audit reports

October 4, 2023

4 Reasons They Still Cringe When the Internal Auditors are Coming

I recently attended a large internal audit conference in Europe where attendees were anxious (as always) to discuss their daily dilemmas and seek my perspectives. Not […]
September 12, 2023

For Clients, Drive-by Audits Feel Like a “Hit-and-Run”

During a recent lecture on internal audit’s enduring timeliness challenge, I was once again preaching of the dangers of audit engagements that take too long. A […]
August 21, 2023

Gaslighting the Internal Auditors Should Never Succeed

The term “gaslighting” has enjoyed a resurgence in popularity in recent years. Its origins date back to a British play later made into a film during […]
April 10, 2023

6 Things Internal Auditors Should Remember About Human Nature

As a young internal auditor, I concentrated on learning technical skills of the profession. I came to appreciate the importance of developing an audit plan at […]
April 3, 2023

7 Common Mistakes That Will Doom an Internal Audit​​

In recent months, there have been some excellent articles on mistakes that internal auditors should avoid in planning and conducting internal audit results, and reporting engagement […]
March 27, 2023

Surprise! Proposed IIA Standards Will Mandate Internal Audit Ratings on Findings and Reports

By now, most internal auditors are aware that The IIA has released long-anticipated proposed revisions to its Global Internal Audit Standards. As I recently shared in […]
March 20, 2023

New Report Reveals Surprising Insights from Internal Audit Executives

Readers of my blogs will know that I often draw attention to new thought leadership on the internal audit profession. I recently highlighted some timely benchmarking […]
January 2, 2023

Six Tips for Internal Auditors When Delivering “Bad News”

In a recent blog, I observed that in many companies management and boards do not welcome – or even permit critical scrutiny by internal auditors. Fortunately, […]
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 […]