reducing risk

Determining the Best Approach for Low Probability Risks

By Carol Williams / July 27, 2022 /

To start today’s article, I would like to share a family story from July 2021… My husband Nathan was taking our son Jackson to his first baseball game. The two of them took a “guys” trip to see a minor-league team in my former hometown about 3 hours away. On their way, they stopped at…

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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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Asserting the Answer – A Common Pitfall of Effective Problem Solving

By Carol Williams / March 18, 2022 /

You know what they say about assumptions, right? One particular quote from one of my favorite action movies, the Steven Seagal classic Under Siege 2: Dark Territory comes to mind, but it’s not appropriate to repeat here. Instead, we’ll turn to the brilliant Albert Einstein who is quoted as once saying… Assumptions are made and…

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Current political events impacts supply chain resiliency

Impacts of Russia-Ukraine War Accentuate Need to Examine the Full Spectrum of the Supply Chain

By Carol Williams / March 4, 2022 /

Like many, I’m overjoyed when I see young children being inquisitive. During a family dinner last week, my 7-year old son became intrigued about his heavy-duty insulated plastic cup he was drinking out of. He asked my husband and I if we knew how they could get the logo inside the cup and then began…

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ESG provides risk and opportunities

Does ESG Expose Additional Risks and Opportunities?

By Carol Williams / February 11, 2022 /

If you work with a publicly-traded company or otherwise follow financial news, you’re undoubtedly familiar with ESG, which can best be described as a “set of standards” for evaluating a company’s track record on an array of Environmental, Social, and Governance issues. Over the last decade or so, ESG has become a significant concern for…

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Is Technology Enabling or Hindering your Organization’s Success?

By Carol Williams / November 11, 2021 /

Earlier this year, our risk consulting firm and blog celebrated its five-year anniversary…suffice it to say that it’s been a wild but quite fulfilling ride… When starting out as a solo-consultant and entrepreneur, I didn’t need much in terms of technology tools. Simple spreadsheets, local file storage, a free Zoom account (long before it was…

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Risk & Compliance Conference Session Provides Deep-Dive into Third-Party Risks

By Carol Williams / October 7, 2021 /

Risk management isn’t solely about managing threats and opportunities within your company. Just like it would be impossible for us to grow food, provide clothing, shelter, and other necessities all on our own, the same fact is true for a company. It would be impossible to provide every raw material or handle every service in-house.…

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supply chain bottlenecks

7 Important Considerations for Addressing Supply Chain Bottlenecks and Shortages

By Carol Williams / July 14, 2021 /

To anyone paying attention, uncertainty is becoming more intense with each passing day it seems. And in this particular moment, supply chain bottlenecks and shortages are fueling much of this uncertainty. I think you’ll agree – besides seeing masks everywhere, one of the most visible and ubiquitous signs of the COVID-19 pandemic over the last…

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risk response

5 Risk Response Strategies You Will Have to Consider After Assessing Risks

By Carol Williams / June 28, 2021 /

We can’t control what people say to us – we can only control our response. Risk and uncertainty are much the same I suppose… The original version of the following article has been one of the most popular here at my blog.. Like other popular posts, such as this comparison of traditional risk management and…

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What to Do When Risks are Unavoidable

By Carol Williams / June 17, 2020 /

As is often repeated on this blog and elsewhere, the focus of risk management should not be minimizing harm to the organization but achieving objectives and maximizing success. No company can (…or should) try to avoid all risks. Taking this route can be disastrous, especially in today’s world. When developing strategy, hopefully your organization is…

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