ERM program setup

The Three Lines Model – 3 Reasons Why I Don’t Like It

Everyone likes a clear-cut template that offers an easy way to create or manage something…I mean what’s not to like about a step-by-step process for accomplishing what you want? Sometimes this can work without any issues, such as the case with the Project Management Book of Knowledge (PMBOK), ISO 9001 standard, or a new cooking…
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ERM Foundations are vital for organizational success

3 Phases to Creating and Launching an ERM Program Focused on Organizational Success

If you’ve been handed the task of creating an ERM program for your organization, let me first offer my congratulations quickly followed by my empathy for the task ahead of you. I don’t say that to scare you but to provide a small dose of reality. Building, launching, and refining an ERM program that is…
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ERM to Company Misalignment: Square Pegs Don’t Fit in Round Holes

In many cases, a standard framework like the Project Management Book of Knowledge (PMBOK), JAVA for developing computer- and web-based applications, or some other business framework is the correct and best approach to take. When organizations embark on the ERM journey, one of the first (…and biggest) mistakes they make is to simply cut and…
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What Risk Ownership Is and Isn’t

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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6 Ways to Improve your ERM Program’s Scalability

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

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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10 Attributes that Made ERM Successful at the LEGO Group

LEGO is a timeless, classic toy line popular among kids and the young-at-heart, including here in our home. Building LEGO sets either as a themed set (e.g., Star Wars, fire station, airport) or creative imagination is something my son and I have enjoyed doing together for several years now. Just recently, he expressed his desire…
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ERM for Small and Midsize Business: It’s Just NOT the Same

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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Building a Performance-Focused Risk Management Process Step #3: Enable and Empower

For today’s post, I would like to share an article originally published in the Fall 2020 issue of The Demotech Difference, a journal targeting midsize property & casualty insurance companies. This article is the third in a four-part series exploring the foundations of a performance-focused risk management process. Articles one and two in the series…
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ERM in the Spotlight

In times of great upheaval for industries or financial markets, organizations often turn to the formal discipline of enterprise risk management. After the 9/11 terrorist attacks and the 2008 financial crisis, for example, ERM gained traction as many organizations realized the significant drawbacks of a traditional siloed risk management approach. But widespread ERM adoption remains…
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