Some Advisory engagements can be just as grueling as Assurance engagements, but the dynamic is significantly different. For instance, Assurance work typically focuses on producing audit reports or official attestation to formally document findings for a client. As you might expect, these reports carry with them significant implications. Clients have a tendency to be very cautious in their interactions with auditors, since it is essentially the auditor’s job to ask probing questions to understand the current state to support their findings. Relationships, while typically collaborative, can be underscored by a tension which is rather difficult to explain. In fact, I would love to hear from my Assurance counterparts in order to gain their perspective on this particular point.