Those of you who know me and know about my career will know that my practice is at the leading edge of both change management and risk management. I've been a bit surprised over recent weeks to find that some people find that odd and think when I'm doing things like writing my CV, or deciding how to pitch to clients, that I need to choose.
Of course, that would be the choice if business really did have a need for thinking about risk to be isolated only to thoughts of governance and internal control, or if thinking about change could be done sensibly without an understanding of the ambiguity that transformational change causes. To me it's obvious that risk and change, and change and risk, go hand in hand.
So maybe it's worth thinking again:
To make risk management really add value for your organisation, there's probably a significant culture change needed.
To make your change plans work, there's probably a need to really understand the risks that the people involved perceive.
Whichever way you look at it, I see no business case for choosing one or the other. Great to meet someone today (a partner in one of the big4 consultancies) who agreed with me. Interesting times.