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moving beyond systems and processes

Risk management is recognised as an essential contributor to organisational and project success, since it focuses on addressing uncertain situations and objectives in a proactive manner in order to minimise threats, maximise opportunities, and optimise achievement of objectives. Despite a growing range of supporting systems, processes and tools, in practice risk management often fails to meet expectations.

The most significant Critical Success Factor for effective risk management is the one most often lacking: an appropriate and mature risk culture. During this program, we will explore the cultural factors that are at the heart of organisational failures and the underlying conscious and subconscious emotions that that have resulted in a lack of critical risk thinking and poor organisational behaviour.  

This workshop introduces a model that will provide answers to the question “How much risk…?” by providing an approach to critical risk-based thinking and behaviour modification that will lead to a mature risk culture. Risk appetite is an internal tendency to take risk in a given situation, and it reflects organisational risk culture and the individual risk propensities. Risk attitude is a chosen response to risk, driven by perception, and it can be used to influence critical risk based thinking and behaviour. Putting both risk appetite and risk attitude together into a single framework provides a practical approach that enables individuals to manage behaviour and organisations to develop an appropriate and mature risk culture.

The way individuals and leadership groups can influence and improve organisational risk culture. Attendees will examine the influences on risk appetite and risk attitude and how:

  • these impact management for the top
  • to apply Critical risk-based thinking
  • to modify organisational behaviour.

This program has been specifically designed for people tasked with the management of risk and important situations and difficult decisions at the executive, tactical and operational levels of the organisation. Typical attendees include:

  • Managers
  • Engineers
  • Project Managers
  • Planners and designers
  • Team leaders, and
  • WHS officers

Attendees should have an existing understanding and experience with risk management system and process

Examples of poor organisational culture

  • AS/NZ 31000 goal orientated risk
  • Risk culture model
  • Critical success factors
  • Risk attitude spectrum
  • Risk vs reward
  • Risk appetite & risk attitude
  • 3 step approach to appropriate risk thresholds and behaviour
  • Risk actions
  • Managing the triple strand of mental inputs

  • Lectures
  • Case studies
  • Group discussions
  • In-class activates
  • Worked examples

 Members Price
 Non Members Price
 CPD Hours
 Non Technical
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The Danish Nobel Prize-winning physicist Niels Bohr (1885–1962) rightly said that ‘Prediction is very difficult, especially about the future.’

The key factor underlying the difficulty in predicting the future is the existence of uncertainty.

As Plato (427–347 BC) realised, ‘The problem with the future is that more things might happen than will happen.’


Lexy Rohde
Professional Development Manager


07 3632 6825