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Company boards are feeling extra strain than ever from a wide range of stakeholders—authorities prosecutors and regulators, institutional traders, company activists, shoppers, and others searching for accountable change in an ever-changing international economic system. Because the idea of each company and particular person accountability continues to broaden, how can boards adapt their method to governance and oversight to satisfy these more and more complicated expectations? On this episode of LRN’s Principled Podcast, host Susan Divers is joined by Michael Volkov, the CEO of the Volkov Regulation Group and creator of the current white paper “Administrators Dancing on the Head of a Pin: Company Boards Face Escalating Dangers and Enforcement Challenges.” Hear in as they talk about the worldwide challenges company boards are going through in 2023, and the steps they’ll take to satisfy regulatory pressures. 

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Visitor: Michael Volkov

Michael Volkov

Michael Volkov focuses on ethics and compliance, white collar protection, authorities investigations, and inner investigations. Michael devotes a good portion of his apply to anti-corruption, sanctions, commerce, antitrust, and AML compliance and protection. He commonly assists shoppers on FCPA, UK Bribery Act, AML, OFAC, Export-Import, Securities Fraud, and different points. 
Michael has in depth trial expertise and has developed a problem-solving method to serve shopper wants. He has in depth contacts within the federal authorities and on Capitol Hill. Given his broad authorities expertise, he represents shoppers in federal and state courtroom, earlier than the Justice Division and different federal businesses, and on Capitol Hill.  
Previous to launching his personal regulation agency, Mr. Volkov was a associate at LeClairRyan (2012-2013); Mayer Brown (2010-2012), Dickinson Wright (2008-2010); Deputy Assistant Legal professional Basic within the Division of Justice (2008); Chief Counsel, Subcommittee on Crime, Terrorism and Homeland Safety, Home Judiciary Committee (2005-2008); and Counsel, Senate Judiciary Committee (2003-2005); Assistant US Legal professional, United States Legal professional’s Workplace for the District of Columbia (1989-2005); and a Trial Legal professional, Antitrust Division, United States Division of Justice (1985-1989). 
Mr. Volkov resides in Washington, D.C., San Diego, California, and Marsala, Italy, together with his spouse and 6 youngsters. He and his spouse take pleasure in touring, the humanities, and philanthropic actions. Mr. Volkov is an avid tennis participant. 

Host: Susan Divers


Susan Divers is a senior advisor with LRN Company. In that capability, Ms. Divers brings her 30+ years’ accomplishments and expertise within the ethics and compliance space to LRN companions and colleagues. This experience contains constructing state-of-the-art compliance applications infused with values, designing user-friendly technique of participating and informing workers, fostering an embedded tradition of compliance and substantial material experience in anti-corruption, export controls, sanctions, and different key areas of compliance.

Previous to becoming a member of LRN, Mrs. Divers served as AECOM’s Assistant Basic for International Ethics & Compliance and Chief Ethics & Compliance Officer. Beneath her management, AECOM’s ethics and compliance program garnered six exterior awards in recognition of its effectiveness and Mrs. Divers’ thought management within the ethics area. In 2011, Mrs. Divers obtained the AECOM CEO Award of Excellence, which acknowledged her work in advancing the corporate’s ethics and compliance program.

Mrs. Divers’ background contains greater than thirty years’ expertise practising regulation in these areas. Earlier than becoming a member of AECOM, she labored at SAIC and Lockheed Martin within the worldwide compliance space. Previous to that, she was a associate with the DC workplace of Sonnenschein, Nath & Rosenthal. She additionally spent 4 years in London and is certified as a Solicitor to the Excessive Courtroom of England and Wales, practising within the worldwide area with the regulation corporations of Theodore Goddard & Co. and Herbert Smith & Co. She additionally served as an lawyer within the Workplace of the Authorized Advisor on the Division of State and was a member of the U.S. delegation to the UN engaged on the primary anti-corruption multilateral treaty initiative.

