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CEO Leadership – Honesty, Integrity, Listening and Empathy

by Michael Volkov on

At the outset, let me concede that I am not a psychiatrist (although we all feel like one at times with family members and colleagues). My observations on CEO leadership come from my own life experiences, and professional...more

CEOs, Politics and the Law: Guidelines for a New Era in Corporate Social Speech

by Perkins Coie on

In recent weeks, America’s CEOs have spoken out on social issues like never before, placing the business community firmly within the national debate. Likewise, companies are feeling internal and external pressures to...more

Poor Performing CEOs and Boards and Compliance Disasters

by Michael Volkov on

The business headlines are filled with the latest corporate scandal – Uber’s defective culture, CEO misconduct and reprehensible comments by supervising board members. Uber is just one of several significant companies caught...more

Character from the Top: An Interview with Fred Kiel

by NAVEX Global on

Fred Kiel and his team at KRW International spent seven years studying almost 100 CEOs, their executive staff and their employees. The goal? – To devise and implement a quantifiable way to answer the question: Does a leader’s...more

The Compliance Profession and the Demand for “Results”

by Michael Volkov on

Compliance professionals are riding high. They are the darlings of the corporate governance world, commanding higher salaries, C-Suite positions with access to senior leadership and the board, and an empowered position within...more

Lessons on Culture and Trust from Military Strategy

by NAVEX Global on

Last month we introduced an occasional series of posts about organizational trust: what it is, how it helps a business succeed, why trust is declining these days, and how companies can nurture a rigorous ethical culture based...more

Startup Culture Seems to Be Missing One Key Ingredient—Culture

by NAVEX Global on

Sometimes when I read tales of startups riddled with problems of corporate culture and poor conduct, I want to grab the founders by their shoulders and shout, “You’re doing it wrong!” I suspect I’m not alone among compliance...more

What Does the "Good News Cocoon" Mean to Business & Compliance?

Recently, I had the pleasure of engaging with compliance and business leaders in Europe and Asia. It’s an honor to be traveling again, and to hear about ethical and compliance challenges from those who work in the middle of...more

A New Resource for the Modern Compliance Professional

by NAVEX Global on

There is a knowledge gap among compliance professionals, and it’s not due to a lack of information. In fact, the main culprit may be too much information located in too many disparate places. Our industry is continuously...more

External Perception of Your Internal Culture Is a Big Deal: What Uber’s Problems Have Taught Us about Reputation

by NAVEX Global on

Ethics and compliance officers might often feel like your company’s corporate culture gets tied into knots, with so many groups imposing demands on your organization’s behavior. But really, a better turn of phrase here...more

Walking the Walk and Talking the Talk – A CEO’s Commitment to Ethics and Compliance

by Michael Volkov on

The phrase tone at the top is becoming trite. Compliance professionals use it over and over, and few people explain how to apply the concept. Speakers and webinar presenters always gloss over tone at the top, emphasizing...more

Understanding the Benefits of Benchmarking & How to Do It Successfully

by NAVEX Global on

To begin, let’s define “benchmarking.” There is often confusion regarding the difference between benchmarking and assessment. ...the process of benchmarking is a subset of compliance program assessment....more

When Tone at the Top Is Missing

by Michael Volkov on

We all tend to gloss over a critical requirement for an effective ethics and compliance program – tone-at-the-top. I hate to be dogmatic about the issue but, as Mel Brooks said in the Curb Your Enthusiasm (Season 4, Episode...more

Turning the CEO Around: How to Make Sure the CEO Embraces Ethics and Compliance

by Michael Volkov on

Your CEO is either on board for compliance, or he/she is not. There is no half-way mark here, no way to deceive or soft-shoe your way through the compliance requirement....more

The Ethics Advisor: The Proper Roles of Staff and Elected Officials

by Best Best & Krieger LLP on

Most cities in California (an overwhelming 97 percent) operate under the “Council-Manager form of government,” under which the elected councilmembers directly hire and oversee one top-level employee (the city manager) to...more

Highlights from the Tenth CEO/Innovators Roundtable: June 4 – 5, 2015

by Foley & Lardner LLP on

This past June, leaders from health systems, outpatient services companies, health insurers, IT and equipment suppliers, health retailers, home care providers, pharmaceutical companies, and investors gathered in Chicago for...more

Two Essential Requirements for Tone At the Top

by NAVEX Global on

Everyone likes to give advice on the importance of tone at the top. Like many things in life, it is easy to talk about but much more difficult to implement. There are lots of ways to describe or analyze the same issue....more

The Two Essential Requirements for Tone-At-The-Top

by Michael Volkov on

Everyone likes to give advice on the importance of tone-at-the-top. Like many things in life, it is easy to talk about but much more difficult to implement. There are lots of ways to describe or analyze the same issue....more

Does The Ratio Of CEO To Employee Pay Matter?

by Fisher Phillips on

The SEC recently voted to require employers to disclose the pay gap between the CEO and his or her employees. Unions, investors, and other groups have increasingly been using this disparity to attack companies. As Fortune...more

A Hands-On CEO and Support for Compliance

by Michael Volkov on

A compliance program without CEO support is almost doomed to be ineffective. We all live by the standard of an “effective” ethics and compliance program. I am always reluctant to embrace a dogmatic expression but the support,...more

Hemingway and Trust and Respect for Compliance Leadership

by Thomas Fox on

On this day in 1899, Ernest Hemingway was born. To me, he was the greatest Man of Letters the US has produced. Probably like most of you all, I was introduced to Hemingway in high school through The Son Also Rises. It remains...more

4 Signs of a Weak Culture of Compliance and Ethics

by Michael Volkov on

We all know the importance of promoting a culture of compliance and ethics. The benefits of an ethical culture are substantial and worth every penny of investment in creating and promoting such a culture. We do not need to...more

Cultural and Bottom Line Impact of Rudeness in the Workplace Is Real—and on the Rise

by NAVEX Global on

In her recent opinion piece in The New York Times, No Time to Be Nice at Work, Christine Porath asserted that, “how we treat one another at work matters. Insensitive interactions have a way of whittling away at people’s...more

Good People Do Bad Things

by Michael Volkov on

It is good to be an optimist. I am sure that optimistic people are happier, more loving and tend to live longer. All of this rings true. But not everyone is an angel, and not everyone at your company is a “good...more

Diggin’ Your Company’s Culture

by Michael Volkov on

Some things are hard to define and measure in compliance. Culture is the prime example often cited by commentators. I do not share that opinion. Whether it is quantified or not, there is one unmistakable truth – you know...more

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