Recently, my good friend Mike Jacka made some interesting observations in his post, Standards Versus the Status Quo.
He pointed out that:
- Many volunteer their time and serve on committees and leadership positions, helping move the practice of internal auditing forward. Mike references membership of The IIA's international committees (I met Mike when we served on the same committee), but people also volunteer their time at the national and local level.
- If you don't like The IIA's International Standards for the Professional Practice of Internal Auditing, you can influence change by joining one of the committees that write them or by providing guidance on their adoption. (I served on one of those committees). You can also provide feedback to The IIA when updated or new standards are proposed.
Others volunteer their time with presentations at IIA and other conferences, writing articles for the global and national IIA periodicals (which I strongly encourage), and more.
The majority serve without the appreciation and recognition they deserve.
The Global and North American Boards recognize a few with formal awards:
- IIA Global: Bradford Cadmus Memorial Award; Victor Z. Brink Award for Distinguished Service; and William G. Bishop III, CIA Lifetime Achievement Award.
IIA–Australia has the Bob McDonald Award and I am sure other national institutes and local chapters recognize outstanding contributors.
But there are many who deserve more.
They may have been nominated for awards. I don't know how all the selections are made, but in my experience they are by committees whose members may not appreciate in full the contributions and even sacrifices people have made.
Sometimes, the awards are made more for their work within The Institute than how they have helped the practice of internal auditing move forward.
Sometimes, the people recognized are paid by their organization to be active in the profession because it is a form of marketing. I much prefer those that volunteer their time simply to advance professional practices rather than for personal reward.
Nevertheless, the few selected have certainly made significant contributions and merited recognition.
So what is my point?
- I salute those who serve out of the goodness of their heart, especially without recognition.
- I encourage everybody to join in the nomination processes when the notices come out.
- I ask that you name, here, individuals that you believe should be recognized.
Who should we applaud for their contributions to the practice of internal auditing?
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