Resources

Lessons from the Pandemic: On the Road to the Next New Normal

Risk programs have been forced to adapt rapidly during the pandemic. All nonprofits have had to pivot in myriad ways to respond to the ever-changing situation. This “Black Swan” event left many nonprofits scrambling to adapt risk assessments, policies and procedures, and risk management practices. In this webinar, we explore graceful adaptations and silver linings … Continued

It’s About Time

By Whitney Claire Thomey I recently succumbed to a barrage of ads and installed Blinkist on my phone. If you haven’t heard, this app is a crib-notes tool for lovers of nonfiction audiobooks. The app distills a vast array of nonfiction books into 15-minute soundbites. The app’s bold promise? To turn your unallocated time into … Continued

2021: Are You Ready?

I have learned over the years that when one’s mind is made up, this diminishes fear; knowing what must be done does away with fear. – Rosa Parks By Whitney Claire Thomey A common sentiment among anyone surviving the first year of this new decade is, “I can’t wait for this year to be over!” … Continued

Business Continuity Planning: 5 Steps to Build Resilience

Join this fast-paced webinar to learn the fundamentals of business continuity planning for nonprofits. The presenters will share 5 steps to building resilience that can be applied to any organization. They will also help you understand the key insurance-related issues and considerations applicable to business interruptions and continuity planning. Worried about the ‘next’ interruption or … Continued

Name the Elephant: Coping with the Biggest Risk to Your Mission

By Melanie Lockwood Herman This week I’m reading An Insider’s Guide to Risk Management, by David M. Rowe. In Chapter 8, Product Innovations and Insurgent Competition, Rowe explores the intersection of change and risk management. One of the themes in the chapter is what Rowe describes as the tendency to “concentrate so much on the … Continued

How to Prepare for 2021: Insights from NRMC Advisors

In early 2020 NRMC formed a Corporate Advisory Committee (CAC); the employers of CAC members provide financial support for NRMC’s educational mission. We invited members of this new advisory team for their insights on the impacts of COVID-19 and the recession, as well as their ideas about how to best prepare for 2021. For this … Continued

Learn, Adapt, Repeat

“Those at the top of an organization typically used to say that the answer lay in a sound plan. . . The reason for this is the underlying conceit that we can both know the future and master it. That has always been a dubious claim, but in today’s uncertain environment it is patently ridiculous. … Continued

Find Inspiration in an Epic Fail

“It’s extremely liberating and honest to admit that we know very little about almost everything. This is not to make us feel small and insignificant, but rather to make us feel excited about how much we still have to learn.” – John Hunt, The Art of the Idea By Melanie Lockwood Herman It’s not often … Continued

Question Everything

“The ability to ask questions is the greatest resource in learning the truth.” – Carl Jung  I’ve just finished reading Questions Are the Answer, by Hal Gregersen. This terrific book has inspired me to scribble more than usual. I’ve been jotting down questions on scraps of paper, adding questions to our staff meeting agendas, and … Continued

Resolve to be Resolute

Eat healthy, exercise more, save money-sound resolutions, all. How many of us will still be at it after January? Surveys suggest that somewhere on the order of 80 percent of resolutions fail. This may explain why 30–day challenges have become popular, and in many cases have replaced the yearlong commitment of a New Year’s resolution. A quick … Continued

Risk Management Activity Planning: How to Get Unstuck after a Risk Assessment

Risk assessment can sometimes be overwhelming, resulting in a lengthy, daunting list of risks that need to be managed. Prioritizing the list of risks is another challenge, often resulting in arbitrary numerical scores. Attend this webinar to simplify your approach to risk assessment, and to focus your energy on implementing risk management activities instead of … Continued

Managing Risk in a World of Change: Turn and Face the Strange

By Melanie Lockwood Herman Three of the questions we often ask during NRMC Risk Assessments or ERM Engagements are: What is the most significant, recent change in your organization? What disruptive changes are going on now? If we were to return a year from now, what would be decidedly different? As you might have guessed, … Continued