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Budgets and Other Fake Numbers

Budgets and Other Fake Numbers

October 15, 2019

There are quite a few myths and misconceptions surrounding budgets, but three that I find to be very harmful to individuals and organizations. Listen in to this episode to learn how you can avoid the pain of believing these fake numbers and misconceptions.

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Powerful Everyday Opportunities to Persuade that are Lasting and Ethical (Influence PEOPLE) with Brian Ahearn

Powerful Everyday Opportunities to Persuade that are Lasting and Ethical (Influence PEOPLE) with Brian Ahearn

October 8, 2019

Much of your professional success and personal happiness depends on getting others to say ​"YES" to you. That is why it is crucial for you to not only understand, but put in practice the principles of influence, or you will be ignored and hear "NO" a lot.

Understanding the principles of influence allows you to ethically leverage human psychology and increase your opportunity to hear that magic word everyone wants to hear when you make a request – ​Yes! It's based on psychology and science.

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. They discuss how to practically apply these principles everyday in your professional and personal life to increase your influence.

You can learn more about Brian at: influencepeople.biz, or by connecting with him on LinkedIn.

Brian's new book: "Influence People: Powerful Everyday Opportunities to Persuade that
are Lasting and Ethical" is available in e-book or print version through Amazon, Barnes & Noble, and other retailers.

Lessons from a Chief Audit Executive with Bruce Turner

Lessons from a Chief Audit Executive with Bruce Turner

October 1, 2019

In this episode of our Lessons from a Chief Audit Executive (CAE) series, I speak with Bruce Turner about his career, his most recently released book: "New Auditor's Guide to Internal Auditing," his next book he is writing for team leaders, and how he is giving back in his third act of life to the profession of internal auditing.

I had the privilege of working with Bruce on "Sawyer's Internal Auditing, Seventh Edition" which you can find at the IIA Bookstore and on Amazon in Kindle version (https://www.amazon.com/Sawyers-Internal-Auditing-Protecting-Organizational-ebook/dp/B07RBJKG5B/ref=sr_1_3) or Hardcover (https://www.amazon.com/Sawyers-Internal-Auditing-Protecting-Organizational/dp/1634540522/ref=sr_1_1).

You can find Bruce's book "New Auditor's Guide to Internal Auditing" at the IIA Bookstore and on Amazon in Kindle (https://www.amazon.com/New-Auditors-Guide-Internal-Auditing-ebook/dp/B07RY4D3RQ/ref=sr_1_2) and Paperback (https://www.amazon.com/New-Auditors-Guide-Internal-Auditing/dp/1634540549/ref=sr_1_1)

Bruce R. Turner, AM, CRMA, CISA, CFE, has more than 40 years of practitioner and leadership experience in internal auditing, including being the Chief Audit Executive at several organizations. He was the second professional internal auditor in Australia to receive Order of Australia honors. He was appointed a Member (AM) in the Queen’s Birthday Honors of 2015 in recognition of his significant service to public administration through governance and risk management practices and to the profession of internal auditing. He has recruited dozens of new auditors into internal audit roles throughout his career and watched proudly as their careers blossomed.

How Yoga can Help You Become a Better Auditor with Kurt Weirich

How Yoga can Help You Become a Better Auditor with Kurt Weirich

September 24, 2019

Let's face it. Internal audit can be a very stressful job, which is why on this episode we discuss yoga and breathing as tools to help center yourself, reduce your stress, and increase your productivity as an auditor.

You may be asking: "how can yoga help me be a better auditor?" Listen in and you will find out the answer, along with practical tips for how you can do little activities during the day (even as little as 5-90 seconds at a time) to help you become more aware, make better decisions, reduce stress and improve your productivity.

Mindful activities (like yoga) are one of the often overlooked tools that can make you into a super auditor. In fact, what we discuss is also used by elite military special forces to help them perform better in the field. If it helps them, it can also help you.

I'm joined by Kurt Weirich who is Director, Office of the Internal Auditor at Pima Community College in Tucson, Arizona. In addition to being a career auditor, he is also a registered yoga teacher, RYT-200 with Yoga Alliance, the largest global yoga organization, and has started local yoga groups at Pima Community College and his local home owners association, so he knows a lot about yoga and helping to create a space for mindful practices in our communities and workplaces.

Kurt is also the President Institute of Internal Auditors (IIA) Tucson Chapter, the Membership Director ISACA Tucson Chapter, and is the designated representative for the College at the Association of College and University Auditors (ACUA), a professional organization comprised of audit, compliance and risk professionals. Kurt also has earned professional auditor certifications and compliance designations including Certified Internal Auditor (CIA), Certified Information Security Auditor (CISA), Payment Card Industry Professional (PCIP), and Certified HIPAA Professional (CHP).

Internal Audit’s Role in System Implementations Case Study with Tom Harris

Internal Audit’s Role in System Implementations Case Study with Tom Harris

September 17, 2019

There are various roles internal audit can play in major system implementations and one of the most common is post-implementation reviews. Some things can't be changed, or are very expensive to fix, after a go-live. Instead of coming in and bayoneting the wounded at the end of the project, there are several other approaches we can take that actually provide much more value to the organization.

