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June 14, 2017

The 2 Most Important Words in a Compliance Dictionary

This article was republished with permission from Michael Volkov’s blog, Corruption, Crime & Compliance. Humans have an innate desire to complicate things. When it comes to ideas, professionals are no different; compliance consultants, lawyers, financial advisers and others enjoy solving complicated problems. Such an approach, however, does a disservice to clients and…
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Leadership and career
April 14, 2017

10 Lessons Clients Taught Me in 2016

Each year I aspire to teach my clients lessons that will help them improve their personal and professional lives and their businesses. But what many of them probably don't realize is that I simultaneously learn as I teach. And even though I've been consulting for more than 35 years, each year…
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Compliance
March 24, 2017

Talking with Your Feet

Chief compliance officers are optimistic and committed to "doing the right thing." It is in their blood and may be at the core of their professional fabric. My guess is that there are far fewer CCOs who like to push the envelope than their legal counterparts. Some lawyers are capable…
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Leadership and career
March 22, 2017

Has Integrity Become a Commodity?

This may seem an odd question to ask, but has the "cost" of integrity created a commodity market in dishonesty?  Can integrity be traded like an investment or derivative?  In other words, if the price of integrity becomes too low, will the market for dishonesty rise to find equilibrium in…
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Leadership and career
February 24, 2017

When Purported Corporate Values Fail to Align with Actions

By: Barbara Brooks Kimmel Barbara compiles "Tuning In to Trust & Ethics," a monthly column of Trust Across America-Trust Around the World's Trust Alliance. As Trust Across America’s column has discussed in the past, organizations and their leaders often find themselves caught in "trust and ethics traps." This week's "biggest catch" was Mylan…
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Hiring
January 27, 2017

Look for These 8 Criteria When Hiring Your Next Chief Compliance Officer

Before a company identifies the criteria they will use to evaluate a potential Chief Compliance Officer, I tell them to start by looking at how the most progressive companies are viewing the role of compliance today. As an executive recruiter of compliance officers, I'm seeing a consistent desire that the…
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Hiring
November 4, 2016

The Chicken or the Egg? How to Know When it’s Time to Hire More Employees

Deciding whether to hire more employees – even in the largest of companies – tends to evoke the classic chicken-and-egg situation. You can’t hire someone until you can afford another salary. You can’t afford another salary until your business has grown and you have more revenue. Your business won’t grow unless you…
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Leadership and career
April 20, 2015

How Wall Street Should Define Culture

“Culture,” the new buzzword of the financial recovery, has transformed from an ethereal, abstract otherworldly word to a blunt instrument for finding fault on myriad qualitative matters affecting the organization. When an individual, merger, or organization fails, culture takes the blame. We use the word fairly arbitrarily, citing it to…
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