Auditing Leadership : The Professional and Leadership Skills You Need

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  • Format: Hardcover
  • Copyright: 2009-07-27
  • Publisher: Wiley

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Auditing Leadership is the only book written for auditors that presents practical tips, insights, and ideas on becoming a leader in the profession. Light on the industry jargon of FASBs, IASBs, etc., this guide instead specifically discusses the so-called "soft skills" often overlooked in order to become a leader in the audit profession. Filled with expert advice that mean the difference between being a good auditor and transforming into an auditing leader, this book equips auditors to relate to the daily interpersonal and leadership challenges in their role.

Author Biography

Brian D. Kush, CPA, CISA, former vice president of AuditWatch and a former auditor at Ernst & Young, is President of Moxie Partners, a professional coaching company that helps accountants and other professionals achieve in self-defined and measurable ways. His clients include accounting firms, internal auditors, entrepreneurs, and other leaders across the country. In his career, he has worked with over 100 CPA firms and provided consulting and/or live instruction to thousands of auditors on best practices, audit technology tools, and audit process reengineering.

Table of Contents

Prefacep. xi
About the Authorp. xiii
Professional Interaction and Reflection Skillsp. 1
Where Are You Going?p. 3
Your Rolesp. 4
Your Missionp. 6
Your Core Valuesp. 9
Roles, Mission, Values: Tying It All Togetherp. 10
Leadership Summaryp. 11
Selling Number Onep. 13
Continuously Selling Yourselfp. 13
Your Brandp. 16
Branding versus Sellingp. 21
Leadership Summaryp. 22
Feedback Equals Moneyp. 23
Sources of Feedbackp. 23
Performance Evaluationsp. 25
Feedback Is Contagiousp. 27
Specific Feedback Rocks!p. 28
A Feedback Culture Can Start with Youp. 29
Leadership Summaryp. 32
The Audit Cheerleaderp. 33
Belief Is Mandatoryp. 33
Conflict Is Healthyp. 36
Positivity Is Contagiousp. 40
Enemies Are Counterproductivep. 45
Leadership Summaryp. 47
Networking Skillsp. 49
Your Social Capitalp. 51
Social Capitalp. 52
Your Circle of Trustp. 54
Strengthen Your Capitalp. 55
Leadership Summaryp. 56
The First Step in Networkingp. 57
Networking Eventsp. 58
Approach Networking as Relationship-Buildingp. 59
Leadership Summaryp. 61
Time Management and Personal Productivity Skillsp. 63
The Most Important Word to an Auditorp. 65
Understand More by Asking "Why?"p. 65
Teach Whyp. 70
Leadership Summaryp. 72
The Problem with To-Do Listsp. 73
To-Do Lists Can Create Guiltp. 73
Create Action Listsp. 74
Reconcile To-Do Lists with Goalsp. 77
Prioritization of To-Dos-It's Impossible!p. 78
Leadership Summaryp. 78
The Power of Time-Blockingp. 79
Schedule Buffer Timep. 80
Time-Block Commitments, or Say "No!"p. 82
Planning Your Day by Using Time-Blockingp. 84
Time-Block Away Distractionsp. 86
Time-Block Yourselfp. 88
Leadership Summaryp. 90
The Power of Routinesp. 91
Routines and Habitsp. 92
Identifying Proactive, Healthy Routinesp. 92
Multi-Fulfillingp. 98
Give Them a Namep. 98
Group Routines Require Group Buy-Inp. 99
Create Accountability Related to Your Routinesp. 100
Leadership Summaryp. 103
Do You Train Your People to Interrupt You?p. 105
Interruption Dependence?p. 106
Are You Too Accessible?p. 107
Empower People More So They Interrupt You Lessp. 110
Leadership Summaryp. 111
Do You Have Commitment Issues?p. 113
Be Aware of All Commitmentsp. 114
Habitually Undercommitp. 117
Leadership Summaryp. 120
Reengineer Your E-mail Practicesp. 121
How Much Are You E-mailing?p. 121
Challenge E-mails without Substancep. 123
What's in an E-mail?p. 124
E-mail Subject Headersp. 124
E-mail Bodyp. 127
E-mail Habits of Othersp. 127
Processing E-mailp. 129
How Often Should You Check E-mail?p. 134
Leadership Summaryp. 137
Communication Skillsp. 139
Effective Opiningp. 141
What Is Your Advice Process?p. 141
Unsolicited Advicep. 143
Leadership Summaryp. 149
Are You a Filler-holic?p. 151
Conversation Word Fillersp. 151
Writing Word Fillersp. 154
Leadership Summaryp. 156
Why We Love PowerPoint Slidesp. 157
What Is Your Objective in Making a Presentation?p. 157
Present with the Audience in Mindp. 158
Preparing a Presentation with Purposep. 160
Leadership Summaryp. 161
One Way to Avoid Office Ragep. 163
Your Confrontation Style?p. 163
Turn Anger into Problems and Solutionsp. 165
Leadership Summaryp. 167
Client Relationship Skillsp. 169
Who Is the Puppet Master?p. 171
Who Is Pulling the Strings?p. 171
The Single Biggest Opportunity to Improve Your Audit?p. 172
Stop Managing "Clients"p. 172
The First Step in Client Managementp. 177
Stop "Managing" Clientsp. 179
Leadership Summaryp. 181
What Hat Are You Wearing?p. 183
How Many Hats Are You Wearing?p. 183
Audit Your Auditsp. 184
Client Educationp. 184
Leadership Summaryp. 186
Be Memorablep. 187
Remind Clients of Your Valuep. 187
Create Storiesp. 189
Turn "Messing Up" into "Stepping Up"p. 190
Let Clients Guide Youp. 193
Be Yourselfp. 195
One Client at a Timep. 195
Leadership Summaryp. 196
Teambuilding and Reflection Skillsp. 197
Prepare to Be Firedp. 199
Prepare to Be Fired from the Very Beginning: Leadership Transitionp. 200
Add More Responsibilitiesp. 203
They See, They Dop. 203
Team Accountabilityp. 206
Team Chemistryp. 208
The "Open Door" Leaderp. 209
Teach Your Teams to Seek Complaintsp. 210
Ponder Your Future Oftenp. 211
Leadership Summaryp. 213
Now Where Are You Going?p. 215
Success Is a Mind-Set, Not a Finish Linep. 215
Awareness Unlocks Who You Arep. 218
What Are the Leadership Skills You Uncovered and Want to Develop?p. 219
Your Planp. 225
Appendix: You Know You Are an Auditor When...p. 227
Afterword and Acknowledgmentsp. 233
Indexp. 235
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