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Monthly Archives: January 2013
Whenever I think of Groundhog Day, can’t help but think of the feature film of the same title, starring one of my favorite actors, Bill Murray. Murray plays Phil Connors, a surly, pompous Pittsburgh weatherman who can’t hide his irritation at being forced to cover the Groundhog Day celebrations in Punxsutawney year after year. After he does his obligatory newscast, he finds himself stuck in the town, living the same day over and over and over again until it nearly drives him mad. He comes to the realization that what he’s doing just isn’t working, that there has to be a better way to live his life. Watching Phil find new, creative and sometimes desperate ways to either break the cycle or live his new reality are at times both hilarious and heartbreaking. By the end, you’ll likely find yourself rooting for Phil to complete his transformation, break the repetitive cycle and wake up to February 3. Continue reading
Recently I had the privilege of participating in something very rare: a GRC project kickoff meeting that involved both the CEO and the COO. While the organization was admittedly a smaller company than those I’ve dealt with in the past, the sheer presence of the company’s key decision makers spoke volumes about the team’s resolve to implement a scalable GRC program. The mood in the room was clear: all areas of the organization were ready to come together and build a plan that was best for all parties, whether it be IT, Risk or Compliance. It was said multiple times: “We want to follow the best practices so we all can be successful.” Small or not, this organization had already accomplished the often overlooked, but vastly important other “C” of GRC – cooperation. Continue reading
There are blogs and even books solely devoted to helping me manage the deluge of incoming messages that causes my inbox to swell beyond comprehension. However, whether you’re a “touch it once” disciple, a “batch processor,” or something equally profound (such as the Pomodoro technique) these approaches only address the in-bound side of email. If you’re a GRC system administrator or a GRC process owner, you may be one of the culprits of this email overload. Continue reading
I hope everyone had a great holiday season and returned to work refreshed and ready to tackle 2013. Every new year brings new goals, challenges and possibilities. Now, I will be the first to admit that I’m not a big believer in New Year’s Resolutions. I can’t say that I’m perfect in all aspects of my life, but I have never viewed the changing of the year as the primary motivator for addressing some area of my being that requires improvement – if you need to change something (or procrastinate instead of changing that something) there’s no time like the present. That said, I do appreciate that our behaviors and routines are largely dictated by the calendar, and I can understand why the uptick to a new year has a powerful effect on people and it motivates them to make a change in their lives. Continue reading
OrangePoint wishes you and yours a safe and prosperous 2013.