'Twas the Night of the Audit

Posted on Dec 23, 2011

As promised, a holiday poem.

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A Final Auditing Carol

Posted on Dec 22, 2011

As promised, today’s auditing carol is a song in praise of our customer – the auditee.

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Another Day, Another Auditing Carol

Posted on Dec 21, 2011

Fill your cup with gingerbread lattes, make up a batch of your favorite holiday cookies, and join us in the glow of the computer screen as we sing another auditing carol. (Is it me, or are these getting darker?)

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More Music for the Holidays

Posted on Dec 20, 2011

For today’s audit carol, a song from the Broadway hit “The Sound of Auditing” which has become an auditing carol classic.

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Celebrating the Holidays

Posted on Dec 19, 2011

A little something special this holiday week. For the next few days, some holiday carols. In addition, if all goes well, a special treat at the end of the week. (If you have any trouble figuring out the tunes, let me know.)

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Let's Go to the Movies

Posted on Dec 13, 2011

We’ve visited this topic before, but here are a few more quotes from some of the greatest internal audit movies of all time:

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That is Not Logical, Sir

Posted on Dec 11, 2011

I won the lottery today. (No, not the big money. You think I’d be bothering with this if I’d hit a couple million dollars? Okay, maybe I might, but that’s a problem for another day.) I checked my Powerball numbers this morning and had hit three of the five numbers (with no power ball). WOW! What are the odds of that?! (Actually, they are about one chance out of 300. I looked it up.) So, with visions of money (not great amounts of money, but money nonetheless) dancing in my head, I went to the web site to learn just what kind of fantastic profit I’d made on my $20 investment. 

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If You Love Something

Posted on Dec 8, 2011

Reading John Dos Passos’ novel Three Soldiers, I came across two quotes that, at first, seem unrelated (in both concept and the context of the book). However, given the right twist, they speak to different aspects of the profession of internal audit and of pursuing the role of professional internal auditor. (Actually, they have relevance to anyone who is trying to achieve something, but let’s stick with the internal audit spin, shall we?) Here are the quotes: 

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I Sat in a Strategy Meeting Today

Posted on Dec 6, 2011

I sat in strategy meeting today
The purpose to help us determine our way
We talked a whole lot and had nothing to say
I sat in a strategy meeting today
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The Entitled Traveler

Posted on Dec 5, 2011

During a recent flight from Las Vegas, I chanced across the epitome of what, over time, I’ve started calling “the Entitled Traveler”. You know who I mean – that guy (and, I am sad to say, they are almost always guys) who has spent his entire business career on a plane. Mind you, not enough miles to get the big perks – the automatic upgrades, the free flights to anywhere he wants to go - but, enough that he gets a little something extra every once in a while and so has begun to feel that everything should go his way – or there will be hell to pay.

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