managing ERM expectations

ERM to Company Misalignment: Square Pegs Don’t Fit in Round Holes

By Carol Williams / March 25, 2022 /

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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5 Simple Questions for Assessing the Effectiveness of ERM Processes

By Carol Williams / December 9, 2021 /

It’s hard to believe that we’re nearing the end of 2021! Whether it’s improving health, changing eating habits, or some other goal, the New Year always represents a great opportunity for a fresh start. A company’s ERM processes are no different… The end of the year represents an ideal time to take a step back…

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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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10 Attributes that Made ERM Successful at the LEGO Group

By Carol Williams / May 19, 2021 /

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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5 Tips to Making Board Risk Reports Meaningful Tools for Decision-Making

By Carol Williams / April 28, 2021 /

The year is flying by as we’re well into the second quarter already. Q1 board risk reports should be done, assuming your company prepares one quarterly, and you are likely getting ready to prepare a midyear update. As I discuss in The Ultimate Primer for Effective Risk Reporting, board risk reports serve a dual purpose……

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What a Calm Act of Heroism Can Teach Us about Risk Management

By Carol Williams / December 2, 2020 /

I remember the day well… I was in my office on a cold and blustery January day when news came of a plane crash in New York City, but unlike other crashes in times past, there were few injuries and no fatalities. Later dubbed the “Miracle on the Hudson,” the events of that day were…

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5 Key Personas of an Effective ERM Professional

By Carol Williams / June 2, 2020 /

When my blog was still pretty new, I published in early 2017 an article on the qualities of an effective ERM professional. Three years may not seem like a long time, but it is when considering how fast things are changing. Although the original article contains information that is still relevant today, I felt it…

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8 Critically Important ERM Articles for Navigating Today’s New Reality

By Carol Williams / May 7, 2020 /

In this current environment, you want to make sure you are doing everything you can to ensure your company can not only weather the storm but emerge stronger on the other side. Just because many physical offices are closed doesn’t mean you should just sit on your hands waiting for things to open back up.…

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ERM May Be Simple to Understand but It’s Not Easy

By Carol Williams / December 17, 2019 /

One name you see me refer to often is Hans Læssøe, author of the book Prepare to Dare, and former strategic risk manager for The LEGO Group. Hans is currently a consultant based in Denmark. Not only do I admire LEGO for its stellar assortment of models that both my son and I enjoy building,…

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