PODCAST: Being Wildly Effective at the American Banker's Assocation Conference

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What an outstanding conference season it's been!  Jo Ann Barefoot (isn't that a great name?) interviewed me for her podcast just after I'd performed the keynote at the American Bankers' Association Compliance Conference.  Over 1000 compliance professionals came to the conference.  In this podcast, you'll find out:

  • How to use the Four Primary Motivators to emotionally reach your audience, and how the Four Primary Motivators were developed
  • How banking and corporate compliance overlap to create an important synergy
  • Why Jo Ann and I both believe that compliance officers are superheroes

To access the podcast, CLICK HERE, then scroll down to the bottom of the page.  Click on the player, and move the curser to 24:30 to hear the start of our 21-minute discussion.  Happy listening! 

5 Ways to Rock Your Panel Discussion (and some advice directly from Oprah Winfrey)

5 Ways to Rock Your Panel Discussion (and some advice directly from Oprah Winfrey)

It all starts so well… the exciting anticipation of a confluence of ideas… the CCO of mega-manufacturing company X speaking on a panel with the head of privacy at technology company Y and the internal audit lead of company Z…  Then the hour-long discussion starts.  Within minutes you find yourself staring at your watch.  Time stretches out before you… no matter how interesting the brands being represented are, the content is already dragging.  Why is it that so many panel discussions are so boring, and how do you make sure if you’re on a panel or leading a panel that the content is interesting? 

 

Starting Sunday, like many of you, I’ll be at the SCCE’s Compliance and Ethics Institute in Las Vegas.  (If you’re there, come say hi at Booth 113 – Spark Compliance Consulting!).  If you’re on a panel there or anywhere, here are five ways to rock it so you’re memorable, interesting, and likely to be asked to do it again:

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Five Ways to Ruin a Presentation

Five Ways to Ruin a Presentation

It’s autumn conference season, and I’m already feeling well in gear, having been to London, Paris, Nashville and Los Angeles in the past two weeks.  In that time, I’ve already seen dozens of training sessions, conference presentations and panel discussions.  I’ve seen the good, the bad, and the downright ugly.  To help you to be better at presentations, for the next two weeks, let’s focus on how not to do presentations, as well as how to knock them out of the park. The five deadly sins of presentations are…

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Author and General Counsel Bjarne Tellman on Culture and Building an Outstanding Legal / Compliance Team

Author and General Counsel Bjarne Tellman on Culture and Building an Outstanding Legal / Compliance Team

Bjarne Tellman knows how to build a great compliance / legal team.  He’s in charge of 170 professionals across six continents at Pearson, the world’s largest education company.  He’s also the author of the new book, “Building an Outstanding Legal Organization: Battle-Tested Strategies from a General Counsel.”  Bjarne and I met when my company Spark Compliance Consulting was working with Pearson on an anti-bribery project.  I was fascinated by his whole book, but specifically on the elements of culture creation and change.  Bjarne was kind enough to sit down with me to share some fascinating insights, including:

  • How can you test whether there is alignment between what the company says it values are and the actual behaviour of employees and managers
  • The challenges of changing a legacy culture and what to do about them
  • Bjarne’s top three tips for creating an outstanding compliance and legal team

[Kristy]: In your book, you say, “Values and belief create outcomes.”  Can you explain what you mean by that?

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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.

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