At face value, compliance can easily be interpreted as maintaining the status quo, following the rules, and conforming to predetermined and universally accepted norms. And if you choose to believe and adhere to that definition and understanding of the term and the practice, that’s exactly what it will be. But you do have a choice. It’s just like a paraphrase of the old saying: whether you believe that you can or you can’t do something, you’re right.
Not to get too deep, but your philosophy and personal view or perspective on something is what actually creates whatever outcomes result from that something. If we accept that flying is impossible, we stay Earthbound. Thankfully, there were those who refused to accept that “truth” in the past, and today we have global flights available with a few clicks on our smartphones.
This is the same type of thinking that changes businesses and industries. If Eastman Kodak had questioned the need for film in an emerging digital world and instead looked into creating digital cameras, online image storage, or some similar field, they might still be a giant of industry. The bottom line is that anything left unquestioned is left to become dust or ancient history. Change happens, and when we’re proactive about that change we can make a positive difference in the outcomes.
What Does This Have To Do With Compliance?
Now that we’ve waxed philosophical and historical, let’s get practical. Compliance is here to stay, and your organisation can choose to see it either as a burdensome regulatory requirement or an opportunity to create positive change. Compliance as a mundane chore simply requires us to check boxes that everything is okay, status quo, like we expected it to be. Seen through curious and questioning eyes, the same information can transform organisations.
Compliance software provides a treasure trove of powerful data on anything in your organisation that you apply it to. It allows you to lift the lid and ask why this process isn’t better and how it could be, or what can be done to improve the time on that process, or whether this or that is even necessary. These types of questions, backed by the compliance data to help answer the questions, is what leads to real and profound changes in why and how an organisation does things.
The eternal question that can be rephrased and applied to anything and everything is “how can this be better?” Compliance – done right – provides you with an open and transparent look into your organisation that lets you see where and how to apply that question to almost anything, then gives you the information you need in the form of historical data in order to find the right answers. Or you can maintain the status quo, but there’s not much of a future in that.
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