Category Archives: Audit Management

Raising Your Internal Audit IQ: Education through Education

One of the most fulfilling activities I engage in is serving as a volunteer instructor for the Institute of Internal Auditors (IIA). I’ve always been a fan of the IIA’s simple yet elegant goal for the internal audit profession: “progress through learning.” Their volunteer Instructor program stays true to that mantra by leveraging the time and talent of the professional community to help perpetuate the development of internal audit professionals. Continue reading

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Raising Your Internal Audit IQ: Updated IPPF Standards for 2013

I hope everyone had a great holiday season and returned to work refreshed and ready to tackle 2013. Every new year brings new goals, challenges and possibilities. Now, I will be the first to admit that I’m not a big believer in New Year’s Resolutions. I can’t say that I’m perfect in all aspects of my life, but I have never viewed the changing of the year as the primary motivator for addressing some area of my being that requires improvement – if you need to change something (or procrastinate instead of changing that something) there’s no time like the present. That said, I do appreciate that our behaviors and routines are largely dictated by the calendar, and I can understand why the uptick to a new year has a powerful effect on people and it motivates them to make a change in their lives. Continue reading

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Raising Your Internal Audit IQ: Reflections on My Life As an Auditor

Over Thanksgiving weekend, I celebrated my 39th birthday. The first thing that struck me about hitting 39 was that “39” doesn’t seem nearly as “old” as it did when I was 23 and ready to take on the world (although my body does seem to creak and snap a bit more each morning). The other, more profound, phenomenon was the amount of introspection that comes with approaching a major age milestone. Pondering the big “four-oh” caused me to reflect on how I’ve spent my life. Being somewhat of a data geek, I broke it down into the following percentages: Continue reading

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