The Chief Audit Executive (CAE) Briefing is now a FREE course for all CAEs. If you are the CAE in your organization, or you report to a CAE in a large organization, you may register for this course at:

If you are NOT a CAE, this course is not for you.

The CAE 2020 Survey is now open. It really does take a village to elevate internal audit, and you participating in the survey is one way.

Please take the 5 minute survey at:

In this week’s video I discuss why I do this annual survey, and how your participation is so vital. Content that I create for the rest of this year will be based on this information, and will go into a report I will share with members of the CAE Briefing.

I only have 1 remaining slot open for one-on-one executive coaching. If you would like to be considered for the last slot, set up an appointment so we can talk and see if this would be a good fit for you:

We are also getting ready to open up applications later in January for the CAE Forum.

Keep an eye out for the e-mails to know when to submit your application for membership, since the window to submit your application is only two weeks.

Have a great rest of your week 🙂


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Jason Mefford: Welcome to another episode of The chief audit executive briefing. Hey, Happy New Year again everybody for most of you, you made it through your first week back in the office.

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Jason Mefford: So just take a big deep breath because I know that coming back after a holiday break, whether that’s vacation or holiday.

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Jason Mefford: Usually the first week is a little bit crazy right you got emails everywhere. And it takes you a few days to actually get out from underneath everything. So, you made it through the first week. Congratulations.

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Jason Mefford: Now this week.

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Jason Mefford: Got a couple of announcements for you. And then I wanted to talk a little bit about the survey itself. So first off, since we are in January.

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Jason Mefford: That means we’re actually going to be opening enrollment for the chief audit executive forum again during January.

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Jason Mefford: So the reason I’m telling you this is, I know that some people miss the deadline last time. And so let me just kind of quick, very quickly explain the process.

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Jason Mefford: So during the month of January, we’re going to open up for people to submit a membership application. If you are interested in joining the chief executive forum.

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Jason Mefford: Now this is a discussion group of top CEOs from all over the world where we actually have monthly calls where we can talk

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Jason Mefford: About some of the challenges and opportunities that you’re dealing with. But also, you know, to be able to provide support.

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Jason Mefford: Encouragement and really talk about some of these thought leadership things and share best practices with each other.

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Jason Mefford: So again, if that sounds of interest to you, make sure and watch your emails, because we’re going to be announcing soon when you can submit an application.

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Jason Mefford: Now you have to submit an application go through an interview with me to make sure that you’re a good fit for the group.

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Jason Mefford: But like I said, I just want to throw that out there and tease you with that a little bit because I know last time there were some people that did not get in on time.

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Jason Mefford: So that’s the one thing. Now the second thing that I want to talk to you about today is the chief audit executive survey.

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Jason Mefford: Now if you’ll remember last year actually reached out interviewed about 40 to 50 chief out of executives from all over the world.

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Jason Mefford: Spent 15 to 30 minutes with them on the phone. And this year, I want to open it up to more people.

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Jason Mefford: Because obviously I can’t, you know, I don’t have enough time in the day to to sit down and have interviews with hundreds and hundreds of people from all over the world.

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Jason Mefford: So this year I’m doing it in a survey format. So the link to the survey is below. But let me talk again about kind of the reason on why I’m doing this and why I need your help.

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Jason Mefford: Because what I find usually when I go through and read surveys and there’s lots of things that come out each share about

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Jason Mefford: The top risks, the things that are most on the on the concern of Chief audit executives what CEOs are most concerned about

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Jason Mefford: You know, most of the time when I read those reports, they’re usually put out by a professional service firm.

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Jason Mefford: And as I read through a lot of times I really kind of question whether or not that’s actually the survey results that they’ve gotten

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Jason Mefford: Because they tend to use words or kind of throw stuff out there that is in such a way that it’s trying to scare people and get you to buy their services of their products.

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Jason Mefford: And it really kind of makes me sick to my stomach. When I see that. So what I’m doing is actually just a couple of questions. What you know are the

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Jason Mefford: Challenges that you’re seeing for yourself and your team. What are the opportunities and kind of what are the top risk based projects that you’re working on, to kind of get an idea of

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Jason Mefford: Where we’re spending our time. Now the reason for this. It’s very quick. It only takes about five minutes, but here’s why. The information is so important.

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Jason Mefford: I actually want to know what’s really going on in your mind.

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Jason Mefford: I don’t want to try to sift through some of the information that others are putting out there and try to see what you’re really thinking or what you’re really dealing with

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Jason Mefford: So it’s completely confidential and anonymous. I mean, obviously, I’m going to put together some information and share with everybody that receives the CA briefing.

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Jason Mefford: But I don’t know who you are. So whatever you put into the survey is all anonymous for you, but I really do just want to know.

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Jason Mefford: What you think you’re dealing with here in 2020. So again, when I and how I’m going to use this again as a report that will end up going out to those

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Jason Mefford: That receive the CAA briefing, but also it helps me to be able to know what information I should focus on this next year as I’m creating more content.

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Jason Mefford: You know, I send out emails to people. I do videos like this other videos on YouTube, you know, I have my jamming with Jason podcast.

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Jason Mefford: And so I’m trying to get information out to Chief audit executives and professionals and internal audit risk and compliance.

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Jason Mefford: And if I know what you’re concerned about or what the challenges and opportunities are that you see facing yourself in 2020

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Jason Mefford: Then I can actually help create content that will help you in getting through 2020 because that’s really my goal.

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Jason Mefford: So again, take just take the five minutes. Click on the link and fill it out. It would be very helpful for me. But even more important, it’s actually going to be helpful for you.

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Jason Mefford: Because if you tell me what you’re needing I can then create more content to give you what you need. So with that, my friends. Have a great week.

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Jason Mefford: And I will talk to you next week. But make sure to be checking your email for the information about the chief audit executive forum. Talk to you next week.

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