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Get your bad-boy groove back

Joe Mont | August 18, 2017

It may be time for compliance officers to return to being seen as the “Department of No.”

In the early days of the profession, a reputation was forged for compliance as a dead-end for any innovative product or service. Not only was the function an angel on your shoulder when corporate devils hatched various schemes, plots, and accounting shenanigans, it was a team of rivals throwing up a Heisman stance to block potentially lucrative partnerships, sales, and acquisitions.

That wasn’t an entirely fair characterization, of course. But self-serving rejections of compliance, unfortunately, perpetuate.

Undaunted by its critics, compliance continues to evolve. Over the years, new heights of professionalism have emerged, and very good things are happening. Very bad things at companies, however, also keep happening.

We would never suggest a return to the days where CCOs were either feared or ignored. The view of compliance being a problematic chore is no good... To get the full story, subscribe now.