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Top Minds 2018

Each year, Compliance Week highlights the best and brightest in the governance, risk, ethics, and compliance profession with the Top Minds award. Since we launched Top Minds in 2016, we've noticed some common qualities that united all of our nominations. These were things that seemed, time and time again, to set people apart in their field and establish them as real heavy hitters. The more we noticed this, the more we realized that these characteristics form a kind of roadmap for success. Top Minds are:

Effective: Most nominees could illustrate how effective their compliance program had been. What is the ROI on their program? What are the results they delivered? They could somehow quantify what their program did, which is easier said than done. There is no one way to do this, but it’s a hallmark of a strong compliance program, and of a strong compliance officer, to be able to do that.

Collaborative: A lot of our most compelling entries showed that compliance does not live in a bubble. For compliance to be truly effective, it has to live across the organization, contend with or break down silos, and create a holistic system of risk management of which compliance is an integral part.

Communicative: Whether it’s exporting compliance expectations across the organization, broadcasting visions and values, starting an organizational conversation … the most successful nominees use their compliance efforts as a bullhorn to make sure that the rest of the organization understands what it means to bring best compliance practices to everyday operations and what it means to build value through compliance.

Constrictive: A lot of compliance officers learn the hard way that when they simply act as a hall monitor, they get shut down. Many of the most successful nominees had figured out how not to just say no all the time, but to use their compliance program to empower what the company was trying to accomplish. Business is always trying to move faster and reach higher. For compliance, it’s a matter of saying, “we know you want to do these things, but how can we do them in a way that accomplishes your goals yet remains compliant with our internal and external standards?” They’re using compliance not as a way to hold the business back, but as a way to build value for the business.

Visionaries: A lot of our most compelling Top Minds had a vision not just for themselves as a professional, but for their organizations. These people are true believers in the discipline. Compliance isn’t something they do, it’s something they are. When they truly give themselves over to their roles and responsibilities,that’s what really elevates their abilities as compliance professionals from merely good to truly great … from a sharp mind to a Top Mind.

Want to learn more? Download the 2017 digital edition and read the in-depth interviews with the recipients. 

 

What is Top Minds?

Each year, Compliance Week highlights the best and brightest in the governance, risk, ethics, and compliance profession with the Top Minds award. Recipients participate in in-depth interviews with fellow leaders of the GRC community.

Who is eligible for consideration as a Top Minds recipient?

GRC professionals who have had high-profile or exceptional achievements in 2016 that had a major impact on the way business is conducted AND those with long track records of championing governance, risk, compliance, audit, and ethics over many years are strong candidates for nomination.

Are Top Minds recipients from previous years eligible again?

Yes. Compliance Week recognizes those who continue to make a difference year after year.

When is the nomination deadline for Top Minds?

The deadline for Top Minds 2018 is January 31, 2018.

For more information, e-mail Bill Coffin.

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