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View to the Horizon: Managing Reputation Risk for Hyperconnected Organizations

by Katharine Nesslage and Melanie Lockwood Herman A famous Peanuts cartoon uses a cruise ship as an analogy for life. In the cartoon, Lucy explains that some people place deck chairs at the back of the boat to see where they have been, while others place their chairs in the front to see where they … Continued

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

Focus on Residual Resilience, Not Residual Risks

By Melanie Lockwood Herman & Erin Gloeckner What value does your organization derive from risk management? Controlling specific financial losses and harm? Or cultivating a capacity for resilience no matter what losses or liability might arise? Risk management often looks at singular risks inside a vacuum, determining why each risk is bad, how bad, and … Continued

Perfect is the Mortal Enemy of the Good: Why Minimum Viable Risk Practices are Perfect

By Melanie Lockwood Herman Seasoned hiring managers and interviewers often listen carefully for an interviewee’s response that acts as a red flag waving “don’t hire this person!” For me, it’s a statement like this: “I’m a perfectionist,” or “My biggest weakness is that I don’t want to stop working on something until I get it … Continued

The Resilience Mindset: 7 Musts if Your Mission Matters

By Melanie Lockwood Herman and Whitney Thomey Across the vibrant and diverse nonprofit sector in the U.S. and internationally, leaders and teams are recognizing that we’re not going back. Initial thoughts of returning to a pre-pandemic state are dissipating as we collectively grasp the significant implications of a risk event for which an entire world … Continued

Events

April 17, 2021

virtual

Professional Administrators of the United Methodist Connectional Structure (PAUMCS)

“Risk Leadership and Your Organization: How to Identify, Unpack, and Manage Your Top Risks”

March 23, 2021

virtual

Georgia Community Action Association

“Service Delivery During a Pandemic and Beyond: Managing Service Delivery Risk”

virtual

Missouri Conference of The United Methodist Church

“Risk Leadership and Your Church: How to Identify, Unpack, and Manage Your Top Risks”

February 26, 2021

virtual

Maryland Community Action Partnership

“Risk Management in Action”

July 8, 2021

virtual

Community Action Partnership – Resilience Series

“Ready…or Not? Creating Practical, Action-Oriented Readiness Plans”