Like a new chief executive officer, chief financial officer, or other functional head, a new chief trade compliance director is typically required to be an impetus for change. His or her initial questions invariably may be, “Where should I start? What should I do to ensure that my first 100 days are a success?” The answers usually depend on the industry, circumstances of the organization, and uniqueness of the challenge, yet there are some leading practices that transcend industries.
Formulating a tailored strategic plan, instead of relying on a “cookie-cutter” approach, is so critical to the first 100 days. The plan should also include several short-range wins to demonstrate success and align resources.