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Is Your Internal Auditor a Back Seat Driver or a Coach for Excellence?

Is your internal auditor a back seat driver or a coach for excellence?

Each of us, in our personal lives, has suffered with people who don’t have anything good to say. All they do is carp and point out all your mistakes, even when they are not mistakes.

The back seat driver is the epitome of this annoying individual. He doesn’t participate in helping you get to your destination, but just annoys with complaints and pointing out when you missed your street.

The mother-in-law is another caricature of an individual that has nothing but negative to say. I like the joke: what is behind every successful person? An astonished mother-in-law.

These people seem …