Jamming with Jason Mefford
The Glass Is Always Full

The Glass Is Always Full

January 19, 2021

Science shows that optimists live longer and happier lives than pessimists do. With the world in the state that it is in today, it can be hard to 
stay optimistic. 

In today's episode I discuss with you how we can see the sunny side of life, and always view the glass not only as half full, but overflowing!

Listen in at: http://www.jasonmefford.com/jammingwithjason/

Flashback Friday: Collaborative Audit Report Writing with Tracy Marquardt

Flashback Friday: Collaborative Audit Report Writing with Tracy Marquardt

January 15, 2021

Internal audit reports have been written the same for decades, and honestly are usually very boring and don't meet our organization's needs. In this episode I talk with Tracie Marquardt about action oriented recommendations, improving report writing to consider the end of the value chain, seeing the big picture, linking our work to assurance over key objectives, and how to make our reporting more collaborative.

Listen in at: http://www.jasonmefford.com/jammingwithjason/

Tracie Marquardt is Europes leading audit communication consultant, and I am so honored to have her on #jammingwithjason #internalauditpodcast.

Learn more about Tracie at https://www.traciemarquardt.com/ and https://qacommunication.com/ or email her at: tracie@qacommunication.com

Get Out Of Your Head

Get Out Of Your Head

January 12, 2021

In today's episode we are going to talk about how overthinking and getting into your own head may be one of the worst things that you are doing. 

There are certain things that you can do in order to improve your habits which will in turn improve your outcomes in life. 

So join me here on the podcast where I will share some of these little life "hacks" with you! 

Listen in at: http://www.jasonmefford.com/jammingwithjason/

Flashback Friday: Ground-Breaking Insight into the Current and Future State of Internal Audit with Colleen Knuff

Flashback Friday: Ground-Breaking Insight into the Current and Future State of Internal Audit with Colleen Knuff

January 8, 2021

If you ask over 1,000 #internalaudit groups what they are doing different based on the changes we've seen in 2020, what do you think you would find?
Well in this #jammingwithjason episode I'm talking with Colleen Knuff from Wolters Kluwer TeamMate about the research they have collected and what insights it can tell us about the current and future state of internal audit and the direction you should be taking. 

Listen in at: http://www.jasonmefford.com/jammingwithjason/ to learn more about: 1. continuous risk assessments, 2. adopting an agile audit approach, 3. increasing the use of data analytics.

Here are a couple of things you can start doing now.
1. Get more continuous in your risk assessment and linking what you do to the key objectives of your organization. Learn how here: https://ondemand.criskacademy.com/p/certified-risk-based-internal-auditor-crbia/?affcode=105582_jpp6czlf
2. Get more agile in your internal audit approach. Learn how here: https://ondemand.criskacademy.com/p/caap/?affcode=105582_jpp6czlf
3. Learn how to start incorporating more data analytics in your work: https://ondemand.criskacademy.com/courses/category/data-analytics

To participate in the Touchstone Research for Internal Audit, visit:

Listen in at: http://www.jasonmefford.com/jammingwithjason/

Data Analytics is NOT About Exception Reporting with Nathan Pickard

Data Analytics is NOT About Exception Reporting with Nathan Pickard

January 5, 2021

What are some of the biggest challenges when #internalaudit starts incorporating #dataanalytics? How can thinking of data analytics as a process instead of a part of a project make a HUGE difference in your success?

These questions and more are answered in my discussion with Nathan Pickard, CEO of 9b. This #jammingwithjason episode will give you a whole new way to look at how to "do" data analytics in your organization that are repeatable and aid in continuous risk assessment, agile projects, and reporting ... making your job much, much easier.

Learn more about Nathan and 9b at: https://www.9bcorp.com/

Flashback Friday: Invest in Yourself or Nobody Else Will

Flashback Friday: Invest in Yourself or Nobody Else Will

January 1, 2021

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.

