The Accountable: Lynda Artesani

The Accountable: Lynda Artesani

We asked accountants what accountability means to them and how they stay accountable, and we heard a variety of responses as inspiration. Here is what Lynda Artesani had to say.

Lynda Artesani: At Artesani Accounting, we work exclusively with attorneys and law firms. Being accountable means being responsible.  As an accountant, I am responsible for the compliance part of the work. It is my number one task when working with lawyers. If a trust account does not balance, I must figure out what was wrong because this is not the attorney’s money. It’s money he or she is holding for their client – a retainer.

But, besides that one task, being accountable also means getting the work done by the deadlines. I like to see the work completed and reconciled by no later than the 10th of the following month.

I think accountability is something that is a trait deep inside your DNA or is learned from your parents. At our firm, everyone should be responsible for their own work. If there is an error or mistake, we are human, but being accountable means owning up to the mistake. You must be accountable for your successes and your failures. Remember, as fun as the successes may be, our learning moments happen through our failures.