“Not all readers are leaders, but all leaders are readers.”
– Harry S. Truman
As CFOs navigate the dynamic world of finance, staying well-informed and gaining fresh perspectives is crucial. I recently asked members of the CFO Leadership Council to share their recommendations for business books for their peers to read this summer. These books cover a wide range of topics, from leadership and strategy to finance and organizational culture, providing CFOs with valuable insights and inspiration for their professional development.
Without any further ado, below is the list of recommended books from some of the world’s leading chief financial officers. I hope you will find time this summer to enjoy a few of these books.
Amp It Up by Frank Slootman:
Gain insights into leadership and scaling a business from a successful CEO, providing valuable lessons for CFOs navigating growth.
An Astronaut’s Guide to Life on Earth by Chris Hadfield:
Discover lessons from astronaut Chris Hadfield’s experiences that can be applied to leadership, decision-making, and effective teamwork.
Atomic Habits by James Clear:
Learn practical strategies to build and break habits, helping CFOs optimize their personal and professional routines for greater effectiveness.
Bezonomics by Brian Dumaine:
Understand the strategies and principles behind Amazon’s success, offering insights into the e-commerce giant’s disruptive business model and its impact on the future of commerce.
Boundless by Carlos Ghosn:
Explore the experiences of the iconic business leader Carlos Ghosn as he navigated complex international business challenges, offering valuable lessons on crisis management and resilience.
Corporate Turnaround Artistry by Jeff Sands:
Gain insights into the art and strategies of corporate turnarounds, offering CFOs guidance on revitalizing struggling organizations.
Culture Shock by Gallup:
Understand the importance of company culture and its impact on performance, providing CFOs with insights to shape a positive and high-performing work environment.
Deep Finance by Glenn Hopper:
Perfect for trailblazing CFOs ready to dive deep into an era of information, analytics, and Big Data.
Made in India: 75 Years of Business and Enterprise by Amitabh Kant:
Explore the rich history and evolution of Indian businesses, offering valuable insights into the dynamic Indian market and its growth potential.
Maverick by Ricardo Semler:
Challenge traditional management practices and explore alternative approaches to leadership and organizational structure.
Never Split the Difference by Chris Voss:
Learn negotiation techniques from an FBI hostage negotiator, providing CFOs with valuable insights into effective communication and deal-making.
Play Nice, but Win by Michael Dell:
Gain insights into Dell’s journey and strategies for building a successful business, offering lessons on competition, innovation, and leadership.
Principles for Navigating Big Debt Crisis by Ray Dalio:
Explore principles and strategies for managing and navigating through debt crises, providing CFOs with valuable insights into economic cycles and financial stability.
Punished by Rewards by Alfie Kohn:
Challenge conventional thinking on motivation and rewards in the workplace, offering CFOs alternative perspectives on fostering engagement and productivity.
Quiet by Susan Cain:
Explore the power of introverts in a world that often celebrates extroversion, providing CFOs with insights on leveraging diverse personality traits within teams.
Simple Numbers, Straight Talk, Big Profits: 4 Keys to Unlock Your Business Potential by Greg Crabtree:
Gain a clear understanding of financial metrics and strategies to drive profitability, offering CFOs practical guidance for financial success.
Smart Growth by Whitney Johnson:
Discover strategies for fostering personal and professional growth, providing CFOs with insights to enhance their own development and that of their teams.
Steve Jobs by Walter Isaacson:
Dive into the life and vision of Steve Jobs, offering CFOs lessons in innovation, leadership, and building iconic brands.
Tell to Win by Peter Guber:
Learn the power of storytelling in business and how it can be leveraged to influence and inspire, providing CFOs with tools to effectively communicate their vision.
The Crux by Richard Rumelt:
Explore the art of strategic thinking and decision-making, providing CFOs with a framework to tackle complex business challenges effectively.
The Ecosystem Economy by Venkat Atluri and Miklos Dietz:
Understand the dynamics of the ecosystem economy and how it is reshaping industries, offering CFOs insights into collaborative strategies and ecosystem-driven growth.
The Fine Art of Not Saying Stupid Stuff by Janet M. Stovall and Kim Clark:
Learn effective communication techniques and strategies to avoid pitfalls in professional interactions, offering CFOs guidance on clear and impactful communication.
The Good Life by Robert Waldinger:
Delve into the findings of the longest-running study on happiness and well-being, offering CFOs insights into achieving a balanced and fulfilling life.
The Outliers by Malcolm Gladwell:
Explore the factors that contribute to extraordinary success, providing CFOs with perspectives on talent, opportunity, and high achievement.
The Speed of Trust by Stephen Covey:
Understand the importance of trust in personal and professional relationships, providing CFOs with strategies to build trust within their teams and organizations.
The Titanium Economy by Asutosh Padhi, Gaurav Batra, and Nick Santhanam:
Explore the future of business in the context of a strong and resilient economy, offering CFOs insights into emerging trends and opportunities.
To the Top by Jenna Fisher:
Discover the once-in-a-generation opportunity to close the gender gap across the C-Suite.
Trillion Dollar Coach by Eric Schmidt, Jonathan Rosenberg, and Alan Eagle:
Learn from the wisdom and leadership principles of legendary coach Bill Campbell, offering CFOs insights into building high-performing teams and organizations.
True North Leading Authentically in Today’s Workplace, Emerging Leader Edition by Bill George:
Explore the concept of authentic leadership and finding one’s true purpose, providing CFOs with guidance on aligning their leadership style with their values and goals.
Leadership & Culture: Why Managers Fail and Leaders Prevail by John and Katie McCann:
Recognize the difference between a boss and an inspirational and empathetic leader.
Win When They Say You Won’t by Daphne Jones:
Embrace a mindset of resilience, perseverance, and success in the face of challenges and adversity, providing CFOs with inspiration and strategies for overcoming obstacles.
These books cover a wide range of topics, from leadership and strategy to finance and organizational culture, providing CFOs with valuable insights and inspiration for their professional development.
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