RiskIQ’s approach revolutionises risk management thinking.

It creates a positive mindset of innovation and adaptation supported by powerful yet practical tools for decision making in systemic, complex situations.

Threat management is just part of this - not the focus.

Applied Systems Thinking

Traditional approaches to risk management deal with identified risks one at a time, even though we know that important risk factors are often inter-connected, systemic, or hidden. They seek to simplify.

A systems thinking approach to uncertainty assumes that risks can have multiple causes and effects, each connected to others in a complex and often dynamic way. Instead of simplification, the aim is to clarify and understand so that clear, focused responses to risk can be implemented.

RiskIQ takes an integrated, systemic approach to maximising 

performance in the face of complexity and uncertainty. This reduces traditional risk management paperwork and changes the focus to one of opportunity and innovation.

Combined with a powerful, new systems approach to organisational design, this enables consistent, effective leadership and decision making and avoids the dangers of

traditional management approaches that assume we can control our future.

Our Framework

RiskIQ's Risk Leadership Framework reflects a systems thinking approach to uncertainty. It assumes that the purpose of risk management work is to provide leaders with the insights they need in order to make the best possible decisions when facing uncertainty.

The Risk Leadership Framework enables performance in complexity by providing leaders with practical concepts, methods and tools to get beneath the symptoms and to work directly on what really matters. Leaders are then better able to understand and influence complex situations, challenges and risks in real time.

The Framework integrates five levels of risk work.

The Risk Leadership Framework defines approaches to effective

decision making in uncertainty and complexity. It recognises that in a world that is constantly changing simply managing risk is not enough - the aim must always be to enhance decisions so that the best possible outcomes are achieved.

The Framework

identifies key high-level policy and governance requirements for success in uncertainty and shows how they can be documented and implemented. It also describes the work leaders and teams need to do in order to be effective when faced with complexity and risk

A range of traditional
and systemic

forms of risk analysis, control and management provide rigour and consistency. As part of this, RiskIQ’s unique soft-systems risk analysis and diagnostic tools identify the deep root causes of systemic risk and provide leaders with the insights they need in order to develop clear, simple responses.

We know that culture is the most critical foundation

for how people

work in all systems, including those that are complex. The Risk Leadership Framework recognises the shared beliefs needed for effective human systems and provides tools such as Systemic Risk Culture Maps to help leaders quickly and clearly link risk and performance outcomes with culture.

The Framework uses Systemic Risk Analysis as a diagnostic method to create feedback to the whole organisation as a system on how well it is performing in uncertainty. By finding, understanding and responding to internally generated risks senior leaders are able to drive capability development without falling back on overly simple approaches such as restructuring.

Risk leadership in a world of networks, systems and uncertainty

RiskIQ's Risk Leadership Framework revolutionises risk management thinking. It creates a positive mindset of innovation and adaptation supported by powerful yet practical tools for decision making in systemic, complex


Threat management is just part of this - not the focus.