Insurance Bureau of Canada embraces Risk Management

While still (and understandably) approaching risk from a discernibly insurance -centric perspective, it’s refreshing to see our colleagues at the Insurance Bureau of Canada embracing a more holistic approach to Risk Management.

As I wrote in a previous article, Risk Management is NOT insurance. It remains, however, a vitally important risk financing tool.  Along with other strategies, it can mitigate the negative effects of a loss by paying for many of the associated costs, and keeping you in business. Continue reading “Insurance Bureau of Canada embraces Risk Management”

Risk management is NOT insurance

Now before insurance people get too excited, let me say that insurance is usually a very important part of an overall strategy of risk management. Insurance, however, is only one of a suite of treatment options available to organizations wanting to manage the uncertainty associated with achieving their goals and objectives. You might say insurance is part of risk management, but risk management is a whole lot more than insurance. Continue reading “Risk management is NOT insurance”

Fear, trust and risk tolerance

I’ve been called to facilitate risk assessments for organizations varying from project teams to corporate boards of directors. Surprisingly, I still occasionally find the risk assessment to be the first time the key stakeholders have come together to discuss their goals and objectives in a critical way and to form a common understanding for how comfortable they are with uncertainty; what is their risk tolerance?

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Zombies, aliens, evil robots…and risk management?

Sometimes, when managing risk, we need to be creative – and have a bit of fun. Sometimes, there just isn’t enough past history to be able to analyze risk effectively – and high-impact, low-likelihood risks are a good example. But what about multiple high-impact, low-likelihood risks happening at the same time?

Clearly, a completely different approach is required.

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The real value of a cup of coffee and a newspaper

During a particularly dark day during the War for the Liberation of Kuwait, I was on patrol in the desert. In the distance I saw a small black spec, being followed by a trail of dust.

As I drew closer, I realized it was a truck. It stopped, a little man got out, opened up the side of his canteen truck, and offered me one of the most valuable gifts I ever received: a cup of lukewarm coffee and a two-week old newspaper. Continue reading “The real value of a cup of coffee and a newspaper”