Risk Management: From Compliance to Strategy

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Aug 4, 2023 1:26:25 PM

It is time for Boards to take stock of how they view risk. Rather than viewing it as a mere compliance issue, we should recognise risk as a strategic conversation that can unlock opportunities and drive our organisations forward. Boards should develop a deeper understanding of their key existing and emerging risks, and identify and focus on the key few that truly matter. 

The first step towards harnessing the potential of risk is evaluating how well we are currently managing these key risks. This introspection allows us to gauge our current risk management practices and opens up avenues for innovation. When it comes to risk management, we must consider two vital elements: reducing the possibility of risk occurrence and minimising its impact if it were to occur.

To reduce the possibility of risks occurring, we must explore various approaches and strategies. This is where the opportunity for innovation arises. Rather than confine ourselves to traditional risk mitigation techniques, examine each risk management activity as a potential source of competitive advantage and strategic progress. By doing so, we can align our risk reduction initiatives with the broader vision and strategy of our organisation. 

However, we must also prepare for the possibility that risks may materialise despite our best efforts. In such instances, it is crucial to have robust measures in place to reduce the impact of these risks. Interestingly, some of these measures may prove beneficial even in the absence of risk events. By understanding how to minimise risk impacts, we can identify additional opportunities that may enhance our strategic growth.

We have the power to shape our organisations' risk landscape by fostering a culture that values risk as an opportunity rather than a problem. 

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