#194 – THE FUTURE OF ENTERPRISE RISK MANAGEMENT IN THE 2020’S – GREG CARROLL

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team-carroll-150x150The 2009 release of ISO 31000 was the first step across the threshold into 21st century risk management. Unfortunately the industry that has developed around it has firmly grabbed the doorway and won’t let go.  Although the latest revisions make references to decision making and integration into functional purpose, it totally misses the point of risk management, which is to assist navigating a complex world. Continue reading

#176 – POWER COMMUNICATIONS – PETER HOLTMANN

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179fed3-150x150If I gave you six minutes only to communicate your next project; your current workload; the past hurdles; your wish list of positive activities; your best learning’s, how would you use the time? Remember only six minutes.

If I asked you to write down for me your thoughts on how you would change your work outcomes, how much would you write about the past, the present and the future? Let’s say I gave you six paragraphs to do it in with a 250 word-count limit. Continue reading

#165 – GOOD ADVICE FOR RISING STARS: YOUR PERSONAL BRAND SAYS A LOT ABOUT YOU – CHRIS MCMANES

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Screen Shot 2017-02-19 at 9.03.44 AMTwo recent TV appearances…two vastly different reactions.

Mariah Carey, singing on New Year’s Eve, had a meltdown and proceeded to blame others for her flawed performance. Lady Gaga, during halftime of Super Bowl LI, soared to (and from) new heights.

The impression they left on viewers were at polar opposites. Carey was generally lambasted by traditional and social media. Gaga scored high marks and saw downloads of her songs soar nearly 1,000 percent. Continue reading

#161 – WHAT DONALD TRUMP’S WIN TELLS US ABOUT DECISION BIAS – GREG CARROLL

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GregCarrollJust like the Brexit win 2 months ago, Donald Trump’s election as US President beggars belief but has some valuable lessons to learn from both a Risk Management and corporate governance perceptive.

Why is business now OK with Trump? It’s due to widely adopted view of billionaire Peter Thiel (co-founder of PayPal) to “take Trump Seriously, Not Literally”. Continue reading

#156 – HOW TO IDENTIFY A BULLY AT WORK? – DR. TRUDY

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Dr. TrudyBullies come in different forms, shapes and ages.  Nevertheless, people tend to have typical images of bullies, usually little boys in elementary schools and playgrounds.  Or an adult bully demonstrates violent and threatening behaviors or emotions.  Those typical bully images were forged in the editing room of anchors and journalists through the lens of most of the popular media. Continue reading

#155 – ADVICE TO PRACTICALLY EVERYONE): LEARN TO COOK N’ CODE – KIRBY URNER

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AAA IRBYProgramming or coding is becoming the 4th basic skill for everyone following writing, arithmetic, and reading.  This is global statement.

Coding for kids is a global industry that is on the verge of disrupting global education. And is as important as learning to cook. Continue reading

#151 – RISK MANAGEMENT FOR IMPROVED RELATIONSHIPS – JOHN AYERS

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AAARisk management methodologies are utilized today in many industries and companies successfully to minimize risk impact to the company and projects. In light of this, my question is: can risk management be applied effectively to new relationships to maximize the probability of a successful relationship? I explore this idea below. Please keep in mind that I have presented a simple picture of risk mitigation to get my points made. Continue reading

#133 – THOUGHTS ON SMART PHONES AND PRIVACY – KIRBY URNER

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AAA IRBYAdvanced high school students are getting exposed to RSA (the first public key cyrypto system) along with their math track.  In such schools as the exclusive Phillips Academy, I’m sure they are having informed debates in their classrooms, regarding the Apple vs. FBI standoff.

I think this is important because everyone who wants privacy and to make sure that their financial, medical information, and all information is kept private should be interested in the Apple vs. FBI standoff that ended in a whimper.  All of us will be eventually become cyber experts.

They’re certainly better equipped, concept-wise, than less privileged kids who might not even get any SQL, even in all four years of high school (!). Continue reading

#132 – A, B, AND C’S OF CAREER ADVANCEMENT – JOHN AYERS

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AAAYou may have heard about the Peter Principle (every employee tends to rise to his/her level of incompetency) and Putt’s law (the most competent person tends to sink to the bottom while the least talented person rises to the top). You have not heard of the A, B, C Theory because it is mine. I will explain what it is and you decide if there is any merit in it. Continue reading

#131 – DO YOU PYTHON? – KIRBY URNER

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AAA - imagesIf you have visited a bookstore recently you may have noticed an explosion in Python-related titles, especially for kids.

The Python I mean is not the invasive species of the snake now eating Florida alligators, nor Monty Python the comedy troupe, but the computer language, made in Holland originally but nowadays world-owned.  Python, the language, appears to be taking over the world!   Continue reading

#131 – RETIREMENT RISK CONSIDERATIONS – JOHN AYERS

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AAAIn my view, the major retirement consideration is sufficient income to maintain a similar lifestyle you enjoyed when working. If you recently retired or plan to do so within the next few years, it is probably too late to assess considerations to improve your retirement position because your retirement income is already cast in stone. On the other hand, if you have a number of years before retirement and wondering how you should prepare for it, keep reading because I offer some valid recommendations for you to ponder based on my own experience since retiring in 2012 at the age of 71. Continue reading