Coffee with Matt Damon

Late last week I had a coffee meeting with a new friend of mine. To protect his identity (& the innocent ) lets call him Matt, as in
Matt Damon.

Now Matt is not an accountant, but rather an engineer. Here is just a small section from his bio.

Over a career of over 20 years in systems engineering, Matt has worked in the areas of defence, building automation, industrial control, rail automation and intelligent transport systems.  He has participated at many levels in sophisticated and complex projects involving large scale software development, safety systems, distributed real time technologies as well as mobile and remote area communications.  Matt is a strong business leader having fulfilled business development and senior management roles over the last 10 years plus.    An energetic and focused individual, Matt has extensive management and engineering skills.  He has successfully secured many millions of dollars of business for companies he has worked for, dramatically improved company processes and demonstrated finesse in leading and motivating both engineering and sales staff.  His presentation skills, deep industry experience, people management skills and commercial acumen are well proven.

My experience to date with engineers has largely been that they have brains the size of small planets and as such tend to be too technical & analytical to be interested in the commercial aspects of their organisations and clients.

However, Matt was refreshingly different. He is a super smart, articulate professional interested in his clients and what his organisation is doing to better serve their market, who just happened to be an engineer.

In all my meetings with accountants, (junior & senior) and reading through many hundreds of CVs and capability statements I can count on one hand the number of accounting professionals that can be described similar to Matt the engineer.

As a keen observer of the accounting profession and a consultant trying to help firms and their staff, I would love to hear accountant’s described as energetic, focused, commercial and generating big business for their firms and adding real value to their clients and stakeholders.

That being said, I clearly have not met all accountants in Australia or around the world. Perhaps you are one of the above-described professionals. If so, please let me know!

All my best,

James E.

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