Recently Neil Armstrong was the key speaker at an accounting conference in Australia.
This was a mighty gutsy and creative initiative and I hear you saying—-“What has landing a man on the moon got to do with accounting?”
Well, firstly, beavering away in the background at NASA were the accountants——recording costs, preparing management reports and assisting with information to help run the organisation that put the man on the moon.
And , secondly, as you listen to Armstrong when he runs through the landing of the lunar module with you there will be a realisation that flying one of those things is not an exact science.
It requires judgement, experience and courage.
The same goes for accountants who want to make a contribution to mankind.
As an accountant you are producing information that helps decision-making——HOPEFULLY!
I urge all accountants to pull themselves out of their comfort zones and genuinely reflect as to whether people find what they do useful.
One useful question to ask each day is:
WHAT CAN I DO TODAY TO ADD VALUE TO MY ORGANISATION OR A CLIENT?