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Risk Management Process – Practical Advice from an Expert

In this episode, host Jason is joined by Anne Grubish, a Risk Manager at Kraus-Anderson. With over 12 years of experience at Kraus-Anderson and 30 in the field, Anne has a deep understanding of risk management strategies and has been instrumental in the development and implementation of effective risk management frameworks. Anne is renowned for her analytical skills, attention to detail, and ability to communicate complex information to stakeholders in a clear and concise manner.

Together, Jason and Anne discuss how to effectively review COIs, the importance of being able to speak fluent insurance, and what helps mitigate the divide between departments in insurance companies.

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Find Yourself a Mentor

Needless to say, Anne is a seasoned professional in the world of risk management, so when she speaks, you better be listening! In a time when a lot of

 

firms are using AI to scan through COIs as well as other documents, she’s making sure to read through them all herself.

 

She doesn’t do this out of tradition nor habit, rather, she does so because risk management is all about people and their risks, so she believes that it should be a human that reads through them. “You still need a human to analyze. I jokingly say my parents named me ‘Anne’ for a reason… because I analyze,” laughs Anne. “You need some eyeballs and common sense; AI works in this box and it doesn’t morph around it or change. Sometimes a human has to do that.”

 

One thing that an AI can’t do is provide mentorship for young professionals. Anne makes it very clear that if you’re getting into the insurance industry then you need to find yourself a mentor, someone who knows their stuff that you can bounce ideas off of. She even says herself, “If someone reached out to me and said ‘Hey, I’d like to learn more about insurance’. Yeah, sit down, let’s take some classes. They can bring their ideas in and morph the changes together.”

Get Familiar With Your Industry and Business

It’s very easy to start at a new job in any industry and keep to yourself, but if you want to progress in your career and succeed then you need to get to know both the industry and the business. Walk around and meet people, get to know what it is they do in their departments; take notes and learn! Most important: ask questions! You can’t learn if you don’t ask questions.

When Anne first started at Kraus-Anderson, she didn’t know all that much about the construction business with its many terms and acronyms; it wasn’t until she decided to get stuck in and ask questions that she actually learned. “So get to know your business,” she says, “Get to know a day in the life of the accountants and what they’re dealing with my project managers. That has helped me out a ton.”

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