And the winner is... CMI Management Book of the Year 2018

08 February 2018 -


Want to know what to add to your reading list? The CMI Management Book of the Year highlights the best tomes for management and leadership learning this year

By Joe Smith

Looking for new insight into management and leadership? The most innovative and accessible books on the topic were named at the annual CMI Management Book of the Year award ceremony on 7 February 2018.

The books were selected from more than 140 entries by a panel of esteemed business leaders and academics, who joined CMI chief executive Ann Francke, and Chairman of CMI’s Board of Companions, Patrick Dunne in welcoming the winners to the event. Read on for the books you should be reading – according to the judges.

Here are the management books you should be reading this year


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.”

Madeleine Harvey, Pentland Brands



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.”

Jeanette Lichner, CCMI, Founder and MD, KOF Business Solutions


Building a Digital Culture. A practical guide to successful digital transformation, published by Kogan 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offer a detailed commentary on the digital domain; how businesses can be transformed through digital innovation and how outdated thinking and a lack of digital engagement can cause a company to fail.”

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


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

“Keys to Success: 50 Secrets from a business maverickreminds 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.”

Delroy Beverley, CCMI, Executive Director Nottingham City Homes


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

“The winning book in this category is the book that 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.”

Claire Harvey, Pentland Brands

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