May 17, 2012

A Strong Ethical Compass: An Essential Trait for Internal Auditors

Internal auditors are ethical — right? After all, we think of ourselves as the “beacon of ethical light” in every organization. If you can’t trust the […]
May 10, 2012

Penny Wise, Pound Foolish

I admit that I am biased. As one who spent the majority of my audit career in the public sector, I strongly believe that government internal […]
April 16, 2012

Six Common Mistakes That Will Derail an Internal Audit

Over time, internal auditors tend to hear about a lot of things that went wrong. Unfortunately, it’s not just our clients who make mistakes — I […]
April 12, 2012

It’s Internal Audit White Paper Season – And They Are Packed With Great Information!

It’s that time of year again — the time of year when most of the important surveys about internal auditing seem to be published by way […]
April 3, 2012

Five Dilemmas Every Internal Auditor Will Face

As I have commented on numerous occasions, internal auditing can be a rewarding profession for those who enjoy making a difference in their organization. However, as […]
March 26, 2012

When the Finger Points at Us

Recent media coverage has focused on prosecutors who are scrutinizing a draft internal audit report from a globally recognized company in an attempt to determine whether […]
February 6, 2012

Five Proven Strategies for More Timely Audit Reports

In his iconic book Sawyer’s Internal Auditing: The Practice of Modern Internal Auditing, author Lawrence Sawyer observes that, “Few sources of friction within the auditing department exceed […]
January 17, 2012

Setting the Record Straight: The Real Internal Auditors at Olympus Have Not Been Implicated

Like everyone else, I have been following the Olympus financial scandal with great interest. My ears perked up with the first mention in the Western media […]
December 29, 2011

Five Defining Events for The IIA in 2011

It is hard to believe that another year is coming to a close and we are preparing to ring in 2012!  I always find this time […]
December 5, 2011

Five Things Not to Say During an Internal Audit Entrance Conference

If you have been in internal auditing for a few years, you’ve probably seen it happen. When you start your entrance conference, everything is going smoothly. […]