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Perhaps the biggest challenge facing an insurance company’s enterprise risk manager is how to do the job effectively without being dismissed as a “Gloomy Gus” by their growth-oriented colleagues.

In the dictionary, a Gloomy Gus is defined as a “sourpuss,” someone whose personality is habitually sullen. Each glass placed before him is not just half empty, but bone-dry. We’ve all probably encountered a Gloomy Gus or two in our lives—including at the office.

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