Monday, June 8th, 2020

The Worst

“The worst solitude is to have no real friendships.” – Francis Bacon

As a leader in your CPA firm, do you always consider the worst thing that could happen?

Decisions are deferred because the partner group is afraid of risk. New policies are not implemented because someone might complain.

I offer this quote from Agatha Christie in her novel The Pale Horse:

“Always envision the worst. You’ve no idea how that steadies the nerves. You begin at once to be sure it can’t be as bad as what you might imagine.”

Most decisions made in a CPA firm are not life or death. What’s the worst that could happen? Will someone die? Of course not.

A new idea is approved. Someone complains. Keep in mind that someone will complain no matter what you do.

If the new idea/policy/procedure turns out to be a flop. Simply say, “Oh well, that didn’t work out very well. Let’s try something else.”

(Note: The Pale Horse on Amazon Prime right now is absolutely nothing like the novel. Read the novel.)

  • "I am as bad as the worst, but, thank God, I am as good as the best."
  • Walt Whitman

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