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

To access the offer from cRisk Academy to save $100 on your first two on-demand trainings, visit: https://criskacademy.com/save100/

JWJ Encore: A Tale of Two Careers

JWJ Encore: A Tale of Two Careers

December 29, 2020

It was the best of times, it was the worst of time, it was the age of wisdom, it was the age of foolishness. These words from Charles Dickens "The Tale of Two Cities" is the inspiration for this week's episode.

Two auditors start out graduating from similar universities, get similar starting positions, but in 10 years those two auditors are in very different places.

One is still a junior or senior auditor and the other is a director or chief audit executive earning 3-5 times the salary of the first auditor.

Do you know the difference between these two auditors?

Find out in this week's #jammingwithjason #internalauditpodcast. Listen in at: http://www.jasonmefford.com/jammingwithjason/

When you are ready to take your career as a #chiefauditexecutive to the next level, join the CAE Briefing executive leadership program mentioned in this episode at: https://jasonmefford.mykajabi.com/caebriefing

Join thousands of lifelong learners in internal audit, risk and compliance at: With hundreds of learning options, you are sure to find exactly what you need: https://ondemand.criskacademy.com/?affcode=105582_jpp6czlf

Flashback Friday: It’s ALL About Relationships

Flashback Friday: It’s ALL About Relationships

December 25, 2020

The quality of your personal and professional life comes down to the quality of your relationships, but don't take my word for it. Harvard University has been running a study on adult development since 1938, and that is what they concluded too.

Successful executives know it all comes down to how well they manage relationships with themselves, their staff, and their stakeholders. Almost every challenge you have in life has to root cause of a relationship issue.

In this #jammingwithjason #internalauditpodcast episode we dig into some of the things you need to be proficient doing every day, and every week to manage your self, stakeholders and staff so you can be an effective leaders.

Listen in at: http://www.jasonmefford.com/jammingwithjason/

I'm so passionate about this topic that I even created a whole executive leadership program to give leaders the skills they need to succeed as a confident leader.

Even though it's specifically designed for internal audit leaders, the topics and skill taught in the Briefing Leadership Program is relevant for anyone.

When you are ready to become a relationship ninja, register NOW at: https://jasonmefford.mykajabi.com/caebriefing

Real World Intentional Living with Sean Rosensteel

Real World Intentional Living with Sean Rosensteel

December 22, 2020

In this #jammingwithjason #internalauditpodcast I take a little break from the technical and professional aspects of our career to talk with my friend Sean Rosensteel about being more intentional in our living.

Many people put their head down and focus completely on only one or two aspects of their life and wake up years later wondering what happened. 

It's like going through school and only focusing on one or two subjects and come report card time realizing we failed our other courses. The problem is in the real world "failing courses" can often mean losing relationships, stress and regret.

Being intentional in our lives allows us to consider what really matters most at this point in your life, doing regular check-ins, course correcting, and finding lifelong learning opportunities and communities of like minded people in all aspects of our life.

If you're the kind of person who wants to get the most out of life by being intentional and living a wholistic full life, then this episode is for you.

To get a free copy of Sean's book "The School of Intentional Living" visit his website: https://www.seanrosensteel.com/

Flashback Friday: When Are You Going to Stop Beating a Dead Horse?

Flashback Friday: When Are You Going to Stop Beating a Dead Horse?

December 18, 2020

Ever heard the expression "beating a dead horse?" It has nothing to do with animal cruelty, but simply means a particular effort is a waste of time as there will be no outcome.

Well there are some efforts #internalaudit continues to push that are also as big a waste of time as beating a dead horse, and in this #jammingwithjason #internalauditpodcast I'm going to talk about them in a very candid way.

If you find yourself doing these things, it's time to STOP. You are wasting your energy and likely damaging the reputation and relevance of internal audit in your organization.

Listen in at: http://www.jasonmefford.com/jammingwithjason/ or wherever you enjoy listening to podcasts.

Jamming with Jason has interviews and discussions (jam sessions) relevant to internal audit leaders, and professionals in internal audit, risk management, and compliance. If you want to up-level your life and career you need to be listening each week.

Join the leadership program Jason mentioned in this episode here: https://jasonmefford.mykajabi.com/caebriefing

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