The Image

The images used on the site are photographs of the Bayeux Tapestry, telling the story of the Norman (William the Conquerors) invasion and conquest of England (Harold Godwineson) in 1066. The tapestry is 70 meters long, and was meant to tell the story, through panels each telling parts of the overall story.

We use the tapestry as the ultimate early representation of Risk Management and Governance, demonstrating establishment of authority through setting of strategy, execution, and achievement of objectives.


Governance: Early in the tapestry we see the establishment of the legitimacy of William's claim to the thrown of England, and the leadership required to create a fleet. Governance itself, defining the mission and setting the vision, marshaling the fleet, and giving the order. Finally, in leading the fleet, and being present to lead by example, governance is present and active throughout the endevour.


Risk Management: Through the selection of types of troops and cavalry, understanding the strengths and weakness of the opposition, and being fully aware the situation faced by the army and supporters. Mapping the ground ahead, and looking for the most advantageous approach. Finally, understanding the risks (fighting uphill) yet through executive decision making, facing those risks to achieve the objectives. Success through effective risk taking.

Internal Audit: Through the battle for justice (certainly justice from William's perspective) and the righting of wrong of Harold's usurpation of the crown. Seeing all, looking for controls and their effectiveness, and working with leaders to get the job done, improve the business, identifying and managing risks, and ensuring effective communication with the owners of the venture (William) and shareholders.

Entire libraries have been written about the Norman Conquest of England, and entire books have been written about the Bayeux Tapestry itself. In both the beauty of the embroidery and the clarity of the imagery, even without understanding the detail, and with a gap of 950 years, it is still possible to follow the story simply by walking along the full 70 meters of the Tapestry.

The Tapestry is housed in the Bayeux Museum in Bayeux, Normandy, France.