The Secret to a Long and Successful Career as a Compliance Officer

What makes for a long-term successful career in compliance?  Is it personality?  Certainly, being likeable is advantageous, but it isn’t critical.  What about understanding the business?  Absolutely, this is important, but it won’t necessarily make you effective.  What makes a wildly successful compliance officer?  One word: planning.


Average compliance officers spend their day fighting fires and moving from one crisis to the next.  While crisis management is undoubtedly a critical skill, having a plan to reach your goals between crises is even more important.  Here are three reasons that goal-setting and planning are the most important activities for a successful career as a compliance officer.

1.      Management Assesses Performance Against Goals