Ed Note-Welcome to a special encore presentation of Trekking Through Compliance. In this age of Covid-19, we can all use a little diversion and compliance. The entire Original Series will run over the next 79 days. 

In this episode of Trekking Through Compliance, we consider Where No Man Has Gone Before, which aired on September 22, 1966, Star Date 1312.4.

Story Synopsis

The Federation starship Enterprise is on an exploratory mission to leave the galaxy. En route, a damaged ship’s recorder of the SS Valiant, an Earth spaceship lost 200 years earlier, is found. Its record is incomplete, but it reveals that the Valiant had been swept from its path by a “magnetic space storm,” and that the crew had frantically searched for information about extra-sensory perception in the ship’s library computer. The recording ends with the captain of the Valiant apparently giving a self-destruct order.

Captain Kirk decides that they need to know what happened to the Valiant, and the Enterprise crosses the edge of the galaxy. There, it encounters a strange barrier which damages the ship’s systems and warp drive, forcing a retreat. At the same time, nine crew members are killed and both helmsman Gary Mitchell and ship’s psychiatrist Dr. Elizabeth Dehner are knocked unconscious by the barrier’s effect. When he awakens, Mitchell’s eyes glow silver, and he begins to display remarkable psychic powers.

Mitchell becomes increasingly arrogant and hostile toward the rest of the crew, declaring that he has become godlike, enforcing his desires with fearsome displays of telepathic and telekinetic power. Science Officer Spock comes to believe that the Valiant crew members may have experienced the same phenomenon and destroyed the ship to keep the power from spreading. He advises Kirk that Mitchell may have to be killed before his powers develop further, but Kirk angrily disagrees.

Alarmed that Mitchell may take over the Enterprise, Kirk decides to maroon him at an unmanned lithium-cracking facility on the remote planet of Delta Vega. Once there, the landing party tries to confine Mitchell, but his powers have become too great. He kills navigator Lt. Kelso and escapes by knocking out Kirk and Spock, taking with him Dr. Dehner, who has now developed similar powers.

Kirk follows and appeals to Dr. Dehner’s humanity for help. Before Mitchell can kill Kirk, the doctor attacks and weakens him. Mitchell fatally injures Dehner, but before he can recover from the effort, Kirk uses a phaser rifle to create a rock slide, killing Mitchell.

On the Enterprise, Kirk makes a log entry that both Dehner and Mitchell gave their lives “in performance of duty”. He explains to Spock that he wants his friend’s service record to end positively: “He didn’t ask for what happened to him.”

Compliance Takeaways:

  1. Your root cause analysis is different than an investigation.
  2. Compliance training should provide answers to employees when times of high stress arise.
  3. Power corrupts and absolute power corrupts absolutely. Internal controls are the key.


Excruciatingly Detailed Plot Summary by Eric W. Weisstein for Where No Man Has Gone Before

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Welcome to the newest addition to the Compliance Podcast Network, Compliance and Coronavirus. As the Voice of Compliance, I wanted to start a podcast which will help to bring both clarity and sanity to the compliance practitioner and compliance profession during this worldwide health and healthcare crisis. In this episode, I am joined by James Green, Director of Risk Management Services at SAI Global. Green is a risk management professional who looks through issues and events such as the current health crisis and economic dislocation through the eyes of risk and risk management.

For more information, check out the resources SAI Global has made available on its website, by clicking here.

Compliance into the Weeds is the only weekly podcast which takes a deep dive into a compliance related topic, literally going into the weeds to more fully explore a subject. This past weekend saw some of the largest protests and violence this country has seen in 50+ years in the wake of the killing of George Floyd. In a very somber episode, in this podcast Matt Kelly and Tom Fox try to make some sense of leadership responses to the protests over the Floyd killing and explore if there is a compliance-based approach to remedying the institutional racism which led to his killing.


A good general summary of anti-racism resources:


A website that gives you specific bail funds for your city: The Bail Project, a nonprofit that aims to mitigate incarceration rates through bail reform.


Other places to donate:

  • Black Visions Collective, a black, trans, and queer-led social justice organization and legal fund based in Minneapolis-St. Paul.


  • The Minnesota Freedom Fund, which pays criminal and immigration bail and bond for people who cannot afford it.


