Author Archives: Jason Mefford

Live Like You Were Dying

Almost every time I hear the song “Live Like You Were Dying” from Tim McGraw, I get emotional and tear up (see video below). This song has a special to me for a couple of reasons. My mother subscribed to National Geographic magazine and dreamed of traveling the world when she retired. The trouble was…

Continue Reading →

Don’t Stop Believing … YOU Can Make an Impact

I like to attend baseball games when I am traveling. A few years ago, I was with my son Riley in San Francisco, and during a break in the game they started playing “Don’t Stop Believing” by Journey. It was an amazing experience to stand with 45,000+ of my fellow baseball fans and sing it…

Continue Reading →

Random Acts of Kindness Improve Our Happiness

When I was younger, I was a Boy Scout and attained the rank of Eagle Scout. One thing I had to do during my scouting experience was memorize the Scout Motto: “Do a good turn daily.”  It turns out the Boy Scouts were on to something when it comes to our happiness. We have all…

Continue Reading →

Hike the Hills, and Climb the Mountains

  I was in San Rafael, CA the last week and have been looking at some hills outside my hotel. I decided the other day, instead of just looking at the hills, it was time to hike them. Instead of just staring at the hills and mountains in our life, take the initiative to just…

Continue Reading →

A Holiday Risk Management Reminder

A risk management reminder for the holidays. I saw this posted in social media and had to share. Doesn’t sound like rock n roll risk management to me, but still funny (see video below):   Please be advised that anyone planning to dash through the snow in a one-horse open sleigh, going over the fields…

Continue Reading →

Using Something as Simple as M&Ms to Manage Risk

Medical error is the 3rd leading cause of death in the US. Why do medical errors kill over 250,000 people a year? Because healthcare has become so complex, with things like the adverse drug interactions of taking multiple medications, that it’s easy to make mistakes. When things are complex the likelihood of making a mistake…

Continue Reading →

Boring Harms Risk Management’s Effectiveness

Risk management doesn’t have to be boring. In fact, the more fun we make it, the more effective it can be. I’m sure you have flown on a plan before and have heard the same boring safety demonstration at the beginning of the flight. Most people “tune out” and don’t really listen. Here is another…

Continue Reading →

Lessons Learned at 12,000 Feet

I recently returned from a hiking trip through the John Muir Wilderness in the Sierra Mountains of California, just a few hours from my home. This was a multi-day trip that I have planned for several months with one of my adult step-sons, who recently wanted to take up hiking. Now I have a hiking…

Continue Reading →

Don’t Try to Do the Job Alone

My parents taught me to be self-reliant. As a result, I have attempted to attack each challenge in my life head-on, by myself. It has taken me many years to realize that I cannot do all jobs alone. I need the help of others to make most of my goals become a reality. It ‘s…

Continue Reading →

data analytics

New Internal Audit Skill Needed – Data Analytics

One of the biggest changes to the future of internal audit is using more data analytics. According to Deloitte’s2016 Global Chief Audit Executive Survey, more than three-fourths (79%) of Chief Audit Executives (CAEs) around the world expect “moderate to significant” changes in internal audit in the next three to five years. Analytics are now being…

Continue Reading →

Page 1 of 5