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Time to wake up to risk reality

For 11 years, the ERM Initiative at North Carolina University has surveyed executives (this year they were again all financial executives) about what they call “the current state of risk oversight processes in organizations of all types and sizes to obtain an understanding of the relative maturity of underlying activities executives and boards use to monitor the rapidly changing risk landscape”.

 

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Silos are thriving even in ERM programs

You are the captain of a ship that is sailing from Singapore to Auckland with a cargo that needs to be kept cold and will lose its freshness if you don’t arrive within a few days of your schedule.

 

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Finally some good advice on risk for boards

While I still disagree in some areas, I applaud Jim DeLoach for his latest piece for the (US) National Association of Corporate Directors, Revamping Risk in the Digital Age. Please read the entire piece, but here are points I especially like, with my highlights:

 

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CEOs are not idiots when it comes to risk management

If you consider the small number of organizations where risk management is considered as providing a strategic advantage, one of these alternatives must be true:

 

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Scratching the surface on Facebook and its problems

​Facebook Data Exposure Offers Critical Lesson for Internal Auditors makes some good points, including:

 

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Assessing the effectiveness of your risk management program

The IIA has published a new Practice Guide, Assessing the Risk Management Process. In IIA-speak, this is recommended but not mandatory guidance for its members.

 

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Those lists of greatest risks all miss the BIG one

When something goes wrong, 99.999999% of the time it’s because somebody made a poor decision (at least in hindsight). The risks associated with a poor decision could have major ramifications.

 

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A management risk committee

A question from a follower of this blog on the same topic, had me searching for the charter of the risk committee I established, with the strong support of the CEO, at Business Objects.

 

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The current state of risk oversight: Useful or useless?

All the surveys, including this one, report that executives do not believe risk management practices at their organization are making a significant contribution to the development and execution of their strategies.

 

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