risks

Are you rearranging deckchairs on the Titanic? Taking corporate risk management seriously

Are you rearranging deckchairs on the Titanic? Taking corporate risk management seriously

I travelled from Tashkent to Moscow on an Aeroflot Ilyushin 86 in the early 1980s. The seats were basic metal framed deckchairs, screwed to the floor1. Why don’t airlines nowadays use simple deckchairs on airplanes, instead of very heavy, crash-resistant ones? The fuel saving alone would be enormous and the temptation, especially to low cost carriers, must seem overwhelming. The answer is obvious, I hear you say; safety. But airlines spend...

How a bow-tie can smarten up corporate risks

How a bow-tie can smarten up corporate risks

Imagine that you are worried about your infirm mother and want to make sure that you do everything to protect her. If you adopted typical corporate risk management practice, you would identify a risk that she falls over. You would then calculate the impact (maybe a broken bone) and then identify some mitigations, such as putting some cushions around her bed or installing a handrail. All sensible, but not very through. What if the consequence...