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Robert (That Audit Guy) Berry is a risk, compliance and auditing advocate, educator and innovator. He helps good professionals become better by creating articles, web services and training that allow them to expand their knowledge network.

How to Become a Respected Audit Professional

Outside of boxing or mixed martial arts, internal auditing has to be one of the most contentious careers around. After all, you hardly ever a department saying, "Let's invite the internal auditors to our next staff meeting." But I don't think we're destined to be the bad guys that everyone hates to see coming and [...]

By | April 5th, 2016|Auditing, Blog|0 Comments

Internal Auditors Must Rethink Third-Party Providers

Most modern organizations have at least one process that is outsourced or co-sourced to a third-party provider. There are numerous reasons why this may be a good decision. Sometimes there may be non-core functions that third parties perform better. Other times it is more financially feasible to have an outside party perform a function. And [...]

By | December 10th, 2015|Blog|0 Comments

The Follow-up Audit Fallacy

You’ve just completed a very complex audit. There were a multiple issues to report. Some issues have easy fixes and others would require a significant amount of time and attention. Management’s action plans are very detailed. They contain concise responses, assign responsible parties for fixing the issues and include due dates. So when audit and [...]

By | September 16th, 2015|Blog|0 Comments

Three Reasons You’ll Love Internal Auditing

I am an internal auditor and I love it. Most outside of the profession believe that internal auditors sit behind a desk all day with a 10 key (remember those?) or a spreadsheet verifying numbers. Boy is that far from the truth. But most of us in the profession already know that. And for those [...]

By | September 6th, 2015|Auditing, Blog|0 Comments

How to Deliver Bad News to Audit Clients

Auditors are humble messengers who deliver news to clients. The news is typically an assessment of management’s processes. And let’s be honest, auditors can find something to report in any area, no matter how well controlled the processes. But that does not necessarily mean we should report everything.  Realistically, it does not matter what you [...]

By | April 8th, 2015|Audit Practices, Blog|0 Comments

3 Reasons Auditors Should Not Fear Being Fired

Have you ever been in the middle of an audit engagement with severe issues and thought, “This is the audit that will get me fired!”?  I know what you’re thinking, “That’s absurd”.  After all, who would fire auditors for doing the job you hired them to do? In a perfect world, the Office of Internal [...]

By | February 18th, 2015|Blog|0 Comments

The Audit Love Triangle

There is a joke about the love/hate relationship between auditors and clients.  Auditor: We’re coming to audit you soon. Will you guys be available?  Client: Sure, you know we love you guys!  Auditor: REALLY  Client: Well we hate to see you coming and love to see you going. A client said this to me jokingly [...]

By | February 1st, 2015|Blog|2 Comments

Auditors should not be Confined to Cubicles

  I recently hired a new employee.  One of the first things I wanted to do was make him comfortable with the people performing the processes...our audit clients.  So I hustled him from department to department introducing him to our clients.  Our clients were cordial to the new employee and openly disclosed their thoughts about [...]

By | January 7th, 2015|Auditing, Blog|2 Comments

Curiosity is the Cornerstone of Internal Auditing

Curiosity killed the cat is a metaphor used to convey the dangers of questioning the status quo.  It is often used to discourage people from asking questions.  However, there is true productivity and  power in asking questions.  Imagine if the Wright Brothers had not asked, can man fly like a bird or if Henry Ford [...]

By | February 24th, 2014|Audit Practices, Blog|1 Comment

The Best Audit is Sometimes the Audit You Never Start

How important is completing the audit plan?  For many audit departments, it is a key performance measurement used to determine the department’s effectiveness.  But wait, I thought the goal of internal audit was to evaluate the operating environment to provide stakeholders with “reasonable assurance” that risk are identified and mitigated to an acceptable level.  So [...]

By | February 10th, 2014|Auditing, Blog|7 Comments
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