CMI announces Management Book of the Year finalists

The keenly awaited shortlist for the CMI Management Book of the Year, sponsored by Henley Business School, in association with the British Library, has been announced. The field of 137 entries has been whittled down to 25 shortlisted titles.

This year’s books reflect the national focus on how best to stimulate growth during difficult times, with a focus on practical skills and innovation. With workforce morale at a low ebb, other books explore the need to engage and communicate better, with values-drivers and integrity as key themes. As well as seeking to understand people better, other authors are turning to a more scientific approach and highlighting the importance of developing robust models for decision-making and the need to apply techniques more systematically.

The shortlisted entries include: Guide to Decision Making: Getting It More Right Than Wrong by Helga Drummond and Winning at Innovation: The A-F Model by Fernando Trias de Bes and Philip Kotler. Titles such as Engaged: Unleashing Your Organization’s Potential Through Employee Engagement by Linda Holbeche and Geoffrey Matthews and Savvy: Dealing with People, Power and Politics at Work by Jane Clarke, will now undergo an intense review process by leading business figures and experts in the field. A full list of judges is available at

Professor Cary Cooper of Lancaster University Management School chairs the final judging panel. He said: “There are so many management books out there but we only select the ones of greatest importance and we have chosen our shortlist based on books that are readable, accessible; innovative and engaging.”

Piers Cain, Head of Knowledge Management at CMI, said: “We were delighted with the high calibre of entrants this year and I congratulate all the shortlisted finalists and thank all our judges in compiling this final list.

“Our aim is to find the nuggets of ‘management gold’ that can make the difference to your day-to-day job, amongst the vast array of management books and advice.

“This competition continues to celebrate the very best books in the field of management and leadership and all the shortlisted books carry the real potential to improve the effectiveness of working managers in the UK and will help in equipping students for future management roles in all sectors.”

Simon Bell, Head of Strategic Partnerships and Licensing at the British Library, said: “We at the British Library specialise in providing practical support and information to the management community through channels like our Business & IP Centre and Management and Business Studies Portal. We’re thrilled that the 2012 shortlist reflects this same hunger for innovation and practical know-how, and we look forward to celebrating the final winner when it is announced at the Library in January.”

The public can keep up to date with the entries, top management tips and expert advice from judges and authors by searching #ManagementGold on Twitter.

The competition, which is now in its third year, was created in 2010 to uncover some of the best books on management and leadership and helps to raise the profile of the variety of the great management writing published in the UK.

This year saw 137 entries across five categories of: Practical Manager, Innovation and Entrepreneurship, The New Manager, The Commuter’s Read and Management and Leadership Textbook.

The category and overall winners will be unveiled at the British Library Conference Centre on 28 January 2013.

The inaugural competition in 2011 was won by Henry Mintzberg with Managing and in 2012 Christopher Bones took the top award with The Cult of the Leader: a Manifesto for Authentic Business. A full list of shortlisted entrants can be viewed here:


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This year’s competition has five categories:

  • Practical Manager - Awarded to the entry that, in the opinion of the judges, offers the best practical insights or guidance to help practising managers in their work or professional development.
  • Innovation and Entrepreneurship - Awarded to the entry that, in the opinion of the judges, will best inspire innovation, encourage business or product development or support organisational development and adaptability.
  • The New Manager - Awarded to the entry that, in the opinion of the judges, will best support and develop an individual, new to the challenges of management, in their first three years in a management, team leadership or supervisory position.
  • The Commuter’s Read - Awarded to the entry that, in the opinion of the judges, will best serve commuters and retain their attention during a journey to work by inspiring them, informing them about and engaging them with a management and leadership topic.
  • Management and Leadership Textbook - Awarded to the entry that, in the opinion of the judges, will most effectively support a course of study on a management and leadership topic.

The full list of shortlisted books is:

Practical Manager
  • Crucial Conversations: Tools for Talking When Stakes are High by Kerry Patterson, Joseph Grenny, Ron McMillan and Al Switzle
  • Guide to Decision-Making: Getting It More Right Than Wrong by Helga Drummond
  • Key Business Solutions: Essential Problem-Solving Tools and Techniques That Every Manager Needs to Know, by Antonio E Weiss
  • The Management Book: How to Manage Your Team to Deliver Outstanding Results, by Richard Newton
  • Uncommon Sense, Common Nonsense: Why Some Organisations Consistently Outperform Others by Jules Goddard and Tony Eccles

Innovation and Entrepreneurship
  • Adaptability: The Art of Winning in an Age of Uncertainty by Max McKeown
  • Engaged: Unleashing Your Organization’s Potential Through Employee Engagement, by Linda Holbeche and Geoffrey Matthews
  • Financial Times Guide to Business Development: How to Win Profitable Customers and Clients, by Ian Cooper
  • Growth Champions: The Battle for Sustained Innovation Leadership by The Growth Agenda (edited by Tim Jones, Dave McCormick and Caroline Dewing)
  • Winning at Innovation: The A-F Model, by Fernando Trías de Bes and Philip Kotler

The New Manager
  • The Essentials of Management: Everything You Need to Succeed as a New Manager, 3rd edition by Andrew Leigh
  • The First Time Manager, 6th edition by Loren B Belker, Jim McCormick and Gary S. Topchik
  • The Leadership Skills Handbook: 50 Essential Skills You Need to be a Leader, 2nd edition by Jo Owen
  • Solutions: Business Problem Solving, Edited by Eric Bolland and Frank Fletcher
  • The Psychological Manager: Improve your Performance Conversations, by Peter Storr

The Commuter’s Read
  • Dangerous Guide to Leading Innovation by Impact Innovation by Simon Gardner, Nick Fawcett, Sharon Fenemore and Phil Davis Bloomsbury
  • Influence: Science and Practice (graphic version) by Robert B. Cialdini
  • The Language of Leaders: How Top CEOs Communicate to Inspire, Influence and Achieve Results by Kevin Murray
  • Savvy: Dealing with People, Power and Politics at Work by Jane Clarke
  • The Strategy Book: How to Think and Act Strategically to Deliver Outstanding Results by Max McKeown

Management and Leadership Textbook
  • International Corporate Governance by Marc Goergen
  • Managing Equality and Diversity: Theory and Practice by Savita Kumra and Simonetta Manfredi
  • Organisation Design: Re-defining Complex Systems by Nicolay Worren
  • The Psychology of People in Organisations by Melanie Ashleigh and Angela Mansi
  • Theory and Practice of Leadership, 2nd edition by Roger Gill

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