IRMSA’s 2021 Call To Actions – It’s time to step up!

    By Sean Pyott, Managing Director of thryve The new risk report from The Institute of Risk Management South Africa (IRMSA) is their best yet. Part of that credit can go to the experience of releasing seven editions of what has become a definitive and internationally-recognised paper on South Africa. Creating an authentic local […]

Time to step up! IRMSA launches the 2021 Risk Report

    “As risk professionals, will you step up and be bold? Step up and be the voice of risk management!” With these words, the Institute of Risk Management South Africa (IRMSA) CEO, Thabile Nyaba, launched the 2021 edition of IRMSA’s risk report. Focused on South Africa, the report breaks down the country’s opportunities and […]

A look back at SA’s 2020 risks

    By Sean Pyott, Managing Director of thryve I’m looking forward to reading IRMSA’s new risk report, due later this month. For several years, the IRMSA report has been the primary benchmark for summarising South Africa’s risk – developed because global risk reports don’t provide the nuance we need for a local context. That […]

What to expect from IRMSA’s 2021 Risk Report

    Since 2014, the Institute of Risk Management South Africa (IRMSA) has released an annual report focusing specifically on South Africa’s risk landscape. Soon to appear in its seventh edition, this report is already widely recognised as the definitive view on South Africa’s different risks, how they impact its people and industries, and what […]

The year’ Sense and Respond’ risk became a reality

  By Sean Pyott, MD of thryve   “Never let a good crisis go to waste,” said Winston Churchill, a quote that surfaced numerous times during 2020 – the living embodiment of crisis. I even used the quote in one of my first blogs of the year (Crisis vs Opportunity during the pandemic), though I […]

Beyond aspirations: how do we create ‘sense and respond’ risk management?

  By Sean Pyott, MD of thryve Last month, I reflected on the importance of risk managers and why they are in high demand right now. But what about companies – what kind of changes should they undergo to make better use of new risk management practices? It’s an important question because modern risk-management practices […]

The risk manager is now hot stuff. Where to next?

  By Sean Pyott, MD of thryve   People have been predicting for years that risk management will step from its back-office nook and into the leadership sphere. This prediction gained some traction at the start of this century with integrated risk management (IRM) and Governance, Regulation & Compliance (GRC) technology systems offering greater integration […]

4 traits to face a crisis, and how technology helps

By Sean Pyott, MD of thryve The pandemic is having a radical impact on leaders, though few state it better than this Harvard Business School article: “Before COVID-19, CEOs and other executives in high-growth companies were focused on fostering innovation, driving revenue, and gaining market share. Today, many of those same leaders must make rapid […]

How Covid-19 affects a CEOs view on risk

  By Sean Pyott, MD of thryve The funny thing about COVID-19 is that we saw it coming. Unlike a black swan, which is an unexpected event only obvious after the fact, little was unexpected about the current epidemic. In the past two decades, there have been several outbreaks involving coronaviruses. Though minor, they signalled […]

How to start harvesting data from spreadsheets

  By Riaan Bekker, Force Solutions Manager at thryve Spreadsheets are very useful. Yes, they can be very narrowly defined and even encourage the silo cultures that exist between departments or teams. But they are also a very well-understood and widely-used business tool. Whether you want to use data more holistically or if you wish […]