Mrs. Divers is a member of the DC Bar and a graduate of Trinity School, Washington D.C. and of the Nationwide Regulation Middle of George Washington College. In 2011, 2012, 2013 and 2014 Ethisphere Journal listed her as one the “Attorneys Who Matter” within the ethics & compliance space. She is a member of the Advisory Boards of the Rutgers College Middle for Moral Habits and served as a member of the Board of Administrators for the Institute for Sensible Coaching from 2005-2008.

She resides in Northern Virginia and is a frequent speaker, author and commentator on ethics and compliance matters. Mrs. Divers’ most up-to-date publication is “Balancing Greatest Practices and Actuality in Compliance,” printed by Compliance Week in February 2015. In her spare time, she mentors veteran and college college students and enjoys out of doors actions.


Principled Podcast transcription

Intro: Welcome to the Principled Podcast delivered to you by LRN. The Principled Podcast brings collectively the collective knowledge on ethics, enterprise and compliance, transformative tales of management and galvanizing office tradition. Hear in to find useful methods from our group of enterprise leaders and office change makers.

Susan Divers: It is troublesome sufficient for company boards today to navigate extra conventional points like difficult financial situations, from inflation to now a predicted recession. However boards even have needed to overcome current international crises. First, the COVID-19 pandemic and now Russia’s invasion of Ukraine which resulted in international sanctions and provide chain disruptions. And company boards have come beneath fireplace from a wide range of stakeholders, authorities prosecutors and regulators, institutional traders, company activists, shoppers, and others searching for change in an ever-changing international economic system. Because the idea of company accountability continues to broaden, how can boards adapt their method to governance and oversight to maintain up and meet these more and more complicated expectations? 

Hiya and welcome to a different episode of LRN’s Principled Podcast. I am your host, Susan Divers, the director of Thought Management and Greatest Practices at LRN. Right now, I am delighted to be joined by Michael Volkov. Michael is the CEO of the Volkov Regulation Group and the creator of a current white paper, Administrators Dancing on the Head of a Pin, Company Boards Face Escalating Dangers and Enforcement Challenges. That’ll get all people’s consideration. We’ll be speaking in regards to the international challenges company boards are going through in 2023 and importantly the steps that they’ll take to satisfy these challenges and regulatory pressures. Michael is an actual professional on this area, having devoted a good portion of his apply to anti-corruption compliance and protection in addition to authorities and inner investigations. Michael, thanks a lot for becoming a member of me as we speak on Principled Podcast. 

Michael Volkov: Nicely, Susan, it is a absolute pleasure. You understand I am an enormous fan of LRN and your work and I can not consider a greater place to debate these points than the Principled Podcast. Nicely, thanks. 

Susan Divers: Nicely, one of many pleasures of getting you on is that your expertise touches a variety of points associated to governance, danger oversight, and moral conduct. Given what we’re seeing when it comes to financial, geopolitical, and regulatory situations, what do you suppose are probably the most urgent points going through company boards proper now? 

Michael Volkov: Nicely, I assumed your setup, Susan, was excellent when it comes to capturing the forces which can be hitting all of each firm, each board. And that goes to an concept of accountability. And accountability for boards, and board members, and board conduct and virtually board efficiency is an enormous issue I believe these days. And it is partially mirrored in stakeholder calls for, modifications within the definition of company objective, ESG, and I all the time deal with the G, the massive G in ESG for governance. A company board now units the tone for the corporate, is liable for the tone and is accountable clearly for senior administration conduct in addition to the tradition of the corporate. 

So, this concept of accountability I believe is permeating each side of form of the chance constellation that firms face today. And so you possibly can say first that shareholders, and activists, and even shoppers are demanding higher efficiency from company boards and making an attempt to carry individuals accountable after they do not carry out. Then it stretches into authorized and compliance. After which we get into the Justice Division and expectations that they’ve with regard to company efficiency and their form of emphasis, I believe in the previous few years, they got here to it just a little bit later than all of us. And Susan, you have been primarily one of many leaders on this when it comes to pushing the thought of the significance of company tradition and ethics. 

