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Risk Lessons from the Silver Screen

~14.8 minutes | Recorded 05.30.18 Listen to this podcast to glean risk management insights from Hollywood’s hit movies! The Risk Jockeys hosts are Melanie Lockwood Herman – Executive Director of the Nonprofit Risk Management Center (NRMC), and Derek Symer – Principal and Senior Vice President at AHT Insurance. During each Risk Jockeys podcast, Melanie and … Continued

Community Foundation of Greater Des Moines

“Sensible Stewardship: Understanding and Managing the Top Risks Facing Nonprofits,” “Demystifying the Risk Oversight Role of Nonprofit Boards,” and “Risk Reflections: Funders’ Forum”

Resources

Whether it’s Pastry or Risk Process, Use a Light Touch for a Perfect Result

By Melanie Lockwood Herman If you’ve ever served a pie whose crust was tough instead of flaky, you may have overworked the dough before baking. This frequent error can happen when you’re mixing the dough or when you’re rolling and shaping it. Experienced bakers learn that a light touch is the secret ingredient to memorable … Continued

Make Patience a Prerequisite

By Melanie Lockwood Herman While visiting my parents in the lovely coastal town of Falmouth, MA, I’ve observed two distinct types of drivers. The first type of driver pulls onto the main roadway, seemingly unaware (or unconcerned) that drivers with the right of way must brake to avoid a collision. This first type of driver … Continued

Warning Signs: Channeling Cassandra to Fortify Your Mission

By Melanie Lockwood Herman I’ve just finished a fascinating book about real-world “Cassandras” – prophets of myriad disasters, who, like the Cassandra of Greek Mythology, were ignored, ridiculed, and ultimately proven prescient. In Warnings: Finding Cassandras to Stop Catastrophes, Richard A. Clarke and R.P. Eddy take the reader on a tour that includes chapters about … Continued

Doing Nothing Might Be Worth the Risk

By Melanie Lockwood Herman The looming “turnover tsunami” has caused many nonprofit leaders to clutch at ways to retain the competent workforce they’ve built over the years. Recently, our team has advised both consulting clients, affiliate members, and Risk eNews readers about the range of actions to prepare for inevitable departures (See “Turnover Truths and … Continued

Chunk Change: Ask for Less to Get More

By Melanie Lockwood Herman I’ve just finished reading Jonah Berger’s book, The Catalyst: How to Change Anyone’s Mind. Two compelling takeaways were Berger’s suggestions that leaders 1. Ask for less to get more, and 2. Break big asks into smaller, more manageable ‘chunks.’ He offers the following advice for anyone having a difficult time persuading … Continued

Events

September 1, 2021

Boston, MA

National Community Action Partnership – Annual Convention

“Risk Lessons and Insights from COVID-19: What Next? What Now?”

February 26, 2021

virtual

Maryland Community Action Partnership

“Risk Management in Action”

March 4, 2021

webinar

Walker Area Community Foundation

“Organizational Stability”

March 26, 2021

virtual training

May 16, 2017

Meydenbauer Center, Bellevue, WA

Risk Management Pre-Conference with NPIP at the 2017 Washington State Nonprofit Conference

“Effective Risk Communication,” “Risk Forecasting,” and “Managing Human Resource Risk: Taking the High Road”