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Is the “Three Lines of Defense” Model of Compliance Suitable for You?

If you’ve spent any time in the last ten years in or around compliance, you’ve likely heard about the “three lines of defense” (3LOD) model – business units are primarily accountable for compliance and are considered the first line; the compliance team is the second line, checking the work for the first line; and internal audit operates as an independent third line...

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Why you need a “Planning Tollgate”

Have you ever experienced that moment of frustration when you realize a project nearing final implementation does not meet your expectations? Everyone started on the same page, but somewhere along the way, the project team deviated from what you were expecting. Consider inserting a checkpoint, called a “planning tollgate”, to explicitly review and approve the project team’s proposed solution prior to the...

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How to Plan for a Successful 2017

Whether you are a Fortune 500 Company or a business with three employees, thinking about what the company needs to accomplish in the next year is one of the most important activities for management. Ideally, this activity is completed and communicated in the months leading up to the new fiscal year so performers can hit the ground running on Day 1. At...

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