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The Financial Controller: The Things the Academics Don't Teach You (Paperback
on 28 January 2012
There is a lot of theory in management, but you won't find it in this book, which is clearly written, deals entirely with practicalities drawing on the author's long and wide experience. The writing style in this book is conversational, and typically takes the form of a few discussion paragraphs followed by a list of bullet-points of dos and don'ts, or things to beware of. This, coupled with the many real-life examples of clever (and not-so-clever) business practices makes the whole book enjoyable, instructive and thought-provoking.
The book is also no respecter of convention, debunking a lot of popular myths and practices along the way. But in doing so, the author always gives hard-hitting practical reasons.
Apart from the systems section, which is a reference work containing a wealth of structural detail, the book is an easy read whether you read cover-to-cover or just dip into individual topics, each topic being self-contained.
At several hundred pages this is a very comprehensive work; not only is it invaluable for financial managers, but it is also absorbing and instructive reading for all managers and directors who are seeking to run a profitable business. I can thoroughly recommend it to any business manager or director, and to any professional advisor.