Section 1

Understanding the Basics

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Get Started with Compliance Fundamentals

From creating a top-notch code of conduct to understanding the role compliance plays in your organization, this is the place to learn the core elements of an effective compliance program.

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Each compliance program is unique with disparate risks and various levels of maturity. Although there are a number of nuances determined by your company’s size, industry and location, there are still basic principles that are best practices across the board. In this section you’ll learn about the key skills every compliance professional should have as well as the general knowledge base effective compliance professional have and harness throughout their careers.

Just as there are key skills every modern compliance professional should possess, there are fundamental elements every effective compliance program should practice. This section will introduce you to those key components of a robust compliance program and provide the guidance you need to move your career and program to its next level of sophistication. 

Weekly Compliance Tips | Kristy Grant-Hart

Compliance expert, Kristy Grant-Hart, offers her wildly effective wisdom and best practice advice on compliance program management. 

Kristy Grant-Hart

Compliance expert, Kristy Grant-Hart, offers her wildly effective wisdom and best practice advice on compliance program management. 

When to Get Commitment in Writing 

People are more likely to follow-through when they have a specific way to do so. At the end of conferences or training, ask each attendee to commit to one specific thing they’re going to and timeframe in which it will be done. Get it in writing, then follow-up with them. Commitments in writing are much stronger than verbal agreements, and it gives you the opportunity both to follow up, but also to find out if the person has any questions or issues. Click to Tweet

How to Be a Better Mentor 

Many people seek out a mentor, but do you know it is equally important both to have a mentor and to be a mentor? No matter what stage you are in your career, there will always be those who can learn from you. And even when you’re at the pinnacle of your career, you can always learn more and grow your skillset by finding a mentor that has accomplished things you haven’t. Make a commitment to always have a mentor and to be a mentor. Click to Tweet

How to Change The Way Employees View Compliance 

Don’t be afraid to establish a brand for the compliance function within your organization. Perhaps you can come up with a logo or a tagline. Think about how you want to be perceived. Are you primarily a helper? A police officer? Friend? Maybe you’re a little of each. Think about consistently using colors, fonts or pictures to portray an image of the compliance program as a cohesive whole. Branding isn’t just for the marketing department. It can train people to expect a consistent experience with you and your department. Click to Tweet

How Often Should I Update My Resume? 

At least once a year, be sure to update your C.V. or resume. You never know when a terrific opportunity may come up at the last minute, and you don’t want to find yourself scrambling to put together the document from scratch. More importantly, by keeping your C.V. up-to-date, you’ll have a running record of your current accomplishments, which may help you when you go to negotiate a pay raise. You’ll also be able to appreciate how much you’ve done, which can greatly improve your confidence. Click to Tweet

How to Better Approach Problems 

Did you know that one of the best ways to come up with a solution to a difficult problem is by giving yourself more restraints? By giving yourself artificially small deadlines, or imposing additional challenges, you may come up with more exciting solutions. What if your budget was cut in half? What if you only had until Wednesday to complete your new Code of Conduct? How would you do it? Paradoxically, creativity and innovation often come from restraints. And by making your problem bigger or harder, you may improve your outcome. Click to Tweet