A Quick Note About Creativity and Reading - Where Did This Audit Go Wrong? A Coda

Posted on Jul 11, 2014

Read any good books lately? Read any good books that didn't have anything to do with internal audit? Read any good books that didn't have anything to do with business? If not, where do you expect to get your next big idea... thin air?
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The Big Picture - Where Did This Audit Go Wrong? Part 5

Posted on Jul 9, 2014

Audits fail. Let's start by agreeing on that basic truth. No matter how much we might want to think we are perfect/that our work is impeccable/that our findings are accurate/that our opinions are flawless, we make mistakes and, in some instances, the results of the audit – the findings, the report, the opinion, the message that is delivered – do not reflect what actually exists. As with so many things in life, the first step is admitting you have a problem. The next step in this case is to figure out why we failed.
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The Parts, the Sum, and the Whole - Where Did This Audit Go Wrong? Part 4

Posted on Jul 7, 2014

What is the purpose of any audit? Don't jump to the rote answers you memorized to pass the CIA exam; I'm talking about a more general, more easily understood answer. (Here is a challenge I have given more than one group: Define internal audit in a way that your kids can understand. That's the kind of answer I'm looking for.)
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The Conductor and the Internal Auditors - Where Did This Audit Go Wrong? Part 3

Posted on Jul 3, 2014

At the conclusion of the Houston International Conference in 2006 I heard one of the best presentations I ever sat through. I wasn't alone in that assessment; there was a certain buzz afterwards that was different than I had ever experienced. People were moved and excited. We headed out charged, invigorated, and ready to take on the world – exactly what everyone expects at the end of a good conference.
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