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Coaching Packages

Career Coaching Packages

1. CAREER TURNING POINTS 4-Weeks Coaching (Skype or Zoom)
CAREER TURNING-POINTS is designed for those who need a burst of motivation to achieve clearly defined career goals, such as getting that new job, internal promotions, job interviews, improving self-confidence or succeeding in a new role.
Over the course of 2 months, you will receive 4 x 90-minute sessions of private coaching by Skype or Zoom.

2. CAREER STRATEGIES – 4-Months Coaching
 (Skype or Zoom)
CAREER STRATEGIES is designed for those who want to explore and plan for their career, with the opportunity to focus on 2-3 key goals. Over the course of 4 months, you will receive 8 x 90-minute sessions of private coaching by Skype or Zoom.

Leadership Coaching Packages

1. BUILD A NEW DIRECTION – 4-Months Coaching 
(Skype or Zoom)
BUILD A NEW DIRECTION is designed for those who want to enhance their ability to lead, with the opportunity to reflect on their current strengths and areas for improvement and focus on 2-3 key goals. Over the course of 4 months, you will receive 8 x 90-minute sessions of private coaching by Skype or Zoom.

2. GAIN MOMENTUM – 8-Months Fortnightly Coaching 
(Skype, telephone or face-to-face)
GAIN MOMENTUM is designed for people who want to achieve personal, professional or business goals, with the opportunity to focus on several key areas. Over the course of 8-months, you will receive 16 fortnightly 90-minute sessions of private coaching by Skype or Zoom.

3. SHARPEN YOUR SAW– 12-Months Monthly Coaching 
(Skype, telephone or face-to-face)
Designed for people who want to SHARPEN THEIR SAW via regular monthly coaching sessions and for best practice reflections and managing challenges and enhancing their current practice. Over the course of 12-months, you will receive 12 monthly 90-minute sessions of private coaching by Skype or Zoom.

Short-term “Hot Topic” Coaching Packages

3-Hours – FOCUS CLEARLY: 1 x 3-Hour Breakthrough Session (Skype or face-to-face)
Designed to explore and FOCUS CLEARLY on a major challenge or goal. This comprises 2 x 90-minute discussions is 100% tailored to you to make a practical break-through.

1-Day – BEST PRACTICES & TAKING STOCK: 2 3-hour sessions, plus a follow-up
Escape from day-to-day pressures to take stock, reflect on best practices and empower yourself. Designed to explore, clarify technical best practice issues and plan for a specific goal, aspiration or challenge.

4 x 90-minute coaching sessions (remote or face to face, depending on location), tailored to you (usually within 2-4 weeks), followed by a 90-minute telephone call one week later. (5 in total).

Package Prices

Prices are charged for 90-minute slots
5% discount available for purchasing > 5 sessions at a time.
10% discount available for purchasing >10 sessions at a time.

For up-to-date prices and more information contact: info@RiskAI.co.uk

Training & development online/ webinars

As we adjust to new ways of working I have been working with my friends in the IIA across Europe to deliver engaging webinars on a range of key topics.

Details of internal audit webinars are as follows:

IIA UK:

  • Auditing culture – 9 June
  • Root cause analysis – 10 June
  • Lean and agile audit in the COVID era – 15 June
  • Urgent responses to Covid 19 – 16 June
  • Managing yourself and others in challenging times – 18 June
  • Assurance mapping – 23 June
  • Heads of internal audit – induction masterclass – 24-25 June

IIA BEL:

  • Assurance over GRC – PM 26th May and AM 27th May
  • Lean and Agile Auditing – PM 27th May and AM 28th May
  • Root Cause Analysis – PM 28th May and AM 29th May

IIA Finland:

  • Auditing Culture – PM 1st June and AM 2nd June
  • Assurance Mapping – PM 11th June and AM 12th June

IIA Norway:

  • Lean and Agile Audit in the Covid Era – PM 2nd June and AM 3rd June
  • Assurance Mapping – PM 3rd June and AM 4th June

Timings for split sessions are as follows:
Morning sessions are 09.00 to 12.15 local time
Afternoon sessions are 13.00 to 16.30 local time

E-mail info@RiskAI.co.uk for more information, including tailored training on other topics.

Hope you can join me…

Corporate Governance Theatre: Risk culture, plausible deniability and wilful blindness

Very pleased to have been asked by the ACCA to write an article on ‘Corporate Governance Theatre: Risk culture, plausible deniability and wilful blindness’.

An overview follows immediately below, after which is a link to the full article on the ACCA’s website.

Background and introduction

My role as a consultant is to work closely with clients on governance, risk, compliance (GRC) and assurance challenges. Our aim is to ensure GRC improvements are genuinely welcomed and used by business managers, alongside risk, compliance and audit professionals; balancing rigour with pragmatism and cultural fit.
Earlier in 2018, I wrote an article on why we continue to get GRC and assurance surprises of some magnitude, despite management assurances and auditor sign offs. My perspective is that too often we have ‘corporate governance theatre’. Things look good in many ways, but – just below the surface – there are ‘hairline cracks’ that are missed by management, boards and even auditors and regulators, until it is too late.

After writing this article, I was happy to be asked by ACCA to write an article on risk culture – including ‘plausible deniability’ and ‘wilful blindness’, which are part of the theatre problem – and here this article:

  • provides an overview of plausible deniability, wilful blindness and associated phenomena
  • how and why these behaviours arise
  • warning signs to watch out for
  • practical steps in the context of GRC to make meaningful progress.

Note that, in my experience, progress is not about implementing new systems (though these may help), but rather by looking at what is currently being done from a different angle, with the objective of ‘getting real’ about the issues, and potential gaps, that matter the most.

Read the full article here

Not as straightforward as it seems – Adding value – Assurance maps

I ran a workshop in London over the past two days on the topic of Assurance Maps. Readers will not be surprised to learn that one of the key ingredients for a successful Assurance Map is to be clear about the added value that managers and senior managers will derive from the exercise (often board and audit committee members recognise that an assurance map will help “join up the jigsaw” of assurance efforts, and therefore tend to be supportive).

At face value this may seem to be a straightforward matter – if the board and audit committee can be persuaded support an assurance map, would it really matter if managers and senior managers were not that enthusiastic? In my experience working on assurance mapping efforts for the past 15 years, this is an important question, because there is a big difference between managers and senior managers tolerating an assurance map, but not seeing much benefit in what it gives; compared to them seeing it as a useful management tool that will help them manage aspects of their organisation. Clearly, in the latter case, you are much more likely to get ongoing interest in, and support for, further development of assurance maps from management; rather than them seeing an assurance map as a one-off activity that should be completed and then shelved.

What follows is a summary of our discussions. As you will see, the key message is the importance of being focused, specific and realistic about the added value goals being sought, and the need to think ahead, and manage proactively, how this added value might unfold (or not!). Continue Reading

Speaking at IIA HIA Conference

Internal Audit Leaders’ Conference 16th March 2016 

Combined assurance, one language, one voice, one view
James Paterson | Director, Risk & Assurance Insights Ltd.

  • consistent messaging across all governance bodies and functions within an organisation
  • breaking down silos and more efficient collection and reporting of information
  • a common view of risks and issues.

Further details about the conference can be found here.

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