Why Companies Shouldn't 'Do' Compliance

May 18, 2012

NCMA's World Congress 2012 is coming soon (and you have registered, right?). I look forward to a great program, great keynoters such as Tom Ridge, and great networking opportunities. This year we want you to take an opportunity to think very consciously about leadership. In one of my favorite books on organizational dynamics, Leading with Meaning, Moses Pava says that if you want to find the real leaders in an organization, look for the teachers. This year we are fortunate to have one of the finest teachers and businessmen, I know, Dov Seidman, as one of our keynote speakers. Dov is the author of HOW: Why HOW We Do Anything Means Everything. He will challenge you to think about leadership in a very different way and to see that organizations can succeed in a way very different from what has been the traditional approach. Does this work in the world of public procurement? After all, we are a compliance driven world and in the link below to one of Dov's recent Forbes columns, he challenges the very idea of "doing compliance". So read what he has to say and come prepared to challenge him with questions and join in an the important conversations going on at this year's World Congress. 

-Charles D. Chadwick
 President, National Contract Management Association


“Men can’t escape from being governed.  They either must govern themselves or they must submit to being governed by others.  If from lawlessness or fickleness, from folly or self-indulgence, they refuse to govern themselves, then most assuredly in the end they will have to be governed by the outside.”    Teddy Roosevelt

How would a global company build a big enough bureaucracy to ensure that all 100,000 employees in its operating companies worldwide follow each and every law and regulation?  Even further, how could the CEO of that company be assured that his or her people were acting according to the even higher standard of behavior demanded by its stakeholder community?

The answer?  They can’t. Even if this company were 99.9 percent successful in its compliance efforts, that’s still 100 instances of non-compliance every day.

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