Jamming with Jason Mefford
Invest in Yourself or Nobody Else Will

Invest in Yourself or Nobody Else Will

June 25, 2019

As we move forward in our career it's easy to wake up one day and realize we haven't really invested in ourselves in years. I know, cause I've been there too. We get so busy dealing with the day-to-day stresses on our job, trying to balance life-work commitments that we don't take time to invest in ourselves. We become dependent on our employer to provide or pay for training, and when that doesn't happen we usually stop taking the time for personal development. After all, we have so much else on our plate, and we don't believe we "have" the time or money.

In this episode, I discuss two "gods" of the strings that we can learn a lot about how to become an expert in our craft. It takes, blood, sweat and tears ... of daily / weekly / monthly consistent dedication ... and a mindset to "make" the time or money investment in ourselves. Learn how these two individuals put in the time to become icons of their instruments.

If you want to be at the top of your game, you have to make time and invest in yourself. If you don't do it, nobody else will think it's important either. When we do invest, we may not become "gods," but the sky in definitely the limit on what we can accomplish.

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For complete show notes and downloads related to this episode, visit: http://www.jasonmefford.com/jammingwithjason/ 

 

Avoiding Resistance by Using the Principles of Influence with Brian Ahearn

Avoiding Resistance by Using the Principles of Influence with Brian Ahearn

June 18, 2019

Auditors experience resistance from audit clients and others in the organization on a regular basis. Using the six principles of Influence helps build relationships, overcome objections, and help people take action. Incorporating these principles into your work and personal life will help you persuade without manipulation and avoid the extra stress and frustration caused by resistance.

Jason Mefford is joined by Brian Ahearn, Chief Influence Officer of Influence People and one of only 20 certified trainers in the world on the Cialdini Influence Methodology. You can learn more about Brian at: influencepeople.biz, or by connecting with him on LinkedIn.

#internalaudit #internalauditpodcast #influence #chiefauditexecutive

You Will Still Get Ignored with only Technical Skills and Staying Out of Harm’s Way

You Will Still Get Ignored with only Technical Skills and Staying Out of Harm’s Way

June 11, 2019

Most people in internal audit focus a lot of time and energy on technical skills, ignoring soft-skills since those are just "touchy-feely" topics anyway that aren't that important in internal audit. Think again. You will still get ignored no matter how technically competent you are. The key to being heard and moving to trusted advisor status is through developing soft-skills.

Internal audit can also be a dangerous profession (and I'm not talking about paper cuts). Learn how you can stay out of harm's way.

Make sure to join me for the breakout session at IIA International Conference on "How to Become a More Mindful and Emotionally Intelligent Leader" on Tuesday, 9 July at 12:45. If you'd like to have a mini-interview that will appear on a future episode, make sure to message me on LinkedIn, e-mail me, or stop by the Unified Compliance booth in the exhibit hall, where I'll be hanging out.

Jason Mefford is a Rock Star - Internal Audit, Risk Management and Compliance. He helps Chief Audit Executives (CAE) and professionals with technical & soft-skills training and coaching to navigate the mine fields of audit, risk and compliance in organizations. http://www.jasonmefford.com and http://www.meffordassociates.com

Interviews and discussions (jam sessions) relevant to Chief Audit Executives and professionals in internal audit, risk management, and compliance.

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Doing a Good Job Won’t Stop You From Getting Fired

Doing a Good Job Won’t Stop You From Getting Fired

June 4, 2019

Yep, you read the title correctly. Performing an excellent audit, following all of the standards, and writing a great report won't stop you from getting fired. In fact, sometimes that is what helps gets you fired. To learn more, and how to avoid those land mines, take a listen to this episode.

There is also some important information about the upcoming IIA International Conference from 7-10 July in Anaheim, California and how you can be featured on an upcoming podcast episode.

The cRisk Academy webinar referenced in this episode with Jason Mefford and Brian Ahearn on Influence is: Tuesday 7 June, 10am PDT, 1pm EDT: https://www.bigmarker.com/crisk-academy/Avoiding-Resistance-by-Using-the-Principles-of-Influence3-2019-05-21-09-30-pm

If you can't make it to the webinar, the recording will be available later at: https://ondemand.criskacademy.com/

#internalauditpodcast #internalaudit #internalauditwebinar #chiefauditexecutive #influence #communication

The Big 3 Certifications and Developing a Personal Learning Development Plans with Karl Stingily

The Big 3 Certifications and Developing a Personal Learning Development Plans with Karl Stingily

May 28, 2019

Certifications are an important part of developing one's career, but you need to focus on the right certifications and learning. We'll discuss the Big-3 certifications (the ones internal auditors should have) and how to make informed decisions about the training and learning needs to move your career forward. Hint: it's not about just getting alphabet soup certifications behind your name, it's about being strategic in determining which certifications and training will move you forward in your career. We'll also give some guidance on top competencies internal auditors need to develop to succeed in the future.

