The Auditing Guru

Posted on Dec 26, 2012

Somewhere in the middle of the endless, wind-battered openness that is the plains of North Dakota there is a ten-story building. Nine of the floors of that building are vacant. The tenth floor contains an office. You get to that office by exiting the elevator (an elevator which goes to only one floor) and walking along a corridor with no windows and only one door. You open the door, enter, and see an office which is impossibly large for the size of the building. Your eyes are first drawn to the floor-to-ceiling windows which look out on an eternity of vast emptiness. There is no city. There are no buildings. There are no people. There are no roads. There is no civilization. There is nothing but waves of grass and the occasional tree dreaming it is part of a non-existent forest.
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A Poem for the Holidays

Posted on Dec 21, 2012

In the spirit of this time of year,a previously posted poem, repeated for you holiday enjoyment. 

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A Quick Note About Taking Notes During a Conference

Posted on Dec 14, 2012

Try to find the notes you took from the last conference/seminar/luncheon you attended. Did you write anything down?   Did you reread it? Can you even find it now? Can you even remember any of the topics?
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When Auditing Meets Yoga

Posted on Dec 12, 2012

With the holidays coming, it is important that we all keep in shape. Now I know diets are impossible. And no one likes exercise. But who doesn’t like yoga?! And who doesn’t like yoga when it has a specific relationship to the real world?!!

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Don't Be a Bad Boss - Part 2

Posted on Dec 12, 2012

“When I’m in charge….” How many times do you remember saying that in your career? How often are you still saying it? (Yes, I’m talking to you CAE’s, also.) Any chance you remember what it was that set off that tirade? Can you recall the affront to your sensibilities that elicited such a response? 

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Don't Be a Bad Boss

Posted on Dec 9, 2012

Over the years, based on the emails that clog my in box, I have apparently signed up for an enormous number of updates, tips, and newsletters. Among those is one from Harvard Business Review titled “Management Tip of the Day”. I have no idea how I wound up on their list.

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A Quick Note on Cutting One's Ear Off to Spite One's Progress

Posted on Dec 6, 2012

A gentleman I was speaking with the other day (I’ll use the word “gentleman” because, with the use of that phrase, he’ll never recognize himself) said something quite profound.
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Warning Labels for Internal Audit Reports

Posted on Dec 4, 2012

In this increasingly litigious world, everyone faces the growing risk of lawsuits. Internal auditors have no magic charm that makes them exempt. And, as so many others have learned, one of the best defenses is to warn people of the potential limitations and hazards. With that in mind, I present a set of warning labels for internal audit reports. 

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Don't Take It Personally

Posted on Dec 3, 2012

I recently received an email advertising the services of yet another training program. It began as follows: “When a valued employee leaves, good managers take it personally. And that’s exactly the way it should be.” 

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