Risk management basics: What exactly is it? (4.26)

Discover how to structure your risk process by asking (and answering) six simple questions.


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Who should manage risk? (Kill the Risk Manager) (1.31)

In just 90 seconds, David Hillson outlines the role of a risk specialist in projects and businesses. (Don’t worry, he doesn’t suggest murder!)


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Short video briefings

Humour in risk management (4.08)

Humour is a powerful tool in a business setting, but only if it's used well. In this short video, David Hillson, The Risk Doctor, explores how to use humour appropriately, including choosing the right level of humour for the audience, and being sensitive to cultural differences. Use humour to connect , and have fun doing it!


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Risk and executive decision-making (5.13)

The EPPM Board is a prestigious international steering group of senior executives, academics and industry experts. Their discussions address how the C-level can ensure that the project portfolio remains a key strategic asset. The February 2014 sitting of The EPPM Board explored what specific risk insights might best serve the C-suite when they are developing the strategic outlook for the organisation. In this interview, David Hillson, The Risk Doctor, gives his perspective.


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Risk and Opportunity: How can risk be good? (11.10)

In this PM Channel interview, David Hillson discusses with Dr Andrew Delo what is meant by positive risk, and explains how an integrated risk process can address both threats and opportunities.


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Risk management maturity: Does older always mean wiser? (9.34)

Interviewed by Dr Andrew Delo of the PM Channel, David Hillson explains what risk management maturity means, how to get it and how to keep it.


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People manage risk: Understanding risk attitude (11.21)

People adopt different attitudes when they face situations that are risky and important, based on their perception of uncertainty. This influences their risk-taking behaviour and decision-making. David Hillson reveals to Dr Andrew Delo why this matters and how it can be managed.


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Risk appetite: How hungry are you? (9.52)

David Hillson uses this PM Channel interview to explore the hot topic of risk appetite with Dr Andrew Delo. Risk appetite is often confused with other risk terms. David cuts through the confusion with clear definitions, and explains how a right understanding of risk appetite can help us to take the right risks safely.


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Full-length video presentations

Maslow, Memetics and Managing risk (46:04)

Not all risk is bad. Risk is supposed to include opportunities, but most people still focus only on threats. Why? Discover how to unlock management of opportunity using human motivation theory (Maslow’s “hierarchy of needs”) and the latest ideas in information science (memetic engineering). This talk was presented in Moscow in December 2016.


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Creating silver linings (Canadian farmers) (47:00)

This talk was given to an audience of farm business managers at the Pacific Agriculture Show in Abbotsford, BC, Canada, in January 2017. It formed part of the "Habits for Successful Farm Business Managers" session, and focused on how to find and capture opportunities in the farming sector.


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Creating silver linings (MSF) (46.23)

Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) do vital work in the world's trouble spots, and are constantly exposed to high levels of risk. In May 2016 in Barcelona, David Hillson addressed the annual gathering of MSF project managers, suggesting how risk-based thinking might help them succeed more often. This recording captures his closing keynote presentation.


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Managing risk in practice - workshop (35:48)

David Hillson delivered a half-day risk workshop in Tehran in February 2016 for about 200 project management professionals. In this extract from the introduction, he outlines the basic principles of risk and summarises the risk process, before focusing on how to identify real risks and develop effective responses.


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Black Swan Hunting: Addressing emergent risk (30:40)

Many future uncertainties are unknowable, leading to emergent risks that catch us unawares. These emergent risks are popularly known as Black Swans, and it is very hard for us to prepare for them in advance. Or is it? David Hillson’s keynote at the 11th International Iranian Project Management Conference in Tehran in February 2016 explains how to kill Black Swans before they kill you.


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Assessing overall project risk with Quantitative Risk Analysis (27:45)

How risky is your project? The answer is not found in the risk register or heatmap, which deal only with individual risks. Instead we need a way of determining the overall riskiness of a project. David Hillson explains here why QRA is the answer. Most people use QRA to identify the most important individual risks. Here David explains how to use it to quantify overall project risk exposure.


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Restructuring Greece: A risk perspective (32.55)

David Hillson presented this keynote at a conference in Athens in November 2015, attended by government and business leaders and hosted by the PMI Greece Chapter. He takes a risk-based look at how Greece might approach the uncertain future, with a particular focus on dealing with emergent risks. David closed by challenging the many project managers in the audience to be change agents in the future reconstruction of Greece, within the context of national rebuilding.


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New concepts in project risk management (27:52)

If risk is "uncertainty that matters", how can we be sure that we consider all forms of uncertainty, as well as all types of mattering? In this keynote presentation to the 15th International PM Conference of the PMI Arabian Gulf Chapter held in Bahrain in January 2015, David Hillson discusses new ideas about the nature of risk in projects and how it should be managed.


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The ABC of risk culture (33.22)

This presentation was the closing keynote for the Second Global ERM Online Symposium 2014 in May 2014. David Hillson, The Risk Doctor, looks at the origin of culture from first principles before applying the resulting insights to risk culture. Understand the relationship between Attitude, Behaviour and Culture through the ABC Model. Discover what a good risk culture looks like, and how you can get one.