And I believe that DOJ is hitting the bandwagon now as properly. And there is an accountability that permeates form of their new enforcement efforts and their new form of accountability for company conduct. It is sort of hit all on the similar time. We have additionally seen selections out of the company courts in Delaware, Chancery which can be beginning to maintain the businesses extra accountable as properly. So, in each side of an organization’s operations, the phrase accountability takes on extra significance and notably tied to the concept you have got of and your organization frankly have spoken a lot about which is ethics and tradition. 

Susan Divers: Thanks, Michael. And I definitely agree with you that the bottom has actually shifted right here. I used to be shocked truly after I learn the Division of Justice coverage change and the latest initiative on clawback and supervision to see how broadly they’re taking a look at accountability going means past I believe what’s been checked out up to now. So having mentioned that, your current white paper paperwork the escalating dangers and enforcement challenges that the boards face. Can we drill down into these and what are a very powerful takeaways out of your evaluation? 

Michael Volkov: Nicely, first off, the Justice Division I believe has taken some actually outstanding steps. However it began with a refocus. And the refocus was that as a substitute of, and this was I believe in response to form of considerations that enormous penalties, massive fines, 1 billion right here, 500 million there, that in the long run, the brunt of these penalties have been being born by company shareholders who oftentimes did not have any accountability or they weren’t concerned within the misconduct. That is at difficulty. And what I believe they’re making an attempt to do, and I give them credit score for this focus, is to attempt to maintain people accountable and the people who find themselves engaged in misconduct. And we’ll get to that in a minute when it comes to the particular applications that they are pushing. 

And I’d suppose it virtually feels like oxymoronic to say that we need to enhance particular person accountability however but we will maintain company boards and board members extra accountable. And it’s on this means, and I need to attempt to get previous the oxymoron, is that company boards, sure, they take sure actions in particular person board members if the interact in misconduct could possibly be prosecuted, et cetera, et cetera. However I believe what they’re demanding of company boards is to implement and promote the thought of particular person accountability inside the group. 

And that may be a massive, massive change as a result of I believe they’re saying to company boards, “We need to see a system,” and we’ll get into clawbacks and deferred compensation, “a system the place the person wrongdoers are held accountable.” And that is a accountability that we’re placing in the direction of you, assigning to you company board and senior management as properly, and we will maintain you accountable for this type of conduct. Now, that to me is mostly a massive, massive change. And to me it is saying, DOJ look, has seen form of a dwindling of their numbers of white collar enforcement, they usually need to see this modification they usually need to deliver again form of a extra strong white collar enforcement program. 

So that is one strategy to do it now and in response to their form of dwindling numbers. That is what they’re hoping for. However in current weeks, what we have seen is that they launched revisions to their analysis of company compliance applications. And extra importantly, the prison division has began a brand new three-year pilot program relating to compensation incentives and clawbacks. And let me simply say this, regardless that it is not the direct focus right here, however they’ve assigned 25 prosecutors now to prosecute firms for sanctions in export management violation and observe as much as the Russia sanctions program. 

However the true takeaway right here is that the best way they outlined this compensation clawback program, deferred compensation program is the best way they outlined the related people who ought to have form of monetary penalties imposed upon them. And the best way they did that is they mentioned, “Not solely should you punish the wrongdoer by way of monetary incentives or disincentives,” and we’ll undergo that, “however we would like you to punish the individuals who have been liable for the supervision and oversight and who could have missed pink flags of misconduct.” 

That to me is the bread and butter. That is the importance of this. As a result of what they’re saying to the corporate is, “Internally, we would like you to carry accountable, these individuals who didn’t observe up on these pink flags.” So in different phrases, we could not have sufficient proof to criminally prosecute them for ignoring the pink flags by way of a willful blindness kind of take a look at, however now we’re saying we would like them nonetheless on the minimal to be held accountable financially. And their considering and DOJ’s considering which I believe is fascinating right here is thru monetary incentives and disincentives, that is the way you appropriate conduct, in the way you promote a compliance response to pink flags. If they think one thing, they should drill down on it. That is what I believe they’re heading for. 

