strategic planning

Asking Unbiased Risk Assessment Questions

By Carol Williams / August 4, 2022 /

Originally coined by the U.S. Army War College in the early ‘90s, the acronym VUCA, short for volatile, uncertain, complex, and ambiguous, has become a popular term for describing today’s business environment. I agree this oft-repeated mantra could almost be considered cliché, but that doesn’t make it any less true. To make the best decisions…

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5 Steps to Shifting Board Oversight from Operations and Risk to Strategy

By Carol Williams / July 20, 2022 /

Contrary to popular belief, a Board of Directors, Trustees, or whatever title fits the corporate culture are not only for publicly traded companies. Simply referred to as the Board by most, it can be defined broadly as “…a group of individuals either elected or appointed to provide organizational leadership and oversight.” Following the Enron scandal…

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How to Move Past “Analysis Paralysis” – 5 Steps for Leaders

By Carol Williams / July 8, 2022 /

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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ERM Strategic Planning: Ensuring Long-Term Company Needs are Met

By Carol Williams / June 28, 2022 /

With summer officially underway and the 4th of July holiday closing in, hopefully you’re getting some well-deserved time to step away. Besides some vacation time, this lull before strategic planning resumes sometime in the early fall is also a great time to pause and reflect on the contributions of your company’s ERM program – past,…

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The Importance of the First Five Minutes of Any Risk and Strategy Conversation

By Carol Williams / June 22, 2022 /

If there’s one thing I’ve learned writing articles for my risk and strategy blog is that considerable thought has to be put into the post’s title and opening lines. With a seemingly endless amount of content on the Internet, visitors will quickly whisk away if the title and intro to an article is not engaging…

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4 Simple Steps to a Speedy and Effective Decision

By Carol Williams / April 26, 2022 /

This may sound a little mundane, but with events and changes happening at what seems lightning speed in today’s world, companies of all types and industries need a way to make decisions quickly and effectively. Which is the core what an ERM program is supposed to do…support the company in making risk-informed decisions in pursuit…

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

By Carol Williams / January 13, 2022 /

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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Top 2022 Risks and Resources

Top 22 Risk Management (…and Other) Resources for 2022

By Carol Williams / January 3, 2022 /

Although this past year pales in comparison to the upheaval of 2020, it can still be summed up in one word: chaotic. Between the Great Resignation, accelerating inflation, supply chain woes, the Delta variant, and industry-specific challenges, organizations of all sizes and purposes faced incredible obstacles that were unheard of just a few short years…

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6 Steps to Building a Vibrant Performance-Focused Risk Culture

By Carol Williams / December 16, 2021 /

Even without the disruptions and displacements caused by the COVID-19 pandemic and various responses to it around the world, companies are experiencing an unprecedented amount of challenges that were unheard of as recently as a decade ago. Changing regulations, shifting consumer demands, rapidly evolving technology, and an overall uncertainty of what the future holds are…

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