Things You Can Do to Put Off Writing Your Audit Report

Posted on May 25, 2011

They say that the hardest thing about writing is starting. Here is a helpful list of things you can do to keep from taking that painful first step.

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The Names the Thing - Part Two

Posted on May 23, 2011

Let’s talk some more about names.  Now, this one’s just a gut feel on my part – the only evidence I have that a problem may exist is the things that have happened to me – but I think auditors take for granted the simple task of naming audits. “Not a big deal,” you say? Well, to paraphrase Rod Stewart, every name tells a story, don’t it. And the name of an audit is often the first story our customers hear about the audit we are performing.

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What Do You Want to Be When You Grow Up?

Posted on May 20, 2011

In his book What I Talk About When I Talk About Running, Haruki Murakami (an excellent author – seek out his novels) identifies the exact time when he realized he wanted to be a novelist.  I’m going out on a limb here, but I’m willing to bet there’s not a one of us out here that has a similarly riveting story around our decision to be an internal auditor.  

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Preparedness 101

Posted on May 16, 2011

Last week I was talking about the power of names, mentioned I had more thoughts on the subject, and indicated I would continue in that same vein (though a little more seriously). Well, events have transpired (not particularly monumental events, but events nonetheless) that are making me forestall that conversation until another day. (Next week? That’s the plan, but…)  Last week I was interviewed by a reporter who reminded me that you better know what you're talking about.

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2020 Vision

Posted on May 13, 2011

I just did one of those go-back-and-re-read-a-book-you-first-read-years-ago-to-see-if-it’s-still-as-wonderful-as-you-remember things. It didn’t go well, but that’s not the point. The book is called The Year 2000 and is a collection of short stories commissioned in 1970 to take a stab at what the world might look like in the year 2000. It got me thinking about predictions.

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The Number of the Best

Posted on May 11, 2011

Recently, I received the following note from a department indicating they had discovered a genuine best practice. Without hesitation, I share it with all of you.

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The Name's the Thing

Posted on May 9, 2011

Knowing the name of a thing provides power over that thing. Even more power is bestowed upon the person who actually names the thing. Our histories and mythologies are replete with examples — Adam naming the beasts of the field and the fowls of the air, deities whose names were not meant to be known by mere mortals, Rumplestiltskin where the knowledge of the troll’s name freed the queen’s daughter. Even today there are fraternal orders that provide secret names for their members, and naming ceremonies continue to be an important part of many tribal initiations.

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Let the Right Amount of Old Audit In

Posted on May 6, 2011

I’m not really a big vampire guy. Bela Lugosi set the standard, some other incarnations have been fine, but I don’t rush to the bookstore or Cineplex for the latest blood bath. Like so many other fads, it is a note that has been played so often it becomes an alarm warning that your brain is about to go stagnant. But I heard good things about the movie Let the Right One In (the original Swedish version, not the American remake Let Me In — haven’t seen that one yet, but it is in the Netflix cue) and was pleasantly surprised. And that is why I am now reading the original novel by John Ajvide Lindqvist.

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Audit No. 5

Posted on May 4, 2011

(With apologies to Lou Bega)

Ladies and gentleman, this is audit number five
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When is an Audit Like a Murder Investigation?

Posted on May 2, 2011

My father was a deputy for the Maricopa County Sheriff’s office in Arizona for about 15 years from the late 50s to the early 70s. He worked in the Identification Department – fingerprints, crime scene photos, mug shots, etc. In the early 60s he had a minor part in a locally notorious case.

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