“Good management is all in the mind”: CMI Management Book of the Year shortlist announced

2015’s best management books bring neuroscience to the challenge of managing multi-generational workforces increasingly shaped by technology and engaged through ethics

26 October 2015 – Self-awareness and an analytical mindset are the key ingredients of a successful career in management according to the shortlist for this year’s Management Book of the Year prize.

Announced today by the Chartered Management Institute (CMI) and the British Library, the 25-strong shortlist for the prize – sponsored by Henley Business School – features titles that are breathing new life into management thinking. These include Jo Owen’s The Mindset of Success, which identifies seven mindsets common to high-achieving leaders, and Steven Van Belleghem’s When Digital Becomes Human, which looks at how big brands are using digital to transform customer relationships.

Ethics and morality also emerge as popular topics in the wake of recent corporate governance scandals. While books such as 5 Conversations: how to transform trust, engagement and performance at work by Nick Cowley and Nigel Purse provide simple frameworks for managers to follow, Tim Phillips and Rebecca Clare take a less orthodox route in Game of Thrones on business: Strategy, morality and leadership lessons from the world’s most talked about TV show.

Ann Francke, CMI chief executive, said:

“Many thousands of books on how to become a better manager are published every year. Our shortlist directs managers and leaders to those books that will make a definite difference to how they think and act as true management and leadership professionals. For those passionate about their career, the progressive and practical lessons within these books must be considered essential reads.”

A record 170 books were entered into this year’s competition across five categories: Management Futures; Innovation and Entrepreneurship; Practical Manager; the Commuter’s Read; and Management and Leadership Textbook.

The five categories winners and an overall winner will be announced at an awards evening at the British Library on 8 February 2015 – with the winning author taking home a £5,000 prize. Last year’s overall winner was Not Knowing by Steven D’Souza and Diana Renner, from LID Publishing.

Martin Liu, general manager and publisher at LID Publishing, said:

“As a publisher of business books, winning the CMI Management Book of the Year award 2015 with Not Knowing was a tremendous privilege. Sales of the book have quite literally rocketed since the award, and we have also licensed translation rights for eight languages. Moreover, winning the award has been a true inspiration for everyone at LID Publishing.”

Phil Spence, chief operating officer at the British Library and a Companion of CMI, said:

“The British Library is very proud to be hosting the CMI Management Book of the Year awards again. Not only are we the UK’s national research Library with a world-class collection of management studies resource, but also we have a long and successful relationship with CMI and are delighted to be supporting them in their mission to develop management and leadership.”

For the full shortlist online, please visit: www.managementbookoftheyear.org.uk

Shortlist at a glance:


Author / Authors


Management Futures

The open organization: igniting passion and performance

Jim Whitehurst

Harvard Business Review Press

The network always wins: how to influence customers, stay relevant, and transform your organization to move faster than the market

Peter Hinssen

McGraw-Hill Education

The digital renaissance of work: delivering digital workplaces fit for the future

Paul Miller and Elizabeth Marsh


Big data: using SMART big data, analytics and metrics to make better decisions and improve performance

Bernard Marr


Your strategy needs a strategy: how to choose and execute the right approach

Martin Reeves, Knut Haanaes and Janmejaya Sinha

Harvard Business Review Press

Innovation and Entrepreneurship

Scrum: a revolutionary approach to building teams, beating deadlines and boosting productivity

Dr Jeff Sutherland

Random House Business Books

The membership economy: find your super users, master the forever transaction, and build recurring revenue

Robbie Kellman Baxter

McGraw-Hill Education

The art of the start 2.0: the time-tested, battle-hardened guide for anyone starting anything

Guy Kawasaki

Portfolio Penguin

Frugal innovation: how to do more with less

Navi Radjou and Jaideep Prabhu

Profile (Economist Books)

Franchising: how both sides can win

Chris Edger and Andrew Emmerson

Libri Publishing

Practical Manager

Neuroscience for leadership: harnessing the brain gain advantage

Tara Swart, Kitty Chisholm and Paul Brown

Palgrave Macmillan

Being agile in business: discover faster, smarter, leaner ways to work

Belinda Waldock

Pearson Business

The art of business communication: how to use pictures, charts and graphics to make your message stick

