A Quick Note About What Else You Need on Your Desk

Posted on Aug 30, 2012

I’ve talked before about the books that should sit on every auditor’s desk. This includes such things as Strunk & White’s Element of Style; some kind of grammar reference (I use Margaret Shertzer’s Elements of Grammar); William Zinsser’s On Writing Well; The Red Book; a real-live, honest-to-goodness, paper dictionary (yes, I look a lot of it up on line, but the paper ones come in pretty handy also), and a similarly constructed thesaurus.  

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We Are Controlling Transmission

Posted on Aug 29, 2012

Today, I want to talk about risk and control. Now, I know such discussions can sometimes get a little dry; it is a subject on which we often think we are already experts. But this is the meat and potatoes of Internal Audit, and there is nothing wrong with spending a little extra time revisiting the subject. 

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Did Ford Have a Better Idea?

Posted on Aug 27, 2012

Last week I talked about how Henry Ford had benchmarked other industries (in particular the slaughterhouses) to come up with new ideas on how to make things run better in his own industry.  Two innovations from his observations were brought to bear on the factory floor – bringing the work to the workers and the specialization of workers on very specific tasks. 

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Something Important is Happening in a Closet You Never Noticed

Posted on Aug 24, 2012

A couple of days ago I got the chance to talk to one of our newer executives. He is in charge of (among other things) research activities with our customers.  Among his roles will be acting as liaison with other departments to use the data we gather to help focus company-wide decisions on customer’s expectations.
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The Most Interesting Auditor in the World - Part 2

Posted on Aug 21, 2012

More about the most interesting auditor in the world

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From the Slaughterhouse to the Factory Floor to Internal Audit

Posted on Aug 20, 2012

There are still people out there who believe that Henry Ford invented the automobile. Ummm…No…Not quite. There are also those, the somewhat more knowledgeable, who believe he invented the assembly line. Close….but no crankcase oil. What Henry Ford did was see the possibilities inherent in the assembly line and how it might revolutionize his industry. And then he made it so.
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Neil Young Was Right

Posted on Aug 17, 2012

Thirty-plus years later, and I suddenly realize there is something more profound to the name of a Neil Young album than I first thought.
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Getting Action from the Auditee

Posted on Aug 15, 2012

I just received another excellent suggestion from an audit shop that wishes to remain nameless. (The humility of some of our profession’s greatest thinkers sometimes amazes me.) They were faced with two problems. First, they seemed to be spending countless hours negotiating findings with the auditees – hours they felt could be better served conducting more audits. Second they felt they were also wasting those precious hours following up on findings that were really the responsibility of the auditee.

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And Then Again...

Posted on Aug 13, 2012

In the past, I have mentioned that every auditor should visit Seth Godin’s blog. Yes, it is about marketing. But it is also an idea blog. And there are two points that should be kept in mind as you read it: 1) Seth’s blog brings up innovative ideas that apply to everyone, even auditors, and 2) If auditors do not recognize that they are marketers, then we have already lost one of our most important battles.
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Ummmm. I Forget

Posted on Aug 2, 2012

Last week, for your dining and dancing pleasure, I provided part one of a two-part discussion regarding communication — about how the simple act of answering a question can have so much more behind it than just the words that are spoken. For part two I promised to continue the discussion by delving into the boredom of answering the question that is actually asked. I had some very interesting insights about the subject. 

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