scenario planning

Don’t Let Goals and Initiatives Be Blindsided by External Events

As the end of the year draws near, I think we’d all agree that while it wasn’t without its challenges, this year also wasn’t quite as turbulent as the previous two. While a lot of people are juggling company parties, shopping for friends and family, and special activities for the kids, most companies are putting…
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ERM at Thanksgiving – An Illustration of Risk Management in Action

On occasion, I like to take some of the concepts we risk professionals think about in our jobs and apply them to different personal situations…take some of the same concepts we use when working with executives to develop corporate strategy and manage risks or uncertainty around that strategy. It’s Thanksgiving week in the U.S. –…
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What Does an Ideal Strategic Planning Process Look Like?

The most recent quarterly issue of Carrier Management, a journal for helping property & casualty insurance executives better understand trends and challenges facing their industry, featured one of my articles on the strategic planning process. Like my other articles appearing in this journal, the following subject-matter is relevant to companies in any industry. While strategy…
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How to Move Past “Analysis Paralysis” – 5 Steps for Leaders

For this Independence Day week’s post, I would like to share the following article written for the most recent quarterly issue of Carrier Management, a journal exploring issues affecting executives of property & casualty insurance companies. (However, like previous guest articles in Carrier Management and elsewhere, this article can easily be applied to company leaders…
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Multi-Decade High Inflation Creates Both Risks and Opportunities

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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Current political events impacts supply chain resiliency

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

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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Compliance vs. Risk Focused Software – Can One System Serve two Masters?

To save time, money, or both, many of us have the tendency to re-purpose tools and processes for something they weren’t originally intended for. Depending on the circumstances, this approach sometimes works … Take, for example, a client who uses a system called Jira designed for facilitating IT help requests. With a few tweaks, this…
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International Consultant Offers Insights for Helping Companies Improve Resiliency

Earlier in November 2021, I published a quick primer on the fundamentals of business resiliency… Extending on this topic, I am delighted to present the following interview with renowned risk and resilience consultant Gareth Byatt. Besides his firm, Risk Insight Consulting, where he helps companies across a variety of industries and locations, Gareth is also…
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5 Questions for Understanding the Fundamentals of Business Resiliency

One of our most treasured possessions on our property here in northern Florida are all the beautiful live oak trees with the one pictured above being the largest of them all. Although they can cause allergies in some people when they begin budding new leaves in the spring, residents and visitors alike treasure these trees…
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weighing risk

ERM Pioneer Shares Technique for Anticipating Long-Term Risks and Opportunities

Thinking about the long-term is not something we automatically do…after all, with the constant ups and downs and various trip wires out there, we feel that if we make it through the next year or even the next quarter, we can consider our corporate strategy a success. This mindset can be destructive in the long-term…
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