So the thought behind the clawback program, they usually gave firms large incentives. As a result of they’re saying, “In the event you can present us, on the time of decision of an organization case like an FCPA case, a fraud case, securities fraud case or whatnot, that you’ve initiated clawback proceedings towards these engaged in misconduct and people who have been liable for supervisory failures, we will credit score greenback for greenback that towards your penalty.” So to illustrate they’re searching for 100 million in clawbacks then you have got a $400 million penalty, and they will say, “Okay, we’ll credit score that 100 and you may pay solely 300, plus to the extent you get well that 100, you get to maintain that as properly.” And that is the thought. 

Now, the importance to me of this clawback program is each firm, and I imply each firm, has to impose, and create, and sit down, and put collectively a proactive clawback deferred compensation program that’s going to work in apply. As a result of they need to see it in writing, however additionally they need to see the way it labored in apply. So that is the brand new problem I believe for boards to take senior administration, to take compliance, to take HR, to take expertise administration to ensure that we’ve got a program like this in place. Sorry for the long-winded reply, however there’s actually quite a bit to form of unpack in this type of new period of accountability. 

Susan Divers: Under no circumstances. And I believe you probably did an excellent job of getting proper to the guts of the matter, which is without doubt one of the issues that struck me years in the past watching the Me Too scandals unfold, though it is true of different scandals as properly. Everyone knew in sure firms, and companies, and organizations that the CEO, or the media star, or the profitable performer was working wild. They usually turned a blind eye. And naturally, the McDonald’s case, which Delaware, Chancery just lately checked out, all people knew that the pinnacle of HR was working wild and is working wild with the CEO. So there’s an incredible lack of accountability there. 

However now it is not okay to show a blind eye. And DOJ is saying, “In the event you do, then you definitely’re up for penalties when it comes to clawback.” And I believe the opposite factor they’re saying, which you talked about, however I wished to tug it out for particular emphasis, is that DOJ is all the time speaking rightfully so about, “Is your compliance program efficient?” Nicely, now they’re saying very explicitly, “In the event you do not do that, ethics and compliance program is not efficient.” Am I listening to that half proper too, Mike? 

Michael Volkov: Completely. And thanks for emphasizing that as a result of I do not suppose I made that as clear as a result of that is now beneath your analysis of company compliance applications. On its face, the absence of this clawback program proactive, outlined within the breadth that we’re speaking about, is on its face, you lose, you are ineligible for an efficient compliance program discovering. And if there’s ever incentives proper now for firms to reexamine compliance and ethics of their tradition and their insurance policies and procedures, now could be the time. As a result of the Justice Division has put all people on, I’d say they’ve put all people on such discover proper now that it is inescapable, that an organization can not are available in and say, “Nicely, we heard you say that, however we thought it meant this.” They’re so clear proper now. 

And it is why I virtually really feel tempted to write down all people, all my contacts, and all my shoppers and whatnot and say, “Look, there are some essential issues that we’ve got to be doing proper now. And if we do not do them, it’ll make our life that rather more troublesome.” I do not often, and you realize my philosophy Susan, I am not like a fearmonger, what all of those concepts are, concepts that enhance the efficiency of your organization that make moral firms with sturdy and constructive cultures much more profitable. As a result of the analysis exhibits conclusively, due to LRN, that moral firms carry out higher over the long term than unethical or agnostic firms. We all know that, all people is aware of that. So then, why are we persevering with to take a look at compliance as a price heart versus a income generator? And that is what I believe the place we get to because of what you are speaking about on the effectiveness of a compliance program. 

