Bryan’s Blog

Features of Frameworks

I have seen many, many corporate policies and frameworks in my time.  The one great tendency of the authors of policies and frameworks is to put way too much information into them and not focus enough on their main purpose – influencing decisions of staff. Nobel Prize winner Herbert A. Simon authored Administrative Behaviour first published

Capacity to Eat

Before you cook a meal you should consider who is dining with you and how much food will be sufficient. Some people have a higher capacity to eat than others, and sometimes one or more will be hungry – will have a higher appetite. It’s the same in business. Before determining your appetite for risk,

Mature Like a Fine Wine

Another topic request from a reader: What impact does the risk maturity level have on the effectiveness of risk management? Like so many things in life, it depends. Start with your definition of risk maturity. When I run the RMIA’s Flagship ERM course, I run an exercise on how you evaluate your framework. There are

Three Lines Creates Red Tape

Last week I blogged about Overstepping the 3 Lines, where I highlight the biggest criticism of the Three Lines Model, (my opinion and that of many practitioners), it does nothing to build TRUST between the Risk Team as advisers to the business and those making the decisions to take risk. Unfortunately, it is the model

Overstepping the 3 Lines

Early this year I asked readers of my blog what they would like me to blog about this year.  Some asked about the Three Lines Model, which for those not in the know, refers to a risk management operating model that is the brainchild of the Institute of Internal Auditors. Line 1 is the business. Line