What is Principled Performance®

Principled Performance is the goal of GRC. Principled Performance is an approach to business (and life!) that helps organizations reliably achieve objectives, address uncertainty and act with integrity.

Pillars of Principled Performance

The three pillars of Principled Performance must be strong enough to hold up your organization.

Principled Purpose

A principled purpose is perhaps the most basic starting point for principled performance. Defining your highest purpose via mission, vision and values guide everything that the organization does.

Principled People

Leadership, the workforce and extended enterprise must comprise principled people who have strong character, and who consistently direct their energies toward a principled purpose.

Principled Pathway

Break down silos and leverage common capabilities in every key system that keeps an organization on track including governance, strategic management, performance management, risk management, compliance management and audit management systems. Check out our Principled Pathway Illustration.

10 Universal Outcomes of Principled Performance

Another way to look at the benefits of Principled Performance is through the lens of universal outcomes of high-performing GRC capabilities that every organization should seek to achieve.

These are the "Universal Outcomes" defined in the GRC Capability Model:

U1. Achieve Objectives that Produce and Preserve Value

Ensure that strategy and execution prioritize objectives to simultaneously produce value and preserve value.

U2. Balance Risk and Reward

Ensure that opportunities and obstacles are adequately addressed so that levels of performance and risk are acceptable.

U3. Improve Culture

Establish a culture of total performance, accountability, integrity, trust, and communication in all aspects of the organization.

U4. Enhance Stakeholder Confidence

Provide assurance to stakeholders to continually increase confidence in the organization’s mission, vision, values, and total performance.

U5. Integrate and Improve Decision-Making

Integrate the governance, management, and assurance of performance, risk, compliance, and decision-making.

U6. Prevent, Detect, and Correct Undesired Conduct and Weaknesses

Establish actions & controls to prevent, detect, recover from, and reduce the negative effect of events.

U7. Promote, Detect, and Reward Desired Conduct and Strengths

Establish actions & controls to promote, detect, increase, and compound the positive effect of events.

U8. Sense and Respond to Context

Proactively make sense of, predict, and address changes in the internal and external context to adjust strategy and tactics.

U9. Improve Total Performance

Improve effectiveness, efficiency, responsiveness, and resilience with proactive, detective, and responsive actions & controls.

U10. Honor and Express Values

Balance how the organization pursues total performance while expressing and staying true to values, without sacrificing one for the other.