...Comes the Time We Have to Say So Long

Posted on Jan 31, 2013

A while ago I had a post titled “Have a Strong Third Act”. I won’t go into all of it now; you can go back and read it yourself. But the point is that one should never rest on one’s laurels - that in every activity there is a third act. Whether it be the third act of an audit or the third act of the year’s progress or the third act of a play (seemed only right to include that one) or the third act of a career, there is always more to come. And, no matter what you are doing, no matter how old you are, no matter how much experience you have, always strive for something new, exciting, and better in whatever third act you are experiencing.
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...Seems We Just Get Started and Before You Know It...

Posted on Jan 30, 2013

Let me start my explanation of why internal audit is such a great profession by admitting that I have a serious case of myopia; I have never really worked in any other profession. Nope - no experience in marketing or production or HR or sales or claims or customer service or legal or compliance or whatever professional services may exist within your company. I did work six months in Accounting. But, based on six months of tedium, that is a job I can say, from my experience, pales in comparison to internal audit. (I would apologize to all the accountants out there, but they are probably too busy doing their boring jobs to pay attention.)
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...Just to Have a Laugh or Sing a Song...

Posted on Jan 29, 2013

What would make anyone stick with one job for 29 and one-half years? One of the things I recognize is the incredible luck I’ve had regarding the situations in which I got to work.
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I'm So Glad We Had This Time Together...

Posted on Jan 28, 2013

It is a 50-degree Saturday morning in Phoenix and I am sitting at my back porch watching it rain, listening to Pandora (trademark, or copyright, or patent pending, or whatever little symbol should be next to that name), and writing, among other things, this blog. Now, for most of you, a drizzly day in January is an excuse to hide indoors. However, being born and raised here, the idea of the sun disappearing behind some kind of floating, dark substance while wet stuff falls from the sky is such an unusual event that I revel in it.
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A Quick Note about Boxing Up to Leave

Posted on Jan 24, 2013

We've seen it in countless movies. Some poor schmo gets fired and, in the next scene, he is walking out of the office carrying one single box containing his personal effects.
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Catfishing Auditing

Posted on Jan 22, 2013

The internal audit world was recently rocked by revelations emerging from FI Industries and its nationally famous internal audit department. What was, six months ago, an uplifting story of a talented audit group bucking the odds to reach national prominence has turned into an incomprehensibly bizarre situation involving fabricated personalities providing unsubstantiated evidence, assessments of control that appear to be based on nothing but false leads and phony documentation, and an audit department that was either the victim of an incredible hoax or the perpetrators of just as great a hoax. Currently, it is impossible to tell who is telling the truth and where that truth might actually lie. 

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Can You Blue Sky Audit?

Posted on Jan 21, 2013

Every project that we undertake is something new…at least, it should be. I’ve told the joke before; I’ll tell it again:  Why did the auditor cross the road? Because he looked in the workpapers and that’s what they did last year. 

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A Quick Note on Your Happy Place

Posted on Jan 17, 2013

We face the daily grind. We battle the limitless paperwork. We feebly struggle against the meaningless red tape. We founder through the pointless procedures. We cringe during the mind-numbing meetings. We cower before the unopened emails. We stagger under the boundless bureaucracy. We stare blearily at the unblinking computer screen.
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The Stones Visit WIIA

Posted on Jan 15, 2013

Hi, and welcome once again to WIIA – the home of all the internal audit hits. Today we’ve got a very special surprise – The Rolling Stones playing one of their biggest internal audit hits.

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A Little History about the Banjo and Three Lessons on Innovation

Posted on Jan 14, 2013

Have you ever heard of Earl Scruggs? Odds are that, if you have, then the only things you remember about him are that he played banjo on the theme song from The Beverly Hillbillies. If you know a little more, you know he was part of one of the great bluegrass groups, Flatt and Scruggs.   And if you know a little bit more, you may know he got his start with the most famous bluegrass musician of all time – Bill Monroe. But, if you really know something – if you really recognize the name Earl Scruggs – you know he is the father of the modern bluegrass banjo; you know he is the one that invented the three-fingered picking style you hear almost every time someone picks up a banjo. 

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