ERM program marketing

8 Possible Consequences of Not Being Proactive in Risk Management

By Carol Williams / June 14, 2022 /

You don’t need to be a rocket scientist or have a crystal ball to know how chaotic today’s world is. Whether due to rising costs, supply disruptions, or some other industry-specific issue, companies across-the-board and around the world are experiencing unprecedented challenges, where the response/reaction will determine their course for the next decade or more.…

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Why an Elevator Pitch is an Ineffective Tool for Selling ERM

By Carol Williams / October 7, 2019 /

You may understand how ERM can be a valuable tool for ensuring the organization’s success, but unless an executive has some prior positive experience with ERM, you as a risk professional are about to experience an uphill battle: convincing them to adopt ERM to help improve the way the organization performs. After all, without buy-in…

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ERM Implementation: What Risk Professionals Consider the #1 Challenge To Be

By Carol Williams / December 3, 2018 /

I recently asked of fellow risk professionals, “What is your single biggest challenge when it comes to ERM implementation?” What do you think the answers were? Maybe figuring out how to assess risks? Maybe integrating with strategy? Or aggregation of risks? Nope. Tone at the top! Yes, the executives and how they convey their thoughts…

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Explaining the Why of Enterprise Risk Management

By Carol Williams / November 12, 2018 /

During the North Carolina State University’s ERM Roundtable Summit this fall, one of the topics of conversation focused on how to involve more people from across the organization in ERM. During this discussion, we were all asked, “how many of you have talked extensively about ‘what ERM is’ and explained ‘we are conducting surveys, interviews,…

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4 Easy Ways to Ensure Management is Supportive and Actively Engaged in your ERM Program

By Carol Williams / June 4, 2018 /

When it comes to enterprise risk management, I have struggled with ways to engage management. After all, it is not like ERM is an exciting topic…at least for most people. Me, I love talking about ERM! Most executives or mid-level management focus their days on what they specialize in, whether it is finance, marketing, information…

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How Digital Transformations Mirror the ERM Journey for Many Organizations

By Carol Williams / March 12, 2018 /

I recently read an interesting Harvard Business Review article titled “Why So Many High-Profile Digital Transformations Fail” which examines the digital transformations attempted by GE, Nike, Sears, Lego, Walmart, Staples, and Proctor & Gamble. These are some big brands that have run into issues when attempting to go full-force into a digital space. This part…

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risk terminology

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

By Carol Williams / December 26, 2017 /

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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From Debbie Downer to Team Player: 4 Ways to Change Your Organization’s Perception of ERM

By Ashley / November 3, 2017 /

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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Being Included vs. Being Engaged – One Key to ERM Success

By Carol Williams / October 17, 2017 /

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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8 Possible Consequences of Not Being Proactive in Risk Management

By Carol Williams / August 23, 2017 /

Rather than discuss the benefits of risk management in this article, I want to take some time to explain what can possibly happen if you do not proactively identify, assess and manage risks in your organization. As I explain elsewhere, risks in the ERM context is more than just potential hazards – it includes any…

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