When in need of some support for risk leadership paradigm shift, step outside the office and into the arena. You will be amazed of what the predator in you can learn from the pray inside the horse in terms of risk leadership.

In everyday life, the better you know something, the easier it is for you to identify it and manage it. Same goes for risks. The recent Deloitte 2019 risk management survey confirms it: the C-suite and the Executives teams working in the risk areas are the best at identifying risks. On the other side, if they are risk-owners but do not work in the risk areas, they rank risk-identification as the most time-consuming part of risk management.

It comes down to managing the unknown. It goes all the way to understanding the limits of what we can manage and what we need to factor in.

Maintaining healthy boundaries for our energy investment, and any other investment for that matter, is a key leadership competency.

In business, the most interesting examples of wasted energy are not in finance risk management, but in commercial opportunity seizing. Risk and opportunity tend to travel together, but it takes a special set of leadership skills to differentiate and act upon each one.

Next, let us get out of the office and step into the arena, with a couple of horses and discover what is their take on risks and how can they contribute to our risk leadership development.

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I got what I wanted: a lesson about “being” before “doing”. A slow paced experience in a fast forward world, with wonderful partners: people and horses.

It’s been an unusually busy project calendar during the 4 weeks before my attendance to the EAHAE conference.

Our team’s decision was to attend the workshop on the Thursday before the conference, so we set out one day earlier than previously planned.  I was looking for a break, a few days when I could breathe in and out without watching the clock and paying attention to others’ needs.

Jackie offered me a full-size gift through the workshop on Thursday.

First, it was the request to contribute with the one word I felt best described my intention for the day. The Romanian words for Thank you popped out of my heart and curiously enough I simply accepted it and said it out loud before I had the chance to ask myself “what am I thankful for?”

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