This weekend, our local Singers group’s production of Die Fledermaus opened in Maleny. I am singing Alfredo, a love-struck Italian tenor. It is the most challenging operetta we have performed but enormous fun.
On Sunday afternoon, a couple of our principals were a little upset after the show because of minor errors during the singing and dialogue. One in particular felt that he had let the side down. Yet he had just received a rapturous ovation at the curtain call, as well he should have done. He did a super job, but he was haunted by a quest for perfection, whereas his client (the audience) were deliriously happy with what he delivered.
Accountants too often fall into this trap. We need to stop the paralysis by analysis that plagues our profession and prevents clients from benefiting from new ideas and solutions because of the fear that, perhaps, one client might not like it or, worse still, what are we going to do if the client says yes? You can”t help a client if you don”t put yourself out on a limb and give it a go. It will never be perfect. Accept that and get out with your clients to find ways in which you can create value. You”ll never receive a standing ovation if you stay cocooned in your office wondering if the client will like it or not.
For more information on Maleny Singers, visit our Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/MalenySingers (please Like!) If you”re in the South East Queensland area, we are performing Die Fledermaus again on Friday evening and Saturday and Sunday afternoons (28-30 June 2013.)