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Recently, I had the opportunity to gain some new perspectives and completely change surroundings. Not only did I transition to a new client, but I made a geographical move across the country. New office, new client coworkers, new breakfast and lunch locales – even a new time zone! I’ve traded in all of my routines for a fresh start, and to be honest, I couldn’t be happier. I’ve learned a variety of new things about myself that I would not have been able to do had I stayed in my old surroundings.
When in the middle of a GRC technology implementation, it’s easy to lose sight of the big picture. While we spend time checking off the business requirements, if we’re not careful we may be solving for trivial problems and missing a chance to add real value to the organization. If not written well, requirements documents become just a “wish list” of levers, dials and knobs aimed at simplifying existing aspects of the overall process. The core process is never questioned; the job of the new system is just to “clean it up” or “make it smoother.” Continue reading
“Privacy” is the current buzzword sweeping the nation, and no matter who you ask, everyone seems to have different opinions on the subject. With the latest revelation of government and business surveillance, both domestic and international, many people are asking themselves, “Is my private data actually private?” The ongoing struggle between security and privacy is nothing new (and it will continue for years to come), but if there is anyone who needs to be more worried than most, it would be the businesses who handle sensitive, business-critical information on a daily basis. Continue reading
The past week has been a trying and challenging one for all Americans. “Tragedy” is the first word that came to mind, followed by emotions such as fear, anger and sadness. Yet, the American spirit is a potent thing. During the events of Boston Marathon Attacks, my eyes were glued to the live broadcasts available online. Even though I was across the country, the updates, broadcasts and information connected me with the event as though it was down the street. Continue reading
The productivity drop you felt last week can only mean that March Madness is upon us. For Americans, the last half of March means we all become sports analysts – predicting the outcome of college basketball games for teams from Spokane, Washington to Fort Meyers, Florida. Each year, my coworkers, family members and even my neighbor’s children fill out their brackets to see who can make the most accurate picks across the 63 games of the NCAA basketball tournament. (I’ve never been a fan of counting those “play-in” games). Continue reading
For the first time since I moved here in 2003, I’ve seen snowfall in the Kansas City area that rivals that of my hometown in Minnesota. February 2013’s 20.5 inches of snow ranks as the 7th snowiest month over the past 125 years across the KC metro area. While my friends back home may roll their eyes at this total, 20 inches of snow over two weeks was more than enough to impact a variety of activities across the region. However, throughout this weather, I’ve been intrigued at how our daily work activities and overall productivity has remained constant during the snowy conditions. Through planning for these types of scenarios and having the right technology in place, our jobs – and our business – did not come to a screeching halt. Continue reading
Last time I checked, if you survey a group of students the phrase “GRC Professional” will NOT be on the list of careers kids dream of. In classrooms across world, kids see pictures of doctors, nurses, firefighters, police officers and even chefs partnered with the phrase “what do you want to be when you grow up?” (It probably helps that these jobs have colorful costumes and hats.) These posters are meant to be benign inspirations for kids to start uncovering their passions, but they also shape our worldview for what an exciting and fulfilling profession is. Continue reading
It’s the most wonderful time of the year! This Friday begins the official countdown to our favorite winter holidays (unless you’re the DJ at my local radio station; he flipped to Christmas music the day after Halloween). Trees glow in dazzling colors. Holiday decorations fill the yards of our neighbors and parents around the world stress to find those must-have gifts for their families. While we’re barreling toward this exciting season, our colleagues in the retail sector are bracing for the impact of another “Black Friday.” Continue reading