Mechanics vs. Concepts: Do You Know What You Doin?
Updated: Oct 1, 2020
I find myself constantly having this discussion about mechanics vs. concepts. - so much that I wrote about it years ago in Reader's Digest and have countless conversations with professionals about using your brain and not being afraid to do the job. You understand HOW to do something but do you understand the WHY?
In accounting and in real life, this is a blurred line. Just because you know how to download the report and copy/paste into specific cells of an Excel file doesn't mean you understand the financial, operational, and/or global impact of what you at your job everyday. Are you really adding value? Improving processes? Or are you doing things exactly the way your predecessor showed you before they left? Is your lack of knowledge complicating the process?
So many talented people have game-changing ideas yet remain silent out of fear of being wrong. Fear of their ideas being disregarded. A fear that speaks to the lack of confidence in oneself and your responsibilities. When you're informed about something, you can speak intelligently about it - trying to speak on something you know nothing about not only dampens your brand, it can be embarrassing depending on your audience.
I did a freestyle episode of The WERKin' Mommas podcast as this topic has been on my mind as I see how even in the pandemic, many people are transitioning into new roles and careers. As you step into this new role, are you going to carry your predecessor's torch or are you going to put on full display all the things you talked about in the interview? It's totally OK to be wrong and it's totally OK to say 'I don't know." The key is that you muster up the audacity to find out what you don't know.
Whether you're a CPA candidate, millennial professional, or business owner, listen to this episode for a different approach to upgrading your skillset.