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Best Management Books in 2019

Best Management Books in 2019
9 May 2019 John Moore

The Chartered Management Institute has recently announced the category winners for CMI management book of the year 2019. If you read no other management and leadership books this year, make sure you at least take time out to read these top four books.


The Management Book of the Year Category Winners

Here is a summary of the four winners in the categories of Practical Manager, Aspiring Leader, Management Futures and Innovation and Entrepreneurship.

Category: Practical Manager

In this category the judges were looking for entries that included the best practical and accessible insights or guidance to help inspire managers in their work or professional development.

The winning entry was:  The CEO Next Door by Elena Botelho, Kim Powell & Tahl Raz (Penguin Random House).

Featuring pioneering research from over 2,600 leaders, this book provides advice on career progression and how to overcome hidden barriers. It contains real life stories from CEOs and boardrooms and highlights the personality traits of successful leaders.

Patrick W. Gross, co-founder of American Management Systems commented: “This book should be read and studied by all CEOs and Board members. It contains a wealth of practical experience for those leading organizations of all sizes, both businesses and non-profits.”


Category: Aspiring Leader

In this category the judges were looking for entries that would be most useful to new managers or those with management ambitions in accelerating their skills development and providing inspiration.

The winning entry was:  Myths of Leadership by Jo Owen (Kogan Page). Drawing on international business case studies, leadership theory and insightful interviews, this book debunks management misconceptions. Written by leadership author and social entrepreneur Jo Owen, this book is an invaluable guide for new managers.

The judges commented that: “Amongst the hundreds of excellent books about leadership this one is particularly suited to early career leaders.”

Category: Management Futures

In this category the judges were looking for entries that provides valuable insights into the future of management and the world of work, providing managers with the skills or knowledge to prepare them for change.

The winning entry was: Factfulness by Hans Rosling, Ola Rosling and Anna Rosling Rönnlund (Hodder & Stoughton).

One of the judges, Professor Karin S. Moser PhD SFHEA FCMI, professor of organisational behaviour at London South Bank University said: “This is a hugely important topic and there cannot be enough attention drawn to our cognitive biases.”

This book sets out to challenge our view of the world. It asks questions about global trends, including poverty and population levels, and highlights the importance of embracing facts – and the instincts that distort our perspectives. It is argued that it is only from a fact-based perception of the world that we can make truly effective decisions.

Category: Innovation and Entrepreneurship

In this category the judges were looking for entries that best inspires innovation, encourages business or product development, or supports organisational development and adaptability.

The winning entry was: Make Elephants Fly by Steven Hoffman (Little Brown Book Group).

Make Elephants Fly provides an in-depth look at the processes behind successful Silicon Valley start-ups. From identifying new ideas to structuring innovative teams, this book is a must-read for new and established leaders alike.

Philip Crisp CMgr FCMI CMC FIC, founding director of Development Professionals Ltd said: “This is a comprehensive, very readable book that examines both ‘tiny changes’ as well as radical innovations – hence the intriguing title. It is full of practical ideas, tools, guidance, advice and insight, offering something to every manager and leader.”

Look out for the winner of The Management Book of the Year 2019 which will be announced at Kensington Palace on 15 May 2019.

Just in case you missed last year’s overall winning management book, it was: The Harvard Business Review Manager’s Handbook: The 17 Skills Leaders Need to Stand Out (HBR Handbooks).

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John Moore has over 20 years experience of training and developing Managers, Coaches, Consultants and businesses. As Managing Director of Exponential Training, John researches, speaks, blogs and writes about how to improve performance. He also designs and delivers engaging, fun and interactive learning programmes. John is a Fellow Chartered Manager and has worked with managers and organisations in over 20 different countries.