Tag Archives: Risk

Corporate Culture as an IED

“The greatest producer of casualties on the battlefield in the 20th century was artillery, and my assessment is the IED is the artillery of the 21st century,”  ~Lt. Gen. Michael Barbero An IED is an Improvised Explosive Device, or in simple … Continue reading

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Internal Auditors, Corporate Culture and Risk . . .

This past week I had the pleasure of addressing the World Strategy Summit in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates.  The conference title was “Strategists for a Better Tomorrow” and I shared the stage with Gary Hamel, Tom Peters and Rene … Continue reading

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Are You Driving Blind?

There is a funny scene in the movie If You Could See What I Hear, based on the life of blind athlete, singer and actor Tom Sullivan, where he is driving a car around his college campus.  Remember, Tom is … Continue reading

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Who “Owns” Corporate Culture?

If everyone is accountable, then no one is accountable. When organisations and companies first evolved, it was the founder who tended to be responsible for just about everything, from visiting the factory floor and telling people what to do, visiting … Continue reading

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Big Banking’s Achilles Heel

What defines us is how well we rise after falling! According to Greek mythology, when Achilles, the son of the goddess Thetis and the Greek hero Peleus, was born it was foretold that he would die young. To protect him, Thetis took the … Continue reading

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Risk and the World of the CEO . . .

Risk comes from not knowing what you’re doing.  ~ Warren Buffet I was having lunch the other day at one of my favourite business restaurants in London with a colleague. At one point the conversation turned to the “world of … Continue reading

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Psst! . . . Want to Grow?

In 1881 The Galveston Daily News described the vested business interests in Galveston as behaving like “big fish in a small pond”, and the phrase has stuck in American literature ever since.  There is a lot to be said in favour of being … Continue reading

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Banking’s Two Challenges . . . are Really One!

Shallow men believe in luck or fate. Wise men believe in cause and effect. It’s been six tumultuous years since the global economic meltdown of 2008 and we are finally glimpsing signs of a return to a growing economy.  Belt tightening, cost control, … Continue reading

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The CIO’s Invisible Threat

Most CIO’s are well aware of what causes sleepless nights and are actively focusing on solutions and risk mitigation strategies.  The three biggest worries are usually defined as: keeping the system up and running, cyber-security, and migration to digital platforms.  … Continue reading

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Many Roads to Ruin: The Impact of Culture on Performance

Risk comes from not knowing what you’re doing.  ~ Warren Buffett There is no denying the world of business is getting more risky. When global mega-banks like CitiGroup, JP Morgan Chase, Bank of America and Wells Fargo have to be … Continue reading

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