risk identification

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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What Does Risk Identification Have to Do With Crime Dramas?

By Carol Williams / May 25, 2022 /

Anyone who knows me well knows how much I enjoy murder mystery TV shows and books. My personal bookshelf is loaded with novels from JD Robb, Tess Gerritsen, David Baldacci, and others. And IF I’m able to manage some TV time, something that is getting more difficult all of the time it seems, shows like…

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Alternative Methods to Clarifying Risks and Opportunities

By Carol Williams / April 5, 2022 /

Have you ever asked 10 people the same question and received 10 different answers? It may seem funny in hindsight or on your favorite sitcom, but I can attest personally that it can be incredibly frustrating. In a previous article outlining the elements of a clearly articulated risk statement, I discussed how not having a…

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3 Components of an Effective Risk Statement

By Carol Williams / February 25, 2022 /

Have you ever been given an assignment at work without clear instructions? It can be dizzying to try and figure out what your first steps to be. At best, it’s disconcerting not knowing if you’re on the right track, and at worst, you don’t even know what your desired end result should be or look…

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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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3 Questions to Consider if Management Rejects Recommendations Due to Cost

By Carol Williams / March 3, 2021 /

Occasionally, I examine local or national events with a risk lens to see what went right and wrong, such as this example of poor vendor risk management in my local community. Doing so can help us better understand areas we may need to improve in our own organizations to avoid similar consequences. Quick Synopsis of…

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ERM standards

Making Sense of ERM Standards in a Volatile and Dynamic Environment

By Carol Williams / February 23, 2021 /

When we are new to something, our natural tendency is to seek out well-established, reputable sources for guidance. As a yummy example, once upon a time, I decided I wanted to make my own homemade chocolate chip cookies. My first step was to refer to the recipe on the back of the bag of Nestle-brand…

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ERM framework

ERM Framework vs. ERM Process – Understanding the Difference

By Carol Williams / October 21, 2019 /

In the vast arsenal of materials discussing enterprise risk management, words are thrown around that may be unclear to novice risk professionals or executives unfamiliar with ERM. While I intuitively know the difference between an ERM framework and process, the random use of these terms can lead to confusion for some. If you’ve read my…

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Don’t Waste Time Managing Risks

By Carol Williams / August 5, 2019 /

Risk management as a concept is undergoing changes, as most everything else. New developments and an ever-increasing speed of change adds and changes the demands for risk management- both in terms of what to do, and how to do it. The world is changing faster than ever before – and anxiety as to the speed…

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risks to initiatives

How to Ensure Risks to Initiatives are Being Considered Alongside Objectives

By Carol Williams / January 21, 2019 /

A reader sent me a question about identifying risks to initiatives… More specifically, the reader wanted to know how she could ensure that risk identification focused on objectives doesn’t lose sight of risks that may be associated with initiatives. Before going any further, I want to provide a couple of quick definitions: Objectives – a…

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