After having considered the number of management books that I read and sometimes just buy with every intention of reading, this year, I decided to attend the CMI’s Management Book of the Year in the British Library for the first time.
It is now an established event and is sponsored by the world-renowned Henley Business School, the British Library and Ravensbourne College, an industry-focused university sector college based in Greenwich, London.
After more than 10 months, the Reviewing Panels have whittled the original 140 entries down to a shortlist of 25 for the Management Book of the Year 2018 – five in each of five categories:
- Commuters’ Read
- Innovation and Entrepreneurship
- Management and Futures
- New Manager
- Practical Manager
The event’s audience included a good mix of authors, publishers, sponsors, reviewers and CMI staff and members and the evening gathered steam as winners of each of the Categories were announced:
- Keys to Success: 50 Secrets from a business maverick, John Timpson, published by Icon Books
- The Corporate Start-up. How established companies can develop successful innovation ecosystems, Tendayi Viki, Dan Toma and Esther Gons, published by Vakmedianet Management
- Building a Digital Culture: A practical guide to successful digital transformation, published by Konan Page
- Harvard Business Review Manager’s Handbook. The 17 skills leaders need to stand out, Harvard Business Review
- Time, Talent, Energy, by Michael Mankins and Eric Garton, published by Harvard Business Review
In an attempt to quell the building excitement the CMI CEO, Ann Franke, interviewed Andrew Hill, the Management Editor of the Financial Times who provided excellent insights into some of the 10,000 new Management and Leadership books published every year “is there really a market for 10,000?” quipped Andrew! He emphasised that he does not actually review them all!
Ravensbourne College, whose students had produced 30-second Motion Graphics ‘video’ summaries of each of the Category winners announced their own overall winner Andrew Hollis, a 2nd Year student, for his Building Digital Culture entry.
Finally, the overall winner was announced...it was the Harvard Business Review’s ‘Harvard Business Review Manager’s Handbook. The 17 skills leaders need to stand out’. CMI’s CEO, Ann Franke 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.”
Proudly accepting the Prize of Management Book of the Year HBR’s Ania Wieckowski, senior editor said she “believed the book can transform the work and lives of managers and the teams they lead”. She then donated the £5,000 winner’s prize to The Book Trade Charity!
Blog by David Sullivan, CMI Southern Regional Board
Book your place now for the Management Book of the Year 2019 – 6 Feb 2019
Shortlist for Management Book of the Year 2018 (CMI website)