ERM vs traditional risk management

One Simple Method to Validate Risk Assessment Results

By Carol Williams / August 30, 2022 /

Everyone sees the world a bit differently…it’s one of those fun facts that makes life so interesting. Think about how boring the world would be if we all thought the same way! As with a group of any size, a company’s personnel will have a variety of perspectives or biases on a particular risk. It’s…

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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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Multi-Decade High Inflation Creates Both Risks and Opportunities

By Carol Williams / May 3, 2022 /

Back at the beginning of 2021, I explored the gathering storm clouds of inflation and whether it was going to become an issue for businesses and individuals in the year ahead. Very few were talking about it at the time, but signs were percolating that price inflation was indeed going to increase – the question…

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Top 2022 Risks and Resources

Top 22 Risk Management (…and Other) Resources for 2022

By Carol Williams / January 3, 2022 /

Although this past year pales in comparison to the upheaval of 2020, it can still be summed up in one word: chaotic. Between the Great Resignation, accelerating inflation, supply chain woes, the Delta variant, and industry-specific challenges, organizations of all sizes and purposes faced incredible obstacles that were unheard of just a few short years…

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Retooling: Applying Problem Definition Process to Risk & Opportunity Management

By Carol Williams / May 12, 2021 /

In the manufacturing world, retooling machinery for a different purpose is a common practice. Once a machine becomes worn out, obsolete, or the product is no longer in demand, engineers can modify the equipment for another purpose and thus save the company tens of thousands, even millions of dollars. The best example of this on…

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3 Steps to Handling Risks that Exceed your Company’s Appetite

By Carol Williams / April 14, 2021 /

As I and others repeat often, it is impossible to manage every risk. Doing so is counterproductive and leads to even more problems than it solves, including preventing your organization from achieving its goals and objectives. Here is the truth: life is about choices and resources (time, financial, etc.) are scarce. Risks are no different.…

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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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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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disruptive technology

Disruptive Technology – Is your Company Making a Strategic Decision or Being Reactive?

By Carol Williams / September 30, 2020 /

Disruptive technology is a phrase we’ve been hearing a lot lately. While the concept of business disruption is nothing new, it is an accelerating trend that shows no signs of slowing down anytime soon. Disruptive innovation or technology was formally defined by Harvard Business professor Clayton Christensen in a 1995 HBR article and subsequent book…

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ERM & audit

Understanding the Changing Dynamics between ERM & Audit

By Carol Williams / August 11, 2020 /

As is often repeated here and elsewhere, the world is changing at an incredibly fast pace. Even without this year’s coronavirus pandemic, this pace will only accelerate in the years and decades ahead as automation, AI, machine learning, and other technologies continue to develop. ERM and audit are not immune to this change… Internal auditors…

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