Judging an Auditee by Her Cover

Posted on Apr 27, 2009

The odds are you’ve seen the video of Susan Boyle. She’s the 47-year-old YouTube sensation who came onto “Britain’s Got Talent” and, after suffering the slings and arrows of Simon Cowell and friends, knocked ’em dead (as they say in the trades). In fact, you may be so sick of her that you haven’t even read this far in my post. But there’s a point to be made here — a point that I’ve started seeing others make, but I have to give credit to NPR’s “Wait, Wait, Don’t Tell Me” for opening my eyes two weeks ago.

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Another Auditing Urban Legend

Posted on Apr 1, 2009

I heard this one during an IIA meeting. I don’t remember the guy’s name, but I’m sure it’s true. An auditor was sitting at home when he got a call from his boss. The boss told him that the deadline for his audit had been moved up and they needed a rough draft of the report by tomorrow morning. The auditor agreed to complete it and hung up the phone.

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