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Critical Thinking in the Workplace

Critical Thinking is thinking that is reflective, open-minded yet purposeful and directed. During the early industrial revolution, employees were essentially considered machines. Employers neither wanted nor expected them to think. Today in our constantly changing and evolving work places with the constant requirement to improve our products, services and prices, no organization can exist let alone succeed without the active…
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About Our Free Process Audit Resource

Our free resource package for process auditing is designed to help internal auditors plan, document and report an audit in a format consistent with ISO requirements and do it effectively without a great deal of paperwork. I’ve taught internal auditors for over twenty years and one thing that I’ve noticed is that almost everyone has challenges with planning audits. When…
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Interpreting Conformity, Efficiency and Effectiveness

Two separate events over the past couple of weeks caused me concern.  First someone told me that we must consider auditing conformity as being equally important to the consideration of effectiveness since both were required. The statement caused me to pause. True I thought, the standards are full of requirements for conformity. This statement reminded me of the other event,…
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Audit Evidence for Management System Auditors

In my job as a trainer of Quality Auditors, one of the things that I run into regularly is a misunderstanding of the requirement for auditors to have an evidence-based approach. Evidence is one of those terms that everyone automatically assumes that they understand, but when it comes to determining what is evidence they often run into problems. The problem…
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