Starting a new job in a fairly known company (that’s what it seemed) mostly involves getting familiar with the new processes, learning names of new colleagues and remembering the way to your new office. This seems to be the common understanding of “starting a new job”. What I, however, experienced was meeting around 100 people from around the whole globe, having very complex names (at least for a German), working in different companies that all follow their own processes. There was one thing we all had in common: we didn’t know the way to our office / venue.
These were the first and completely overwhelming experiences I had at my first RAG conference ever.
Following Eric’s statement on the marvelous speakers like Tony Sani, Kostadin Taneski, Tony Poulos or David Morrow, this opened a completely new view for me on what risk and assurance management really means. It’s not just about the regular phrase of “to think out of the box”, it was more about “thinking globally” and getting an insight of what other companies think of risk, in meaning and interpretation.
So for a newcomer like me, this was probably the best start to a new job that one can imagine. Instead of sitting in my office and reading through process descriptions, I had the chance to get “taught” about what RAG means.
I want to use this article to thank of course my boss Roman Lukes and Gjurgjica Gina Pesheva for the trust and support they already showed me in the first days of my new job here in Group Customer Finance at Deutsche Telekom.
I’m very glad that all participants have been satisfied with the onsite organization of the RAG conference in Bonn. And of course that we had the chance to intensify the discussions about the meaning of RAG and the long road that is still ahead to bring together all the diversified knowledge and experiences of each and everyone who is giving their best to do risk and assurance management.
Special thanks go to Eric Priezkalns, Rob Chapman, Yury Tsaregorodtsev, David Morrow, Luke Taylor and all the others who joined us for the event and created a familiar atmosphere.
This is what RAG is about – bringing people together and sharing their experiences and knowledge about risk and assurance management.