In Further Defense of the Horrors of Technology

Posted on Nov 24, 2009

As additional support for my previous post about the way technology is affecting our work...

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Did You Say What I Thought I Heard ... Again?

Posted on Nov 18, 2009

Back in January I listed some of the quotes collected from meetings over the years. Well, it’s been a busy 2009. So, for your enjoyment, a list of real quotes — I didn’t make these up — overheard in meetings so far this year:

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Phone-to-Phone or Face-to-Face?

Posted on Nov 16, 2009

Don’t we live in a wonderful world? Teleconference, e-mail, video conference, electronic workpapers…so many alternatives that save time and money. We can all interact so much more easily and cheaply. There is no need to fly across the country. There is no need to drive down the street. There is no need to walk down the hall. There is no need to stand up from your cubicle. It’s all there in the images on the screen and the voice over the phone and all those bits and bytes. 

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Friday the 13th

Posted on Nov 13, 2009

With any luck, I’ll get this posted in time to warn everyone. It’s Friday the 13th, and here are just a few of the things that could go wrong for all you auditors:

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Stories Trump Stats

Posted on Nov 11, 2009

I had the opportunity to sit in on an excellent presentation about critical thinking during The IIA’s All-Star Conference last month. (You can see a short write-up about it on LinkedIn.) There were a lot of good points, but the one that really stuck with me was “We prefer stories to statistics.” I heard this, did a little “Amen,” and continued listening to the presentation.

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