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Auditing Leadership: The Professional and Leadership Skills You Need Hardcover – July 27, 2009

ISBN-13: 978-0470450017 ISBN-10: 0470450010 Edition: 1st

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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 238 pages
  • Publisher: Wiley; 1 edition (July 27, 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0470450010
  • ISBN-13: 978-0470450017
  • Product Dimensions: 6.4 x 1 x 9.3 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 15.2 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,494,352 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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From the Inside Flap

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:

  • Solid guidance on becoming a better leader, based on the person you already are and the strengths you already have
  • The workable skills to excel in auditing, including client service, client management, time management, personal branding, supervising, communication skills, and much more
  • Stand-alone chapters that allow readers to read the book cover to cover or pick and choose topics of interest
  • Reflective discussions that challenge professionals to take their leadership skills to a new level by uncovering their goals and uncorking their potential

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

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.

More About the Author

Brian Kush
Inviting something greater that is already inside you.

Brian is an ICF certified leadership coach coach who serves entrepreneurs and executives. Clients enter a coaching relationship with Brian to change their life by uncovering who they already are, their values, their strengths, and obtaining new results.

Brian is President of Moxie Partners, a founding principal at HWSimplified, and provides leadership training to accountants through his partnership with Auditsense.

Brian was born in Chicago, Illinois and resides with his wife and son in North Olmsted, OH.

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I enjoyed the Auditing Leadership book.
Tommye l. Crabb Shana A. Crabb
For any person fresh out of school or really early in their career this book will be very helpful in many aspects of work life no matter what profession they are in.
S. Zilberman
More importantly, the book is extremely easy to read and the information is relatively concise and straightforward.
L. D. Ecle

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By L. D. Ecle on December 22, 2009
Format: Hardcover
Auditing Leadership by Brian Kush is an empowering book from beginning to end. The title is almost a misnomer as the valuable information in the book transcends the auditing field and can be applied to other service oriented and business professions. When reading this book, I felt empowered to implement the skills and tactics embedded in the chapters. In particular, the chapters pertaining to `interruptions from co-workers' and `soliciting feedback' are topics that have a huge impact in the any profession, but are often given little significance or thought.

Furthermore, reading each chapter allows you to analyze the various roles you possess and provides insightful ways to become an effective leader in all aspects of your life through networking, time management, communication, feedback, and managing clients. More importantly, the book is extremely easy to read and the information is relatively concise and straightforward. The book reads as if the author is actually having a dialogue with the reader in an actual coaching session.

The book also has thought-provoking quotes from Mohandas Ghandi, Ben Franklin, and others, and contains funny anecdotes in the section "You know you're an auditor when..." For those new to the accounting field, I highly recommend reading this book as it offers a fresh perspective on improving and developing leadership skills and practices which will help you to achieve your personal and professional goals.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Tommye l. Crabb Shana A. Crabb on October 28, 2009
Format: Hardcover
I enjoyed the Auditing Leadership book. It is well organized and is a fast read. The book gives constructive practical examples of things to do and to say to become a leader.

For example, there is a whole chapter dedicated to the "Most Important Question an Auditor Should Ask". I now use this question all of the time.

There is another chapter that discusses how to most effectively use your time. A precious resource many auditors have little of.

I would recommend this book for anyone who is beginning a career in auditing or as a refresher to those who have been auditing for awhile. This book is also an excellent "coaching" tool.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By S. Zilberman on November 10, 2009
Format: Hardcover
The book is very well written and very easy to read. I like how it's broken up in to small chapters (bite size) and as a reader I can go directly to the topic that interests me the most. For any person fresh out of school or really early in their career this book will be very helpful in many aspects of work life no matter what profession they are in. As an experienced auditor and a person who has read quite a few business books, I did not find many new ideas. However, it still served as a good refresher of things I should be doing or ways of handling different situations. The author of this book would make a fantastic mentor.
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I was a bit skeptical before reading Auditing Leardership that it would be the same old soft skills repackaged in auditor language. The book is a pleasant suprise and was an eye opener to remind us of all the things we should be habitually doing. Frankly, this book could apply to almost anyone in a professional environment and not just auditors. Some of the takeaways for me:

- Where are you going? The book starts with helping you define your roles and where you are headed. Makes you ask yourself what direction is your internal compass pointing or are we drifting along aimlessly without a sense of direction.

- Asking the question "Why"? The book reminds you that its OK for someone to ask why. When delegating tasks we should make sure that the person understands why they are doing something to do the task more effectively. The book quotes Ben Franklin, "The person that knows HOW will always have a job but the person that knows WHY will always be the boss."

- To Do Lists. The author helped me understand why many to do lists fail because we are never specific enough about what all is involved with a particular to do item. The reconciliation of to do lists with goals is something that many of us lose sight of.

- Eat Your Frog First Thing In The Morning. This phrase borrowed from best selling author Brian Tracy emphasizes us to do the most difficult task first thing in the morning and you can ride that wave of momentum the rest of your day.

- The Power of Routines. There seems to be a negative connotation associated with routines like we are in the commercial where the guy makes the donuts every morning. The book shows us how we can make our routines work for us and give us a sense of fulfillment.
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Auditing Leadership is an interesting management book. But it has little to do with leadership and the connection to auditing is in the examples used to clarify the concepts. The chapters are well-organized and the text is well-written. Newcomers to the field of management will find the guidance useful and those who have been in management for a long time will be able to relate to the issues raised in the text and possibly glean a new approach to solving those issues. I was expecting a book written for Audit Committee members, Chief Audit Executives and senior audit management, discussing leadership in an audit organization. I was disappointed to find the book did not cover these areas but once I got over the initial surprise, found the book to be an interesting and informative read.
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