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June 1, 2020


“Uncertainty” has become the new buzz word of the COVID-19 pandemic. It seems like the more we read, hear and say the word uncertainty, the more worried and less certain we become. Resiliency, on the other hand, seems to conjure up feelings that are opposite to uncertainty. To be resilient is to have the ability to bounce back during times of difficulty.
May 28, 2020

Risk Appetite Statements

Disruptive pandemic risk arrived just as Chief Risk Officers (CRO’s) were getting their Enterprise Risk Management (ERM) frameworks and governance models in place. The result is that the venerable Risk Appetite Statement (RAS), which serves as the guiding risk governing document, has probably exceeded many key risk indicator (KRI) threshold levels. Read more to learn about the strategic and policy related issues that need to be addressed.
May 21, 2020

A Perspective on Public Health

Public health promotes and protects the health of people and the communities where they live, learn, work and play. Hear from Dr. LaShaune Johnson on how individuals who work in public health aim to prevent illness, promote wellness and encourage healthy behaviors, particularly in unprecedented times like that of the pandemic.
May 21, 2020

What is Enterprise Risk Management (ERM)?

Fish see the bait, but not the hook; men see the profit, but not the peril - Chinese Proverb

Ask an investor how they have performed and inevitably they will state their portfolio returns. Rarely will they put this in the context of the risks accepted. As you start learning about enterprise risk management (ERM) and the benefits of holistic analysis, one must first define risk. How should risk be considered? Can it be looked up in a dictionary? How do practitioners use it?
May 14, 2020

Recognizing Our Everyday Leaders

Effective leaders are often measured on a sliding scale of opinion, rhetoric, and feelings. However, buried deep in the political madness of headlines and bylines are emerging stories of the authentic, homegrown leaders in our country – our neighbors, coworkers, and friends who are showing great leadership in unusual and unexpected ways.

May 11, 2020

Leading the Way in Online Interprofessional Education

The pandemic has created unique challenges for health sciences and public health graduate programs. Students in these fields are required to participate in Interprofessional Education (IPE), which helps prepare students in the health care field learn how to effectively collaborate and share knowledge. Read more to learn how Creighton is a recognized leader in IPE.
April 29, 2020

I Need To Build the Teams, But Then Get Out Of Their Way

Brian Schaeffer is a student in Creighton’s Interdisciplinary Leadership (EdD) program. He is also Chief of the Spokane Washington Fire Department, a role that has provided an uninvited opportunity to practice leadership in a way he never expected. Read Brian’s story to understand how navigating a complex issue like this pandemic requires both humility and experience to lead his teams.
April 29, 2020

I Am The Student

As a faculty in Creighton’s Interdisciplinary Leadership program, Dr. Leah Georges didn’t expect to become a student. At least not until she set out to write an article about a student navigating the COVID-19 pandemic. Georges interviewed Brian Schaeffer, Chief of the Spokane Fire Department, to learn how his experience and education have impacted his leadership of this pandemic.
April 28, 2020

Call For Future Risk Managers

COVID-19 has highlighted the importance of sound risk management practices, but has also exposed potential shortfalls within existing organizations. Many businesses have been caught flat-footed and without experienced personnel and mitigation plans in place to deal with the recent pandemic.
April 21, 2020

Building Resilience

The entire world is suffering through COVID-19 together and many people are feeling a deep loss in their sense of control and their ability to influence the world around them. Adversity is taxing for all of us and has wide ranging implications. Despite the internal challenge adversity brings, it can also bring with it great change and an opportunity. Through adversity, we can become more resilient individuals and ultimately develop a higher sense of effectiveness.