December 22, 2009

Five Events That Defined the Decade for Internal Auditors

As the decade comes to a close, the media seems to be awash with re​ports ​reflecting o​​n milestones of the 2000s. Some have focused on the top […]
December 9, 2009

Fraud Risks Are Once Again on the Rise

Throughout my career of more than 30 years as an internal auditor, I’ve seen several recessions come and go, and the impacts on the internal audit profession have […]
November 5, 2009

It’s Time to Move Beyond the Finger-pointing … and Start Identifying Solutions

One of the most predictable consequences of corporate financial failures is the inevitable finger-pointing that follows. There was plenty of finger-pointing following the Enron, WorldCom, and […]
October 16, 2009

The Worst Seems to Be Behind Us

As I have commented often in recent months, the current economic crisis has not been kind to internal auditing. Granted, we have not seen the level […]
September 23, 2009

What Does It Take to Be a Highly Successful CAE?

Greetings from Canada, where I am attending the second annual Canadian Conference in Quebec City. I am impressed with the energy and enthusiasm of the profession […]
August 26, 2009

Internal Audit Solutions for Tough Times

Greetings from San Diego, where The IIA’s aptly titled conference, “Internal Audit Solutions for Tough Times,” is wrapping up. It has been a great event with […]
August 13, 2009

Will We Be Able to Stay in the Board Room?

I have often characterized internal auditing’s journey over the past decade as being one from “the back room to the board room.” Following the spectacular corporate […]
August 3, 2009

Would You Have What It Takes In “Extraordinary Circumstances?”

By now Cynthia Cooper’s story at WorldCom has assumed legendary status in our profession. Internal auditors even brought up her name during my recent travels in […]
July 13, 2009

The Essence of Progress Through Sharing

This week, I am embarking on what I’m sure will be an unforgettable experience. At the invitation of the Asian Confederation of Institutes of Internal Auditors […]
June 23, 2009

Independence: What Does It Really Mean?

From the very first day I became an internal auditor, the word “independence” took on particular significance. As a young auditor in government, we were taught […]