Resources

All Aboard: Building Internal Support for Risk Management

Join NRMC to learn how to build and sustain support for risk management in your nonprofit. This webinar explores some of the most common reasons for pushback and resistance, as well as proven techniques to convert nay-sayers into yay-sayers. HANDOUT – All Aboard – NRMC Webinar – MAY 2020

2020 Risk Refresh: An Update to Our Forecast of Risk Trends Facing Nonprofits

Enjoy this timely update to the popular 2020 Risk Forecast we published earlier this year. Review our original article to explore additional risk trends including the need to: Ignite a reskilling revolution (our prior #1), and Contribute to climate action and other causes (our prior #5). 1. Master Contingency Planning Elvis Presley famously said, “When … Continued

It’s Time to Banish Blueprints and Best Practices

“Do not go where the path may lead, go instead where there is no path and leave a trail.” – Ralph Waldo Emerson By Melanie Lockwood Herman and Katharine Nesslage When our team is asked, “What should a risk committee do?” or “How should risk roles be described on position descriptions?” or “How often should … Continued

6 Risk Trends that Matter to Your Mission

By Melanie Lockwood Herman Yesterday I read with interest Kate Barr’s new blog post titled 8 Trends in the Nonprofit Sector. Kate is the President & CEO of Propel Nonprofits, an organization that supports nonprofits in Minnesota and adjacent states. Propel’s finance factsheets, worksheets and other resources are top notch, and I recommend them. Kate’s … Continued

Dream a Little Dream: Managing Sleep Deprivation Risks

By Katharine Nesslage Our ambitious 24/7 lifestyles, filled with unbalanced diets, low physical activity, excessive electronic media use, and psychosocial stress, are causing a precipitous decline in our sleep. But the safety implications of sleep deprivation have been known for decades. Precipitating causes of the Three Mile Island nuclear incident (1979), the Exxon Valdez oil … Continued

Don’t be Dispassionate: How to Use Emotional Impulses to Make Better Decisions – Full Article

By Glenn Mott “Heuristic / you risked it.”  —Hank Lazer Recently, I had an opportunity to read a special issue of the Harvard Business Review called “The Brain Science Behind Business”—a compilation of previously published articles about neuroscience. Reading these articles got me thinking about the role of heuristics in risk management. Heuristics refers to … Continued

If Ruminating on Risk Inspires Worry, You’re Doing it Wrong

By Melanie Lockwood Herman During a recent risk workshop, one of our participants commented, “Thinking about all of the potential risks facing my organization makes me really worried!” Her remark reminded me of the distinction between what many leaders believe is the narrow purpose of risk management and its true aim. The narrow view of risk management’s … Continued

Out of Focus: How Being Less Focused (and More Aware) Pays Off

By Glenn Mott Mindfulness, like it’s complement gratitude, has been much hyped—with good reason. Our underlying mindset and conditioning are nearly invisible to most of us; by itself, the conscious mind is insufficient to get at the deeper mindset. Nonjudgmental, present-moment awareness (aka mindfulness meditation) has been shown to change attitudes, emotional responses, and habitual … Continued

Scorched Middle Earth: Banishing The Department of No

by Melanie Lockwood Herman As fans of high fantasy fiction know first-hand, Middle-earth is the fictional setting for The Hobbit and The Lord of the Rings, the most widely-read books from English writer J. R. R. Tolkien. According to Wikipedia, “Middle-earth has also become a short-hand to refer to the legendarium and Tolkien’s fictional take … Continued

Storm Season: Risk Lessons from Tornado Alley

July 8, 2015 By Emily Wilson Dark storm clouds were just beginning to swallow the sky over my college house as my phone started making an eerily familiar sound. While growing up in Alabama, I often heard tornado watch and tornado warning alerts broadcasting from the sirens mounted on posts every few miles along the … Continued