Practical steps to managing Enterprise-wide Risk to business performance objectives

Training Duration: 2 days

Training Delivery Method: On-site, instructor-led course


There is no prerequisite to attend for this course.

What Problem Does This Training Help Solve?

Approaches to enterprise-wide risk too often suffer from several weaknesses including:

  • Narrow focus on apply audit and compliance methods designed for more static financial reporting processes to highly dynamic and nuanced economic, competitive, market, strategic, product, product technology, operations and IT platform risks.
  • Using widely varying methods to manage each type of risk, in silos by professional discipline, rather than in a unified method – based in the corporate strategy process — that provides better visibility for evaluation of risk and easier management of risk.
  • Using controls to manage risk rather than more efficient and effective approaches
  • Missing opportunities for business, country and regional economic growth
  • Missing opportunities for personal and professional growth through the use of the “power of the invite and flashlight”

This outcomes acceleration workshop seeks to overcome these typical weaknesses by describing how to shift from compliance-driven to performance-driven management of risk. It draws on decades of practical, proven methods of managing risk to business strategy plan, process and implementation. To simplify the process of managing risk and empower risk managers to provide more business value, the approach features 1) the 5+2 Step Cycle for Managing Risk and 2) the “dual cycles” of substantive and organizational change to help make substantive change “stick” and provide ongoing performance improvement.

Who Should Attend?

Professionals who are responsible for:

  • Business line managers
  • Business functional managers, including strategy, product, marketing, operations, human resources, finance and information technology
  • Professional investors in companies

As managing risk is a “team sport,” teams are encouraged to attend together.

Course Material:

  • Course handout
  • Reference Materials:

Course Syllabus:

Business leaders need to grow revenue, cash flow and jobs in a dynamic world of change, complexity and fatigue. To achieve these objectives, businesses need to be competitively differentiated. This includes managing risk to strategy process, plan and implementation – better than competitors.

In enabling business leaders to more easily achieve strategic objectives, risk managers too often struggle to determine “what good looks like” – often these problems arise because of either 1) widely divergent professional disciplines, each with divergent approaches to managing risk; or 2) one discipline dominating (too often compliance-related) that is misaligned with the range of risks and/or business objectives. Typical “steady state” programs are wasting 20-40% of their resources, those in planning stages, over 50%. Guidance from industry and professional organizations leave business managers asking, “Where do I start?” Decades of improvement initiatives of all types have failed in implementation. What lessons can be learned? How does risk management become better?

For leaders who want to bring clarity, and make a difference in their organizations and careers, this workshop walks through key lessons (using worldwide recent examples from Fortune 500 companies and even start-ups), helps build a solid foundation and reviews typical tools one by one to help practitioners determine what to stop, continue and start in order to improve.

Different from other risk management workshops, this one is designed:

  • For professionals who feel they are laboring under misaligned risk management approaches that seem to be adding more time and cost than implementing business strategy; or managing risk to compliance reporting more than managing risk to business performance.
  • Based on proven practical experience in systems analysis, gaming, operations and quality management from dynamic situations such as aviation, manufacturing or sports, rather than methods designed for more limited, static situations.
  • To align methods for managing a range of risks — strategy, economic, operational, product, fraud, IT and more – to make it far easier to manage those risks to business performance objectives. These risks are all linked through the power of the 5+2 Step Cycle for managing risk.
  • By Brian Barnier with years of experience contributing to professional practices guidance for professionals, managers, board members and investors;  practical experience “making it work” as reflected in his books, articles, videos, podcasts and more; and personal business experience at investor, board and management levels. This workshop is based on The Operational Risk Handbook (Brian Barnier, Harriman House, Great Britain) for managing risk to performance objectives. The Handbook is uniquely designed to apply practical, proven lessons learned from across a range of industries, countries and professional disciplines.

“Core Fitness” Foundation Workshop is designed to help participants learn how to:

  • Better manage risk programs:
    • Create a program focused on business strategy creation and implementation, not just controls or compliance
    • Avoid “bolt-on” management of risk that disconnects from the business and business benefit
    • Explain dynamics of risk to business leaders and engage those leaders in managing risk to their business objectives
    • Shape business cases for improvement
    • Inform better business decisions to more easily achieve better business outcomes
  • Better manage the risk cycle
    • Scope an environment, understand the factors in an environment
    • Understand implications of capabilities in an enterprise, partners, customers and competitors
    • Map the product management process and how improving product management can grow sales, reduce operational risk and prevent fraud
    • Identify business dependencies on IT, how IT risk typically gets disconnected from the business, and how to reconnect
    • Create life-like, realistic stories that are based on real causes in the real world
    • Spot and avoid the dangers of bias in evaluating risk
    • Identify key warning signs of unfolding situations
    • Identify roots of effective risk responses

Benefits include

  • Less:
    • Gaps and blind spots
    • Complications and cost in controls
  • More:
    • Actionable insights for risk-aware business decisions
    • More benefit to the “the business”
    • Valuable career path

Learning Objectives:

Participants will gain new insight into:

  • Business strategy plan, process and implementation cycle, and how to best apply the 5+2 Step Cycle for managing risk to performance objectives
  • Why scenario analysis is the heart of risk management
  • Why typical techniques create blinders to risk, increasing risk; then, learn to take off the blinders to be more situational aware and agile in response.
  • How to implement new insights more effectively through workshops that foster substantive and culture change at the same time.
  • How to use scenario analysis workshop to save time and cost in your organization – and better understand “what if?”
  • Power of “the invite and the flashlight/torch”

Suggested Pre-work:

This workshop is intended to help you take away practical, actionable insight to apply to your daily job. Thus, to help you accelerate your personal progress, it is suggested to:

  • Review your organization’s business environment (economic, buyers, competitors, partners, suppliers, distributors, political/regulatory, technology trends)
  • Review your organization’s strategy process, plan and implementation methods and cycle
  • Review your organization’s business objectives (financial and operational) overall and key initiatives
  • Review your organization’s business capabilities (skills, business and IT processes, technology, intellectual property)
  • Review your organization design, especially to understand dependencies and support between business lines, functions and geographic regions
  • Understand how improvement-oriented management support functions such as business process improvement, quality improvement, program/project management, enterprise architecture, transformation initiatives and risk management relate to each other