Magazine article Risk Management

Executive Forum

Magazine article Risk Management

Executive Forum

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The Roman God Janus was blessed with the ability to look forward and backward at the same time. With 1999 well underway, this is a good opportunity for RIMS to do the same: look back on a rich history, encompassing almost fifty years, and ahead to what we, both individually and collectively, are striving to achieve. We have defined and redefined risk management, pioneered the practice and supported the field's practitioners. And as risk management evolves and our businesses grow and change, we must meet head-on the new and sometimes difficult Challenges that lie ahead.

In recent months, I hope you've noticed the steps that RIMS has taken in this regard. We are continuing to implement our strategic plan; staying active in legislative efforts at the state, provincial and federal levels; expanding professional development, including exciting leaps forward with distance learning and the FRM; creating new approaches to governance challenges; and enhancing RIMS' publications. These are only a few important steps. The results of the recent Member Needs Survey are helping both volunteers and RIMS staff develop programs that better assist us all. My thanks to all who participated.

Included in the many ongoing efforts at RIMS are changes in Risk Management magazine. I applaud the magazine staff for focusing on the people, not just the processes, who make risk management such an exciting, interesting and rewarding field. The human factor is a vital and fascinating aspect of business: Ours is a profession blessed with many talented people who quietly overcome great challenges, and Risk Management's coverage of them and their experiences offers positive examples.

What lessons can we learn from each other? Read this month's issue carefully to find out. Read further, because you may also find your company in one of the compromising environmental situations featured. The Web sites suggested in the Circuit Breakers column are good places to begin the search for information and resources.

Finally, I want to take this opportunity on behalf of my colleagues on the Executive Council to remind you that we are here to serve. I work with a great group of dedicated volunteers committed to risk management and our Society. Feel free to contact any of us so that we can be of help to you, your company or your chapter.

DAVID L. …

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