Mike Jacka, CIA, CPA, CPCU, CLU, worked within internal audit for nearly 30 years working with Farmers Insurance Group. He is currently Co-founder and Chief Creative Pilot for Flying Pig Audit, Consulting, and Training Services (FPACTS). A popular speaker and co-author of three books, you can follow Mike on Twitter under his personal handle (@figre) or that of FPACTS (@FlyingPigSpeaks).

Toys for Auditing Tots

Posted on Apr 16, 2014

It is never too early to introduce children to the joys of internal audit. And today's toy manufacturers have partnered with the internal audit profession to ensure that toddlers get an early start on having the best internal audit experience possible. Following is a list of toys available for the youngest members of your family – those little tykes who only need the smallest of pushes to lead them on the lucrative and illustrious path of being a professional internal audit.
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Happy Tax Day

Posted on Apr 15, 2014

Well, the dust has settled on another busy tax season. I hope the April 15th celebrations in your neighborhood were good. However, no matter how good they were, I bet the ones in my neighborhood were better. Yeah, you can have your Christmas, your Halloween, your Guy Fawkes Day – but Tax Day is the day our neighborhood really likes to celebrate

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The Top Ten Reasons for Not Getting Started on that Horribly Important Audit Project

Posted on Apr 14, 2014

In honor of my pledge to try and complete one humor piece every day this week, an homage to why it is so hard to get started.

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A Quick Note About Challenges

Posted on Apr 11, 2014

When was the last time you actually challenged yourself? When was the last time you looked at your personal or professional life and thought it was time to reach for something that seemed unreachable? When was the last time you cast off the shackles of comfort and did something different/something cool/something more than you had done in the past? When was the last time you really stretched for a goal that seemed a little crazy? 
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It's Okay to Disagree or Getting Along Ain't All It's Cracked Up to Be

Posted on Apr 7, 2014

I have worked for a lot of really good managers/leaders. I have worked for some really bad managers/leaders. In fact, I have worked for one of the worst managers of all time. (Talk to people I've worked with; they will gladly support my assertion regarding that individual's abilities.) And yet, today's story is not about that particular manager. No, this tale is about someone I worked for a while ago who many people might even list as their all-time favorite boss. As the following story will reveal, I think he struggled at being a successful manager, a successful leader, and even a successful auditor.
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Report from GAM the Sixth - What Color Are Your Google Glasses

Posted on Mar 26, 2014

I just had an attendee at GAM ask me an interesting question. (This was no reflection on the current session we are sitting in – it is quite excellent. However, that does not stop the creative mind from wandering. In fact, good presentations get you thinking about some of the best [if not sometimes unrelated] ideas.) His question: "Why don't presenters use Google glasses so they have the presentation right there in front of them?"
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Report from GAM the Seventh - What We Think the Regulators Have to Say

Posted on Mar 26, 2014

What do you know about PCAOB? If you are publicly held, probably a lot. True confession time - I am only recently learning about the important impacts this group has on our profession. The first step is recognizing you have a problem; sometimes you can't even teach an old dog old tricks; insert your favorite aphorism or snide remark here.
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Report from GAM the Third - Breaking from the Cellular Herd

Posted on Mar 25, 2014

Allow me a moment to rail (slightly) against some GAM participants. I was waiting for the doors to open to the general session and I noticed (without really noticing, as you will when you aren't really paying attention but something strikes you later on) the group of people standing/sitting/lounging outside the hall looking down at their cellphones.
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Report from GAM the Fourth - Too Much of a Good Thing

Posted on Mar 25, 2014

Yesterday, as I walked past the various sessions at GAM, I made an observation to myself. (Admit it; you have these inner dialogues, too. It means you're human, not insane. And I'm convinced of that because the vote inside my mind was "Not Insane", five to four. There were a number of abstentions. But we'll move on anyway.) I asked myself, "How many times can you hear someone speak on what the board expects from internal audit?"
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Report from GAM the Fifth - Future Present

Posted on Mar 25, 2014

When you go to conferences, you may notice an interesting thing. The conference may have a slogan or they may have titled tracks or they may have myriad other ways they are trying to "define" what the conference is all about. However, no matter what approach they have, you will generally find that your own theme develops.
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