risk appetite

The 12 Days of ERM Christmas

Without a doubt, one of my family’s favorite holidays is Christmas. Part of the fun, especially for our son, is seeing what “Santa” brought, but most importantly, we treasure the spirit of peace and goodwill the season brings. And after what seemed to be a never-ending warm spell, the weather is expected to be good…
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Determining the Best Approach for Low Probability Risks

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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How Addressing Minor Risks Through Process Optimization Creates Opportunities

I’ve said it dozens of times here and have seen repeated elsewhere – trying to manage each and every risk can be mindboggling and, at best, lead to wasted resources in the form of time, people, and money. In the most extreme circumstances, attempting to manage every risk can lead to business failure, which is…
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Risk & Strategy Visionary Shares Valuable Insights on Risk Appetite and Tolerance

It’s clear from commentary and my blog’s web traffic data that risk appetite is considered to be the most challenging and controversial parts of ERM. To learn more about these differing perspectives, I invite you to check out this article that includes commentary from various thought leaders. We are always trying to better understand the…
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Risk Appetite

Risk Appetite: Bridging the Gap Between Two Extremes

If there’s one thing I have come to appreciate in my life, it’s how there can be so many perspectives and wildly differing opinions around a given topic, be it politics, religion, sports, or even something as inane road maintenance in a neighborhood association (don’t ask!). In the risk management world, few other topic garners…
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risk response

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

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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Risk Appetite and Risk Tolerance – Which Definitions Do You Use?

In follow up to our recent article on handling risks that exceed the company’s appetite, we would like to share this perspective from our friend Hans Læssøe on this complex and controversial topic. Hans’ article below describes how the world’s leading risk management standards, COSO and ISO 31000, have differing definitions on risk appetite and…
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3 Steps to Handling Risks that Exceed your Company’s Appetite

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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visual aids

Harnessing the Power of Visual Aids to Prompt Robust Risk Conversations

There’s a good chance – 65% in fact – that you are a visual learner. I personally put myself in this category. Rather than reading text or listening to instructions, I always perform better and remember more through visual aids, especially on a subject I’m not familiar with. Numerous research studies back up my personal…
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7 Tips on Conducting a Successful Risk Appetite Workshop

A few months ago, I published an article outlining how risk professionals can develop engaging presentations and workshops. In the article, I discuss how ERM presentations are more than just a report, but instead a way to engage key stakeholders. Although a risk appetite workshop was used as an example in the previous article, a…
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