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Managing risk in nation-building (22.53)

David Hillson spoke on the topic of risk in nation-building at the Nigerian Risk Awards dinner in Lagos in December 2013. David focuses on the Objectives of nation-building, Origins of risks to nation-building, and Ownership of nation-building risks. Although the speech was delivered in Nigeria, these principles apply to building any nation - including yours!


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Managing risk in projects: New concepts (50.33)

The Australian/New Zealand Institute of Insurance & Finance (ANZIIF) launched its Risk Management Faculty in Sydney in September 2013. David Hillson, the Risk Doctor, was the invited guest speaker for this event. In this talk David challenges our limited thinking about risk, and explains how a broader concept of risk can lead to more effective risk management, and hence more successful projects and businesses.


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Managing risk in programmes (47.29)

Programmes are risky undertakings and require proactive risk management, but programmes are not large projects, and programme risk management is different from project risk management. In this presentation at ProjectControlsExpo 2013 in London, David Hillson, The Risk Doctor, explores the unique and specific characteristics of managing programme risk, providing  a clear understanding of the challenge as well as practical guidelines to deal with it.


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Interfacing Earned Value with Risk Management (40.11)

David Hillson explains how Earned Value Management (EVM) and Risk Management can be used together to improve project decision-making and control. Presented in Lisbon Portugal as the opening keynote of the EVIAP conference in November 2011.


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Understanding risk appetite (47.59)

David Hillson was the chairman of RiskZone 2012 held in Vienna in September 2012, hosted by Stamford Global. One of the keynote presenters, Ruth Murray-Webster, was due to talk about her work with David on the hot topic of risk appetite. Unfortunately Ruth was unable to attend, so David stepped in to give her presentation. Discover the RARA Model as a framework for combining risk appetite with risk attitude in order to set appropriate risk thresholds.


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Managing Risk: What's new? (53.17)

Everyone knows that business is risky, and risk management is our attempt to address this. But the continued failure of businesses to deliver consistent benefits suggests that the problem of risk has not been completely solved. In this closing keynote presentation at RiskZone 2012 in Vienna, David Hillson offers three suggestions for how we might do things differently and better, by extending our concept of risk, addressing weak spots in the risk process, and dealing with risk attitudes of both individuals and groups. David presents practical and proven solutions to each of these areas, challenging current practice and encouraging improvement.


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Project Risk Management: What’s new? (44.40)

David Hillson presented on this topic at the inaugural meeting of the PMI UK Chapter Oxford Branch in November 2012. He suggests that we need to improve how we think about risk, the process we use to manage it, and the way we consider the people aspects. If risk is not managed effectively on your projects, this talk will help you do better next time.


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Risk Management: Best practice & future developments (58.23)

Recorded on 6 June 2006 (666!) in Munich, David Hillson outlines current best practice, then presents three areas in which risk management might develop in the short to medium term: integrating risk management with the wider business; improving depth and breadth of analysis; and including behavioural aspects in the risk process.


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“Common Risk Ailments” playlist

Common Risk Ailments: An Introduction (6.02)

This is the first in a video series linked to David Hillson's latest book “The Risk Doctor's Cures for Common Risk Ailments”. In this interview with Ruth Murray-Webster, David Hillson explores the concept of “risk ailments”, and explains how medical metaphors can help us to understand and address real problems with managing risk.


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Common Risk Ailments: (1) Risk Blindness (4.15)

In this short video, David Hillson discusses risk blindness, where people are unaware of the risks they are facing, leading them to walk into avoidable threats and to miss opportunities they could have captured.


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Common Risk Ailments: (2) Risk Depression (5.12)

All risk is bad and must be avoided or minimised at all costs. The only uncertainties that matter are risks that could cause delay or increase cost or cause accidents or damage reputation. If this is your view, you may be risk-depressed. Help is at hand!


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Common Risk Ailments: (3) Risk Cognitive Confusion (4.39)

Risk cognitive confusion occurs when we confuse risks with things that are not risks, then we treat the non-risks as if they really were uncertainties that matter. Then the risk process doesn’t work well, because it’s focused on the wrong things. Clear the confusion by finding your “real risks”!


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Common Risk Ailments: (4) Risk Bipolar Disorder (4.29)

Risk bipolar disorder occurs when individuals and organisations flip-flop rapidly between different attitudes to risk, leading to inappropriate risk-taking, and making it hard to predict how they’ll react in any given situation.


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Common Risk Ailments: (5) Risk Obesity (4.48)

Risk obesity happens when an organisation takes on too much risk as a result of uncontrolled risk appetite. We need to take the right amount of risk – the amount that we can digest and deal with effectively. Carrying excessive risk exposure will make us inflexible and slow to react when new risks arise.


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Common Risk Ailments: Staying Healthy (4.19)

In this closing video in the Common Risk Ailments series, David Hillson & Ruth Murray-Webster discuss how to stay "risk-healthy". Health is more than the absence of disease, and risk-health gives us the ability to survive and thrive in an uncertain world. Find out more here, with full details in David's book "The Risk Doctor's Cures for Common Risk Ailments".


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