risk informed decision making

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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ERM best practices

Why Following ERM Best Practices Can Do More Harm than Good

Woven into many of my posts from the last 4+ years is the advice that ERM best practices should be approached with caution. While the updated COSO and ISO 31000 standards can be great starting points for some organizations, simply copying another organization’s policies and practices comes with many drawbacks that will eventually become painful.…
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Building a Performance-Focused Risk Management Process Step #3: Enable and Empower

For today’s post, I would like to share an article originally published in the Fall 2020 issue of The Demotech Difference, a journal targeting midsize property & casualty insurance companies. This article is the third in a four-part series exploring the foundations of a performance-focused risk management process. Articles one and two in the series…
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future of risk management

Is Quantitative the Only Future of Risk Management?

Quantitative methods for understanding how risk and uncertainty impacts the organization is a subject I’ve been focusing on more this year. Without a doubt, modeling, Monte Carlo simulation, and other advanced math-based methods can be a valuable tool for helping decision-makers in certain companies. Many risk management thought leaders, including some I quote often like…
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disruptive technology

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

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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Building a Performance-Focused Risk Management Process Step #2: Identifying Need

Early this summer, I shared an article discussing how important culture is to the success of a company’s risk management efforts and what executives can begin doing immediately to change it. The article originally appeared in The Demotech Difference, a journal targeting midsize property & casualty insurance firms. Today’s post explores the second step in…
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3 Easy to Use Tips to Understanding Why Executives Want ERM

Any endeavor, whether it is personal or in business, has a reason or motivation for its pursuit. Take exercise for example… If you’ve ever hit the gym, taken a Zumba class, or worked with a trainer, there was an underlying motivation. Example motivations are a desire to lose weight, build strength, build endurance so you…
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The Why, What, and How of ERM Software: An Essential Buyer’s Guide

PART 1: INTRODUCTION PART 2: WHY ERM SOFTWARE IS NEEDED PART 3: TYPES OF ERM SOFTWARE PART 4: HOW TO FIND THE RIGHT ERM SOFTWARE SYSTEM PART 1: INTRODUCTION What do you think is the most difficult part of enterprise risk management for risk managers and executives to make sense of? Is it risk appetite…
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Decision Analysis: A Structured Process for Improving Business Decisions

If you scroll through the posts on this blog, you will notice that many focus on decisions. This shouldn’t be a surprise considering that ERM is one tool for ensuring risk-informed decisions across the organization… Unfortunately, a growing number of organizations continue to report that their ERM processes do not provide a competitive advantage and…
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Fewer Companies Realize Strategic Benefit from Risk Management Activities

Every spring, NC State’s ERM Initiative in partnership with the AICPA releases their State of Risk Oversight report. Data for the report was obtained through a survey sent to senior executives across a variety of industries this past fall. For this year’s report, 563 surveys were completed, which is a significant increase over prior years.…
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