There are two Formula One cars on a racetrack.
One has brilliant aerodynamics and a 965 BHP engine, but its brakes don't work.
The other car's aerodynamics need improvement. And, at 850 BHP, its engine is less powerful than that of the first car. But the brakes have just been checked and work perfectly.
Which car would manage the fastest lap?
On paper, it's the more powerful, more aerodynamic car. Except it has dodgy brakes, so the driver will have to go around the track relatively slowly to make sure he doesn't lose control.
By contrast, the second car's driver can press down on the accelerator as much as he wants, because he can rely on the brakes to do their job when needed.
It's an apt analogy for compliance.
It's hard not to feel like the continuous, rapidly shifting onslaught of regulations gets in the way of doing business. But, far from being a "business prevention department", compliance is the glue that allows businesses to win customers' trust, deliver excellent service, and take advantage of new opportunities.
It's not compliance that's the issue, but how we do it. Or, to wrap up our analogy, the problem isn't that cars have brakes, it's that we use outdated methods to keep them in good nick.