Susan Divers: That is very properly mentioned. It is fascinating to take a position just a bit bit extra about this as a result of I actually suppose this is without doubt one of the key factors right here. If a board fails to inquire what an organization is doing, an organization that has quite a lot of suppliers abroad which as we speak is virtually all people, in the event that they fail to inquire what the corporate’s doing about commerce sanctions and export controls and AML, cash laundering and all, there’s virtually an argument that may be made that they are turning a blind eye as a result of that’s such an enormous danger. And once you talked about within the white paper and also you simply talked about now that 25 further prosecutors have been introduced on, that is an enormous quantity. 

Michael Volkov: Proper. Susan, as a former prosecutor myself at DOJ, what I do know is once you transfer the sources someplace, these individuals should justify their existence. And the best way they will justify their existence and the cash is they convey circumstances. That is simply inevitable right here. So you possibly can all the time inform what DOJ goes to be doing within the subsequent couple years. Simply observe not the cash, however observe the sources. 

Susan Divers: That is very true however very chilling level. So I believe it’s best to attain out to all your contacts. 

Michael Volkov: Yeah, I ought to, I ought to. However you realize what? They do not want one other e-mail from me, that is for positive. You understand what I imply? So they have loads of issues to cope with. And I suppose that is form of a lead in, and I wished to say one thing to you due to all the nice work that you just and LRN does with regard to the significance of company tradition and values-based management and significance of those ideas, to me, we’re now in an period with this accountability that stretches throughout stakeholders, the Justice Division, that merely having senior administration mouth to the board that we’ve got an ideal tradition, we do the appropriate factor, and that is the top of it, is now not potential. It would not work. It is virtually like after I hear that in speaking to company leaders, I do know that there is a hole proper from that. 

And I need to simply emphasize among the analysis that you have finished and LRN has finished on the significance of company tradition. That is my obsession today, and that folks should be considering of it in a extra sensible means than simply rolling out statements on a videotape from the CEO. To me, it is extra about selling and embedding a tradition, measuring the tradition, after which reporting on the tradition regularly to the board, after which remediating weaknesses within the tradition. And considering of tradition as virtually like some other management, it’s your most essential management, you then should, the CCO or if it is a chief ethics officer, separate from the CCO, should be aware of those areas. I simply need to level that out as a result of your final ethics and compliance program report emphasize this, Susan, and I am making an attempt to get this message throughout to increasingly individuals as a lot as we will. You guys are form of on the forefront of that. So, I do know I am preaching to the choir in additional methods than one right here. 

Susan Divers: Nicely, however we after all recognize that Michael. And dealing with you is all the time a pleasure as a result of we share that very same perception that tradition is what determines what truly occurs in an organization. And earlier than we get into, you have got within the white paper some actually glorious suggestions for boards. And I need to get into these, however I need to sort out one different factor earlier than we do. And that is the, in listening to you, it brings to thoughts how essential it’s for company leaders, for ethics and compliance groups, and for boards for that matter, to get real-time information as a result of that is what is going on to let you know whether or not your tradition is wholesome and the place it is trending because it have been. 

I believe up to now, individuals have relied means an excessive amount of on actions. We skilled this variety of individuals, we up to date our code, we’re good, we issued various statements as you simply talked about. However once you take a look at one thing just like the hotline which often entails only a restricted variety of workers and incessantly way of life complaints, it is all the time backwards wanting. And investing in information that’s predictive and offers real-time insights into what areas individuals are fighting, what areas they should preserve retaking as a part of coaching, what questions they’re asking, I imply these I believe, that is an enormous shift that must be made. And I’d argue that basically must be made by the board in quite a lot of cases. Do you agree with that? 

Michael Volkov: Oh, completely. And what I believe you are saying and which is admittedly essential is due to our technological capabilities these days with information and the power to generate real-time information, proactive compliance is the best way I’d take a look at it versus reactive. And what you are speaking about is utilizing information, and I believe even in your report you talked about how producing information and gathering information signifies that your techniques inside your inner techniques and your know-how must be totally succesful and enabled for this objective, and that’s to get as a lot real-time information as you possibly can. 

