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Today, organizations are looking for auditors who have a balance of technical skills and com...
Today, organizations are looking for auditors who have a balance of technical skills and communication skills. As covered in our recent whitepaper: Achieving High Performance in the Audit Function, one of the most important roles an auditor is connecting with the audit team and with a variety of stakeholders. It may seem counter-intuitive to think about IA in terms of soft skills, people skills and personal development, but in order to create and embrace high-performance teams, you have to work from the inside-out. Start with understanding where you are going – as an individual and as a team. What’s your vision and mission? What are your values? Ask yourself these questions:
We want the board or senior managers to consider issues with an eye to audit, and we want to show that we are thinking about the wider picture even when we are not presenting a solution. You can develop relationships and gather information from stakeholders and businesses that you can use to promote the solid values and results that come from your audit plan. It’s great to be right, but it’s much better to be effective. In order to build a high-performance IA team, you have to be effective at communicating, delivering trusted advice, and be relied upon to adhere to your stated values, goals and mission. An effective team often comprises people with different styles, expertise and strengths.
This helps to push the agenda forward so it meets your agreed goals and clear expectations. No matter what your expertise is or where you are asked to work, your stakeholders will rely on the fact that they are going to get an excellent, well-articulated product that’s delivered with integrity. Give your team the opportunity to stretch – IA teams don’t ask themselves to stretch very often, but you have to be willing to stretch yourself and stretch your team. For example, maybe it’s time to look at new technology or methods of gathering data to see if it makes your audit plan more effective.
Stretching builds a sustainable team, and that drives audit to become a resource for quality accounting and decision making: people are often chosen from audit to lead other teams because they have shown they can expand their skills and take on new ideas. All of these methods can help to foster an open environment and achieve a well-rounded, motivated and efficient audit function. If you’re hiring and would like to find out more about which of our varied service models would suit your hiring needs, find out more on our services page – we have service models tailored to suit any hiring requirements, no mater the size or scope. Co-author – Alyson Beasley Bradley, SVP/Chief Audit Executive, Freedom Mortgage