Magazine article Risk Management

A First Year of Success

Magazine article Risk Management

A First Year of Success

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RIMS' External Affairs Team has been in existence for one year. During that time, it has addressed myriad issues for the benefit of the Society and its members. And the year's success lies in one word: T-E-A-M.

A successful team begins with leadership. A leader must possess "change mastery" to drive innovation when necessary and respond positively to developments that are beyond control. With little direct authority, a leader must solicit assistance from volunteers, willing and unwilling. But a team must also have technically and interpersonally competent members who are capable of resolving the many conflicts that arise when diverse personalities converge.

This leads to the next quality of a successful team: unified commitment. The team must be brought together to focus on supporting one another for the project at hand, without finger-pointing or blame-casting. A clear and challenging, but attainable list of goals encourages this mentality. Clearly defined roles, a rapid decision-making process and an efficient communications program create a structure that gets results.

The External Affairs Team was created with this model in mind and the results of our first year demonstrate our success.

Communication with membership is the heart of any government action program. The External Affairs Team used every medium RIMS provides to reach members with legislative, regulatory and policy information. In 1998, the External Affairs Team launched "Capital Spotlight," a bimonthly supplement to the Society newsletter, RIMSCOPE. The insert reviews current public policy trends and federal legislation affecting the risk management profession. In addition, External Affairs Team members contribute regularly to Risk Management. In some cases, these pieces have become the basis for RIMS position statements. More extensive government affairs information is also available on the "Capital Alerts" section of RIMS' Web site, covering state and provincial legislative news.

Due to the last-minute nature of most politicians' schedules, actually getting members in front of legislators and regulators can be difficult. So the External Affairs Team has taken part in local chapter efforts to meet and speak with public officials. …

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