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Bean Counter

Slang; an accountant.
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People who dislike bean counters often view themselves as the only ones in an organization able to see the big picture, in this case quality and service.
But, your reputation always has been strong-you have been labeled as dull, unimaginative, risk-adverse bean counters.
It appears that there are major differences in the image of accountants based on level in the organization-people in top management are more likely to see accountants as business partners and not bean counters.
Also bean counters are wondering how this change will end up impacting the wallets of two Stephens clients: Houston Nutt and Nolan Richardson.
Orbiting the Giant Hairball proceeds from an observation its author shares with virtually every other management writer of the past decade: the problem with business is rigid, entrenched ways, inflexible regulations, formulaic organization, and number-mad bean counters.
But it is great news for Washington bean counters, who have been looking for a way to slow the growth of pensions and trim the deficit without having to go to Congress for new taxes or benefit cuts.
If it sounds like ABCM is it just a new way for the bean counters to crunch numbers, think again.
So just when are our emergency service top brass going to stop making excuses and toeing the official line and tell the truth - cutting back on jobs to appease the bean counters isn't improving efficiency or creating better working practices, it's compromising security and putting lives at risk.
We are bean counters in essence instead of concentrating our efforts on the criminal fraternity.
What nobody wants is for the bean counters to decide it was such a success that they will keep it that way.
I suspect the bean counters and the board members have decided that it is cheaper to let foreign countries pay the cost of appropriate training.
With salaries, transport and all the equipment, the bean counters in the Beeb's plush new headquarters at Pacific Quay shelled out a five-figure sum for this travesty.