Britten Coyne Partners works with boards and management teams in Europe and North America to help them effectively govern and manage strategic risk — the existential threats to their strategy's success and their company's survival that continuously arise in today’s complex, uncertain, non-linear and fast evolving environment.

The economic value of better governance and management of strategic risk is substantial.

A Booz&Co study (
“The Lesson of Lost Value”) found that strategic risk was responsible for over eighty percent of the cases of significant enterprise value destruction. Another study (“How Much Can Firms Know?” by Ormerod and Rosewell) found that even a small improvement in strategic insight can substantially reduce the risk of corporate failure.

Executives, independent directors, and boards all have a critical role to play in helping companies avoid three potentially fatal traps: the failure to anticipate potential strategic threats, the failure to accurately assess them, and the failure to adequately monitor and adapt as these threats evolve over time.

Britten Coyne provides (1)
education offerings to improve individual and collective organizational capacity for governing and managing strategic risk; (2) design and facilitation of board and management processes that overcome human biases and produce rich discussions about strategic risks ; (3) independent monitoring services, focused on early warning indicators and the remaining Safety Margin for critical strategic risks, as well as the search for information that challenges key strategy assumptions, and (4) customized analyses of critical strategic uncertainties, including structured “Red Team” and other competitive analysis techniques.

We also provide speakers for meetings and conferences, focusing on the causes of strategic risk failures and how to avoid them.

Neil Britten and Tom Coyne have over a half century of global experience in addressing strategic risk governance and management challenges, as officers and directors of various public and private companies, and as advisors to chairmen, directors, boards, and executive teams.

For more information about us and how we can help your board or management team, you can
download this overview of our firm.

We have just published
the result of our field research into the critical relationship between non-executive chairmen/chairwomen or lead directors and their CEOs, including how they can be misperceived by both parties, how they evolve over time (and can very quickly change), how when they are working well they can paradoxically increase strategic risk, and what can be done to address this board governance challenge. Many of our findings also apply to boards with a combined Chair/CEO and a lead/independent director. We hope you find our whitepaper an thought-provoking read. The summary which appeared in Directors and Boards magazine is available here.

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