Lesson From Yesteryear

BY KENNETH S. MOST

Sixty years ago I was apprenticed to an English auditor. One day my boss asked me to be in his office just before midday, and I was told to sit on a chair away from his desk.

At noon a client, the owner of a large textile manufacturing company and my boss’s fishing buddy, arrived. My employer did not hesitate to tell his friend, “There’s something wrong with these inventory sheets.” Without argument the client accepted the proffered papers and took them away to be corrected. I was then sent back to work, having learned the lesson.

Where can an accounting student today obtain such an education? Can this type of ethical behavior be legislated?

Kenneth S. Most
Professor Emeritus
Florida International University
Lauderdale-by-the-Sea, Florida

SPONSORED REPORT

Cybersecurity threats proliferating for midsize and smaller businesses

This report details how SMBs can properly protect private information from breaches, design and implement a cybersecurity policy, and create safeguards for training and education.

QUIZ

News quiz: Senate health care bill in the spotlight

Reports related to the Republican bill to repeal many provisions of the PPACA, other tax issues, and the giant AICPA ENGAGE Conference offered a diverse reading list for June. See how much you know about recent news with this short quiz.