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GRC Professional : GRC Summer 2013
9 ACI NEWS More than a year after the Federal Government held its International Anti- Corruption Day forum at old Parliament House it has still to finalise a national anti- corruption plan. ACI Managing Director, Martin Tolar said in spite of the Commonwealth Attor ney General's Department holding two public forums on the subject and seeking consultation on the draftplan; along with a proposal to remove the use of facilitation payments as a legitimate business practice from the Commonwealth Criminal Code, Australia remains no closer to resolving how best to deal with corruption. "Consequently Australia now lags behind the UK and the US, both of which have recently enacted new legislation a nd issued new guidance in this area," he said. "At a time when serious questions are being asked of the Governor of the Reserve Bank about the role the RBA played in the Securency case, along with three former NSW Ministers having appeared before an ICAC inquiry into alleged corrupt practices, you would think the Gillard government and the Attorney General would make this issue a high priority. "Members have told us on many occasions that due to the lack of clear guidance on this issue by the Australian Government it has had to rely upon guidance materials issued by the UK and US authorities when entering into new international markets.,"Tolar said. A plan needed to be established that not only ensured Australia met its commitments but also provided regulatory certainty in an effective manner for Australia's business community. Government needs hurry-up on anti-corruption plan There is little doubt Clare Mann's cover of her latest book Com municate, How to Say What Needs to be Said, When it Needs to be Said and How it Needs to be Said, is designed to titillate. It invites the reader to be hea rd, whether in the boardroom or the bedroom (and everywhere in between). If you are looking for a guide to effective pillow talk though this might not be for you -- but perhaps it is. For GRC professionals the need to engage those at the top or organisations and assist them with leading change is vital. These skills of persuasion and communication can be difficult to master, especially in a relationship of imbalanced power. Mann, an organisational psychologist takes us on a journey in and out of the boardroom to unlock the key to "calm communication" -- what she describes as the "Rolls-Royce of listening". This, says Mann, goes well beyond just talking and listening and is essential for unlocking effective leadership. "It's about how the quality of our communication affects the quality of our results," she says. The idea for the sub-title came from Mann inter viewing 23 senior executives as part of her research and a further 50 through corporate coaching. She found that some of the cou ntr y's leading executives could clearly and effectively relate in their job but on the home front, la mented how their com munication skills were sadly lacking when it came to their spouse, partner or children. It depends, says Mann, on a person's ability to galvanise thoughts, find appropriate vocabulary and adapt it to suit the audience. To order a copy of the book ($49.95), go to w ww.communicate31.com Mann: Calm communication key to making sense and mastering our interactions ACI's strategic initiatives to grow membership and activities across Australia, New Zealand and Asia continued throughout the year as did membership growth in non-financial services sectors, as the 2011/2012 ACI annual report outlines. There were 421 new member s during the financial year and churn was low during the renewal period. ACI managing director Martin Tolar said the organisation continued to look for opportunities to expand the international membership base so as to build a stronger global network of like -minded people. For more highlights and financial results, please visit ACI's website www.acigrc.com and follow the link under 'About ACI'. You must first log in to your membership. ACI annual report online BY DE NISE MCNABB
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