Psychometric Tests for Risk Managers

Hats off to risk vendors Active Risk, who are doing some research into an area long neglected. When recruiting, it is important not to judge the quality of a candidate based solely on their qualifications and experience. Personality counts for a lot too. Active Risk is doing psychometric testing of risk managers; see here. They found that 60% of risk managers are ‘reactive introverts’ per the DISC methodology. But Active Risk questioned if this personality type has the powers of persuasion needed to transform the culture of a business, and highlighted the importance of employing risk managers who can drive change. The other 40% of risk managers are inherently ‘proactive’. 30% are ‘proactive extroverts’ (aka ‘evangelists’) whilst 10% are ‘proactive introverts’ (best summarized as ‘demanding butt-kickers’).

You can find out your DISC personality type by taking the online test at Active Risk’s site. For the record, I am a proactive extrovert, but with a distinct streak of proactive introvert. Perhaps that explains why I keep mouthing off in public, complaining that risk management is too reactive… ;)

Eric Priezkalns
Eric Priezkalns
Eric is a recognized expert on communications risk and assurance. He was Director of Risk Management for Qatar Telecom and has worked with Cable & Wireless, T‑Mobile, Sky, Worldcom and others.

Eric was lead author of Revenue Assurance: Expert Opinions for Communications Providers, published by CRC Press. He was a member of Qatar's National Committee for Internet Safety and the first leader of the TM Forum's Enterprise Risk Management team. Eric currently sits on the committee of the Risk & Assurance Group. He is a qualified chartered accountant, with degrees in information systems, and in mathematics and philosophy.

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