Strategy, leadership, and ‘small data’

Duncan BrodieEach week, we will delve into the reading lists of finance professionals around the world. This week, we hear from Duncan Brodie, FCMA, CGMA, a UK-based leadership and career coach and a former FD. Here are books that stand out for him:

WIN: How to Succeed in the New Game of Business: Brodie appreciates author Roger Harrop’s core message, which is that successful businesses focus on four basics – being exceptional, being a great place to work, constantly prospecting, and focusing on the bottom line.

Management in Ten Words: Terry Leahy, the former CEO of Tesco, distils his ideas into ten key words, focusing both on behaviours and ways of operating that provide clarity and insight into running a major organisation.

Small Data: The Tiny Clues That Uncover Huge Trends: Big data is talked about and written about a lot, Brodie said. In this book, Martin Lindstrom “shows how small insights that would never be identified from big data can transform organisations. There’s a great story about Lego in the first few pages.”

The Success Principles: Brodie appreciates this book by Jack Canfield because it offers “simple but effective principles that can help organisations and individual accountants achieve great results.”

For more reading recommendations from leaders and business insights in a flash, sign up for the free CGMA Advantage newsletter.