Legendary football coach Vince Lombardi once said: “When you go into the end zone, act like you’ve been there before.”
Wait, you might say, what does football have to do with internal investigations? The answer is, they both rely on skill and preparation. In football, part of game preparation is viewing game film, understanding what type of plays your opposition runs, and then structuring your game plan in such a way as to effectively counter whatever the opposing team may do on game day. And even though your efforts may not always be as effective as you would have liked—your opponent may run plays that you didn’t see on any game film—preparation, in football, is indispensable. It is just as vital with investigations.