Two companies have in place risk management plans of similar quality and detail. One has worked tirelessly, dedicating an intense amount of time and money, to create a plan that meets the needs of the organization and that addresses the risk-related issues the company has been faced with in the past. They have hired consultants and other outside resources to help re-work the plan time and time again and have been waiting a long time for a plan that is customized to suit the needs of the business.
Even if you don’t realize it, you’re probably employing some kind of risk management in your organization. Over time, you develop procedures to make sure things don’t go wrong and put plans in place to reduce organizational impact if they do.
Creating a risk management plan is simply about formalizing that process and being able to devote your resources more effectively. The first step in this process, and one of the most important, is identifying your risks.
You will need to make a list of all the specific risks that could impact your organization. This can be a daunting task, especially for new businesses that don’t have years of experience and history to rely on. Fortunately, there are some strategies you can turn to for help: