Rejected Internal Audit Slogans

Posted on Apr 27, 2011

We all know there is a lot of hard work involved when an organization develops advertising campaigns and slogans. What is not so well known is how many brilliant ideas fall by the wayside as the crafters determine just the right words to make just the right point. Over the years, the IIA has had a large number of great ideas for slogans that have fund their way into the waste pile. Luckily, we have been able to rescue sme of these to share with you now. Following are just a few of the IIA slogans that didn’t quite make the cut.

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Tales From the World of Anti-Micromanagement

Posted on Apr 25, 2011

Most of the things I learned about being a good manager I learned from my first Audit Manager, Sue, and first Audit Supervisor, Dave. At the top of the list of things I learned was how important it is to let professionals do their work, how important it is to trust the professionals who work for you, and how important it is allow them to fail (but not too spectacularly) in order for them to learn.

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Ah, Mom. Do I Have To?

Posted on Apr 22, 2011

I’ve got this swee-eet deal where I get a bunch of free books. Okay, I don’t get a bunch, but I get them free. Okay, it’s not really that sweet, there’s a catch. Okay, I get the books if I promise to review them. Okay, I get one every couple of months. Okay, I’ve probably gotten ten in the last two years. But – hey! – I get free books. (Don’t worry, my auditing ethics are intact; they don’t have to be favorable reviews and this won’t count as one of those reviews.) 

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Please Forgive Me Joyce Kilmer

Posted on Apr 20, 2011

A small piece of audit poetry to brighten your day: "I think that I shall never see a poem to an auditee..."


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The First Step Is Recognizing You're a Micromanager

Posted on Apr 18, 2011

I sincerely believe that there is not a single person in the world who believes he or she is a micromanager. Check with any micromanager you know.  And by that I don’t mean go in saying, “Do you know you’re a micro-manager?” Rather, try the subtle approach. “Don’t you just hate micro-managers?” And I’ll bet you dollars to daily reports they reply with something to the effect of, “Oh my gosh, yes. I can’t stand them. I hate working with them, I hate working for them, I hate having them work for me. I really don’t know why the company doesn’t take steps to eliminate them from our office. By the way, have you finished today’s report on why the weekly reports over monthly reporting are overdue?”

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Not Intended to Be a Factual Statement

Posted on Apr 15, 2011

Don’t know if you heard, but Jon Kyl (Senator from my increasingly politically wacky state of Arizona) was recently caught quoting a statistic that did not appear to have any bearing on the truth. When caught in the misstatement (or, as they call them in the Senate, breathing), Kyl responded that the statement was “not intended to be an actual fact.” 

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Anniversary Gifts for Internal Auditors

Posted on Apr 13, 2011

Today is a special day in the life of that special auditor in your life. It is the anniversary of his or her first becoming an internal auditor. But what gift can you find that will not only speak to how important that person is, but the importance and prestige of the profession? One can never go wrong if one sticks with the traditional auditing anniversary gifts.

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Is This Deadline Really Necessary?

Posted on Apr 12, 2011

Well, for the first time this year, I have missed a deadline for this blog. Actually, this is the second time. But I’m not really counting the first time which was because of bad internet connection at the hotel, although, at the time, I did confess to missing the date and went on at some length about it. But missing the deadline this time is a little different. I missed this deadline because…well… because…well…

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What Every Supervisor Should Know

Posted on Apr 8, 2011

Recently, I was quite bored during a teleconference (seriously, is there ever a teleconference where we aren’t bored…a discussion for another day) when I happened to glance at my bookshelf and noticed a book I picked up a while ago. (“Picked up.” That’s funny. See below.)  The book by Lester B. Bittel (I’m not making that up) is titled What Every Supervisor Should Know.  Why, you might ask, would I have this on my bookshelf, allow it to catch my eye, and feel it is worth bringing to your attention?

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Charlie Sheen to Become an Internal Auditor

Posted on Apr 5, 2011

Today, in a surprise announcement, Charlie Sheen announced that he will be taking a position as an internal auditor. Asked the reason for this sudden change in profession, Sheen was quoted as saying, “I’m grandiose. Because I live a grandiose life. I’m not ‘Aww shucks’, because I’m gnarly. And auditors are grandiose and gnarly.” He went on to say that he feels an affinity with internal auditors adding, “I’m different. I  have a different constitution. I have a different brain. I have a different heart. I got Internal Auditor blood, man.”

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