Audit Advantage

  • The Audit Advantage Series
    Welcome to a brand new professional development series, created, crafted and customised to the needs of the audit professional.
  • This article will suggest some diagnostics, tips and techniques to manage your anxiety, but also pose the vexing question: when, if ever, can anxiety be an auditor’s ally?
  • Delegation - It’s an essential tool in our armoury of rendering our work physically doable, protecting the fragility of work life balance, safeguarding us from overwhelm and ensuring the investment in skills and experience for the future.
  • How do you describe your progress, your success, your achievements? Ever ascribe them to ‘just good luck’, ‘being in the right place at the right time’, ‘sheer hard grind and hanging on in there’?
  • Resilience - What does it mean to an auditor? Join us as we run through our 10 step programme to being a resilient auditor.
  • ‘Good things come to those who wait, better things come to those who go out and get them’, Anon.
  • The best teams are synergistic; that is their whole is greater than the sum of their parts.
  • It goes without saying that building strong relationships is critical to your professional success. But you also need to consider your wider stakeholders, inside and outside your current role.
  • Nobody likes receiving criticism; most of us baulk at giving it, and some of us find it hard to convey, or accept, even the positive variety.
  • There is no preamble; you need pragmatic, pertinent advice on how to prioritise at work, rest and play.
  • Internal, external, systems or financial, you will, as an auditor, need to influence on a daily basis.
  • So low level conflict is everywhere; at work, at home, with our loved ones, in our economic, socio, political environs. Avoidance is possible, temporarily, but it's not a sustainable strategy.
  • Readers of CareersinAudit Agony Aunt pages will be familiar with my lyrical waxing on the much maligned value of transferable skills.
  • We tend to think about brand in the context of commercial organisations and can't deny (or avoid) its ubiquitous value across consumer and business to business markets.
  • Presenting and public speaking perturb me, not. You'll find me one of the more vocal contributors at the table; I'll regularly chair and facilitate, present to board and I'm a habitual conference speaker.
  • I've been writing about time management for many years now. In fact, it was one of the very first topics on which I was consulted as a coach to the perpetually busy, audit and accountancy profession.
  • No can do. That's never going to happen. You won't get that through. Way above my pay grade. I just can't... Any of these sound familiar?
  • Many a time on these pages we have asserted that auditing is people-business; we've waxed lyrical about communication, managing up and down, building relationships.
  • Long-standing readers of my articles and Audit Agony Aunt responses will have heard me wax-lyrical many-a-time about the difference between effectiveness and efficiency. I make no apology today for returning to my soap box.
  • Audit + Risk, another pairing of soul mates! Welcome to Audit Advantage, our regular exploration of the expertise and aptitudes you need to broaden your audit wings and operated as a fully-fledged T-shaped professional.