management Resources for 2018

Every organization is at a different stage with their risk management practices, but regardless of where you are, you are making  plans for 2018 on how to take the next step …and trying to figure out how it all works together. Before I get into the ERM Insights by Carol resources, here are a few…
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Stop Seeing Red: How to Revamp Your Risk Assessment Process to Free Up More Resources

As noted in last week’s blog on freeing up in-house ERM resources, your organization has probably experienced a substantial increase in the volume and complexity of risks over the past five years, and yet you have insufficient resources to strengthen your ERM processes to manage these new threats. These statistics from NC State’s report, The…
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Improve reputation risk oversight to survive the close scrutiny.

4 Ways to Survive Reputation Scrutiny and Improve Reputation Risk Oversight

I’ve been pondering reputation risk a lot lately, especially when I consider that around 75% of a company’s market value today is tied to intangible assets like reputation. Every organization is under scrutiny every day, and reputations are at stake. How well are companies and non-profits managing their reputation risk? What kind of reputation risk…
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From Debbie Downer to Team Player: 4 Ways to Change Your Organization’s Perception of ERM

Nobody likes a “Debbie Downer,” except of course the hilarious, unforgettable character from Saturday Night Live. She’s the one who always has something negative to say, even in the best situation. Unfortunately, organizations often think of ERM as the corporate Debbie Downer. You know you’ve received this dubious label when you’re not invited to planning…
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5 Ways to Better Understand and Quantify Reputation Risk

As the person representing ERM at your organization, reputation risk is likely at the top of the list of concerns. You bring it up frequently with people across the organization and have tried to figure out how in the world to include it in your risk assessments. I know…because I struggled with this same thing.…
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ERM and Internal Audit: The Right Relationship

There is much discussion and debate about how Internal Audit and Enterprise Risk Management (ERM) should be connected. Some say ERM can be embedded within the internal audit group. I don’t fall in this group. Internal audit standards say that internal auditors should be objective and not unduly influenced. In other words, independent. I have…
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3 Threats Leave Long-Standing Food Brands Struggling

One of my recent articles, 8 Possible Consequences of Not Being Proactive in Risk Management, discussed possible ramifications for companies who do not factor risks into decision making. Two of those consequences, product failure and profit/financial loss, came to the forefront of my mind when reading an article from the Wall Street Journal about how…
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