Shortlisted management books highlight need for more agile and anarchic managers
A new kind of manager is needed in the era of "Management 2.0' th where fast-paced technological change, flatter workplace structures and a sluggish economic climate have changed the rules of the game.
(Media-Newswire.com) - A new kind of manager is needed in the era of ‘Management 2.0’ – where fast-paced technological change, flatter workplace structures and a sluggish economic climate have changed the rules of the game.
The titles in this year’s CMI Management Book of the Year shortlist, which was officially announced today, emphasised how managers need to be less controlling and more coaching in their approach in order to get the most out of their employees and to encourage innovation and growth.
All the need-to-know topics for today’s manager are featured, such as big data in Keeping up with the Quants; innovation in Inside the Box and decision-making in Decisive and The Art of Thinking Clearly. The competition, now in its fourth year, is held in association with the British Library and is sponsored by Henley Business School.
The reinvention of management itself is considered in Robin Ryde’s Never Mind the Bosses, which proposes a more anarchic approach to management, inspired by the punk ethic. Ryde asks why we have swept aside hierarchies in society at large but have maintained the self-same hierarchical and bureaucratic structures in the workplace.
Meanwhile, Jan Filochowski’s Too Good to Fail?, written by the CEO of Great Ormond Street Children’s Hospital, will strike managers as a timely publication following the management failures in Mid-Staffordshire. Filochowski’s book encourages managers to use failure as a way to learn in order to turn around their organisation.
Following the recent resignation of Angela Ahrendts from Burberry, the number of female CEOs in the FTSE 100 has fallen to just two, suggesting that there is more need than ever for books such as the bestselling Lean In by Facebook’s COO Sheryl Sandberg ( shortlisted for The Commuter’s Read award ) to inspire the next generation of women leaders. The book also reflects a growing recognition of the importance of diversity to enable business success.
The self-published Management: A General Theory also made the cut in the New Manager category this year, marking the second time in as many years that a self-published title has challenged established publishers for the coveted £5000 prize.
Piers Cain, Head of Knowledge and Customer Insight at the Chartered Management Institute ( CMI ) said: “The standard has been very high this year and we are delighted with the shortlist, which highlights some very key management issues. The idea behind the competition is to highlight nuggets of ‘Management Gold’ to give practical advice to managers in what is a very crowded management and business book market. These books will help managers stop ‘just managing’ and start achieving. Congratulations to all those who have been shortlisted this year.”
Simon Bell, Head of Partnerships at the British Library said: “The British Library offers free access to a wealth of management information, including our Management and Business Studies Portal online and of course the fantastic collections available on-site at the Library in St Pancras. This year’s strong shortlist reflects the ongoing importance of publishing in this area, and we very much look forward to welcoming the shortlisted authors at the Library in February next year.”
Notes to Editors: About the competition
142 books were entered into this year’s competition across five categories: - Innovation and Entrepreneurship, Practical Manager, The New Manager, The Commuter’s Read and Management and Leadership Textbook.
The winners of these five categories and the overall winner will be announced at an awards evening at the British Library on 3rd February 2014.
A full listing of the shortlisted books and more details on the expert judging panel are available via the competition website http://yearbook.managers.org.uk/shortlist. Follow the hashtag #managementgold on Twitter to get tips, advice and information on the books in this year’s competition.
Last year’s overall winner was The Management Book by Richard Newton, and previous category and overall winners have included Henry Mintzberg, Clayton M. Christensen and Philip Kotler.
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