Some Quick Thoughts About Creativity

Posted on Mar 29, 2013

Recently, creativity keeps rearing its ugly head around me. The following are sets of thoughts that almost make sense together.
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You Might Be an Irritating Auditor

Posted on Mar 27, 2013

Very often, even your best friends won't tell you. But there is a chance you suffer from the heartbreak of being an irritating auditor. Below, a list of symptoms which indicate you might, indeed, be an irritating auditor.
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Why Does it Always Happen?

Posted on Mar 25, 2013

I am a packrat. There, I've said it. I keep things. I collect things. I have a lot of trouble throwing things away. I am a packrat. (The first step is admitting you have a problem. However, the most important step is wanting to change. Haven't gotten to that step yet.)
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Report from GAM Number 3 - Do Not Ask for Whom the Pendulum Swings

Posted on Mar 19, 2013

I had an interesting conversation on Twitter yesterday. I was watching the excellent presentation by the group from Cox Enterprises. They were explaining how they had completely transformed their audit department over the last couple of years. (Some really good information and, if you happen to run into any of them, snag them and make them share. You will learn from their experiences.)
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Report from GAM Number 4 - People, People, People

Posted on Mar 19, 2013

It seems that every conference builds its own theme. Now, I don't mean the announced theme such as "Progress through Sharing" or "The Right Audit at the Right Time" or "We Will Conduct No Audit Before Its Time" or any of the myriad other themes the marketing people develop. No, I am speaking of the underlying theme that develops because of the types of topics that are included.
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Report from GAM Number 5 - Sorry, Right Number

Posted on Mar 19, 2013

I had this one all prepared in my mind. I saw this as my opportunity to wail on those who attend conferences and then blithely ignore the conference itself. I was going to go into a blistering diatribe about those individuals who have made the commitment – money, time, etc. – to invest in their personal training and development, and then disappear as they call in on conference calls or answer their phones in the middle of sessions or review and approve documents they have been sent or any of the many other work activities that seem to intrude on the avowed purpose of attending the conference.
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Report from GAM Number 1 - Anticipation

Posted on Mar 18, 2013

If you have never attended an IIA Conference (and, come to think of it, why haven't you? If you have never attended an IIA Conference, then you are missing an incredible opportunity and you should figure out some way to beg, borrow, steal, stalk, wheedle, whine, sneak, mitigate, bombast, bluff, befuddle, maybe even pay your way in. Okay, one sentence in and I've already lost my train of thought.)

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Report from GAM Number 2 - Maybe We Should Actually Start Listening to the Preachers

Posted on Mar 18, 2013

There seems to be a theme in the General Sessions I've been seeing lately. They are predicated on the following concepts: Social media is permeating everything, the way everyone does things is changing, organizations must change just to stay competitive, you don't recognize yesterday anymore and you have no idea what's coming tomorrow, etc.
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A Quick Note About Playing it Safe

Posted on Mar 15, 2013

Got an interesting little link for you today. The web site is "Theme Park University" and it is "a place for the exploration and critical analysis of live interactive media." That means they provide great information on the theory and creation of theme parks. (And that means it is another great source when you are looking for ideas on creativity.)
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Award Ceremony at the Floyd B. Bariscale Memorial High School

Posted on Mar 13, 2013

Good evening and welcome to the Floyd B. Bariscale Memorial High School Tenth Annual Internal Audit Fair. While I have met most of you, allow me to introduce myself. I'm Principal Phil Franklin and I can proudly say I've had the opportunity to preside over every one of these Internal Audit Fairs. Each event has been the best ever and each has been better than the last. (And I'm sure some enterprising student will use that statement as the subject of an entry next year.)
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