Straight shooters. That’s a good thing right? A straight shooter has a few meanings. Clearly the first is someone who can shoot straight! This was particularly valuable in the Wild Wild West when you not only had to get your shot in first, but also be accurate. Being fast on the draw and inaccurate did not really open up any long term career prospects as a gunslinger!
The other definition of straight shooters is someone who is both honest and forthright. It goes without saying (hopefully) that accountants are honest. But the degree that accountants are forthright can vary. It depends on the sort of relationship between an accountant and their client.
At parker simone we do not just want to “do the numbers”. We want to build deep-rooted relationships with our corporate and private clients so that we can offer sound advice in the short, medium and long term. This sort of relationship gives us a solid foundation and allows us to be forthright with our clients. Like a good friend, we tell it like it is. It might not be exactly what you want to hear but it will be straightforward advice which we believe is in your best interests. (And of course we “do the numbers” as well!)
So at parker simone we like to think of ourselves as straight shooters – “honest and forthright.” It is the way we behave with our clients and also the way we work internally.
Now, going back to the first definition of straight shooter….., on a recent trip to Tuscon one of our partners attempted to demonstrate that he was a straight shooter in all senses of the word. At least that’s what Mr. Simone told us! (As a by-the-by we make it a rule to call Marco, Mr. Simone whenever he is holding a gun!)
History does not actually record the accuracy of his shooting, and any photographic corroboration seems to have gone missing. However, Marco is certainly our sharp shooter of the month!