Weekly Wrap – 6th March 2014


Hi I am Tom McLeod, Managing Consultant of McLeod Governance.

This is what I would be thinking about this week.

One of the Great Cartographic Errors in History

I recently read a fascinating article on the Island of California.

It was a reference to the mapping error that started in the 16th century in Europe as to the placement of the state of California – or the land mass of California as it then was.

For two hundred years nearly every European map placed California as an island off the west coast of the United States.

It wasn’t until the late 1700s that an expedition proved that all mapping over the previous two hundred years as it related to that part of the world was wrong.

Do Organisations Have their Island of California?

It got me thinking as to what myths we hold within our organisations that – despite evidence to the contrary – we hold for an extended period of time.

For me the greatest myth of an organisation is that payroll is being defrauded.

Of course payroll can be defrauded.  And of course it will continue to be defrauded.

But everyone looks upon payroll with utmost suspicion that it will automatically be defrauded.

I don’t think that that is the case and there is no evidence to suggest that it always is.

How Do You Identify Your Island of California?

What is your island of California within your organisation and how do you identify it?


McLeod Governance has been engaged recently in testing the risk assumptions with an organisation to determine their existence and relevance.

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