What 2015's Top 10 Blogs tell us about internal audit

Blog by Richard Chambers

"I have written many times in this blog of the challenges and opportunities that a dynamic and fast-paced global marketplace creates for organizations and the internal audit functions that serve them. In 2015, I admonished practitioners to learn to audit at the speed of risk, warned of the dangers of toxic cultures, and urged us to leave our comfort zones.

Those messages appeared to resonate with you. I thought it would be interesting to recap the top 10 blogs for 2015 based on readership.

10. What Internal Auditors Can Learn From the Blizzard, Measles, and Underinflated Footballs
In January, a trio of events provided a great opportunity to discuss the risks associated with poor communications in a crisis. This blog looked at how the airline industry handled flight cancelations ahead of a major winter storm, the indirect impact of a measles outbreak on a vaccine maker, and the inadequate initial response from a major sports team to cheating allegations.

9. Managing an Internal Audit Career: How Do You Know When It's Time to Go?
This March blog was particularly fun to write because it was inspired by a discussion I had with young professionals just starting their careers in internal audit. The blog examined various aspects of career development, from identifying strategic career goals to knowing when it's time to move to the next challenge.

8. To Audit Emerging Risks, We May Have to Leave Our Comfort Zone
The theme of volatile business dynamics driving changes in internal audit was a common one in 2015, and this August blog looked at the dangers associated with practitioners sticking to the traditional areas of financial audits, regulatory compliance audits, and various common operational audits. Many risks facing organizations today fall outside of those areas, so we must be willing to step out of our comfort zone to provide the best value to our organizations.

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