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?
Don't get me wrong; I'm not saying you shouldn't read business or audit books. For more on that subject, check out Carolyn Saint's excellent perspective
on the topic. But when you limit your inputs to strictly business and audit, then you limit the opportunities for new ideas.
Steve Jobs: "Creativity is connecting things."
Neil deGrasse Tyson: "What does it mean to be creative? ...you put [things] together into something that is brand new."
Where do you get those "things"? The best way is to be a lifelong learner. And the best way to be a lifelong learner – the best way to foster and feed an insatiable curiosity - is to read.
Answers do not come from obvious sources. The trigger for the series of posts I just completed came while reading a collection of short stories by Charles Yu titled Third Class Superhero. (I recommend it.) One of the stories explored how the parts of a person's life come together to make up the entire life. That reminded me of the Benjamin Zander presentation. And that led to the thought that audits may fail because they focus on parts of the audit process rather than the broad idea of what the audit is trying to accomplish. And that made me think of the two "fails" I experienced. And that led to a much delayed post mortem and the resulting posts.
Right now I'm reading The Eighth Day by Thornton Wilder. Someone asked me why, what does it have to do with anything? My answer to why is that I have never read anything by Wilder except the play "Our Town" and it sounded like it might be interesting.
And what does it have to do with anything? I don't know....yet.
One last quote (I've forgotten the source): "Creativity is like a joke. You don't get it until the end."