John Daly’s Recommended Reading List for CFOs and Aspiring CFOs

John L. Daly is a Chelsea, Michigan based management consultant specializing in costing, pricing strategy and pricing model development. He has taught continuing professional education courses since 1995. Earlier in his career, John was Chief Financial Officer for a Tier 1 automotive parts supplier. He also has been CFO for a large restaurant chain and COO for a window treatments manufacturer and retailing chain. He is the owner of Executive Education, Inc., and author of Pricing for Profitability published by Wiley & Sons.

Activity-Based Costing: Making It Work for Small and Mid-Sized Companies by Douglas T. Hicks, Wiley & Sons, 2002.

Built to Last: Successful Habits of Visionary Companies by Jim Collins and Jerry Porras, Harper Business Essentials, 1994

Competitive Advantage: Creating and Sustaining Superior Performance by Michael Porter, Free Press, 1998

Crucial Accountability: Tools for Resolving Violated Expectations, Broken Commitments, and Bad Behavior, Second Edition ( Paperback) by Kerry Patterson, Joseph Grenny, Ron McMillan, and Al Switzler, McGraw-Hill, New York 2005

Eats, Shoots & Leaves: The Zero Tolerance Approach to Punctuation by Lynne Truss, Penguin, 2004

Good to Great: Why Some Companies Make the Leap…And Others Don’t by Jim Collins, HarperCollins, 2001

Great by Choice: Uncertainty, Chaos, and Luck–Why Some Thrive Despite Them All by Jim Collins and Morten T. Hansen, HarperBusiness, 2011

How The Mighty Fall: And Why Some Companies Never Give In by Jim Collins, HarperCollins, 2009

How To Win Friends and Influence People by Dale Carnegie

Lean Thinking: Banish Waste and Create Wealth in Your Corporation, Revised and Updated by James Womack and Daniel Jones, Free Press, 2003

Outliers: The Story of Success by Malcolm Gladwell, Little-Brown, 2008

Pricing for Profitability: Activity-Based Pricing for Competitive Advantage by John L. Daly, Wiley & Sons, 2001

Snakes in Suits: When Psychopaths Go to Work by Paul Babiak and Robert D. Hare, 2007

The Non-Designer’s Design Book (3rd Edition) by Robin Williams, Peachpit Press, 2004

The Toyota Way: 14 Management Principles from the World’s Greatest Manufacturer by Jeffery F. Liker, McGraw-Hill, 2004

The Big Book of Writing (Originally Published as The Writing Code): The Complete How-To Guide to Writing, With 100 Short Case Studies and Hints from Masters in All Genres by Charles Euchner, Kindle Books, 2010

Growing a Business by Paul Hawken, Simon & Schuster, 1987

The Millionaire Next Door: The Surprising Secrets of America’s Wealthy by Thomas J. Stanley, PhD, William D. Danko, PhD.  Taylor Trade Publishing, 1986

Quiet: The Power of Introverts in a World that Can’t Stop Talking, by Susan Cain, 2012

Lean In: Women, Work, and the Will to Lead by Sheryl Sandberg, Random House, 2013

The Little Book of Bulletproof Investing: Do’s and Don’ts to Protect Your Financial Life by Ben Stein and Phil DeMuth, Wiley & Sons, 2010