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Five Questions Board of Directors Should Be Asking About Culture

The ongoing saga of Activision Blizzard presents some opportunities for all of us to look at how we might improve our corporate cultures.

Bad corporate cultures create innumerable problems, including Human Resources departments with high turnover, untrained staff, and a lack of uniform and consistent processes.

Just as it takes years to build a culture, unraveling it will take time, dedication, and a razor focus from the Board of Directors that holds management accountable.

So, here’s 5 questions Board of Directors should asking about culture.

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Are You Arguing Yourself Out of Success?

Have you ever watched a co-worker become so ingrained in their opinion, that they end up arguing against their best interest?

When you find yourself in a hole like that, you need to stop digging.

Of course, it’s easier said than done though. Here’s what to do if you ever find yourself arguing against a good idea.

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The 7 Commandments of a Successful Third-Party Due Diligence Program

What makes a third-party program successful?

Is there some sort of magic that separates the wheat from the chaff?

Why do some programs seem to thrive while others collapse under the weight of angry businesspeople going around the compliance department?

As Tony Robbins says, “Success leaves clues.”

We’ve not only seen but set up and reviewed a huge number of third-party due diligence programs.

From starting them from scratch, updating them when they’ve gone stale, to performing wholesale evaluations with recommendations for improvement, not a day goes by when we’re not engaged in at least one client’s program.

We’ve seen the good, the bad, and the ugly.

We’ve seen programs thrive and fail and everything in between.

After all this review, patterns emerge.

We’ve found that there are 7 consistent elements that tell us early on whether a third-party program will succeed or fail. Read them all in this blog post.

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How to Get Motivated When Your Feeling Unmotivated

Feeling a little unmotivated?

We’ve all been there. You have an important meeting, and you just feel down. You’re unmotivated, uncomfortable, anxious, angry, sad, or sometimes a mixture of all of four.

When those uncomfortable days intersect with important meetings or presentations, disaster can strike.

So, when you’re just not feeling it when your performance really matters, what can you do?

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Why I Took a Private Equity Course

Spark Compliance’s facilitated training game software, Compliance Competitor, was growing so fast that I was (and still am) considering venture capital to grow it.

Spark Compliance had also been hired by a private equity firm to review compliance at its portfolio companies, and several of our new clients were private equity-owned.

So, in May, I signed up for the Private Equity course at Imperial College London’s executive education program.

It made sense!

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The Future of Compliance

Last week I attended my first in-person conference in two years.

The conference was the ‘Society of Corporate Compliance and Ethics’ (SCCE) in Las Vegas, and the theme was “the future of compliance.”

That promise was delivered!

Here’s what the future of compliance looks like…

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10 Ways to Supercharge Your Network in 1 Minute

I’ve been thinking a lot about the relationships in our industry and how we foster them for the long term.

But who has time for hours of networking?

We know that relationships are critical but taking the time to foster them can be hard. The answer is found in little activities that create big feelings of connection.

So, here are 10 ways that take less than a minute to supercharge your network and relationships.

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14 Ideas to Spice Up Compliance and Ethics Week

Are you ready for Compliance and Ethics Week?

This year Compliance and Ethics Week is scheduled for November 7 – 13 2021.

For the second year running, many activities will need to be done virtually. That creates tremendous challenges. After all, it’s difficult to do “cupcakes with compliance” if no one is in the office to share them.

Here are 14 ideas, all of which can be done virtually – enjoy!

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