Rethinking Risk: How Companies Sabotage Themselves and What They Must Do Differently



While executives spend their time scanning the horizon for threats such as predatory competitors or new technological developments, they often fail to draw an accurate picture of the real risks facing their organizations. They assume the data being fed into their risk-monitoring systems is accurate—but not all of it is. They assume their people are honest and conscientious—but not all are. They pack their organizations with legal counsels, CFOs, CIOs, and more in an attempt to mitigate risk—but without a clearly designed and articulated risk management plan. And they, like you, are vulnerable. 

"Rethinking Risk" will radically upend your ideas about risk, both exposing the magnitude of potential problems and offering proven solutions for detecting risk and stopping damage before it snowballs. Packed with lessons gleaned from extensive interviews with risk management experts as well as eye-opening stories from the author’s FBI background and vast risk management experience, "Rethinking Risk" uncovers the best ideas and techniques for evaluating risk and managing it effectively, including how to: 

  • Spot the red flags of fraud, the most prevalent form of risk, and one that routinely results in lost revenues of five percent.
  • Recognize that many traits valued in senior executives—including being innovative and aggressive—can also be linked with excessive risk-taking.
  • Assess your performance and compensation plans to see whether they might entice people to engage in data-fudging or full-scale abuse.
  • Tap into the knowledge of your employees, who can be the richest and most productive source of information regarding risk.

Implement the best low-cost strategies for improving your risk-assessment capability—and avoid the tactics that fail to deliver results. 

The pervasiveness of risk can fill you with paranoia and dread—or it can motivate you to develop a practical, coherent risk management system for dealing with problems before they get out of hand. Get motivated, and save yourself headaches, heartache and continual blows to your organization’s financial health

Product Details

ISBN 978-0-814-41496-5
Hardcover, 242 PAGES

Table of Contents:

  • Chapter 1: Observations About Risk
  • Chapter 2: Fraud as an Example of Risk
  • Chapter 3: Frontline Interviews with Risk Management Experts
  • Chapter 4: How We Attempt to Deal with Risk
  • Chapter 5: Why Things Go Wrong
  • Chapter 6: How Risk Is Discovered
  • Chapter 7: Organizational Intelligence - Practical Reality
  • Chapter 8: Organizational Intelligence - Thought and Theory
  • Chapter 9: Using Consultants
  • Chapter 10: Concluding Thoughts