Give Yourself a Head Start

Give Yourself a Head Start

I have two friends who run marathons.  Both always want to quit around mile 20, but somehow, when they see the finish line, they sprint to the end.  How could someone so fatigued at mile 20 be gazelle-like at the end?  Simple - it’s human nature to be energized when getting close to a goal.

 

In the book Before Happiness, Harvard researcher Shawn Archer describes this phenomenon of human nature in detail.  It turns out that the perception that you’ve already begun achieving your goal can make you more likely to achieve it.  Here are three simple ways to apply this insight to your life in compliance.

Read More

"We Won't Give Up" (OECD Blog)

"We Won't Give Up" (OECD Blog)

“We won’t give up,” said Drago Kos, Chair of the OECD Working Group on Bribery.  We won’t give up, he repeated.  Even though several countries that have signed the OECD Convention on Combating Bribery of Foreign Public Officials haven’t yet enforced their anti-bribery laws through a prosecution?  Even though some countries still won’t sign onto a treaty that binds parties to implement laws banning bribery of foreign officials?  Even though every year there are yet more corporate scandals and fines?  No, he said, we won’t give up.

Yesterday I was in Paris chairing a panel discussion on ISO 37001 at the Ethic Intelligence Standard and Guidelines in Anti-Corruption Compliance at the OECD Conference Center.  The best and brightest minds in international anti-corruption, including numerous high-level government officials and ministers, came together along with CCOs and law firm leaders to discuss the intersection of the public sector, private enterprise, government and Non-Governmental Organizations with respect to bribery.  What can we do to foster dialogue?  How can we work better together?  And most of all, why is this problem so pervasive?

Read More

Finding the Elusive Work/Life Balance

Finding the Elusive Work/Life Balance

Are you having a tough time coming back to work this week?  Already missing the sweet memories of summer: seaside, mountain views, freshly-cut grass.  If you’re in the U.S., you’ve just come back from Labor Day weekend, and in England the week before was the three-day end-of-summer holiday.  It’s back-to-work, back-to-school, welcome-the-autumn time.

The Wall Street Journal recently ran an article proclaiming the end of summer, and the beginning of a time of more focus and routine.  It noted that, for some Type-A people, the return to a predictable schedule can be comforting. 

Most of us long for work/life balance.  We love our work and find meaning in it, but we also need to recharge in relaxation, spend time with our families and friends, and get away from the pressure of the office.  But how do we do that when our jobs demand so much of us?  I’ve found the most effective way to do this is to follow the flow of the seasons.  Rather than demand that work and life be in balance all the time (which I’ve found impossible), going with the seasons of work has made a massive difference in my ability to be the most efficient and effective worker I can be, while honoring the need to care for my personal life.  Here’s how to do it…

Read More

Is ISO 37001 the next frontier for shareholder activisim?

Is ISO 37001 the next frontier for shareholder activisim?

Last week I received a call from a multinational company concerned about activist shareholders targeting them for not yet achieving ISO 37001 Anti-Bribery certification.

The caller explained that the shareholders expect the company to prove that it’s serious about its anti-bribery efforts in a confirmable way.

Shareholder activism is the latest frontier in the anti-bribery movement, and shareholders want assurance that their investment is safe from the reputational damage, fines and reduced share price that regularly come with a corruption scandal.

The company’s concern makes sense. 

Since the Shareholder Spring of 2012, we’ve seen a steep rise in shareholder activism. Whether it’s Nestle with the #TraffikFree campaign forcing them to source sustainable cocoa or Uber’s board being bombarded for allegations within the company of sexual harassment and a hostile working environment, shareholder activism is everywhere. 

Read More

Four Rules for Winning a Great Mentor

Four Rules for Winning a Great Mentor

“I read this article that said I should have something to give the person I want to be my mentor.  But seriously – what do I have to give?  I’m a junior person at the company – why would the VP ever consider mentoring me?”  Mentors can be the most important people in your career.  They can introduce you to more senior folks, champion you to the higher-ups, help you to see things differently, and give you advice so you can avoid learning lessons the hard way.

 

Getting a mentor seems easy in theory but can be difficult in practice.  It takes vulnerability to ask for help and advice, and humility to be willing to listen.  Potential mentors tend to be busy people.  After all, you wouldn’t be seeking mentoring and advice from someone who wasn’t already highly successful.   Here are four rules to ensure your success when approaching a potential mentor.

Read More