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October 07, 2010

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Larry

Hi, Lynn, I agree with ‘Lead by Example’, that’s a good idea.

But the problem is, leaders like VPs of Internal Audit Dept. or Chief Internal Auditors do not have much time to invest on business writing course, actually they do have more important work to do.

My suggestion is Chief Internal Auditors delegate the work to a Senior Internal Audit Manager (if any) and the Senior Internal Audit Manager lead the audit team to learn business writing course.
I’m an internal auditor in a HK listed company which is based in Shanghai, and we write reports in English. We are a small team and no Senior Manager as mentioned above, our way is to review the audit reports by each other, from grammar to wording. After we revise the report three times or more, then we submit the report to Chief Internal Auditor for final review. I know this is not the best way, but it’s acceptable in our department.

Lynn Gaertner-Johnston

Hi, Larry. I am glad to hear from you. It sounds as though your system is working for your group.

I am interested in your comment about Chief Internal Auditors: "they do have more important work to do." I believe learning to communicate more effectively is very important. I agree with your idea of delegating the work to a senior manager if one exists.

Thank you for commenting.

Lynn

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