How to Make Internal Audit Harder


All right you wimps. I'm tired of hearing the whining, the moaning, the bellyaching, the complaining, the kvetching, the griping, grumbling, and grousing. Yeah, auditing is hard. But it is stress that strengthens us. And it is time we took it up a notch. If we want to be the best danged auditors we can be, then we need to make our jobs even harder.
Toward that end, I now present my suggestions for how to make Internal Audit harder
Set your Word font color to white.
Make every Friday casual workpapers day.
Disable spelllchek.
Rather than using a risk-based approach to develop the plan, use a "Risk"-based approach. (Asia is always included because it is worth 7 points.)
No more coffee.
GRC now stands for Gaga, Runescape, and Craigslist.
Two words - No charter.
CAE reports to the ...whoops, that one might already be happening.
Disputes with auditees are settled with smart phones at 20 paces.
The department is not allowed to participate in the company's Harlem Shake video.
All reports are available to the public. (Ask any governmental auditor about that one.)
Bayonet the unharmed.
Professional business attire required when working from home. (No jammies; that means you.)
Documentation is required documenting that you documented the documentation of how documentation was documented.
More meetings.
An audit universe composed of billions and billions of auditable entities
Auditors must enter every office Gangnam Style
Actually, rather than making auditing harder, it might make it more fun. Oh well...
So, what would you do to make auditing harder?

Posted on Feb 27, 2013 by Mike Jacka

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  1. Here's my contribution: Start the subject of every email with "High Risk!" Great list! P.S. I think the letters in your CAPTCHA should limited to G-R-C!
  1. Come on, just trying to read the CAPTCHAs is tough enough.  I want to make it hard, but not insane.  (By the way, took me three tries to get this one right.)

  1.  Hi Mike::

    Appreciate your thoughts to make IA more interesting. Infact, it all matters in how we look at a particular subject or work or for that matter our profession. Once we change the dimension, the view changes. To make things interesting always - it is extremely important to change dimension so that our view gets a shake. While in Internal Auditing profile, we get to understand and work on several areas that are challenging as well as interesting. 

    I liked your way to make IA more harder for a bigger CHALLENGE.


    Rajen Shah.

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