As a CFO, you need a broad perspective about a business since every aspect of the business will overlap with the Finance function.
Here is our selection of top 5 books a CFO should read:
The 80/20 Principle by Richard Koch – Everybody knows about the 80/20 principle (or the Pareto Principle). Developed by an Italian economist, this principle has stood the test of time. Koch explains how it can be applied to business and everyday life.
The Effective Executive by Peter Drucker – Considered one of the most influential management thinker and guru in history, anything by Drucker is probably useful but this book sums it up best.
The Personal MBA by Josh Kaufman- Want the most important business concepts in one book? This is it. Josh Kaufman does a great job of distilling many business and management concepts into this one book – it’s a great reference to have at your finger tips
Getting Things Done by David Allen – It may be a cliche but time IS money. And your time is worth a lot. See why senior executives of the largest corporations ask David Allen for help in being more productive with this productivity bible
The Goal: A Process of Ongoing Improvement by Eliyahu M. Goldratt and Jeff Cox – Eli Goldratt is described by Fortune as a “Guru to Industry”, this book is written as a novel but passes along valuable management concepts.
Do you have any other “must read” books? Share them in the comments.