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RIMS 2009 Coverage

Thousands of risk professionals gathered in Orlando for RIMS 2009 and to challenge their risk I.Q.
The conference started with a networking event of global proportions and continued with change- and leadership-inspired keynote presentations and 120+ timely sessions focused on how to survive in today’s challenging business environment. The Exhibit Hall had more than 400 exhibitors showcasing thousands of new resources and solutions, all designed to energize your risk strategy.

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At Monday’s General Session, Dennis Perkins used Sir Ernest Shackleton’s historic Trans-Antarctic expedition to illustrate his 10 critical strategies for productive leadership:

  1. Never lose sight of your goal but focus your energy on short-term objectives
  2. Set a personal example with visible, memorable symbols and behaviors
  3. Instill optimism and self-confidence but stay grounded in reality
  4. Take care of yourself—maintain your stamina and let go of guilt
  5. Reinforce the team message constantly: “We are one—we  live or die together”
  6. Minimize status differences and insist on courtesy and mutual respect
  7. Deal with anger in small doses, engage trouble-makers and avoid needless power struggles
  8. Find something to celebrate and something to laugh about
  9. Be willing to take the “big” risk (not needless risks)
  10. Never give up—there’s always another move

On Tuesday, Harvard Business School professor John Kotter stressed the importance of leadership, not necessarily management, in business operation. “The critical ingredient in all of this is leadership—and you can learn it.” His steps for successful, large-scale change are:

  1. Increase urgency
  2. Build the guiding team
  3. Get the vision right
  4. Communicate for buy-in
  5. Empower action
  6. Create short-term wins
  7. Don’t let up
  8. Make it stick



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