Harvard Business Review scoops Management Book of the Year

  • The Manager’s Handbook beats 140 entries to win 2018 top prize
  • High street maverick James Timpson awarded for his book of business secrets

The Manager's Handbook by The Harvard Business Review has been named as the Chartered Management Institute's (CMI) 2018 Management Book of the Year.

The handbook, which reveals 17 essential skills every leader needs to master, beat more than 140 books entered into the competition to claim the top prize. It also won in the New Manager category.

The Management Book of the Year ceremony was held last night [7 February] at The British Library before an audience of 200 senior business figures, academics and writers. Harvard Business Review has donated the £5,000 winner's prize money to The Book Trade Charity.

Accepting the award on behalf of Harvard Business Review Ania Wieckowski, senior editor, said:

We're proud to win the Management Book of the Year award from CMI. Our mission is to improve the practice of management, and we believe that this book can transform the work and lives of managers and the teams they lead.

Launched in 2010, the CMI Management Book of the Year Awards signposts managers and leaders to the books that breathing new life into management and leadership thinking. The competition is run in association with The British Library and is sponsored by Henley Business School.

Awards categories include New Manager, Management Futures, Innovation and Entrepreneurship and Practical Manager. More than 140 books were entered into this year’s competition, and were judged by a panel of business leaders and academics.

John Timpson, the business brains behind Timpson, the high street chain of shoe menders and key cutters, was awarded the Commuter’s Read prize for his book Keys to Success: 50 Secrets from a business maverick.

Liz White, Head of Strategy at the British Library, said:

Many congratulations to the Harvard Business Review for being awarded CMI Management Book of the Year for The Manager's Handbook. With the British Library's unparalleled collection of management and business resources, we are delighted to be hosting the award once again this year, and we are pleased to be supporting CMI in their mission to develop management and leadership.

Ann Francke, chief executive of CMI, said:

The Manager's Handbook is a deserved and timely winner. As business and politics continues to lose public trust thanks to high-profile examples of poor corporate management and erratic leadership we need books like this to challenge the old default ways of managing and doing business.

The Awards ceremony also featured the winning videos made of the category winning books made by Motion Graphics BA students from Greenwich-based Ravensbourne College. The winner of the competition was 2nd Year student Anthony Hollis for his video of Building Digital Culture, winner of the Management Futures category. Anthony collected a cheque for £500, presented by Patrick Dunne, chair of CMI’s board of trustees.


The Management Book of the Year category winners are:


New Manager

Harvard Business Review Manager’s Handbook. The 17 skills leaders need to stand out, Harvard Business Review

Accessibility is always a vital strength of a good book. With its clear layout and step-by-step format, this is a book that you can easily pick up and dip into. It’s a compelling read packed with great information, ideas and advice. As well as giving instruction on what do, and how to do it, it highlights the signs to look out for if you’re going off the track and not doing the right thing.

(Judge: Madeleine Hanrahan, Pentland Brands)


Practical Manager

Time, Talent, Energy, by Michael Mankins and Eric Garton, published by Harvard Business Review

Time, Talent, Energy is a book that focuses our attention on the core management challenges that leaders/managers have been grappling with for many decades. The authors bring simplicity to these challenges, boiling them down to a manageable set and then tackling each in turn.

(Judge: Jeanette Lichner, CCMI Founder and MD KOF Business Solutions)


Management Futures

Building a Digital Culture: A practical guide to successful digital transformation, published by Konan Page

The authors of our winning book in the Management Futures category offer a detailed commentary on the digital domain; how businesses can be transformed through digital innovation and how outdated thinking and a lack of digital engagement can cause a company to fail.

(Judge: Rebecca Taylor CCMI CEO & Pro Vice Chancellor (Malaysia) University of Southampton Malaysia Campus)


Commuter's Read

Keys to Success: 50 Secrets from a business maverick, John Timpson, published by Icon Books

Keys to Success: 50 Secrets from a business maverick reminds us, that quite often, it’s the simple things that people appreciate in a world with so much complexities. It has plenty of ideas you can implement immediately and others you can work on over a longer period to improve your day to day business and personal relationships.

(Judge: Delroy Beverley CCMI, Executive Director Nottingham City Homes)


Innovation and Entrepreneurship

The Corporate Start-up. How established companies can develop successful innovation ecosystems, Tendayi Viki, Dan Toma and Esther Gons, published by Vakmedianet Management.

The Corporate Start-up helps organisations of all sizes to manage innovation. It calls itself a ‘playbook’ and it uses illustrated step-by- step guides to lead the reader through the processes to create an ecosystem that nurtures innovation at every level in a business.

(Judge: Claire Harvey, Pentland Brands)


Management Book of the Year Awards 2019 opens for entries in April 2018.

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About CMI

The Chartered Management Institute (CMI) is the only chartered professional body for management and leaderships, dedicated to improving managers' skills and growing the number of qualified managers.

Our professional management qualifications span GCSE to PhD equivalents, including the unique Chartered Manager award, which increases earning potential and improves workplace performance. We have been registered as an apprentice assessment organisation by the Skills Funding Agency.

CMI has led the way in developing a suite of trailblazing management apprenticeships with a 40-strong group of employers. These start from Level 3 (team leader) and Level 5 (operations manager) through to Chartered Manager Degree Apprenticeship. The Senior Leader Master's Degree Apprenticeship gives employers the option to upskill up to executive and C-suite level. CMI is a Skills Funding Agency-registered apprentice assessment organisation.

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

With a member community of more than 157,000 managers and leaders, we promote high standards of ethical practice through our Professional Code of Conduct, and help managers to build their expertise through online networks, regional events and mentoring opportunities.

The winning book was selected by a panel of judges which included: Patrick Dunne CCMI (Chairman, EY Foundation), Andy Rubin (Chairman, Pentland Brands), Professor Rebecca Taylor (Professor Rebecca Taylor is the CEO and Pro Vice Chancellor (Malaysia) at the University of Southampton), Delroy Beverley (Chairman, Bradford University School of Management) and Diane Lees CBE (Director General, Imperial War Museums).

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.