Risk leaders, especially the passionate ones, can become overly excited about improving internal processes and systems to help their organisations make better decisions involving risks.
Whether it be an established business or startup, a risk leader will always find areas of the business that can benefit from a solid improvement.
However, it can be quite a challenge to reduce the risk leader’s internal fire to change all the organisation’s vulnerabilities at once.
This can be made even more difficult when risk leaders are faced with obstacles to achieving positive organisational changes.
These can range from battling conflicting stakeholder schedules to hold collaborative meetings, corporate politics, lack of resources, and other business variables that risk leaders have little control over.
“Patience is a virtue”, is more than a stoic coffee shop wallpaper, it is a requirement for proper risk management implementation within organisations. Change takes time, it does not happen overnight, as change in itself is inherently linked to the culture of the organisation. Change is difficult, it is uncomfortable, it can shake us at our core.
Risk leaders need to take this into account when pursuing initiatives to help the business create a tolerable certainty around the enterprise.
Taking baby steps to creating a risk-aware culture is a smart process that helps to slowly change the organisation into a resilient, risk taking machine.