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ATLANTA PITTSBURGH BALTIMORE BIRMINGHAM BOSTON HASKINS & S E L LS PORTLAND PROVIDENCE SAINT LOUIS BROOKLYN SALT LAKE CITY BUFFALO CHARLOTTE CERTIFIED PUBLIC ACCOUNTANTS SAN DIEGO SAN FRANCISCO CHICAGO SEATTLE CINCINNATI TULSA CLEVELAND WATERTOWN DALLAS BULLETIN DENVER DETROIT JACKSONVILLE KANSAS CITY BERLIN LONDON MANILA PARIS LOS ANGELES SHANGHAI MINNEAPOLIS NEWARK E X E C U T I V E O F F I C ES NEW ORLEANS 30 BROAD STREET. NEW YORK HAVANA NEW YORK MEXICO CITY PHILADELPHIA MONTREAL VOL. X NEW YORK, MAY, 1927 No. 5 Every Job THERE are many famous passages in Shakespeare's "Julius Caesar." Many of them might serve admirably as inspirational slogans for accountants. There is one which may be appropriate or inappropriate, according as use of it is made: "The evil that men do lives after them; the good is oft interred with their bones." No vocation, profession, or means of livelihood depends more for its success upon the character of service rendered than the profession of accountancy. Any mistakes in getting at and reporting facts, errors in judgment, carelessness in setting down figures, bob up eternally to damn the reputation of an accountant who offers his services to the public. On the other hand, nothing establishes and increases the prestige of an accountant like a piece of work well done. Modern practice may have to combine professional and commercial elements. The purely professional type may starve in his devotion to an ideal. There is no reason why an accountant should work for nothing. But there is every reason why he should keep constantly before him his professional duty and be guided by a sense thereof. In the building of a professional practice, whether on a scale large or small, mistakes are bound to occur, and errors are bound to creep in. Where is the engineer who has not been guilty of mistakes in judgment? The great bridge over the a Good Job Saint Lawrence River, outside of Quebec, crashed to ruin twice while the project was under way. The engineers made mistakes. But one of the finest spans in the world finally was completed. In the early days of abdominal surgery, a surgeon cut off a piece of the intestine instead of the appendix. But today a human being may live without a stomach because surgery did not stop with that mistake. Some lawyers have advised their clients badly, but the legal profession has become one of the most honored of the learned professions. The accountancy profession may be chargeable with its share of errors. The evil growing out of some errors may live on and on. But every mistake should be a lesson and contribute something to the betterment of the work. Likewise, it should serve as a reminder that the reputation which a firm enjoys is founded on the sum total of what it does. If the poor work is greater than the good work, the reputation will be evil. By the same token, if good work prevails the reputation will be good. If success in accountancy is to be achieved, every job must be a good job. Whether it be profitable, or unprofitable, is beside the point. The greater consideration is the character of the work done. If slogans are needed as a force to spur one on to constant effort and unceasing vigilance every hour of the day, what could be better than "Every job a good job"?
Gallagher, Robert A.
Welsch, Henry William
Duncombe, Fred J.
Lee, Cletus H.
Fincher, J. R.
Koelbel, Arthur William
Haskins & Sells. Chicago Office
Haskins & Sells. New York Office
Haskins & Sells Bulletin, Vol. 10, no. 04 (1927 April), p. 32
|Source||Originally published by: Haskins & Sells|
|Collection||Deloitte Digital Collection|
|Digital Publisher||University of Mississippi Libraries. Accounting Collection|
|Identifier||HS Bulletin 10-p32|