INPOWERD Four Principles for Compliance Program Success


Earl Shockley

There has been a lot angst, discussion, and Scuttlebutt (Navy term) since NERC levied the largest and most significant CIP regulatory fine.  10M dollars sure got the attention of the energy industry. Since the announcement, I received many calls from the media, regulators, clients and curious industry people seeking my input on the issue.

In response, I have written a short article that summarizes my thoughts and provides four-key principles that will help your organization avoid the same pitfalls outlined in NERC findings and strengthen your Compliance Programs capability for success. I captured these principles during my days as a regulator when I had the golden opportunity to look closely at the success factors of organizations and the dysfunctions that contributed to those who fell short.  I have helped clients implement these principles to successfully strengthen and bring value to the Compliance Program.


I hope you find the article of value. You can find the article @

About the Author

Earl Shockley

Earl Shockley

President and Founder of INPOWERD

Short Bio

Earl is a former senior executive with NERC. He is the developer of “Intelligent Empowerment” principles and a Cultural Maturity Scale (CMS) system/framework that aligns people, processes and management practices to maximize organizational potential and better achieve strategic objectives. At NERC, Earl was instrumental in NERC’s shift from a “zero defect” compliance and enforcement approach to one that focuses on an organizations inherent risk and ability to manage reliability risk with internal control systems. Public speaker and expert witness on complex issues involving regulatory compliance, organizational culture change, risk management, internal risk control systems, and event causal analysis.

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