Eyes and ears

Institute members on what music they are currently listening to and what books are worth reading

What I’m listening to

– Kato Chu, Secretary Accountant at Citrix Systems Hong Kong and Co-founder of The Corner

“I recommend Charmaine Fong, a local singer and songwriter. I really like her song You Are Your Own Legend. Though it’s not a new song, I listen to it whenever I feel down or question myself. Most of her songs are very encouraging and remind me to always have a positive outlook on life.”

What I’m reading

A few months ago, I read Zen Golf: Mastering The Mental Game by Dr. Joseph Parent. It completely changed the way how I went about playing golf. The book teaches you how to make better decisions when playing golf on any golf course, make the sport more enjoyable and achieve better results.

– Jeffrey Wang, Manager at Fung (1937) Management

In AI Superpowers: China, Silicon Valley, and the New World Order, the author tells a very captivating story of the development of artificial intelligence (AI) and how China, out of nowhere, caught up with the United States at an unprecedented pace during the last 10 years. He also analyses the impact of AI on jobs and how humans may look to AI for solutions to significant changes in the future. The book was written in such a way that even I, a not-too-tech-savvy reader, can relate my personal experience to the development of AI in the two super-powers.

– Karen Yip, former head of finance at UBS Bank

While most CPAs will never be in a hostage negotiation, many accountants will face tough corporate meetings at times during their career. In his book Never Split the Difference: Negotiating As If Your Life Depended On It, former FBI kidnapping negotiator Chris Voss provides a fascinating insight into how emotional intelligence – what he calls tactical empathy – and not rational tools, are what will result in the most successful negotiations. Each chapter details each stage of that journey, from building rapport, gaining trust, gaining permission to persuade, and so forth.

– Recommended by A Plus editors

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