A Quick Note About a Hit Song from 2001

Posted on Jul 26, 2013

Anyone out there remember the song by Cake "Short Skirt/Long Jacket"? Listening to Pandora earlier this week, it came up on my shuffle. (If the preceding sentence didn't make sense, it may be time to brush up on your social media knowledge.) One line caught my attention:  "I want a girl...who uses a machete to cut through red tape."
 
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Whose Image Is It?

Posted on Jul 24, 2013

On this morning's local news there was a heartwarming story. (Morning news: The perfect blend of happy chatter, weather, traffic, disaster, and meaningless fluff.) A photographer happened to be out and about when she saw a young man proposing to a young lady. She snapped some pictures and provided the couple her contact information.  How might this turn out badly?
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What I Saw at the International Conference in Orlando - Part 6 - All the Roles that Are IA

Posted on Jul 17, 2013

I'm going to do my darnedest to keep this from turning into a gushing fan letter. You see, Tom Peters spoke to the IIA International Conference yesterday, and I have been a reader, fan, and follower of Mr. Peters since the early 90s.   (Sheesh – reader/fan/follower – already sounding a bit cultish.) Accordingly, I was counting on this being one of the highlights of the conference – a conference that has already contained many highlights.
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What I Saw at the International Conference in Orlando - Part 4 - Quotes from a Secretary

Posted on Jul 16, 2013

When a former Secretary of State speaks, it makes sense to listen. They don't give these jobs to just any Tom, Dick, and Henry. And so, with Madeleine Albright the first speaker at this year's conference, I decided I might want to pay close attention.
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What I Saw at the International Conference in Orlando - Part 5 - How Do I Know When I Done Good?

Posted on Jul 16, 2013

Today, Paul Druckman, in his presentation "Integrated Reporting Framework: What Does it Mean for the Future", started with the phrase "Reporting Influences Behavior." This set my mind down such a road that I had trouble focusing on the primary point of the presentation – integrated reporting. This distraction was caused by my desire to run up and down the aisles screaming "Hallelujah!" and "Amen Brothers!" while leading the congregation in a chorus of "How Mighty Are Our KPIs."

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What I Saw at the International Conference in Orlando - Part 2 - Facing the Empty Page

Posted on Jul 15, 2013

Lost: One brown folder. Faux leather. "Engraved" with a picture of Walt Disney that is a representation of when he arrived in Los Angeles. Contents include two tickets to IIA International Conference events (ticket for Sunday reception no longer of value), IIA International Conference Guide, IIA International Conference Pocket Guide, May 2013 Executive Summary for COSO Internal Control – Integrated Framework, and close to illegible notes to be used for potential blog post. No reward. Just would really like to find it again.
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What I Saw at the International Conference - Part 3 - Trust But Verify

Posted on Jul 15, 2013

I know there are many of you who, after reading my blog yesterday about my missing notebook, share in the sadness of my loss. But there are others who feel this is the opportunity for laughter at my expense. You know who you are and your lack of sympathy says much about your character. As an example, someone came up to me today and asked if I had found my notebook. Choking back the tears, I told her I had not. She then said, "What would you say if I told you I might or might not have your notebook?"
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What I Saw at the International Conference in Orlando - Part 1 - In Four Words or Less

Posted on Jul 14, 2013

An interesting question came up today during the COSO Workshop. This session (ably led by James Roth and Don Esperson [who always ably lead anything they lead]) focused on the new COSO Internal Control – Integrated Framework.  Each table was given 1 minute and 47 seconds (I may have the actual amount of seconds incorrect, but it was close to this) to answer two questions. One: Identify a significant risk to organizations that didn't even exist five to ten years ago. Two: Identify a risk that, while barely apparent at this point, might be significant in the next five years.

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Marketing Audit Departments - A Little Help Please?

Posted on Jul 11, 2013

I've been corresponding with an individual who is doing research on how audit departments can market themselves. She is looking for resources she might reference in her research. Do you know of any good books, articles, white papers, etc.? If so, I think we'd all be interested. Please share. And thanks.
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Catch Phrases for Internal Audit

Posted on Jul 10, 2013

I think we can all agree on one thing - Internal auditors have a reputation of being staid, conservative, routine, mundane, humdrum, drab...oh, let's just put it out there – the word we are searching for is boring. This perception has come about because of many factors, but I am convinced one of the main reasons is the way we present ourselves.
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