Greetings from Shanghai. For the past seven days, I have had the pleasure of working with the thought-leader, book author and consultant David Parmenter. He is also known as the King of KPIs based on his best-selling book Key Performance Indicators (KPI): Developing, Implementing, and Using Winning KPIs. David and I have been traveling through Asia to speak at various IBM Finance Forums and to meet with great customers. Most Asian IBM Finance Forums feature David Parmenter as the external keynote speaker this year. As part of his presentation called ‘The CFO as Chief Performance Officer’, David urges the audience to spend more time reading and studying the great business thinkers and writers. He goes further in his presentations and presents the audience with a few specific recommendations. I thought it might be worth sharing these.
David’s Recommended Reading List
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Why these books?
The Definitive Drucker: Challenges For Tomorrow’s Executives — Final Advice From the Father of Modern Management: “Peter Drucker is the Leonardo da Vinci of management. His thinking is way ahead of its time. I predict that his ideas will become a standard within the next 20 years. This book is a great summary.”
Winning: “Jack Welch is often regarded as one of the greatest managers. This book provides some profound wisdom that every manager should be aware of.”
Good to Great: Why Some Companies Make the Leap… and Others Don’t: “The classic book to find out what it takes to be a great organization. The insights are also relevant for personal success.”
In Search of Excellence: Lessons from America’s Best-Run Companies (Collins Business Essentials): “This book remains a timeless classic.”
The Future of Management: “Seeing into the future. He stirs ups the general thinking about management.”
In the next few days I will publish an interview with David Parmenter. You can also find further book recommendations on this blog.