The things that matter most

Just like ordinary people spend time watching TV instead of exercising, ethics and compliance professionals spend time on things that matter least.

There is so much to do. So many tasks that are difficult. So many colleagues that should be involved but aren’t available. And it is so uncomfortable to admit that we can’t handle it on our own.

So we turn our attention to the easy and less important. We reply to emails that could wait. We sign up for yet another conference about training best practices. We prepare PowerPoint slides when a bulleted email would suffice. We keep busy. We look busy. We plan our defense. Meanwhile, the threat board doesn’t clear.

And just like ordinary people eventually wake up fat and sick, we wake up with a crisis on our hands.

What will you work on today?

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