So for instance, to illustrate I am an enormous believer in pulse surveys which can be finished focused to to illustrate one space of your operations, one product line and even one geographic space. After which increase, you get a report again which signifies by way of the survey responses there are these particular considerations. That to me is a matter in your tradition and for remediation. How are we going to handle that? Let’s tackle it now earlier than we’ve got form of breakdowns in misconduct, fraud happens, stealing happens. These are form of precursors to these form of deteriorating behaviors. 

And that is what you are saying, which is we have to get on prime of this realtime information, not simply historic experiences, not simply matter of reality experiences, however for instance, you are proper, what sort of questions are we getting? What areas are they asking about? How did we deal with it? How did we reply to it? What did we do? Did we see a sample in a specific, to illustrate workplace or no matter, to attempt to determine tendencies and reply to them proactively in order that we will spend extra time on prevention than detection and punishment? And in order that, I believe your level is so properly taken, Susan. 

Susan Divers: Nicely, let’s hope it resonates on the market within the E&C group, Michael. However I do need to flip now to the wonderful suggestions which can be in your white paper, some sensible recommendation for boards and issues that they need to do as we speak to begin assembly these challenges. 

Michael Volkov: I wrote a couple of five-step program. Within the five-step program, two of them we will put collectively. I’ve already lined one which was defining, embedding and monitoring your company tradition. And that I believe has to return from the board, and holding senior administration accountable, and ensuring the chief compliance officer or chief ethics officer are reporting commonly on the tradition. What are you discovering in our tradition? The place do we’ve got weaknesses? How are we responding to them? Each quarter report by a chief compliance or ethics officer has to incorporate a report on tradition as a result of it’s your most essential management. 

And going together with that, and I am positive out of your expertise {and professional} expertise as properly and LRN work, I hope we’ll assist this, is there must be, and I put this in a pleasant means by saying the board must be educated in addition to senior administration, to be trustworthy with you. How do you conduct oversight and monitoring of your ethics and compliance program? Ideally, you’d have any individual in your board who has had prior ethics and compliance program expertise. 

And I’ve advocated that for a very long time, that having any individual there, I even was speaking to any individual just lately who informed me they’ve somebody like that and it has fueled the enlargement and development of their ethics and compliance program, by having an professional on the board who can then educate the board. Within the absence of that, it is as much as you because the chief compliance officer to be sure you get in entrance of the board and senior administration and educate them the basics. What sort of data do you want? What sort of data must you be getting? How usually must you be getting it? What are the pink flags you are in search of? How do you prioritize your time and a focus when coping with an ethics and compliance program? And what are the obligations of the board and the senior administration workforce to satisfy their obligations with regard to an ethics and compliance program? 

So these are two of the 5, they usually form of fall in that tradition space and likewise ensuring that this system is satisfactorily monitored and there is acceptable oversight. Three different factors. One is there’s better and better expectation on actual time assessments and monitoring of your danger profile. Let’s replace and revise our danger evaluation course of. Let’s embrace an ongoing monitoring operate that may be finished each quarter to replace your danger evaluation and ensure we’re responding to that danger evaluation. 

We’re seeing, clearly, when the DOJ modifications its constellation of enforcement dangers that impacts our danger evaluation. However that is not the be all and finish all. Our danger evaluation has to incorporate what we see as rising and evolving threats. We had ransomware assaults and different know-how developments, cybersecurity dangers are all the time altering given the know-how. That is considered one of my steps. And I’d say two different areas that are extra form of ministerial however with large significance. One is we’ve got to evaluate and redesign our government compensation applications to satisfy the clawback program and deferred prosecution necessities, they usually should have a broader software and cautious coordination with enterprise leaders and HR. And that is a vital process that requires consideration. 

