If your business contracts for goods or services, you have risks. It’s good risk management to ensure your contracts include clauses requiring your suppliers and service providers carry insurance that will extend protection to you in the case their actions, or lack thereof, cause you a loss.
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?
Risk management can be easy, but it requires disciplined thinking. Start with your business plan. This is where your Mission, Goals and Objectives are clearly identified. It outlines your strategies and priorities for achieving your goals and provides objective benchmarks for measuring your success.
Don’t have a business plan? You need one. Continue reading “Why you need a business plan”
When risk management was in its infancy, it was firmly rooted in the financial sector. Investment banks advised their clients on financial and market risks, and referred them to insurance brokers to cover the rest.
That was risk management in a nutshell. Continue reading “From banking to business”