Tom Harris, the Vice-President of Internal Audit for National CineMedia joins me to provide a case study on how he took an approach of embedding members of his internal audit team into the project team, and even helped drive the user-setup portion of the project. We explore the risks and benefits of taking different approaches. While embedding internal audit into the project team may limit objectivity and assurance projects for a time, it just may be one of the best ways to provide long-term value to the organization and deepen relationships with management.

What Got You Here, Won’t Get You There

What Got You Here, Won’t Get You There

September 10, 2019

Ultimately you are the one responsible for your career advancement. Recent surveys show employers are investing less in the training and development on their employees (e.g. 80% of employees state their employer does not offer training, and 86% of workers feel their manager is not skilled in developing employees). Ouch!

The truth is, what got you to where you are now, won't get you to where you want to be. Achieving your goals and career aspirations will require you obtaining experience, training and certifications different than what you currently have, to move on to the next level. But our personal and professional development is also just not about moving to the next level. You need those thing even in your current role as the world changes and moves forward.

In this episode we discuss results from a recent survey and steps you can take to determine what you need to get where you want to go.

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To download and read the survey mentioned in this episode: Pulse of the American Worker: Special Report - The Future of Work, Career Expectations and Skills: http://news.prudential.com/presskits/pulse-american-worker-special-report.htm

To fill out your application for membership in the Chief Audit Executive (CAE) Forum visit: http://bit.ly/cae-forum-join The open enrollment period is only open until Friday, 13 September 2019, so get your application submitted today or you'll have to wait until the next open enrollment period.

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Why Most Auditors are NOT Trusted Advisors

Why Most Auditors are NOT Trusted Advisors

September 3, 2019

Are you a trusted advisors in your organization? You may think so, but do the executives in your organization actually perceive you as a trusted advisor? Most auditors have not reached this status, and instead feel frustrated or ignored.

In this episode I'll discuss a framework you can use for determining where you are currently, and what it would take for you to get to trusted advisor status. And I'll warn you right now, the answers are not what others are telling you to do. In fact, if you listen to others, you will likely continue to be frustrated. You'll also hear some questions to help you do your assessment and start making your plan.

We all just want to be big trusted advisors (and live in hilltop houses, driving fifteen cars ... nod to Nickelback) and here's how you can get there.

To fill out your application for membership in the Chief Audit Executive (CAE) Forum visit: http://bit.ly/cae-forum-join The open enrollment period is only open until Friday, 13 September 2019, so get your application submitted today or you'll have to wait until the next open enrollment period.

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Elephants and Shiny Objects

Elephants and Shiny Objects

August 27, 2019

It's easy to focus our attention on shiny objects since everyone is talking about them and they just seem sexy. Elephants in the room are rarely sexy, but can represent a much bigger risk to your organization, and are often ignored or overlooked. In this episode you will hear how to determine if you are spending your time chasing shiny objects, or focusing on the elephants in the room.

How does the elephants and shiny objects analogy relate to internal audit? Quick answer: it's about what's on your audit plan. To get the rest of the story, check out the episode.

To access and fill out your application for membership in the Chief Audit Executive (CAE) Forum visit: http://bit.ly/cae-forum-join As a reminder, open enrollment period is only open for a couple of weeks, so get your application submitted today.

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Gaining Different Perspectives to Help Executives Solve Problems with Emilio Rubio

Gaining Different Perspectives to Help Executives Solve Problems with Emilio Rubio

August 20, 2019

As auditors we need to see the world with different eyes in order to really help executives solves problems. If we only focus on areas within the organization where we believe there is risk, we risk focusing on areas that don't really matter to management. One of the biggest reasons management does not think audit is adding significant value (and the number is pathetically low based on several surveys) is we are not helping them solve the real problems they experience. We often focusing on the narrow lens of internal audit and provide lower value recommendations, instead of thinking strategically as an executive of the organization.

If we want to be seen as a trusted advisor, we need to provide value and insight on areas where the executives are focused. We need to gain different perspectives to have more empathy and understanding of our audit clients. We need to be part of the solution, not another problem executives need to deal with.

Emilio Rubio has served several times as a Chief Audit Executive and in various executive management roles for companies all over the world. He provides a unique perspective as an auditor and executive manager who has seen both sides.

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Is Your Internal Audit Team Playing Varsity or JV Ball?

Is Your Internal Audit Team Playing Varsity or JV Ball?

August 13, 2019

If you are ignored by other executives and frustrated getting resources you need, chances are you're playing at the junior varsity (JV) instead of varsity level. In this episode we'll explore some questions to ask so you can assess which one you are really playing, and provide some guidance on how you can level-up your playing so you make the varsity team in your organization.

If you'd like to join the webinar Jason mentioned on influence in this episode, you can register at: https://www.bigmarker.com/crisk-academy/Powerful-Everyday-Opportunities-to-Persuade-that-are-Lasting-and-Ethical-Influence-PEOPLE

Get added to the waitlist for when the CAE Forum opens up to new members visit: https://jasonmefford.mykajabi.com/cae-forum-waitlist-page

To listen and for complete show notes and links to downloads, visit: http://www.jasonmefford.com/jammingwithjason/

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