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One Giant Step Forward to Career Advancement. Presented by Richard Meyers & Associates, Inc. What ’ s Up For Discussion?. RIMS Professional Growth Model Risk Management partners Climbing to the next level Breaking it down, advancing your career My “ Top Ten ” Education… It defines you

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one giant step forward to career advancement
One Giant Step Forward toCareer Advancement

Presented by Richard Meyers & Associates, Inc.

what s up for discussion
What’s Up For Discussion?
  • RIMS Professional Growth Model
    • Risk Management partners
    • Climbing to the next level
    • Breaking it down, advancing your career
  • My “Top Ten”
  • Education… It defines you
  • What sets you apart… Key Differentiators
    • Advice from people that matter
  • Summary
  • Q&A
rims risk management professional growth model
RIMS Risk Management Professional Growth Model

Taking the information off the page

internal customers partners in risk
Internal CustomersPartners in Risk
  • Accounting & Audit
  • Compliance
  • EH&S (Environmental Health & Safety)
  • Enterprise Risk Management
  • Human Resources (Talent Management)
  • IT (Information Technology)
  • Legal (General Counsel)
  • Operations
  • Senior Management (C-Suite)
  • Supply Chain
  • Treasury & Finance
climbing the professional growth model
Climbing The Professional Growth Model

Entry level

1-3 years

Mid- Level

4-7 years

Senior level

8-15 years

Executive level

15 years plus

entry level 1 3 years non technical
(Entry level, 1-3 years)Non-technical

High academic standings

Strong PC skills

Academic awards

Insurance Internships

Personal skills


Knowledge of Risk Financing

Claims Management & Loss Reserving

Risk Management Information Systems

Certificates of Insurance

Risk Identification & Analysis Techniques

Learning Company Structure & Risk Profile

mid level 4 7 years non technical
(Mid-Level 4-7 years)Non-technical

Internal recognitions

Participating in industry functions

Developing industry network

Merging risk management with other management practices & systems


Influence change and being inquisitive

Strong written & verbal communication

Analytical skills & attention to detail


General P&C and Specialty Coverages

Knowledge of M&A and Due Diligence

Business Continuity Planning

Strong Company & Business Knowledge

senior level 8 15 years non technical
Senior Level, 8-15 years)Non-Technical
  • Influencer, Implementer, Facilitator & Innovator
  • Promoter/Champion of Staff
  • Creative, Engaging, Project Leader, Integrity, Negotiation, Presentation


  • Practitioner in M&A Due Diligence
  • Proficient in Insurance Contracts
  • Budgeting & Negotiating Skills
  • Treasury & Tax
  • Insurance Contracts
  • Safety & Loss Control
  • Business Continuity Planning
  • C-Suite Exposure
step 4 executive level 15 years non technical
STEP 4(Executive Level, 15 years+)Non-technical


Communicates “non-technically across all lines of business

Engaging presence

Works in front of desk

Creates “Strategic” objectives

Recognized by peers

Developed skills in:

Perceptive, pragmatic, proactive, promoter

Change Agent, coach

Educator, effective with others

C-Suite enabled

Humble & not about self

Decisive & constructive

step 4 executive level 15 years non technical continued
STEP 4(Executive Level, 15 years+)Non-technical continued

Innovative Leader in the following areas:

  • Business & Industry
  • ERM Enterprise Risk Management
  • Strategic view on Risk Management
  • Alternative Risk Transfer
  • Ethics & Governance Cultural
  • Budgeting and Staff Developer
  • Champion & Promoter for all Risk Initiatives
hot areas of risk
Hot Areas of Risk
  • Enterprise Risk Management, (ERM)
  • Business Continuity Planning, (BCP)
  • International Financial Reporting Standards, (IFRS)
  • Risk & Capital Management, (RCM)
  • Global Association of Risk Practitioners, (GARP)
breaking it down to advance your career in risk management
Breaking it Down to Advance Your Career in Risk Management
  • Well-developed verbal, written, and presentation skills
  • Negotiating skills
  • Influencing skills
  • Facilitation skills
  • Collaboration skills
  • Active listening skills
  • Continued technical competency and self development
  • Executive presence
the top ten through the professional growth model
“The Top Ten”Through The Professional Growth Model

10. Create achievable and realistic goals

9. Build on those goals year to year

8. Communicate effectively with your


7. Build & foster relationships

6. Broaden your skill set each year –

presentation & written communications skills

being the key

the top ten part ii through the professional growth model
“The Top Ten” Part IIThrough The Professional Growth Model

5. Embrace technology

4. Insurance technical skills are rarely the best


3. Enjoy your work and show it…daily

2. Promote yourself and socialize your

results while being a team player

1. Promote risk management in everything you do… don’t hide behind your desk

education formal accreditations
EducationFormal & Accreditations
  • Undergraduate versus “NO” degree
  • Masters versus undergraduate degree
  • Concentrated degrees:
    • JD, RM, Finance, Accounting, Safety
  • Professional Designations:
    • RF, FRM, CRM, etc. 
    • ARM, ARMe, CPCU, CIC, etc.
key differentiators
Key Differentiators
  • Be visible, work in front of your desk not behind It
  • Always maintain a customer focus
  • Know what value you bring to the organization and more importantly the organization’s values
  • Know how your performance is being evaluated
  • Document, validate, and socialize results regularly
  • Meet or exceed required expectations (remember the bottom line)
  • Demonstrate business passion and energy (let your boss know you want to be there; don’t assume that everyone knows you love your job)
key differentiators continued
Key Differentiators, Continued
  • Develop and maintain key relationships
  • Develop your network beyond your department and immediate supervisor…your boss should not be your savior
  • Your communicative abilities reflect how you are perceived and thought of…Articulate
  • Always be professional, ethical, and true to one’s self
  • Remember, integrity is something you own unless you choose to give it away (your word represents who you are)
    • Maintain that you owe no one
    • If you violate trust…there are no second chances
  • Proactive vs. Reactive
what are executive and hr recruitment leaders looking for in risk professionals
What are Executive and HR Recruitment Leaders looking for in Risk Professionals?
  • A proactive manager of risk
  • A strategic business partner
  • An effective communicator…Impact
  • An entrepreneurial spirit
  • General business skills education (Finance & Accounting)
  • Absolute Integrity **
Professional & Passionate



Customer-focus and


Development of one’s emotional intelligence, “EI”


The Strengths (technical skills) that got you where you are today, are not the skills you will need to advance to higher levels of responsibility within the organizationtomorrow