The Research Institute for Risk Intelligence
Strengthening Your Competitive Advantage


Is the competition moving faster than your organization? Are they better at responding to changes in the marketplace? Is your quest for new products, services and methods falling short?

The Research Institute for Risk Intelligence can help you inspire innovation and initiative. Working together we can keep you ahead of the competition as we strengthen your competitive advantage. | 970.577.8700

« Our Capabilities

The Research Institute for Risk Intelligence helps organizations craft a culture
that yields innovation and initiative.


We work with our clients to identify how best to create the outcomes that will strengthen their competitive advantage. We serve as internal advocates, advisors, strategists and coaches.

Lead by organizational risk expert and author Jim McCormick, the Institute provides fresh perspectives, ideas and methods to make your organization more effective and nimble.

Core to the strategies we work with our clients to develop is the understanding that organizations are most successful when they approach risk as a tool to be utilized as opposed to a threat to be minimized. A key element of most strategies developed by the Institute is smart incentives that affirm the desired behaviors and outcomes.

« Our Philosophy


At the Research Institute for Risk Intelligence, we believe organizations that harness risk effectively are more competitive and profitable.  We see risk not as an outcome but a tool that when utilized well leads to more initiative, organizational agility and innovation.  We are not risk managers, in the conventional sense.  Instead of focusing on risk-suppression, as is common in the field, we help our clients utilize risk to be more responsive to opportunities, emerging technologies and changes in market conditions and the competitive environment.


“Innovation distinguishes between a leader and a follower.”– Steve Jobs

« Our Expertise

The Institute is lead by its founder and president Jim McCormick who is an expert in organizational risk and a risk practitioner. He is the author of Business Lessons from the Edge (McGraw-Hill), The Power of Risk (Maxwell Press) and The First-Time Manager (AMACOM), which is available in English, Canadian French, international French, Polish and traditional Chinese and simplified Chinese.

McCormick has been a full-time advisor to organizations and an executive coach since 1996. He previously held various executive level positions in the real estate, construction, and architecture industries, is a former corporate Chief Operating Officer and served in Washington, D.C. in a Presidential administration. He earned a degree in engineering from the University of Southern California and an MBA from the University of California, Irvine.

McCormick is an active world-class skydiver. He has jumped from 31,000 feet, has over 4,200 skydives, has earned seven skydiving World Records and was a member of an international expedition that skydived to the North Pole. More information on McCormick is available on Wikipedia.

The Institute is based in the Rocky Mountains outside of Denver, Colorado.


Risk Research | Books »

Benefits of Risk Management

The Power of Risk provides guided self-assessments and insightful discussions that will help you harness intelligent risk-taking as a powerful success tool. You’ll discover your personal Risk Quotient, learn how to analyze opportunities with a fresh perspective, and uncover strategies that will change the way you make decisions.

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Strategies for Risk Intelligence

Business Lessons from the Edge  No guts, no glory. A guide to X-treme success – with insights from forty amazing athlete executives. What does it take to succeed in business? Risk-taking. Preparation. Self-confidence. The same principles that drive these athletes to the highest levels of performance. This action-ready guide shows readers how to capture the winning mindsets of champions.

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Risk Management Resources

The First-Time Manager A management classic and international resource, the book covers essential topics such as hiring and firing, leadership, motivation, managing time, dealing with superiors, and much more. Written in an inviting and accessible style, the revised sixth edition includes new material on increasing employee engagement, encouraging innovation and initiative, helping team members optimize their talents, improving outcomes, and distinguishing oneself as a leader.
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« Testimonials

I would like to personally thank you for a thought provoking presentation. It was such an appropriate message for what our organisation is embarking upon. The desire and willingness to embrace change and take the necessary risks will mean the difference between success and failure for us. In your presentation you challenged each participant to take it upon themselves to do something different. The feedback from your presentation was very positive. On behalf of Invensys, thank you for your significant contribution to our summit.

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