A Quick Note About Process Improvement Versus Process Obliteration

Posted on Sep 28, 2012

Last week I spoke with someone looking for process improvement tools. He was talking six sigma, he was talking RACI, he was talking process mapping, he was talking black and green and white and paisley belts.
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Talk Like an Auditor

Posted on Sep 26, 2012

One week ago, the globe celebrated one of the most important annual events of our times – “International Talk Like a Pirate Day”. For those who are unaware, this is an idea that went viral back in 2002 when Dave Barry mentioned the activities of a small group of pirate talkers. From that humble beginning was brought forth the international phenomenon of spending one day going  “Avast” and “Ahoy” and “Ayyy, matey” and “Shiver me timbers” and talking rum and parrots and dead men’s’ chests while sounding like there is a hunk of sea water stuck in your throat. 

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Sometimes Even Disney Doesn't Get it Right

Posted on Sep 24, 2012

Attention all Disney fans!!!! I’ve got a question for you. How many of you have had the chance to visit the new Cars Land at Disneyland? (Well, actually, to be picky, Disney California Adventure – but, you get the gist of the question.) Have you seen this amazing addition? Have you ridden the new rides? Is there anyone who has visited who doesn’t believe the experience of visiting Radiator Springs doesn’t harken back to the magical experience we all remember from our first visit to a Disney park? 

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Across the Audit Universe

Posted on Sep 18, 2012

Many of us are in the midst of planning for 2013. And it is also a time when many are refreshing their audit universes. In honor of this time of year, WIIA brings you a classic hit from the 60’s.

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If I Had Only Known What I Know Now

Posted on Sep 10, 2012

A while ago, the following question came up in a LinkedIn discussion group. “What do you know now that you wish you would have known when you were graduating from college?” Most of the group responded with answers such as learning oral and written communication, understanding the other person’s perspective, thinking beyond the text, showing initiative, taking calculated risks, etc.

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It Was Twenty Years Ago Today - Part Three

Posted on Sep 6, 2012

For the last two days we’ve been reviewing an issue of The Internal Auditor from August 1987 with the intent of determining how much things have changed in internal auditing over the last 25 years, as well as how much they’ve stayed the same. In the first two posts we discussed the advertising, a recurring column, and one of the articles. The discussions wound up primarily focusing on the impact of computers on the business and internal audit. So, it’s time to move on to other things by looking at three more articles. 

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It Was Twenty Years Ago Today - Part Four

Posted on Sep 6, 2012

And so, we come to the end of our voyage. Over the last three days we have been going through an issue of The Internal Auditor from August 1987 to determine how much the profession has changed and how much it has stayed the same over that time. We’ve looked at advertising, columns, and articles. Now, there is a final article I want to review — an article by Ronald L. Bell, the 1987 Chairman of the Board of the IIA. 

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It Was Twenty Years Ago Today - Part Two

Posted on Sep 5, 2012

This is part two of an exploration into Internal Audit’s past.  Yesterday we began looking through an issue of The Internal Auditor from August 1987. The idea was to see how much things have changed in our profession and how much things have stayed the same. Today, let’s start looking at some of the actual articles.

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It Was Twenty Years Ago Today

Posted on Sep 4, 2012

Okay, maybe more like twenty-nine years ago last month – that’s how long I’ve been in Internal Audit. I can only guess that it was because of that experience someone recently asked me to reflect on the differences that have occurred within internal audit over those almost thirty years. My mental faculties have not deteriorated to such a point where I am unable to conjure up a memory or two from that long ago era, so it was a relatively easy task. 

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