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Five (Maybe Six) Books That Every CFO Should Own

At Rocketrip, we’ve come to learn that education is a lifelong endeavor, especially for senior leaders who want to stay at the cutting edge of their field. As Dan Figenshu, CFO, explains: “There’s always room for intellectual growth, for enterprises and for the people who run them.” And because we’re nothing if not helpful, we’re thrilled to present five volumes sure to broaden any CFO’s intellectual horizons, whatever their reason for hitting the books.

1. If you want to be a better detective: Financial Shenanigans, Fourth Edition: How to Detect Accounting Gimmicks and Fraud in Financial Reports

This bestseller by the renowned Howard M. Schilit is a classic for a reason, categorizing nefarious accounting schemes and the lessons to be learned from them. A quarter-century after the first edition debuted, it’s still a must-read, but regular updates mean the case studies are as fresh as the malfeasance.

2. If you want to be a better speaker: Talk Like TED: The 9 Public-Speaking Secrets of the World’s Top Minds Communications coach Carmine Gallo simplifies the art of effective presentation, with lessons gleaned from the platform upon which public speaking has achieved its 21st-century zenith.

3. If you want to be a better human: Emotional Intelligence 2.0

No, we’re not buying into stereotypes about numbers people not being people people. Rather, we’re buying into the idea that all C-suite types must understand who they are and how they can best communicate with the folks above, around and below them on the org chart. This is the book—with its useful online assessment—to help you do just that.

4. If you want to be a better doer: The Checklist Manifesto: How to Get Things Right

As interesting as it is essential, as entertaining as it is short. This bestseller from The New Yorker writer and world-class surgeon Atul Gawande is the quickest way to start getting things done without needing to  hire more staff. Yes, it’s that effective. Plus, you’ll finally learn the truth about Van Halen’s legendary green M&M contract rider.

5. If you want to be a better manager: HBR’s 10 Must Reads 2019: The Definitive Management Ideas of the Year from Harvard Business Review  A thought-provoking collection for any CFO with hopes of improving their team—which is every CFO, one hopes—this short volume is a self-curated list by The Golden Passport folks themselves. (See what we did there? That’s a sixth book for the price of five.)

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