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“This is my first book. I wrote it because I want to demystify risk for executives and introduce a new perspective on risk.”

– Lisa Sisson

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Lisa Sisson

Are you wondering if there’s a better way to manage risk in your organisation?

If you truly want to minimise your organisation’s exposure to risk, you have to do so with and through your people.

Risk management has become increasingly cumbersome, costly and a distraction for many organisations, but once you understand that people are at the centre of all risk, you can move forward to empower your greatest risk management asset… your people.

When you read this book you will understand how to:

  • Unlock the value of your people to mitigate risk and open up opportunity
  • Break risk down so you have no need to fear it
  • Build a healthy and productive work environment with an engaged and motivated workforce
  • ‘PROTECT the House’ – your organisation – with an innovative and practical approach to risk
Amazon Best Seller

Insightful and thought provoking

A fantastic read, this is easy to follow and digest. Highly recommended for anyone wanting to learn more about risk in organisations and why people are at the centre.

Amazon Best Seller

A valuable read

This is a very important contribution. Well-written, well-researched and drawing on extensive practical experience.

Amazon Best Seller

The root cause of risk

This book offers a new perspective on risk in the workplace. Rather than cold hard systems and processes the truth is that organisation’s are made up of people administering those things and that is where the real risk lies.

I found it surprisingly engaging and easy to read for a book on this subject.

Recommended reading for all business leaders.

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Mark Crosweller

Unique and timely insights into the world of risk

I can highly recommend this book to anyone who has a specific interest in security related risks or for anyone who wants a unique and contemporary insight into how to view risk more generally. The Author has clearly thought deeply about the world of risk and come to the significant but elegantly simple insight that risk really is about people. This book is written in a style that makes it easy to read and understand some new and exciting insights about how risk can be viewed and managed. This is a must read for anyone that is serious about genuinely reducing risk within their organisations, communities, or other entities where the potential for harmfulness exists.

Mark Crosweller
Amazon Best Seller

The importance of people

I recommend this book to anyone working in risk management or with an interest in how risks can present opportunity. By focusing solely on the important role of people, the book introduces balance to an industry that is heavily skewed towards technology, processes, and protocols. Case studies and examples bring the content to life.


A refreshingly different perspective on organisational risk

Page by page, Lisa makes the compelling case that “risk starts and ends with people”. By the end of the book, you’re left scratching your head at how a people-centred approach hasn’t always been the way to approach risk management and for that matter, business itself.

Lisa generously shares the insights behind her models and methodologies, showing the reader how her approach can allow them to navigate risk and also open up opportunity for an organisation.

For any leader that considers themself to be people-oriented, this book is a must-read. Where you may feel intuitively that your people are capable of so much more than they are able to demonstrate, this book will show you the way to unlocking that potential and transforming your organisation along the way.


“This insightful body of thought genuinely gets to the
heart of risk whilst offering innovative methods that
empower people to make a positive difference.”

– Mark Crosweller AFSM. Founder of Ethical Intelligence and Former Australian Government Director General of Emergency Management.


This is a book designed to change the way you think about risk. It is a practical guide to leaving behind the fear and anxiety associated with risk and inspiring your people to become your risk sensors. To identify risk before it has the chance to inflict serious harm.

The eleven chapters offer a manual for creating a workplace where people are motivated to come to work, contribute their skills, innovate, problem-solve and push for excellence.

Chapter 1: Demystifying Risk
Chapter 2: The Risk Vortex
Chapter 3: System For Risk (S4R)
Chapter 4: Russian Roulette
Chapter 5: Starting With You
Chapter 6: The Safe Zone
Chapter 7: PROTECT – Step One
Chapter 8: PROTECT – Step Two
Chapter 9: Dave’s Dilemma: A Case Study
Chapter 10: Reputation, Revenue And Risk
Chapter 11: Turning Risk Into Opportunity

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Product details

Author: Lisa Sisson
Publisher ‏ : ‎ Rethink Press (3 August 2021)
Language ‏ : ‎ English
Paperback ‏ : ‎ 246 pages
ISBN-13 ‏ : ‎ 978-1781336076
Book Dimensions ‏ : ‎ 13.97 x 1.42 x 21.59 cm


Lisa Sisson, is a woman on a mission.

As founder of risk consultancy, Unearth, Lisa is driven by a strong sense of purpose, to create a safer world. She believes when people feel safe, they are empowered to give their best efforts without fear of failure.

This purpose inspires her work at Unearth, her speaking and this, her first book. It offers a unique perspective within an industry that is heavily process and technology driven, making her somewhat of a “Risk Rebel”.
A backdrop of a successful career spanning three decades, from security to technology and services working for global brands and niche specialised companies, earnt her a reputation for tackling the hard problems that most shy away from.

In 2013 she launched Unearth, where she works with national security, emergency services and some of Australia’s largest commercial brands. Today Lisa helps leaders who feel distracted and overwhelmed with “managing risk”, by demystifying and tackling risk within their organisation.

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