Top Books for Accountants, Holiday Season 2013

Gina Deveney
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The holiday season 2013 has come around along with the challenge of finding great gifts to give friends and family. If you have accountants on your list, you can help them advance their careers by gifting business or accounting books that offer sound advice and information. For the holiday season 2013, these four books are likely to be on accountants' lists.

Getting More: How to Negotiate to Achieve Your Goals in the Real World by Stuart Diamond: Pulitzer Prize winner Diamond teaches readers how to use improved strategies to get better results from negotiations. In particular, readers are encouraged to focus more on acknowledging and valuing the emotions and perceptions and less on power dynamics. Giving this book during the holiday season 2013 can help the recipient attain a better salary, increase a client base, and reach other professional goals in the coming year.

E-Myth Revisited: Why Most Small Businesses Don't Work and What to Do About It by Michael E. Gerber: If the accountant in your life is thinking about starting a business, gift him or her this book during the holiday season 2013. The author takes readers through the lifecycle of a business, warning of common pitfalls and providing valuable tips that improve any small business's chances of succeeding.

Financial Shenanigans: How to Detect Accounting Gimmicks & Fraud in Financial Reports by Howard M. Schilit: Considering the amount of financial fraud in the news over the last decade, knowing how to sniff out shady accounting tricks can keep investors from losing their money. This book provides detailed descriptions and relevant examples of accounting tricks employed by unethical companies to fool the public. Accountants who receive this book during the holiday season 2013 can use the information as a jumping-off point to develop skills that can help them increase their work opportunities in 2014.

Being the Boss: The 3 Imperatives for Becoming a Great Leader by Linda A. Hill and Kent L. Lineback: Ideal reading for accounting professionals who want to obtain supervisory or management positions in their firms, this book offers advice geared toward becoming an excellent leader by mastering three essential elements: yourself, a network, and a team. The guide is written for both first-time and experienced managers.

While you can find many other business and accounting books for the holiday season 2013, these four can help accountants achieve their professional goals. Consider the personality and dreams of the accountant in your life to choose a book that best fits that individual person's needs.


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