Welcome to my first post of 2014 – and happy new year to you all. In my last post I looked back over 2013, so it seems sensible to use this one to look forward to the coming year, and – as recommended by all the self-improvement self-help books – I am going to publicise my AML resolutions in order to give myself an extra incentive (i.e. public humiliation) to keep them.
I just love writing, as you know, and my series of Ned the piggy books (explaining AML for non-exec directors) has been well-received. But I have been wondering whether I should address another group: AML for ordinary staff. Of course, I spend most of my working life designing and delivering training for ordinary staff, but might a little reference book help them too? As a fiendish book-reader myself, I always prefer to have a written reference that I can annotate and highlight and check. So – now that I am a whizz with the old self-publishing malarkey – I have decided that I am going to test the water with a couple of versions (as I think that, to be genuinely useful, such a book needs to be specific to both the jurisdiction and the sector – e.g. UK banking staff, Guernsey accountants). Any feedback as to whether the idea is a good one or a dog, or which would be sensible test versions, or other suggestions, will be most gratefully received.
A while ago I did one of those career/personality tests. (I have two left feet and the singing voice of a dying macaw, so that rules out “Strictly” and “X Factor” – these tests are all I have left.) And the results showed that what I want to be in life is “an expert”, which means that I want to know all there is to know about my subject, and I want to be a source of information for other people. (Are you rolling your eyes? You didn’t need a test to show you that about me, did you?) But I worry that recently I have been stagnating, and so I am determined that 2014 will be the year in which I make myself even more useful and available to the AML community. And to this end I have fixed meetings with HM Treasury (not the whole thing – just the AML bit) and the National Crime Agency (ditto). The master plan is to find out what I can do to contribute more fully to their work, and then to jolly well do it. (Although I suppose I should warn them that I am really – but really – bad at making tea.)
And finally, I am going to turn on my mobile phone. I know, I know: welcome to the 21st century, grandma. But I hate my mobile phone: I hate it interrupting me, I hate talking on it in public in case I’m shouting, I hate worrying that someone is overhearing client details that should be private. And so I either leave it at home or – if my husband makes me promise to take it – I leave it turned off. I know that this is both perverse and annoying for anyone who wants to find me, so in 2014 I will turn on the blasted thing. Sometimes.