Volunteering to be a Management Book of the Year judge offers many personal benefits

Written by Ian MacEachern CMgr FCMI OBE - 04 December 2014

My voluntary involvement with CMI has spanned a wide range of activities, from Branch Honorary Officer through to Board Member & Trustee, over many years. In particular, I have been involved with the Management Book of the Year competition as a category judge since 2011. This has been a very pleasurable and rewarding role with the added benefit that it has afforded me many opportunities to develop and maintain my professional knowledge and competence – a fundamental requirement of CMI’s Code of Conduct and Practice. Through reading books from across the field of management writing, I have broadened my professional knowledge and gleaned many valuable and practical insights to help me meet new management challenges posed by the changing nature of work, and especially those posed by technology, diversity and globalisation. Moreover, judging has enabled me to hone key communication and analytical skills; particularly as short listing and selecting a winner from the many entries necessitates critical review, reasoned discussion and concise argumentation with fellow category judges. Also, through meeting other judges and competition stakeholders I have enhanced my network of business contacts. In sum, volunteering to be a judge offers many personal benefits not least of which is the chance to read some of the very best management books.

Ian MacEachern is a Management Futures category judge for the Management Book of the Year competition.

For updates on the competition follow @cmi_managers and use #ManagementGold.

Ian MacEachern CMgr FCMI OBE

Ian is currently an independent Council Member and Trustee of Aberystwyth University, a Director of Aberystwyth University (Mauritius Branch Campus) and a non executive member of the Advisory Board to the Awards Recognition Bureau.

Previously, following a successful military career of nearly 30 years, which embraced a broad spectrum of director-level roles including human resources, finance, information systems and management of major transformational change programmes, he spent four years as a senior civil servant at HM Land Registry where he worked closely with board members to shape the organisation’s strategic direction and transform it to a smaller, leaner and more sustainable business.

He is a Chartered Fellow of the CIPD and a Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts. He was awarded an OBE in the Queen’s New Year’s Honours List of 1994.

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