September 6, 2020

​Curse of the Happy Workpapers

As a young internal auditor, I took very seriously the painstaking art of documenting the results of my internal audit work in workpapers. I believed that […]
June 8, 2020

Audit Reporting at the Speed of Risk: 4 Strategies for Success

News last week of improvement in the U.S. jobless situation brought a glimmer of hope that, perhaps, the very worst may be behind us. At least […]
May 11, 2020

Returning to Workplaces Will Be Risky: Roll Up Your Sleeves, Internal Audit

After weeks of uncertainty and anxiety over the COVID-19 pandemic, sporadic signs of normalcy are beginning to appear. A growing number of jurisdictions are easing or […]
December 9, 2019

​My Top Internal Audit Blog Posts of 2019: Self-awareness and a Little Humor

For the past three years, I have reviewed my most-popular blog posts to seek insight into what appeals most to my readers. In 2019, with more […]
November 12, 2019

Enforce or Enlighten? This Should Not Be a Dilemma for Internal Audit

I have lost count of the number of times in my career when I heard someone refer to internal auditors as “corporate police” who hide behind […]
June 17, 2019

Writing an Impactful Audit Report: 6 Tips for Being More Persuasive

As part of unofficial “Internal Audit Self-awareness Month,” I am featuring blog posts from the past that focus on looking inward. This theme is just as […]
June 10, 2019

Why Tone Is So Important for Internal Auditors

As part of unofficial “Internal Audit Self-awareness Month,” I am featuring blog posts from the past that focus on looking inward. This theme is just as […]
June 3, 2019

What Do They Think When the Internal Auditors Are Coming?

As we wrap up International Internal Audit Awareness Month, my plan is to flip the coin for June. Just as our profession focused outward over the […]
April 22, 2019

The Fallacy of Follow-up Audits

During my early years in the profession as a young internal auditor, I was always proud of my reports, particularly the findings and recommendations. So, issuing […]
February 11, 2019

5 Ways Internal Audit Can Fail to Adequately Serve Its Organization

There are a multitude of pressures on modern internal audit departments. Expectations are high, resources are limited, and risks are emerging at unprecedented speed. Many chief […]