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A Proverbial Approach to Success

I am a quirky individual. One quirk, of which I am acutely aware, is my tendency to reference traditional English proverbs to summarize a point. We have all heard and used one or many of these famous proverbs at one time or another. While my wife, kids, friends and coworkers love to roll their eyes and give me grief for this particular personality trait, I am a firm believer that many of these proverbs have stood the test of time for a reason, and several of them are used quite frequently to this day (Check the origin stories for many of these proverbs.) Continue reading

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Failure Is an Option

I am a failure.

It’s time to come clean and admit that I have frequently (and at times remarkably) fallen short of what’s expected of me. Whether we choose to admit it or not, everybody fails. Einstein was written off as a dullard by his teachers. Abraham Lincoln failed at business, went bankrupt twice and was defeated in numerous campaigns for public office. Thomas Edison’s teachers told him he was “too stupid to learn anything.” JK Rowling was divorced, broke, depressed and on welfare. The list goes on and on. (You can read about more of these “failures” here.)

While I am certainly not trying to compare myself to these great men and women, the point is valid – no matter how successful one is perceived to be, the road taken to get there is often a bit bumpy. However, these bumps are often what jolt us forward and propel us to new discoveries. Continue reading

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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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Left Brain/Right Brain: Broaden Your Perspectives with Creative Pursuits

I’ll be the first to admit that my brain gets really, really tired sometimes. I’m sure we can all relate to the mental fatigue that comes with staying singularly focused on identifying, analyzing and solving problems, moving seamlessly between addressing one issue and moving directly on to the next. Most of our minds are likely occupied with numerous issues, concerns, paradoxes and so forth, and it’s all we can do to keep focused on the task at hand. I’m also guessing that many of us have had a strong desire to simply turn off our brains and enjoy a bit of mental silence. It is with this in mind that I write this blog. Continue reading

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You Get What You Pay For

Home ownership has long been viewed as an iconic American ideal, right up there with mom, apple pie and baseball. A little over six years ago, we bought our home here in Kansas City. It’s a bungalow (89 years young this year) with all of the nooks, crannies, quirks, flaws and endearing qualities that you would expect from a house of its age and style, and for that we love it dearly. As those of us who own (i.e. leverage) our homes know, while it’s a labor of love, there are moments where it feels like more labor than love. Take our kitchen for example. When we bought this house, we described our kitchen as “adequate and serviceable.” Nearing seven-year itch territory, we decided to give our kitchen some TLC, and we chose to begin with an appliance facelift. We started by replacing the microwave and range/oven – it’s amazing what upgrading from 1982 white and brown to stainless steel can do for your psyche! Continue reading

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Groundhog Day

Whenever I think of Groundhog Day, can’t help but think of the feature film of the same title, starring one of my favorite actors, Bill Murray. Murray plays Phil Connors, a surly, pompous Pittsburgh weatherman who can’t hide his irritation at being forced to cover the Groundhog Day celebrations in Punxsutawney year after year. After he does his obligatory newscast, he finds himself stuck in the town, living the same day over and over and over again until it nearly drives him mad. He comes to the realization that what he’s doing just isn’t working, that there has to be a better way to live his life. Watching Phil find new, creative and sometimes desperate ways to either break the cycle or live his new reality are at times both hilarious and heartbreaking. By the end, you’ll likely find yourself rooting for Phil to complete his transformation, break the repetitive cycle and wake up to February 3. 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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