2019 Awards.

Introducing this Year’s Shortlist and Award Winners

Say hello to this year’s category winners and shortlist!

Whether you’re a new manager looking for a bit of expert guidance, or a seasoned CEO looking for innovative new ways to lead your organisation into a successful future, this year’s candidates for Management Book of the Year are sure to inspire.

Get stuck into some of the best new management and leadership literature — and tell us what you think with #MBOY2019!

The overall winner will be announced at our President's Dinner in May 2019. Watch out for details!

Innovation & Entrepreneurship

Awarded to the entry that best inspires innovation, encourages business or product development, or supports organisational development and adaptability.

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Make Elephants Fly

Steven Hoffman - Little Brown Book Group

Make Elephants Fly will help you implement the same methodologies and processes as the most innovative startups in Silicon Valley. It will show you how startups come up with breakthrough products and services; how to structure innovation teams; the best ways to identify and vet new ideas; what it takes to foster a culture of innovation and how to establish a process of innovation throughout your organisation.

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Aspiring Leader

Awarded to the entry that is most useful to new managers or those with management ambitions in accelerating their skills development and providing inspiration.

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Myths of Leadership

Jo Owen - Kogan Page

The thinking surrounding what makes the greatest leaders is increasingly muddled by stereotypes, snake oil promises and pseudo-science. The best leaders rely on fact, not fads. Myths of Leadership blasts away the fluff and confronts false legends head on. Jo Owen uses the most credible research to analyse each myth, using international business case studies, leadership theory and insightful interviews, to uncover the truth.

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Management Futures

Awarded to the entry that offers valuable insights into the future of management and the world of work, providing managers with the skills or knowledge to prepare them for change.

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Hans Rosling, Ola Rosling & Anna Rosling Rӧnnlund - Hodder & Stoughton

When asked simple questions about global trends - why the world's population is increasing; how many young women go to school; how many of us live in poverty - we systematically get the answers wrong. So wrong that a chimpanzee choosing answers at random will consistently outguess journalists, Nobel laureates, and investment bankers. Factfulness offers a radical new explanation of why this happens, and reveals the ten instincts that distort our perspective.

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Practical Manager

Awarded to the entry that offers the best practical and accessible insights or guidance to help inspire managers in their work or professional development.

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The CEO Next Door

Elena Botelho, Kim Powell & Tahl Raz - Penguin Random House

Drawing on the biggest dataset of CEOs in the world -- in-depth analysis of 2,600 leaders, drawn from a database of 17,000 CEOs, as well as 13,000 hours of interviews -- The CEO Next Door is crammed full of myth-busting and counter-intuitive insights in what it really takes to get ahead. Discover the way actual CEOs of top companies think and behave, and the kind of traits to develop if you want to make your ambitions a reality and take your career right to the top.

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