  • The Brooklyn Bail Fund, which helps pay bail for those who cannot afford it.


  • The NAACP Legal Defense Fund, which supports racial justice through advocacy, litigation, and education.


  • Communities United Against Police Brutality, which operates a crisis hotline where people can report abuse; offers legal, medical, and psychological resource referrals; and engages in political action against police brutality.


  • Northstar Health Collective, a St. Paul–based organization that provides health services and support at protests.


  • The ACLU, which provides legal services and support for a broad range of people with civil rights complaints.


Ed Note-Welcome to a special encore presentation of Trekking Through Compliance. In this age of Covid-19, we can all use a little diversion and compliance. The entire Original Series will run over the next 79 days. 

In this episode of Trekking Through Compliance, we consider Charlie X, which aired on September 15, 1966, Star Date 1533.6.

Story Synopsis

The Enterprise (crew of 420) takes charge of Charlie Evans from the science probe vessel Antares (crew of 20) in order to transport him to his nearest living relatives on Earth colony Alpha 5. Captain Remart and navigator Nellis sing the praises of Charlie, the sole survivor of a transport crash on the planet Thesus 14 years previously. Charlie appears to be quite bright and has learned to talk from the crashed ship’s data tapes. After dropping Charlie off, Remart and his crew bid the Enterprise what appears to be an unusually hastened adieu and return to their ship.

On the Enterprise, Charlie tells McCoy that the crew of the science ship didn’t like him, and that he wants people to like him. Charlie then proceeds to fall in love with Yeoman Janice Rand. He pats her rump (which she objects to) and gives her a bottle of perfume, her favorite kind. Charlie meets Rand later in the Recreation Room, where Spock is playing a Vulcan musical instrument and Uhura is (attempting) to sing. Charlie shows good taste by not enjoying the singing and causes Uhura to run out of breath. When the Antares is almost out of communications range, it starts to warn the Enterprise about something, then disintegrates. After the spontaneous destruction of the Antares, Charlie makes the curious and sinister-sounding comment that “it wasn’t very well constructed.” Shortly thereafter, another strange event takes place when the cook reports that the synthetic meatloaf has been transformed into real turkeys! Back in the Rec Room, Kirk manages to beat Spock at 3-D chess, implausibly beating Spock’s logic with his own quirky strategy. Charlie is intrigued by the game and tries to duplicate the feat. After losing, he causes the white chess pieces to melt, revealing that he has both a bad temper and rather scary telekinetic powers.

Rand introduces Charlie to Yeoman third class Tina Lawton, but Charlie is only interested in Rand and brushes Tina off. Kirk, doing his best to instill Charlie with manly qualities, attempts to teach him how to fight using some curious mallet objects. When Kirk’s training partner Sam laughs at one of Charlie’s falls, Charlie makes him “go away.” This demonstrates to Kirk and Spock that Charlie has the power to manipulate matter. Kirk calls security guards to escort Charlie to his quarters, but Charlie objects and causes all phasers on the ship to vanish.

Kirk suspects that Charlie has been given certain powers which legend ascribes to an ancient race of Thesians and confronts Charlie. Charlie admits he destroyed the Antares by making the warped baffle plate on the shield of the energy piling go away but claims it would have blown up anyway. When Charlie discovers that Kirk plans to divert from Alpha 5, he takes control of the Enterprise and its crew. He forces Spock (“Mr. Ears”) to recite poetry (“Tiger, Tiger, Burning Bright” and “Once Upon a Midnight Dreary”). He then turns Tina into a lizard and bursts in on Rand. When she spurns his advances, he makes her disappear. Kirk and Spock attempt to lock Charlie in a detention chamber, but to no avail. Charlie goes on a rampage, turning a young crew member into an old woman and removing the faces from some crew members who are laughing. Kirk, Bones, and Spock try to distract Charlie by overloading him with activity, but do not meet with success until a Thesians vessel approaches the Enterprise. The Thesians return Yeoman Rand, apologize to Kirk, and take Charlie away to live alone with them.

Compliance Takeaways:

  1. Ask more of your front-line employee and they will respond positively.
  2. Compliance is like a multi-dimensional chess match.
  3. As a compliance professional, who are you mentoring?


Excruciatingly Detailed Plot Summary by Eric W. Weisstein for CharlieX

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