It's Not Scope Creep; It's Good Auditing

Posted on Jun 16, 2014

How often, in the middle of an audit, do you find something you didn't expect? How often do you stumble across something that doesn't quite fit the plans of the audit, but is important nonetheless? How often does the work you are doing during an audit reveal the need for the audit to become something different than you thought it would be. And how often do you let those new discoveries take their head and allow something different (maybe even better) to occur? 

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A Quick Note About the Continued Evidence of Creativity in Internal Audit

Posted on Jun 6, 2014

I just had the chance to speak to a group of internal auditors on the subject of creativity and it was a breath of fresh air, a deep drink from a sparkling stream, a joy-filled promenade on a brilliant spring day – a reminder that internal auditors can be more than ciphers, drudges, and manic rule-followers of the umpteenth kind.
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A Call for Sanity or We're Working Too Hard on Things that Don't Really Matter

Posted on May 19, 2014

Let me start by saying that my first draft of this post started out a whole lot differently than the one you are about to read. Initially my intent was to make a point about unnecessary work being done by internal audit – work we think has to be done because the standards say so. Then I was going to quote the standards and show that many people's perceptions of what is contained in the standards is flawed.
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A Quick Note About Serendipity, Interviews, and Keeping Your Head on a Swivel

Posted on May 16, 2014

Have you ever noticed that, just about the time you start discussing a subject, a bunch of material pops up on the same topic? So it is with the interviewing topic I've been harping on the last couple of weeks. I was discussing the need for different types of questions and, sure enough, a related article showed up on the Inc. website

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Leonard Cohen Meets Internal Audit

Posted on May 14, 2014

Welcome once again to WIIA – the radio station that spins the greatest internal audit hits. Today, a special treat. Leonard Cohen's famous song has been adapted for a lot of different situations. And now it has been adapted to internal audit. Sit back and enjoy the story of an auditee's redemption.
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We are Asking the Wrong Questions (Part Two)

Posted on May 12, 2014

I may have accidently discovered another little facet in our search for the perfect interview questions. And it has come from an unusual source – a Wondercon presentation by Barbara Randall Kesel titled "Where do Ideas Come From."  You see, we keep asking about the dragon fights rather than the conversations.

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Worst Auditor Names Ever

Posted on May 7, 2014

For your dining and dancing enjoyment, the staff of the worst audit department in the world.
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We are Asking the Wrong Questions (Part One)

Posted on May 6, 2014

Sometimes our HR department and I would have a bit of a disagreement on how to conduct interviews.  I have my own thoughts regarding interviewing potential internal audit employees. I do not like the kind of questions HR professionals want asked, and they do not like the kind of questions I ask.

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A Quick Note About Big Pictures

Posted on Apr 25, 2014

A friend of mine sent me a great quote yesterday. "It was really just a single note in a vast symphony of stupidity."
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Warning! Outbreak of Auditing Flu Virus!

Posted on Apr 23, 2014

For the first time in its history, the International Center for Questionable Disease Control has issued a Red Flag warning. Such warnings are used in only the worst case scenarios where a disease has, through its ability to hide in plain sight, become so pervasive as to be almost ineradicable. The warning was issued because of the widespread incidence of the Auditing Flu Virus. 
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