Jamming with Jason E9: Right-Sizing Internal Audit – Benchmarking is Barking Up the Wrong Tree

Most Chief Audit Executives (CAEs) struggle with justifying the level of internal audit resources. When internal audit is viewed by stakeholders as a “cost center” this is an annual challenge justifying headcount and annual budgets, especially when the organization is in cost-cutting mode. Many in the profession advocate using benchmarking as a way to “right…

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Fire & Earth Podcast: E22 Predictions for 2019 and Beyond with Jeanne Mozier

We are joined again by Jeanne Mozier, who shares her predictions for 2019 and 2020 based on astrological charts. If you want to know what you can anticipate the rest of this year and into the next couple, take a listen. This way you can be prepared when these things transpire and avoid the surprise…

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Jamming with Jason E8: Moving from a CPE Mindset to Lifelong Learning

Many professionals get caught in a CPE mindset when it comes to professional development. A CPE mindset will not get you promotions or new positions. In the knowledge revolution, we have to become lifelong learners – those concerned with learning and growing each day, week, and month – not just completing hours of random CPE…

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Fire & Earth Podcast: E21 Don’t Resist Change, Evolve into a Better You

Change is a natural part of life that we need to embrace. Instead of staying in a rut, or running faster on the hamster wheel, embrace change as a way to help you evolve into a better you. Use the fear, think, do model to help you move from a place of fear to taking…

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Jamming with Jason E7: Ineffective Controls – Case Study from a Large Bank

As auditors we audit the effectiveness of controls and make recommendations for improving controls. If we are not careful, what we may actually do is recommend ineffective controls or try to over control our organizations, effectively strangling the organization and making it more difficult to achieve objectives. Here’s a case study showing some ineffective and…

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Fire & Earth Podcast: E20 What’s Written in the Stars, Planets and a Wall with Jeanne Mozier

Astrology is so much more than reading the Sunday horoscope. It’s about making sense of the patterns and cycles in the universe. Consider this, the Berlin Wall went up and came down during similar astrological patterns. We happen to be in this similar pattern again, and there is now talk of putting up another wall.…

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Jamming with Jason E6: The Future of Internal Audit and an Update to Sawyer’s Internal Auditing with Dan Clayton

Jason Mefford is joined by Dan Clayton, for a discussion of how internal audit is evolving and changing, driving some of the updates to Sawyer’s Internal Auditing, 7th edition. Information in the International Professional Practices Framework (IPPF), the Internal Audit textbook, and CIA Review Course materials, provide a basis for how to practice internal auditing,…

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Fire & Earth Podcast: E19 Creating a Positive Corporate Culture with Dennis Ford – Part 2

Part 2 our interview with Dennis Ford. Changing and improving corporate culture is not creating another sales strategy or a putting ping-pong table in the break room. It’s about developing a respectful, happy, joyful, supportive workplace where workers feel empowered and engaged. When 80% of US workers are un-engaged, and negative culture costs $550 billion…

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Jamming with Jason E5: Companies Lag on Improving Risk Management and Climbing El Capitan with Joe McCafferty

A recently released study from the AICPA and NC State show that despite the constant drumbeat for improving and formalizing risk management processes, most organizations are still way behind in their efforts. When 60% agree the volume and complexity or risk have changed extensively over the last five years, and 65% of boards are call…

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Hard at Work in the Recording Studio

If you’ve been wondering, where’s Jason? Here’s the answer. Just like not seeing your favorite band on tour, since they are in the recording studio cutting a new album, I’ve been hard at work in the recording studio too. Here’s an update on what I’ve been working on recently. You’ll see me mainly on my…

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