At Your Own Risk: How the Risk-Conscious Culture Meets the Challenge of Business Change

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"Every global company faces risks from all sides: competition, earthquakes, pandemics, or the practices of suppliers far down their value chain. Gary Lynch knows how hundreds of companies handle—or mishandle—risks, and he explains how the best of them find opportunities in the risks they face."
Madeleine Albright, former United States Secretary of State

"Although many corporate boards and managers understand that success means accepting risk, they ...

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Overview

Praise for At Your Own Risk

"Every global company faces risks from all sides: competition, earthquakes, pandemics, or the practices of suppliers far down their value chain. Gary Lynch knows how hundreds of companies handle—or mishandle—risks, and he explains how the best of them find opportunities in the risks they face."
Madeleine Albright, former United States Secretary of State

"Although many corporate boards and managers understand that success means accepting risk, they believe they have dealt with the problem by mathematical modeling. They are dangerously wrong. In a globalized, just-in-time world of cascading technological change, terrorism, and sophisticated crime, a setback can metastasize quickly into a catastrophe. Gary Lynch, a real risk management pro, brilliantly spells out in specific cases why this is so, and how we can begin to cope with this new world of risk on steroids."
R. James Woolsey, former Director of Central Intelligence

"Gary Lynch articulates an experienced-based, well-reasoned, and spot-on assess-ment of risk management realities that all corporations, large or small, should embrace and make core to their corporate cultures. A one-of-a-kind guide for identifying and assessing real risks and their impacts if left untended."
Dave Carpenter, Vice President for Global Security, PepsiCo and former Assistant Secretary of State for Diplomatic Security

"Lynch confronts the critical issues of identifying and managing diverse risks in today's complex and interdependent global marketplace. Board members, senior executives, and line managers should use this book as a sanity/reality check and challenge their organizations risk readiness. All will find his practical insight and guidance invaluable."
Craig Goldman, director on numerous public and private boards and former CIO, Chase Manhattan Bank

"As business tries to maximize profits and increase market share they create change in their structure. This book provides insight for all levels of management on how to identify, reduce, or minimize those exposures caused by this change. This is a must-read for all levels of management. "
Michael Liebowitz, past president of the Risk and Insurance Management Society (RIMS), Inc., and Director of Insurance and Risk Management, New York University

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780470259412
  • Publisher: Wiley
  • Publication date: 5/2/2008
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 244
  • Product dimensions: 6.20 (w) x 9.10 (h) x 1.00 (d)

Meet the Author

Gary S. Lynch, CISSP, is a recognized thirty-year industry veteran worldwide, with leadership positions in the operational, supply chain, and IT risk management profession. He has held risk executive positions at Chase Manhattan Bank and Prudential. While serving as a global leader at Marsh and a partner at Booz Allen Hamilton, he pioneered leading-edge methodologies to transform their business supply chain, operational, IT, and continuity risk management programs. He has contributed to the World Economic Forum Global Risk Report, been a panel member with the World Customs Organization and The Albright Group at the New Reality of Risk Forum, and was a speaker at the 2007 Secure Trade in APEC Region conference. He has appeared on the Discovery/Equinox Channel, NBC Nightly News, CNBC, and the ABC broadcast network and has been published in the Wall Street Journal, CEO Magazine, Financial IT Decisions, CIO Insight, The Asset (Asia Pacific), and Business Review Weekly.

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Table of Contents

Introduction. Cause and Effect in the Brave New World.

Section I. Change, the Double-Edged Sword.

Chapter 1. Rapid Change, Escalating Risk.

Chapter 2. Cause and Effect.

Chapter 3. The Vulnerable Organization.

Section II. Line of Sight.

Chapter 4. A Leadership Crisis?

Chapter 5. The Value Chain.

Section III. Consciousness, Engagement and Execution.

Chapter 6. Develop, nurture and sustain a risk conscious culture.

Chapter 7. Diverse Stakeholders Views  Motivations Across the Value Chain.

Chapter 8. Executing the Plan.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 4, 2009

    fluid and crystallized intelligence

    This book is a "must read" for every business professional. It completely changed my perception of many aspects of business, people, and events. It works. Outstanding!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 22, 2008

    A reviewer

    Gary Lynch provides insight into the problems of risk exposure and how to effectively manage it in corporations today. After reading the book, I have a better understanding of the variety of risk that we are faced with today as well as how dramatically risk has evolved over time. He explores the roles of individuals and details his experience on managing risk as a shared problem with a shared approach instead of in isolated pockets within an organization. As a business executive, I appreciate the time he takes to examine the roles within the company. It helped me to better understand the issues that we are facing by managing risk in silos instead of a more holistic approach with shared responsibility. He uses real world examples to help the reader understand the problem and he explores ways to develop effective solutions while also developing a risk conscious culture. He also uses case studies from a wide cross section of companies and industries. This is a practical book that is useful for both the risk professional and the business executive.

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