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Earlier this summer, more than 7,000 runners crossed over the finish line and danced to the beat of Sugar Ray at the Providence Rock ‘N’ Roll Half Marathon. I was NOT one of them. In one of my first blogs, “Motivation for the Long Distance ERM Race” (in which I likened the roll-out of an enterprise risk management (ERM) program to training for a major sporting goal), I boldly, perhaps foolishly, announced to a virtual world that with proper planning, I would finish that race,  “slowly but surely.”

What happened? I started out with the best intentions, but now have to figure out exactly why I did not make my goal. Reviewing my efforts, there are a lot of “lessons learned” from my personal failure as a runner. On a positive note, my race analogy still works. These questions and lessons are equally applicable to a stalled or derailed ERM program. How do we all stay the course, and get back on track once a target has been blown away?

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