“Terry Starbucker” is the nom de plume of my friend Terry, a service company executive (and CPA) with nearly 28 years in the business world. He writes about leadership and personal development on his blog, Ramblings From a Glass Half Full. He is also active in the social media community as a co-founder of SOBCon, one of the premier annual gatherings of online practitioners.
You can also follow Terry on Twitter (@starbucker)
Here’s an excerpt:
I have this natural tendency to want to trust everybody. I know that’s not good, so I have to fight that tendency, especially in the business world. Fortunately, I started my career as a CPA and auditor, and I learned about this thing called “Professional Skepticism“.
If you look that up in the accounting standards book, it will tell you that “(auditors) need to overcome some natural tendencies—such as overreliance on client representations—and biases and approach the audit with a skeptical attitude and questioning mind. Also essential: The auditor must set aside past relationships and not assume that all clients are honest.”
For the rest of this post, please visit Terry’s blog, Ramblings From a Glass Half Full.
If you’re really interested in this topic, you can come to hear me speak in Atlanta on May 14th at the Fourth Annual Fraud and Forensic Accounting Education Conference. My topic will be, The Skeptical Professional.