Risk and security managers are often faced with the difficult task of defending the success of a risk management program with little or no supporting evidence. Ironically, the more successful a risk management program is, the less evidence there can be to demonstrate its effectiveness.
Change is hard, and the transition from 'peacetime' to crisis is one of the hardest. Facing the spread of COVID-19, that's where many of us find ourselves today: struggling to adjust to the reality of what we are facing. That might be personally, within your family, or at an organizational level. However, I can't think … Continue reading Getting in the Fight: Transitioning to Crisis
By now, you will probably have picked up that I enjoy a good old risk assessment. However, there are times when you don't need a risk assessment to figure out what to prioritize. When something's staring you in the face, it's time to take action. So when a real crisis hits, the time for the … Continue reading A time for overwhelming action
In the children's book 'Not Now Bernard', a young boy tries to warn his parents about a monster in the yard, but they're too busy to pay attention. Sometimes risk managers can find themselves in the same situation,.
Don't assume that everything will go like clockwork. And remember, plans don't just work by themselves: you need to make them work.
Focus on your most severe risks? Not necessarily. You need to focus your attention on the most significant risks which are receiving the least amount of attention.
Having too much data isn't just a distraction. It prevents us from making good decisions. Get better results by working with least amount of the highest quality data you need to make your decision
"It's all about the journey, not the destination" is a great sentiment but it doesn't apply to risk management or productivity. In these cases, it's about getting to the destination and delivering the required output.
When mitigation measures aren’t thought out and properly planned, these are unlikely to be effective. Use SMART goals to ensure you mitigate risks properly
Hard decisions are much easier to tackle when you aren't already in the middle of a stressful situation. There will be times where something truly unexpected crops up and we don't have much chance to plan beforehand but, in most situations, we can plan ahead and should do so.