As the old saying goes, “when one chapter closes, another one opens.” For me, I recently closed the longest and most extraordinary chapter in my career when I stepped down as President and CEO of The IIA. As I have noted, it was not an easy decision, but it was the right decision for both me and The IIA. The IIA will benefit from new ideas and fresh leadership, and I am now free to pursue life as a “private citizen” again after more than 12 years of leading a complex global organization under the glare that came with being a spokesman for the internal audit profession.
What many of my readers may not realize is that I had spent more than a decade before my tenure at The IIA as an internal audit thought leader, speaker and advocate. Transitioning to the IIA role in 2009 enabled me to pursue those passions while also providing the strategic leadership and operational oversight for a $70 million business with more than 200 employees and over 200,000 members around the globe. As I step away from the CEO responsibilities at The IIA, I stand ready to re-embrace my passions.
When it comes to my career, I feel that I am too old to start a new book, but too young to have written the last chapter. So, as I prepare to write my next chapter, I thought I would share some of the goals I have set out for myself. There is no timeline associated with these goals. In fact, they are more aptly described as the principles that will guide me as they are metric driven goals. Here are the five goals that I plan to pursue in the months and years ahead:
So, there you have it – my goals for the next chapter on my audit trail. I do not know how long this chapter will last, or whether it will be the final chapter in my professional career. I only know that I am excited to begin the chapter with my lofty goals in hand.
I look forward to sharing each page of the new chapter with my thousands of friends and colleagues around the world.