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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.

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.

Getting Back in Touch

From a work perspective, I am just as excited at the prospects of getting back in touch with people and things that matter. In the last couple of weeks I’ve been focusing on the following things that I think will help me get back in touch with why I love working at Onspring.

It’s Hard to Say Goodbye

One of the things that makes Onspring stand out to me is how we emphasize “straight shooting” in every interaction. The goal from pre-sales, to onboarding, to support, to ongoing client success is to continue to build and bolster relationships. I have always had the huge benefit of believing what I say to others, whether it be comments on the capabilities of the system, the straightforward business practices of each team member or the support of clients throughout their history.

More Minds on Your Business

There are a lot of advantages to opening up your data—within reason. Team members who are both a key holder and a person trying to access sequestered data can find it to be a tricky proposition as to when to be an open model and when to remain closed.

Don’t Look Now…Change Is Coming

We’ve all endured crazy weather and awful films, but riding out the stormy times of workplace problems can be just as terrible with over-played dramatics and make-believe villains. Before the raging winds of the aforementioned problems get any closer, leave your theater seat and get moving—change is calling. First thing, fight off the knee-jerk urge to ignore the call and embrace it. Unlike the characters in the bad movie, you have the power to control your own destiny.

Some Things Never Go Out of Style

Despite the changes that swirl around us each and every day, there are some things that thankfully remain constant. Integrity, focus on the customer’s needs, a desire to solve problems no matter what obstacles present themselves, respect for our fellow humans—these principles have served us well over time and continue to hold up in the present day.

The Working Wisdom of Winston Churchill

As I typically do when obsession strikes me, I began Googling Churchill to learn more. My search led me to “50 Sir Winston Churchill Quotes to Live By,” published by BBC America. It’s a goldmine of insight for our personal and professional lives. Here are a few of the quotes that struck me as particularly relevant for us “working-folk.”