Travel Ain't as Bad as You Think It Is

Posted on Apr 29, 2013

Not everyone will agree with me on this one, but one of the great things about internal audit is the opportunity some of us are provided to travel. For me, that hasn't really been world travel or even a lot of travel that spanned the US. But it has given me a chance to search out and find things I probably would not have discovered otherwise.
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More on that Whole Catfish Thing

Posted on Apr 22, 2013

In the most recent issue of Internal Auditor magazine I got the chance to talk about the recent "catfish" situation regarding Manti Te'o.  If you don't remember what happened (because, let's face it, by this time a lot of more [and less] important stuff has flowed under the metaphorical bridge), you can go back to my article or just Google and Bing to your heart's content to learn what hoards of news reporters, bloggers, tweeters, etc. had to say on the subject.

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A Not-So-Quick Note About Business Books

Posted on Apr 19, 2013

Today I'm sharing a link to a piece from Inc. – yet another list of top 10 business books to read. In this case, the author has used the qualifier "Eye-Opening".
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Let Us Entertain You

Posted on Apr 15, 2013

Last week I put together some thoughts on how Internal Audit must be willing to surprise its customers. Underlying the concepts in the post were three things: 1) In order to remain a necessary part of the organization we must maintain relevance, 2) relevance is about doing more than just basic assurance services; it is obtained by applying the concepts of added value, and 3) adding value is more than just giving our customers dribs and drabs of information – it is about knocking their socks off when providing service that makes life better for our customers, the customer's department, and our organizations. (Looking back, I didn't exactly articulate it this way. But, trust me, that's what I meant.)
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A Quick Note About Disaster Recovery

Posted on Apr 12, 2013

Recently, I had a very sobering experience. Last week I asked a group of about 100 internal auditors if, in the last five years, they had done an audit of the organization's disaster recovery plan, or had been involved in a disaster recovery test.
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Internal Audit Jokes

Posted on Apr 10, 2013

For no reason that I can think of – a collection of internal audit jokes. That is, jokes for internal auditors, not about internal auditors.
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Surprise Me

Posted on Apr 8, 2013

When was the last time you surprised an auditee/client/customer? I don't mean the "Gotcha" surprise. I don't mean the "Your Director just took off to the Bahamas with all your net worth" surprise. I mean the "Wow, I didn't expect that, are you sure you're from auditing?" surprise.

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Ghost Writers in the Sky

Posted on Apr 5, 2013

Today on WIIA, we've got a real oldie for you – a Western classic – a song they sang out in the field as auditors gathered around the campfire after a hard day's work of reviewing paper files, completing twelve-column worksheets, and writing reports using paper and mechanical pencils.
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Just Three Words

Posted on Apr 1, 2013

Quick. No thought. Don’t look it up. No cheating. Without a moment’s hesitation. Tell me your department’s or your organization's vision or mission statement.
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