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3 Books Every Manager Should Have on Their Bookshelf 

As a manager, you inspire your team with integrity, authority, and enthusiasm. One way to continue to do this is by reading books about leadership. Regularly taking in reflections and advice on leading your team provides insightful, practical advice to implement on an ongoing basis. Here are three management books you should be reading.   

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The Effective Executive: The Definitive Guide to Getting the Right Things Done   

Written by Peter F. Drucker, author of over 30 books on leadership, this book explains why an executive should be measured by their ability to get the right things done. Devoting time to the necessary activities requires the assistance of a great team and the ability to spot things others might have overlooked. Properly managing your time and effectively setting priorities are important as well. To attain these objectives, determine where your time goes. Know which activities take up the most and least of each day. Write down the tasks you currently prioritize and whom you regularly meet with. Use this information to identify and eliminate tasks that should not be on your schedule. Make more informed decisions about what to automate and delegate. Keep the most important tasks that only you can do. Emphasize how your contributions lead to outcomes. Measure your performance in terms of direct results, building and reaffirming values, and building and developing people.   

Radical Inclusion: What the Post-9/11 World Should Have Taught Us About Leadership  

Written by former Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Martin Dempsey and New York Times bestselling author Ori Brafman, this book emphasizes why managers need to include as many members as possible on their team. Building small, intensely focused teams excludes people, leading to eroded trust and loss of power. Giving up more control than you would like and putting trust as a top priority help you maintain power in your company. Your teammates need to feel that they matter to the organization. Having a sense of belonging increases engagement and productivity. Employees attain greater understanding and feelings of self-worth.   

Thinking in Bets: Making Smarter Decisions When You Don’t Have All the Facts   

Written by former World Series of Poker champion Annie Duke, this book details how managers can make more informed decisions while missing critical information. Because waiting to have all the facts before taking action is ineffective, you need a plan to progress despite not knowing all about the circumstances. Although a bit of luck is involved in whether a decision is successful, thinking like a professional gambler is helpful. Determine which outcome is most likely given specific actions you can take. Cultivate a calm mindset for making decisions under pressure.   

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