Discussion:Can an Accountant Be a Visionary?

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Podolin (talk|edits) said:

7 January 2013
A recent Charles Krauthammer column has this sentence in it: "He's a visionary, not an accountant." He's talking about Obama, but that's not my point. Should accountants take that as an insult, or accept it as a statement of fact? Leave politics out of it.

Death&Taxes (talk|edits) said:

7 January 2013
A contradiction of terms? The accountant measures the past and present. Just think of having to attest as to the future. Accountants would have to include that mutual fund statement about using past performance .........

Captcook (talk|edits) said:

7 January 2013
I think, generally, an accountant plays the role of an historian. To be a visionary, one must look ahead and make predictions based primarily on judgment. I think generally, this is the strategist or visionary "hat" and not the accountant "hat". That said, to serve our clients best as tax professionals, we must assume this role. When we do this, we are not acting as accountants, but holistic tax professionals.

Jrochestercpa (talk|edits) said:

7 January 2013
I would take it as an insult, if I thought Krauthammer knew the difference between visionary and accountant. Given that he is a doctor of psychiatry, and based on the psychiatrists that I know (I worked with a private foundation that funded psychiatric research), I would not bet that he really knows the difference. As for his politics, he has been on both sides of the fence over his career, so it is difficult to even discuss that.

CrowJD (talk|edits) said:

7 January 2013
Query: Can an accountant be a visionary?

Absolutely not. It's like asking if a man could get pregnant. NO.

The type person who is attracted to the professional is stunted in some essential way (Cartesian mindset). It's a combination of training and starched genes. Mental constipation.

You don't ask a mule to do horse tricks or to dance like the Leipzig stallions.

Ukbones (talk|edits) said:

7 January 2013
"The accountant measures the past and present."

"Dogs bark and pee on things."

Podolin (talk|edits) said:

7 January 2013
It's like asking if a man could get pregnant. Where have you been? http://www.usatoday.com/story/news/2012/12/12/pregnant-mans-divorce-case/1765359/

CrowJD (talk|edits) said:

7 January 2013
I take back what I said about the mule. I got carried away.

Podolin, you're right. I remember that now. Now someone is going to get rich selling maternity clothes to men.

Death&Taxes (talk|edits) said:

7 January 2013
"The accountant measures the past and present."

"Dogs bark and pee on things."

Therefore all dogs must be accountants.

Bobstatax (talk|edits) said:

8 January 2013
I don't think Krauthammer necessarily meant a "tax professional" accountant, so I believe that a CPA whose practice involves advising business clients on a wide variety of issues had better introduce foresight and imagination into their repertoire if they want to stay competitive. On the other hand, a CPA or EA whose practice is strictly tax oriented had better stick to the code. So, as usual, I think Krauthammer is full of what the bird left on the rock.

Ukbones (talk|edits) said:

8 January 2013
Management Accountants. /Krauthammer.

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