30
Oct 15

How to use Risk Planning to Strengthen Viability & Enable Growth

Does funding uncertainty prevent you from planning ahead beyond the next funding contract? Does your organisation actively look for changes in the wider community that could impact on your organisation? How does your organisation plan for growth and quality improvement? Is a risk management plan something you feel you must do as a requirement of … Continue reading How to use Risk Planning to Strengthen Viability & Enable Growth

07
Aug 15

Radical New Approaches to Working with Uncertainty

Traditional approaches to risk management should be challenged and radically changed.  Starting with an assumption that human organisations are dynamic, complex systems where many of the key drivers of performance are intangible, hidden and inter-connected, I believe applied systems thinking can lead to a very different approach.   So different in fact, that it is unrecognisable … Continue reading Radical New Approaches to Working with Uncertainty

23
Jul 15

Finding Sweet Spots for Deregulation

‘Agency cuts costs while improving service’ … This is the aspiration of public sector leaders across the globe. Of course, this noble end often seems out of reach. In Australia, with over 25 years of ‘efficiency dividends’, whereby agencies’ budgets are cut by 1-3.5% each year, the low-hanging fruit has all been picked. Management responses … Continue reading Finding Sweet Spots for Deregulation

14
Jul 15

Risk’s Identity Issue – ‘Bad Risk’ and ‘Good Risk’

US President John F. Kennedy famously, albeit imprecisely, remarked that the Chinese characters for ‘crisis’ are made up of the Chinese character for danger and the character for opportunity. These speeches, the first at United Negro College Fund fundraiser, Indianapolis on 12 April 1959, and the second at Valley Forge Country Club, Pennsylvania on 29 October 1960 have subsequently been recycled … Continue reading Risk’s Identity Issue – ‘Bad Risk’ and ‘Good Risk’

23
Jun 15

You Think Public Sector Officials Live an Easy Life? Think Again

Our political leaders make ambitious commitments to the community in the lead up to elections, and after they win they rightly expect the public sector to deliver. Those of us on the hook for delivering these programs are acutely aware of the risks in large scale reform and the high stakes involved in delivering. One … Continue reading You Think Public Sector Officials Live an Easy Life? Think Again

12
Jun 15

What’s your Risk Appetite?

For a few years now, I have sensed a subtle shift in public sector enterprise risk management investment away from the easily-defined concept of ‘Risk Tolerance’ and towards the profoundly more ephemeral strategic lever of ‘Risk Appetite’. Granted, tolerance will always have its place – after all, how else can we set the limit above … Continue reading What’s your Risk Appetite?