Graham Shaw

Pearson Business

5 conversations: how to transform trust, engagement and performance at work

Nick Cowley and Nigel Purse

Panoma Press

The management shift: how to harness the power of people and transform your organization for sustainable success

Vlatka Hlupic

Palgrave Macmillan

The Commuter’s Read

The mindset of success: from good management to great leadership

Jo Owen

Kogan Page

When digital becomes human: the transformation of customer relationships

Steven Van Belleghem

Kogan Page

Game of Thrones on business: strategy, morality and leadership lessons from the world’s most talked about TV show

Tim Phillips and Rebecca Clare

Infinite Ideas

Mote: the super meeting

David Wethey

Urbane Publications

A mind for business: get inside your head to transform how you work

Andy Gibson

Pearson Business

Management and Leadership Textbook

Leadership: contemporary critical perspectives

Brigid Carroll, Jackie Ford and Scott Taylor

SAGE Publications

Corporate social responsibility

Esben Rahbek Gjerdrum Pedersen

SAGE Publications

iLEAD: tools and techniques for aspiring leaders

Stuart Duff

Pearn Kandola Publishing

Mastering the ethical dimension of organizations: a self-reflective guide to developing ethical astuteness

Donna Ladkin

Edward Elgar Publishing

Managing diversity and inclusion: an international perspective

Jawad Syed and Mustafa Ozbilgin

SAGE Publications


For further press information and interviews please contact:

Matt Robshaw at Good Relations on 020 7861 3030 / cmi@goodrelations.co.uk


About the competition

The Management Book of the Year competition, which is now in its sixth year, was created to uncover the best books on management and leadership, and help raise the profile of the great management writing published in the UK.

The winners of the five categories and the overall winner – who will scoop a £5,000 prize – will be announced at an awards evening at the British Library on 8 February 2016.

A full listing of the shortlisted books and more details on the expert judging panel are available via the competition website www.managementbookoftheyear.org.uk. Follow the hashtag #managementgold on Twitter to get tips, advice and information on the books in this year’s competition.

Last year’s overall winner was Not Knowing by Steven D’Souza and Diana Renner. Previous overall and category winners include Richard Newton, Christopher Bones, Henry Mintzberg, Clayton M. Christensen and Philip Kotler.


· CMI – the Chartered Management Institute – is the only chartered professional body for management and leadership, dedicated to improving managers’ skills and growing the number of qualified managers.

· Our professional management qualifications span GCSE to PhD equivalent levels, including the unique Chartered Manager award which increases earnings potential and improves workplace performance.

· We provide employers and individual managers with access to the latest management thinking and with practical online support which helps them embrace change, create high performing teams and keep ahead of the curve.

· With a member community of 110,000 managers and leaders, we promote high standards of ethical practice through our Professional Code of Conduct, and help managers build their expertise through online networks, regional events and mentoring opportunities.

British Library

The British Library is the national library of the United Kingdom and one of the world's greatest research libraries. It provides world class information services to the academic, business, research and scientific communities and offers unparalleled access to the world's largest and most comprehensive research collection. The Library's collection has developed over 250 years and exceeds 150 million separate items representing every age of written civilisation and includes books, journals, manuscripts, maps, stamps, music, patents, photographs, newspapers and sound recordings in all written and spoken languages. Up to 10 million people visit the British Library website - www.bl.uk - every year where they can view up to 4 million digitised collection items and over 40 million pages.

Henley Business School

Henley Business School is one of the oldest business schools in the UK, having been established in 1945. Henley is in the 1% of all business schools worldwide to hold triple-accredited status from the leading UK, European and US accrediting bodies – AMBA, EQUIS and AACSB. It is known for empowering individuals to become great professionals and outstanding business leaders who think with clarity and act with confidence and conviction. Its distinctive approach is proven to deliver results for individuals and businesses alike.