With 2015 being the 200th anniversary of the Battle of Waterloo and having a man-crush on Napoleon B, I have taken this opportunity to revisit some of lessons we can learn (good & bad) from his 20 year reign as master of the universe.
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Why, with the number of fertile minds that exist in our field, is it still a case of an irresistible force meeting an immovable object. The paradox I believe, like our would-be entrepreneurs, is one of approach.
Risk Appetite is such a simple concept that everyone thinks they know but invariably misunderstand. COSO and other regulatory requirements for boards to issue a Risk Appetite Statement has led to a belief a business has an overarching level of risk tolerance. Personally I don’t believe these Risk Appetite Statements add any value but regulators are regulators.
Corporate objectives are not the “bulls eye” of strategic planning they're just the dartboard. Boards are assessed by the quality of their Results not the quality of their Objectives.
With the recent release of a new British standard BS 65000 on Organisational Resilience, and COSO’s announcement of a review of its 2001 COSO ERM framework, I believe that business is moving ahead of ISO 31000 as a necessary response the evolving business environment and accelerating rate of technical change; therefore there is a strong case for a taking a fresh look at ISO 31000.
In the last decade we have seen the evolution of Risk Management from an administrative practice to ERM for corporate governance. But the realization that results come out of action not protection, has started people pursuing a more proactive role for risk management.
It is customary at this time of year for most risk professionals to step back and take a broader look at the risk landscape ahead for the coming year. The normal starting point is the “think-tank” assessments of Global Risks such as Zurich Risk Landscape 2007-2015 and the WEF’s 2015 Global Risk Report. And Global Warming is at the top of most experts’ lists.
COSO has announced its intention to review its 2004 ERM Framework and has already started soliciting feedback. Broadly panned by the Risk fraternity, I believe it can provide a valuable contribution to the GRC landscape. Although I expect critics from both sides (COSO & ISO 31000), here are my recommendations.
There is a gaggle of Management Consultants pushing the 20th century mantra of Good Management Practice as a panacea to all the ill of today’s business environment. The key plank in most of these methodologies is that old chestnut “the PDCA cycle” for Continuous Improvement. If your consultant wears this as a badge, run a mile!