Working It Out: Lessons from a Former Auditor, Part 3

This is my “sometimes the best lessons to learn are the hard ones” offering. I wish I could say that everything I am I owe to the tireless work ethic I’ve fostered since day one on the job. I cannot. In fact, there were stretches in the early part of my career where the best adjective I can muster up to describe them is wayward. The real value of this lesson for me is in another I’ve learned:
It’s never too late.

Audit Management, Reuben Sandwiches and You!

As someone who has worked with auditors for over a decade implementing software to help streamline their audits, I can undoubtedly say that the auditor stereotypes are mostly untrue. First off, I’ve met several auditors that I would consider “glass half-full” people; the kind that would be more likely to say, “What would we do if Karen won the lottery and quit?!” rather than “What would we do if Karen got hit by a bus?!”

Auditing as a Superpower

Let’s consider everything auditors do. Their best work might be getting organizations to simply follow the rules—when they get groups to comply with rules and regulations, I think that’s a super feat in and of itself. But there is far more to being an auditor than just following the rules, and that’s where the superhero thing comes into play.

Focusing on What Matters: Lessons from a Former Auditor, Part 2

I am what you might call a late bloomer. It took a while, but I finally feel like I’m coming into my own with this whole “being a professional” thing. I share this because in my early days as an internal auditor I didn’t really grasp the concept of why we were doing what we did, let alone how we were helping drive a risk-focused culture in our organization.

Understanding the Essence of “Why”: Lessons from a Former Auditor, Part 1

To some, the constant barrage of “why” questions from their kids is irritating, but to me it was my very favorite thing about having those youngsters in my house. The concept of “why” is rooted in learning. When you ask this question, you are seeking to gain knowledge, perspective, understanding—you simply want to figure it out.

And the Survey Says… | Trends: The Future of Internal Audit

Onspring recently conducted a survey, reaching out to audit professionals to find out about future trends in the internal audit field. Putting together tangible questions that deliver concrete results on current practices in internal audit and risks that may impact the field in the future was our target, and that was accomplished.

Audit Software: Getting Ready to Audit the Fish

Much like my fishing trip, you should begin defining your requirements and planning early on, maybe even wade around in research materials for a few months before beginning the purchasing process itself. It is of paramount importance to ask yourself the tough questions that will help shape and define your scope—questions around your budget, specific needs, timeline and workflow requirements tend to work best.