And final however not least is shoring up your sanctions in export management compliance program. I’ve seen too many immature primary sanctions or export management compliance applications. Final yr to me was the yr the place all people was examined on commerce compliance. It was a troublesome, powerful yr, however commerce compliance did an incredible job to deal with all of that. However now, the stakes are rising, with regard to Russia sanctions, further company prosecutions. And its time now for everyone to at least one, break down the silo between commerce compliance and the general compliance program, deliver all people collectively. 

And quantity two, be certain our know-how is sweet. Our commerce controls are good, that we’ve got escalation evaluate and correct due diligence of counterparties and prospects. After which keep a strong annual coaching program. No one appears to recall, however OFAC from the Division of Treasury mandated an annual coaching requirement. Identical to sexual harassment is an annual coaching requirement for firms in New York or varied different states, now, we’ve got an annual coaching requirement for commerce compliance. So, we have to do all of these items in response to form of this evolving image. I might fill out an extended checklist however to me these are actually the highest 5 proper now. 

Susan Divers: Nicely, that is very useful, Michael. And I agree utterly with you as to what you’ve got mentioned and notably in regards to the primacy of export controls and commerce compliance. As you realize, our information for this yr in this system effectiveness report did not present an enormous upswell of efforts to improve that capability. So, let’s hope it is going down as we converse. Nicely, we’re virtually out of time, however one final query earlier than we shut out, and that is you’ve got talked in regards to the partnership between the board and the E&C workforce and the way essential that’s. And I am glad you introduced up the purpose in regards to the multiplier impact of getting any individual on the board with some E&C experience or no less than with coaching. However what are your different sensible ideas for a way boards ought to work successfully with their E&C groups? 

Michael Volkov: That is an ideal query as a result of that is additionally, I want I might take credit score for all these concepts, however these are simply from shoppers and form of what works, what would not work. Couple of factors. One is no less than a quarterly reporting requirement, not for 10 minutes on the finish of the board assembly when all people’s making an attempt to get out of there and go have drinks and dinner collectively, a severe dedication for an hour, fulsome report from compliance, together with an government session the place there is a one form of the CCO by him or herself speaking to the board with out the overall counsel, with out senior administration within the room and a few frank discussions. Most boards will make the most of this, and most CCOs will make the most of this chance. And that to me is an actual essential side of this. 

The opposite is to, no matter committee it’s possible you’ll be reporting to, is to take care of a private relationship with whoever the chair is of your reporting committee. Be it audit, be it danger committee, no matter, these to me are essential relationships that it’s best to break down right into a one-on-one kind of relationship. In different phrases, meet your chair for espresso each different week. Name the chair up and say, “Hey, wished to speak to you about a few concepts.” Begin a relationship the place there’s communications backwards and forwards. 

In that means, with the assist of and the proactive form of relationship with a board chair or committee chair, it will probably actually assist when the massive points come up. They usually’ll even be extra, I believe, conscious of what your wants are and keen to form of battle for them on the board degree when vital. So it is essential, I do not attempt to overwhelm the board with particulars, however I do attempt to clarify to them, “Listed below are the essential issues and provides them only a transient rationalization as to why that is essential.” They usually’re sensible, they get it. And often, search for your allies who perceive compliance. That is all the time one thing that is useful as properly. 

Susan Divers: That is nice recommendation, Michael, and that is a superb observe to shut on as a result of that is one thing that is fairly simply finished. It would not value cash. And it is constructing that sort of belief and relationship in order that when issues do go haywire, they usually virtually inevitably do, you’ve got acquired a foundation upon which to speak and work collectively. So, what an exquisite dialog as we speak. Thanks a lot for doing this. And I hope that you will be a part of me once more on one other episode. 

Michael Volkov: Nicely, Susan, it is all the time a pleasure to speak to you, converse to you, and thanks once more for all the nice work that LRN does and in your useful podcast as properly. It is all the time good to satisfy a brother or sister within the podcasting world, so recognize that. 

Susan Divers: I am flattered, thanks Michael. My title is Susan Divers and I need to thanks all for listening to the Principled Podcast by LRN as we speak. 

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