Here they are, divided roughly by category. And yes, you do detect an emphasis on leadership
By Robert Herz
While prominent politicians and business figures often are expected to produce memoirs, its not common practice for important players in accounting to do so. A dip in former Financial Accounting Standards Board chair Robert Herzs book may make you wish that it was. Hes had a fascinating career, and is clearly a thoughtful guy, with a serious vision for the future of financial reporting.
By Lee Eisenstaedt and Tom Siders
L. Harris Partners
The 3x3x3 model laid out in Wallet Share is deceptively simple: Go through your client base and make sure that youre selling each one three service, that you have three contacts at each one, and that they have three contacts at your firm. Properly implemented, it can unlock a tremendous source of new business, while cementing your long-term client relationships.
By Robert J. Lees, August J. Aquila and Derek Klyhn
Bay Street Group
Leadership at its Strongest creates a guide to being a successful managing partner by distilling the experience of 150 actual managing partners. It identifies and focuses on the four essential traits shared by great leaders: providing a compelling direction and strategy; engaging partners in the effort and gaining commitment; initiating activities that support their strategy; and setting a personal example.
By David C. Kuhlman
Many of the books that cross our desks about building successful companies are fairly generic: Be nimble. Value your people. Encourage innovation. Avoid doing stupid things. And so on. This one, on the other hand, actually includes specific advice that's actually relevant to actual professional service firms. Well worth a look for any partners who want to take their firm to the next level.
By John Baldoni
Since leadership is awfully hard, and a 24/7 sort of job, the fact that this book is actually pocket-sized, and that its advice is short and pithy, makes it even more useful.
by Martin BiegelmanWiley
Look, it doesn't matter if you read Faces of Fraud because you want to stop them or because you want your face in a future editionthe fact is that it's a fascinating anecdotal look at frauds, cons, swindles and scams of all sizes and types. If nothing else, it'll make sure that you never, ever trust anyone else again.
By Sid Kess (as told to James Carberry)
Sid Kess has been synonymous with tax education for many years, but this book is not about tax: It's really about Sid, and the lessons he has to teach outside of tax. Part tribute, part leadership primer and part inspirational text, it ultimately offers a pathway for personal and professional satisfaction.
By Marc Rosenberg
The Rosenberg Associates
This was on last years reading list, toobut you probably still dont have a succession plan, do you? Read this comprehensive look at why it matters, the challenges firms face, and how to build and develop staff to support your exit strategy.
Congress and the Administration
You dont really want to read thisamong other things, it would take all summer, and you'd have to read all other laws that it refers tobut you want to read something on it from your research provider of choice, because come fall, your business clients are going to flood you with questions on it .