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6 books to buy the accountant in your life

Julia Quinn, Chartered Accountants Australia and New Zealand

As the year winds down, and our beach umbrellas come out, Chartered Accountants Australia and New Zealand (CA ANZ) has given us the scoop on this year’s finance must-reads for 2019.

“Wherever you’re headed this summer, prioritising yourself by indulging in a great read may give you the boost you’re looking for to start 2019 off with a bang,” said a CA ANZ spokesperson.

“Whether you’re an accountant, you know an accountant, or you’re just looking to whip your finances into shape, we have taken the stress out of what you should be reading – or gifting as a read – this summer.

“We’ve built a list that we that we know will keep your mind active, even if you’re not, over the break.”

Whether purchasing as a stocking filler for that accountant or financial planner, or to simply catch up on the latest in finance with a decent cocktail in hand, keep your mind active over the Christmas break with these top six finance reads:

From Here to Financial Happiness: Enrich Your Life in Just 77 Days by Jonathan Clements

This read is targeted toward a general audience interested in finance, by offering a collection of brief financial lessons on a variety of topics – with the idea being you read a lesson a day.

Essentially, Clements offers bite-sized advice for getting your personal finances in order.

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The Barefoot Investor: The Only Money Guide You'll Ever Need by Scott Pape

Scott Pape has crafted this financial classic as a must-read for the every day Aussie. Given there are thousands of finance books on the shelves, this book is designed to give the reader a step-by-step formula to creating a simple personal financial plan.

This latest version has been fully reviewed and updated for the 2018-2019 financial year.

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The Art of People: The 11 Simple People Skills that will get You Everything You Want by Dave Kerpen

In a world where we are constantly connected, it's those with the best people skills who win the day. Those who build the right relationships. Those who truly understand and connect with their colleagues, their customers, their partners. Those who others like, respect and trust.

The Art of People reveals the eleven people skills that will get you more of what you want at work, at home and in life.

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The Financial Advisor's Success Manual: How to Structure and Grow Your Financial Services Practice by Craig Cmiel and David Leo

Offering tools and techniques to refine your skills as a financial advisor, this read looks at how to boost client satisfaction, expand your business, balance the cost of services with the value delivered, and develop a differentiation strategy.

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The Traits of Today's CFO: A Handbook for Excelling in an Evolving Role by Ron Rael

As the business world grows in complexity and increases in pace, organisations expect the leaders of their management finance teams to be just that - leaders.

This book explores critical traits of CFOs and financial controllers and explains specifically what steps are needed to meet these evolving requirements.

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Mind Tools for Managers: 100 Ways to be a Better Boss by James Manktelow and Julian Birkinshaw

Are you delegating, or just micromanaging?

This is the book you can use every day to be a better boss, with 100 tips and strategies to improve your leadership capabilities and excel in all aspects of the job.

Buy it here >>

Julia Quinn is the General Manager Corporate Affairs at Chartered Accountants Australia and New Zealand.