Finding comfort, health, and happiness in the profession.


How to Make Friends With Your Inner Voice

Most of us have an inner voice running through our heads constantly, spewing upwards of 4,000 words per minute. Because they’re with us all the time, these inescapable voices can systematically undermine our mental health, even causing us to make foolish career decisions. Learning to manage your inner voice is an important element in well-being.

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Lisa Beth Lentini Walker

Stress Happens. Have You Checked on Your Well-Being?

Regular fare for compliance professionals includes threats of regulatory enforcement, loss of resources, businesspeople who are intent on undermining the program, investigations into challenging areas, audits, ongoing remediations and many other situations. Ensuring that we are emotionally well and aligned with our purpose is important in an era of dwindling resources. 

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Lisa Beth Lentini Walker

Spring Cleaning: Good for Your Physical Space and Your Mental Space

As winter seems to hold out longer than it should, we are faced with the hope of springtime. But spring cleaning can feel like a real chore, both in your personal and professional life. Nonetheless, giving this process a little time and energy can benefit you in multiple ways.


Lisa Beth Lentini Walker

‘Secondhand Trauma’ a Risk for Professionals Who Handle Sensitive Investigations

First responders, teachers and others who regularly are exposed to cases of violent or sexual crimes generally have dedicated resources to support their mental health and well-being—and rightly so. But what about compliance, ethics, legal, HR, security, privacy, audit and risk professionals?

Leadership & Career


Thriving in Our Stressful Profession

Thriving in Our Stressful Profession

Compliance is an undeniably stressful profession. When you combine the typical challenges encountered in the corporate world with the task of managing uncertainty — and then compound this with the all-too frequent issues of limited resources and support — it’s no wonder so many dedicated compliance professionals find themselves dangerously close to burnout. Then top...

3 Steps to Practicing Self-Compassion

3 Steps to Practicing Self-Compassion

Have you practiced any self-compassion lately? Showing ourselves compassion is strongly linked to our overall well-being. Compassion is when we recognize someone’s struggles and feel motivated to comfort or resolve those struggles. So, when we think of self-compassion, it is an introspective way to look at our own struggles and comfort ourselves. It really boils...

Digital Detox for Well-Being

Digital Detox for Well-Being

nomophobia – no–mobile-phone-phobia. The fear of not having your phone with you. Word of the year in 2018, according to a Cambridge dictionary poll. Over the summer, I took a four-day “hard reset” where I completely disconnected from the world. No internet, no phone, no computer, no fitness tracker — really no connection to electronics. Shockingly, the...

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Mental Health Steps Out of the Shadows

Mental health challenges experienced in the workplace are often, by default, suppressed. But patches of sunlight are shining through the cloud cover. Research suggests a supportive culture can elicit both higher employee engagement and greater productivity. The Olympics in Tokyo wrapped up a few weeks ago. What did you take away from the two weeks...

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The Real Deal: Leading by Your Values and Actions

Integrity is priceless. We need leaders who model what they believe and who practice what they preach. Advocating for the company code is great, but trust is built when you live your values out. In a recent Compliance Career Connection event, focused on the art of the elevator pitch, I found myself on the receiving...

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Why Do We Believe What We Believe?

Changing your perceptions and your own behavior can be key to overcoming a challenge. Linda Henman encourages leaders to turn off behavior “autopilot” to make sure what they’re doing is really working. Too often discussions of attitudes, values and beliefs center on the person, making us blind to the power of the situation. Marketers advocate...

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How Beliefs Affect Mindset

Every decision starts with a belief. That is, we base our decisions on what we know to be true — what we believe. As Linda Henman writes, sometimes, however, we believe something that isn’t true.  Both intellectual and emotional, beliefs influence our behavior when facts and reason alone don’t. How do we develop our beliefs?...

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Does Conflict Rob You of Success?

We are a nation divided, and not just by politics. When run-of-the-mill conflict has us viewing our opposition as the enemy, the business consequences can be dire. Linda Henman offers a way forward. During the Vietnam War, Americans experienced polarization that we had not felt since the Civil War. In 70s, 80s and 90s, we...

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The Overwhelmed CCO

A CCO’s most valuable resource is time. But with high expectations and limited resources to do the job well, CCOs can quickly become overwhelmed. Michael Volkov provides a framework for dealing with some of the role’s greatest challenges. Chief compliance officers have a hard job. CCOs know that fact, and they fully embrace the challenges of...

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