November 1, 2006
How to Tell When Your Accountant Has Attention to Detail
Charmaine Yoest, Ph.D. (?) What is a good way to learn if your accountant is getting all those numbers to add up right?
He spells your name right.
When Your Business Blogger was in the army way back in the days of the horse cavalry, I had a boss, Captain Akroyd, who once gave me a memorable ‘corrective interview.’ The West Pointer said I needed to concentrate on my Attention to Detail.
And, in lacking that quality (back then!), I am, of course, very quick to criticize the same lack in others (today).
I often see this lack in the spelling of our names: Charmaine has an unusual first name that is often misspelled, or misidentified. Yoest, a Flemish name, is often misspelled.
The cliche goes: There is no bad PR, as long as they spell your name right.
So it was memorable that my name would be misspelled and insulted in the same article. Very bad.
Dennis Howlett on innovation for professional accountants who blogs at AccMan gets my name wrong and uses bad language.
Sounding like, well, a blogger:
My new best friend, Dennis Howlett might be right half the time. But these would not be the odds one would take.
From an accountant.
New tag line:
Dennis Howlett on innovation for professional accountants — We’re Right Half the Time! We’re British!
We May Have Lost the Empire, But We Won’t Lose Your Money!
Thank you (foot)notes: I do hope Dennis Howlett is not disqualified for the AcountancyAge Awards 2006 coming up on 15 November. His ciphering is no doubt more accurate than his spelling. More at the jump.
Management Training Tip: Get the name right; both sight and sound, for the eye and ear, spelling and pronunciation.
[“Spectacular” and “Accountancy” in the same ‘graph!]
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