Jason Mefford is joined by Karl Stingily, the Chief Audit Executive at Caeser's Entertainment, the world’s most geographically diversified casino-entertainment company.

Jason Mefford is a Rock Star - Internal Audit, Risk Management and Compliance. He helps Chief Audit Executives (CAE) and professionals with technical & soft-skills training and coaching to navigate the mine fields of audit, risk and compliance in organizations. http://www.jasonmefford.com and http://www.meffordassociates.com

Interviews and discussions (jam sessions) relevant to Chief Audit Executives and professionals in internal audit, risk management, and compliance.

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#CIAexam #certifications #internalaudit

Making the Shift to Agile Auditing with Rick Wright

Making the Shift to Agile Auditing with Rick Wright

May 21, 2019

Moving to an agile internal audit approach is a big shift in mindset. It is not just performing audits in a more nimble or lean way. It is about using agile methodologies to transform the whole audit process. This method produces a more collaborative approach with the audit client, a more self-managed team mentality, and scheduling the audits in time box work cycles (sprints). This fundamentally changes how we plan, perform, staff and report on audits.

Jason Mefford is joined by Rick Wright, CAE of YRC Worldwide to discuss the big picture view of agile auditing, how to transform your audit team into an agile methodology team, and discusses Rick's upcoming book on Agile Auditing that will be published summer of 2019, which includes a practical approach and case studies on how to move from traditional auditing to agile auditing.

#agileauditing #internalaudit #chiefauditexecutive

Adding More Value and Becoming a Trusted Advisor by Bucking Tradition with Dan Clark

Adding More Value and Becoming a Trusted Advisor by Bucking Tradition with Dan Clark

May 14, 2019

Internal audit has established some great traditions over the years. As Tevye, the character from Fiddler on the Roof said: "Traditions, traditions. Without our traditions our lives would be as shaky as... as a fiddler on the roof!" Later; however, Tevye realizes, "our old ways were once new, weren't they?" We have to be willing to change with the times and create new traditions that provide more value to our organizations than the old ones.

Jason Mefford is joined by Dan Clark, for a discussion on establishing your own personal brand, tips for becoming a better auditor, and making internal audit a career. You'll also learn how to become a trusted advisor and provide insight and foresight.

Dan Clark is the GOAT of Internal Audit (you'll have to listen to learn what that means) and CAE of Washington Trust Bank. In a career that spans more than 30 years, Dan has accumulated a lot of wisdom that he shares in his book: Dare to Be Different - An Auditor's Personal Guide To Excellence. Currently, he is working on new book: The Tao of Internal Audit.

Right Sizing Internal Audit - Benchmarking is Barking Up the Wrong Tree

Right Sizing Internal Audit - Benchmarking is Barking Up the Wrong Tree

May 7, 2019

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 size" the internal audit function, but this can be a very slippery slope and is based on some faulty assumptions. A much better approach is to focus on the organizational risks and expectations of the board and senior management.

 

Moving from a CPE Mindset to Lifelong Learning

Moving from a CPE Mindset to Lifelong Learning

April 30, 2019

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 each year. Find out how to switch mindsets, increase your likelihood of having your training requests approved, and some questions you can ask yourself to be proactive with your learning opportunities.

Jason Mefford is a Rock Star - Internal Audit, Risk Management and Compliance. He helps Chief Audit Executives (CAE) and professionals with technical & soft-skills training and coaching to navigate the mine fields of audit, risk and compliance in organizations. http://www.jasonmefford.com  and http://www.meffordassociates.com

#internalaudit #internalaudittraining #lifelonglearning

Ineffective Controls - Case Study from a Large Bank

Ineffective Controls - Case Study from a Large Bank

April 23, 2019

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 over control from one of the largest banks in the world that should know better. Makes me want to scream "give me a break."

 

Jason Mefford is a Rock Star - Internal Audit, Risk Management and Compliance. He helps Chief Audit Executives (CAE) and professionals with technical & soft-skills training and coaching to navigate the mine fields of audit, risk and compliance in organizations. http://www.jasonmefford.com/ and http://www.meffordassociates.com

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