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The Unknown Known

There are two things I know to be true: you can’t grow as an organisation without taking risk; and you can’t innovate as an organisation without taking risk. A degree of risk is not only healthy for organisations, it is essential. What this means is that we need a robust risk management framework that allows […]

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Risk management is not a compliance activity

When consulting to an organisation, it frustrated me when I heard “thanks for developing our risk management framework – now we will pass the audit” or, “we are now compliant with the legislation”. Risk management is not a “tick the box” exercise and it should never be treated as a mere compliance requirement. I have […]

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Some more thoughts on Safety Management

I went out on a limb the other day and blogged about zero harm not being achievable. Boy did it trigger significant controversy and opinion with some supporting what I said and others believing zero harm is achievable.  I’m glad these blogs generate such strong opinions and discussion because they shine a light on issues […]

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Zero harm is not achievable

“Do I believe in the concept of Zero Harm? Let’s just say I believe that nothing is impossible” – Dave Collins “What a strange sense of logic to fixate on the absence of something (injury) as a demonstration of the presence of something else (safety). Such a proposition misunderstands the dynamic of risk and being […]

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Analysing Strategic Risks

I have previously written on the difference between strategic and operational risks. In that blog I highlighted the difference between the two as shown in the diagram below: I have been thinking recently whether, based on the difference between the two types of risk, we might also need a different approach to the analysis of […]

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Is this the un-mitigatable risk?

I, like many other strawberry lovers in Australia, was horrified when the first case of a needle found in a strawberry was reported in mid-September.  It was quickly followed by another and then another.  Early on, it seemed isolated to one farm and one type of fruit, with speculation of involvement by a disgruntled employee […]

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Do we need a risk matrix?

Lately I have been thinking (dangerous I know); is the risk matrix truly useful to communicate the level of risk?  For example, does a High Risk actually mean the risk is high? When we look at the psychology of risk, you can understand management being on tenterhooks when told there is a ‘High Risk here’ […]

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