Why You Should Think Like an Auditor

General Business

May 02, 2016
by Brett Schwantes, CPA

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One of the most common questions asked in everyday conversations is, “What do you do for a living?” I respond with, “I am an auditor,” which typically elicits a verbal or nonverbal “Ugh!”

Maybe auditing isn’t for everyone, but auditors have a unique perspective that can benefit any manager. We tend to ask a lot of questions from an independent point of view to gain an understanding of an organization’s operations. While it may seem we dwell on the negatives and the “what could go wrongs,” we are usually following a process that helps us challenge the status quo to see whether something’s been missed or whether there might be a better way.

Here are some of the ways an auditor thinks that could help you better manage your organization (and maybe even your life).

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