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Until now, there has not been a book created specifically for auditors that solely focuses on the critical skills needed to personally excel and become a leader in the audit profession.
Written by Brian Kush, an experienced coach and CPA who has worked with thousands of auditors, Auditing Leadership is the only book of its kind, brimming with practical tips, insights, and ideas on becoming a leader in completing audits, in the audit profession, and in your life.
Avoiding technical accounting literature and references to FASBs, IASBs, and SASs, this invaluable resource instead addresses the key interpersonal and leadership challenges auditors face every day in the world of auditing and provides:
All about uncovering your big plan and having lots of little plans as well, the skills discussed in this guide are centered on the auditing career, and becoming a better leader, whether you are "leading" your family, working alone, or working with a large group of people. Both a professional guide and an insightful personal reference tool, Auditing Leadership authoritatively enables auditors to boost their personal leadership and professional skills.
About the Author.
PART I PROFESSIONAL INTERACTION AND REFLECTION SKILLS.
CHAPTER 1 Where Are You Going?
Your Core Values.
Roles, Mission, Values: Tying It All Together.
CHAPTER 2 Selling Number One.
Continuously Selling Yourself.
Branding versus Selling.
CHAPTER 3 Feedback Equals Money.
Sources of Feedback.
Feedback Is Contagious.
Specific Feedback Rocks!
A Feedback Culture Can Start with You.
CHAPTER 4 The Audit Cheerleader.
Belief Is Mandatory.
Conflict Is Healthy.
Positivity Is Contagious.
Enemies Are Counterproductive.
PART II NETWORKING SKILLS.
CHAPTER 5 Your Social Capital.
Your Circle of Trust.
Strengthen Your Capital.
CHAPTER 6 The First Step in Networking.
Approach Networking as Relationship-Building.
PART III TIME MANAGEMENT AND PERSONAL PRODUCTIVITY SKILLS.
CHAPTER 7 The Most Important Word to an Auditor.
Understand More by Asking “Why?”.
CHAPTER 8 The Problem with To-Do Lists.
To-Do Lists Can Create Guilt.
Create Action Lists.
Reconcile To-Do Lists with Goals.
Prioritization of To-Dos—It’s Impossible!
CHAPTER 9 The Power of Time-Blocking.
Schedule Buffer Time.
Time-Block Commitments, or Say “No!”
Planning Your Day by Using Time-Blocking.
Time-Block Away Distractions.
CHAPTER 10 The Power of Routines.
Routines and Habits.
Identifying Proactive, Healthy Routines.
Give Them a Name.
Group Routines Require Group Buy-In.
Create Accountability Related to Your Routines.
CHAPTER 11 Do You Train Your People to Interrupt You?
Are You Too Accessible?
Empower People More So They Interrupt You Less.
CHAPTER 12 Do You Have Commitment Issues?
Be Aware of All Commitments.
CHAPTER 13 Reengineer Your E-mail Practices.
How Much Are You E-mailing?
Challenge E-mails without Substance.
What’s in an E-mail?
E-mail Subject Headers.
E-mail Habits of Others.
How Often Should You Check E-mail?
PART IV COMMUNICATION SKILLS.
CHAPTER 14 Effective Opining.
What Is Your Advice Process?
CHAPTER 15 Are You a Filler-holic?
Conversation Word Fillers.
Writing Word Fillers.
CHAPTER 16 Why We Love PowerPoint Slides.
What Is Your Objective in Making a Presentation?
Present with the Audience in Mind.
Preparing a Presentation with Purpose.
CHAPTER 17 One Way to Avoid Office Rage.
Your Confrontation Style?
Turn Anger into Problems and Solutions.
PART V CLIENT RELATIONSHIP SKILLS.
CHAPTER 18 Who Is the Puppet Master?
Who Is Pulling the Strings?
The Single Biggest Opportunity to Improve Your Audit?
Stop Managing “Clients.”
The First Step in Client Management.
Stop “Managing” Clients.
CHAPTER 19 What Hat Are You Wearing?
How Many Hats Are You Wearing?
Audit Your Audits.
CHAPTER 20 Be Memorable.
Remind Clients of Your Value.
Turn “Messing Up” into “Stepping Up”.
Let Clients Guide You.
One Client at a Time.
PART VI TEAMBUILDING AND REFLECTION SKILLS.
CHAPTER 21 Prepare to Be Fired.
Prepare to Be Fired from the Very Beginning: Leadership Transition.
Add More Responsibilities.
They See, They Do.
The “Open Door” Leader.
Teach Your Teams to Seek Complaints.
Ponder Your Future Often.
CHAPTER 22 Now Where Are You Going?
Success Is a Mind-Set, Not a Finish Line.
Awareness Unlocks Who You Are.
What Are the Leadership Skills You Uncovered and Want to Develop?
APPENDIX You Know You Are an Auditor When . . . .
Afterword and Acknowledgments.