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Excuses for Mediocrity

Digital Mike Jacka, CIA, CPA, CPCU, CLU Jun 01, 2021

There are seldom good reasons for not maintaining high professional standards.

​I have a few regrets from my 30-year history with Farmers Insurance internal audit. Don’t get me wrong, it was a great ride. And I wouldn’t be where I am today (wherever that is) if it weren’t for the opportunities and serendipities that occurred throughout my career. But there were moments where, when I look back, I did a little less than shine.

We’ve all been there — the poor decision, the incorrect conclusion, the act that may have, in retrospect, been beneath our standards. We try for the best, but we know we occasionally fall short.

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Mike Jacka, CIA, CPA, CPCU, CLU

Co-founder and Chief Creative Pilot, Flying Pig Audit, Consulting, and Training Services (FPACTS), based in Phoenix.