You are the protector of your credit union

This week I think I will hold off on the 80s and 90s pop culture references and overall nostalgia and relate a common thread that most compliance folks may relate too. I am new to the parenting game and the role as father to my son. He is a wonderful child and my wife and I have been very happy and blessed to have him in our lives. He really can put a smile on your face any time. He will also give you a run for your money as well.

I find myself trying to keep up with our loving bundle of energy. He is always on the go and always active. When he is on the move, he may try to go anywhere or try to get into anything. I find myself constantly trying to keep a watchful eye on him. Part of keeping that eye on him, is having to correct him, teach him, or sometimes having to just say “no.” My son doesn’t always agree with me trying to keep him out of every cabinet and drawer in the house. He may cry or get very upset, and I must admit sometimes that can make me feel like the bad guy.

Why do I relate this story of learning to be a parent? Well I hear from many compliance folks that they sometimes feel like the bad guy. You are having to say “no,” to keep an eye out for compliance issues, and sometimes you may have to train or teach staff to ensure they are following the regulatory requirements. Does that make you the parent of your credit union? It may feel like that some days, but in reality, you are playing the role of protector.


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