Risk management courses


Why our courses are different

Many risk management courses focus on grass roots detail through case studies, checklists, action points, key takeaways and the like. There are many reputable suppliers of these type of courses which are often targeted on achieving a particular qualification.

At Quadrant Four Risk, we want to deliberately distance ourselves from this type of course and offer something different. We take a step back to re-examine the whole approach to risk management. We believe risk management is less about passing exams and more about getting people to think differently.

The risk management landscape has become compartmentalised and fragmented. A portfolio manager running an hedge fund, a cyber security professional, a close protection officer and a geopolitical analyst are all experts in their particular field. But, in essence, they are all trying to do the same thing: manage risk. Risk does not sit in convenient silos but is all pervasive and disrespectful of boundaries. By distilling the key approaches of all of these fields into a set of core principles we aim to stimulate creative thought and a reevaluation of existing procedures.

We offer a range of full day or half day seminars with a variety of risk management themes. These are all bespoke programs, tailored for their particular audience. However, the lists below give a generic illustration of the type of material covered:

A. The Sword of Damocles (Half day or Full day )
The four key strategies for combating risk

The phase change model of systemic vs specific risk
Why rule books seldom change behaviour
Why firefighters are trained not to put out fires
How Hitchcock’s “Vertigo Shot” underlies risk transfer strategies
Lessons from the death of Australia’s megafauna
The alternative history of the Celtic fringe

B. Disorders of Magnitude (Half day or Full day )
Why changes in scale need fundamental changes in strategy

How more of the same is different
Why the “catataxic shift” changes systemic risk
The exoskeleton vs endoskeleton tradeoff
Lessons from the extinction of Australia’s megafauna
Why communes work but communism doesn’t
The microbiome, meta genomics and a holistic approach to risk
Thermodynamics and the law of large numbers

C. Risk – The Four Cardinal points (Full Day)
A quadrant approach to risk management

Known Knowns
Signals in the Noise.
Uses and misuses of the Bell Curve
Bayesian Inference and the Ludic fallacy
Known Unknowns
Geopolitical tectonics
The language in which lies are impossible
Context vs Content
How categorisation destroys information
Unknown Unknowns
The dark pool : Information is negative entropy
Valuing reserves : the proven, the probable and the possible
Absence of evidence vs evidence of absence
Unknown knowns
The pyramid of ignorance
The “Jazz” principle of data presentation



John Brodie Donald is a regular lecturer on the Security and Risk Management (SRMC) course run by Frontier Risks. See feedback on his lectures on the testimonials page or for further feedback see   here and here