Posts By Jarar Malik

The Perception of Success is Largely a Matter of Lowering Expectations – John Kinser

“Dad, just so you know… I think I probably failed the test, may drop the class, ruin my GPA, loose the scholarship for the summer, and it’s the end of the world as we know it!” Most every family has one, an over-achiever that makes the rest of us look like slackers. In my familyRead… Read more »

What’s New in the Compliance Supplement? – Lisa Hayes

I’ve been looking at the recently released 2011 A-133 Compliance Supplement and found several items of interest (at least to me) that I thought I would pass along. OMB added a a new element to the core compliance requirements to alert auditors and program officials as to whether the reporting requirements of the Transparency ActRead… Read more »

Management in the 21st Century

The workplace has definitely changed in the last twenty-five years. You have probably noticed the changes in technology and the increase of Generation-X managers in your organization. But what you may not have noticed is the shift in employee expectations of management. They are no longer satisfied with the “command and control” mentality that dominatedRead… Read more »

Meet the Goals – No Less (and No More) – John Kinser

“Folks, I have some good news and I have some bad news” the pilot announced. “We have landed in Atlanta way early, but there is a plane at our gate and it will be about 20 minutes before they move.” Throughout the plane you could hear the moans and comments about the airline’s inability toRead… Read more »

Becoming Indispensable: Lessons from NASA and Oprah – by Robin Sparks

Every successful organization has at least one linchpin; some have dozens or even thousands. The linchpin is the essential element, the person who holds part of the organization together. Without the linchpin, the thing falls apart. – by Seth Godin in Linchpin: Are You Indispensable? (2010) Two American icons have been getting a bit ofRead… Read more »

How the Music Affects the Wood – by Mark Leheney

Readers of this blog know I like to play the electric guitar (I turn it up to 11), and I like Arlington Fretworks. Proprietor and craftsman Daniel Carbone repairs and builds guitars there. I have written previously about his standards of excellence being off the charts. (One client wrote that he would trust himRead… Read more »

A-133 Compliance Supplement Is Here!

Finally, the Office of Management and Budget has released the 2011 Circular A-133 audit guidance document. As usual, new programs have been added, other programs have been deleted, and individual program descriptions have been updated. In addition, OMB has added guidance and references relating to Transparency Act reporting, and clarified reporting requirements and auditors’ responsibilitiesRead… Read more »