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Leading Teams: Auditing as a Team Sport (OFFERED VIRTUALLY)

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Date(s): Jun 01, 2020 - Jun 04, 2020
Time: 8:15AM - 12:00PM
Registration Fee: $299.00
Cancellation Date: May 25, 2020
City: Austin

Course Description

Is your audit group a team? The difference between a group of people working on an audit or project together and a cohesive team is tremendous. Only through teamwork can we accomplish great results. Collective work, not a division of work is key to developing a team and that requires defined roles, goals, rules and trust. This course teaches audit engagement managers the skills to create a cohesive team environment that leverages a collaborative and collective approach to audits resulting in a less invasive approach for the audit client and a more effective one for the audit team.

This highly interactive course is taught through lecture, video, real-life examples, case studies and small group exercises.

Potential CPE Credits: 16.0

Instruction Type: Live
Experience Level: INTERMEDIATE
Category: 02 Auditing

Course Objectives

Upon completion of this course, participants will be able to:

· What it takes to be a great leader

· Implement the collaborative, collective approach to auditing

· Learn how to lead and to manage effectively

· How to effectively facilitate the work through collaborative planning

· Ways to ensure efficiency through monitoring and controlling the audit

· How and when to give and receive feedback


Why Teams Don’t Work

· Fallacies and myths about teams

· Structures and inclusiveness

· Harmony versus discord

· Leadership and coaching


Being a Good Leader

· Leading versus managing

· Recognizing individuals and the team

· Building relationships

· Growth management

· Getting stuff done as a team


Being a Great Leader

· 7 leadership styles

· Radical candor

· The importance of empathy – caring and being human

· Challenging directly

· Leading by example


Developing Your Team

· Your role as motivator and coach

· The difference between teaching and coaching

· Principals that make teams work

· Knowing when to manage and when to lead

· Trusting and empowering your team members



· When to collaborate, when not to

· Four barriers to collaboration

· Unifying people, purpose and practices


Facilitating Effectively

· A facilitator’s role

· When to delegate and when to do it yourself

· Building consensus and team approach

· The cohesive team and improved client experiences

· Developing a team environment that promotes synergy

· Planning, monitoring and controlling the audit

· Providing and receiving feedback

· Team project management tools and techniques


Team Building

· Social relationships

· Challenging each other – the good fight

· Training

· Diversity & Changing up the team


Leading Virtual Teams

· Creating engagement in a virtual environment

· Strengthening the team network

· Leveraging technology

· Coaching from a distance


Dealing with Conflict

· Confronting difficult situations with confidence

· Conflict management techniques

· Good conflict - leveraging potential conflict situations as opportunities

· Building trust after conflict



Prerequisites: Professionals with at least 2 years of experience.


Bret Kobel

Mr. Kobel is Managing Partner for Empower Audit and has more than 20 years of professional finance, accounting, audit, risk and compliance experience. Bret specializes in internal controls, process improvement, process transformation & implementation with organizations operating under GAAP and/or IFRS Standards. He brings a diverse background to the organization from venture-backed startups to global Fortune 500 companies.

Most recently Bret spent two years on assignment in Singapore as the Regional CFO and Controller for an international logistics company responsible for seven countries in the Asia Pacific region. Mr. Kobel was tasked with transforming the financial organization and redesigning the financial processes to ensure timely and accurate financial reporting.

Prior to that, Mr. Kobel spent several years with a large international drilling services company operating in over 40 countries on six continents. He was responsible for developing the company’s initial policies and procedures and implementing the baseline internal controls framework for the company as well as the initial Enterprise Risk Management (ERM) program. Mr. Kobel later led global Internal Audit teams performing the first ever internal audits in the company’s 120 year history.

Earlier in Mr. Kobel’s career, he was part of a team that interpreted the newly released 1992 COSO published Internal Control – Integrated Framework into a set of policies and procedures for one of the largest university systems in the Nation and later led teams conducting the initial internal audits for the newly-implemented procedures.

Mr. Kobel received his BS degree from Indiana University and his MBA from The University of Texas at Austin. He is a member of the Institute of Internal Auditors (IIA) and the Association of Certified Fraud Examiners (ACFE).

Additional Information

TAC Rule 523.142(g) requires the CPE Sponsor to monitor individual attendance and assign the correct number of CPE credits. Participants will be asked to document their time of arrival and departure in compliance with this Rule. Additionally, attendance will be monitored throughout the day and CPE certificates will reflect actual attendance of each participant.

If you are making travel plans to come to Austin, we recommend making "refundable" air and hotel reservations or waiting until 14 days before the class to actually book your reservations. Courses are occasionally canceled or rescheduled due to low enrollment. We determine whether a course has enough participants 16 days prior to the course date. If we cancel or reschedule, we will email the participant and his or her billing contact no later than 14 days before the original class date.

The course coordinator will contact you with parking information. Handicapped parking is free at the meters around the downtown area.

Vending machines with Coca-Cola products and various snack items are available. There is also a refrigerator and microwave in our coffee bar area. Feel free to bring in your own drinks and food if you prefer.

You might want to bring a light sweater or jacket, as room temperatures vary.

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