Black swans - unlikely, unexpected events that change paradigms - justify investment in ERM but now there is even greater justification with the advent of black elephants - looming disasters that are visible but no one wants to address or deal with them. History teaches us the importance of building resilient organizations comprised of people that are self-confident, believe in each other, and feel a sense of responsibility to control their collective fate for the better.
Lori Siwik and Mark Siwik are the founders of SandRun Risk. They apply the principles of vertical leadership and lean six sigma to the discipline of risk management. From time to time they share their blog with guest authors who write about important risk management principles.