- a smart business person
- in a challenging risk management role
- who wants to succeed?
Risk managers are unsung heroes. They make the news when things go wrong. More often, they succeed in silence. It takes a certain kind of person to accept the job—and to do it well.
You can’t do it alone. Risk management is the most challenging executive position you can find, requiring a rare blend of technical skills, business savvy and interpersonal finesse. The learning curve is steep. Most of the information out there is simplistic or just plain wrong.
Failure is not an option. That is why I am here. My job is to make sure you succeed.
Hi, my name is Glyn Holton. I’m your risk management coach.
Who is Glyn (The Short Version)
I am a mathematician by training. I have worked as an actuary, a quant and a risk manager. My technical skills are formidable, but I am experienced enough to know business is about people, not numbers. For 23 years I have been a risk management coach. My book and journal articles are often cited, but my informal writing—what you read on this website and in my free newsletter—is just as influential.
As your risk management coach, I am
- Your expert on technical aspects of risk management—from hedge ratios to default models;
- An experienced mentor with insights and sage advice;
- A source of ideas to get your risk management on track;
- The coach who gets you back on your feet when you are knocked down.
Most of my coaching is done remotly, using a video conferencing tool right on this website. It is convenient and affordable. My focus is on your career—making sure YOU succeed. And if you succeed, your COMPANY succeeds.
What I Believe
Here’s what I believe. See if you agree.
- Risk management is about avoiding mishaps, but it is also about helping companies thrive.
- Without commitment from the board and CEO, risk management is window dressing.
- Human interactions are more important than numbers or procedures.
- At the heart of most business disasters is a conflict of interest.
- If you strive for anything, strive for transparency.
- Risk managers have many valuable tools, but ethics is the most valuable.
What’s Next …
I’m delighted you are here and can’t wait to get you up to speed. What would you like to start with?