Businesses urged to go back to basics
Business leaders have called for the UK to adopt a back to basics approach to management as an entrepreneur scooped top prize at the Chartered Management Institute (CMI) Management Book of the Year competition.
Richard Newton, author of 'The Management Book: How to manage your team to deliver outstanding results', was recognised at the event this week.
The competition, which is run in association with the British Library and sponsored by Henley Business School, is judged by a panel of business leaders including Sir Anthony Cleaver, former chief executive and chairman of IBM. He praised the author's book.
"Last year the Oxford University Press chose the word 'omnishambles' - a situation that has been comprehensively mismanaged - as their word of 2012; suggesting something has gone seriously wrong with the UK's management skills.
"It is now 43 years since I first became a manager but I can still remember the anxiety of constantly encountering new situations. In this economic environment, managers need to be more skilled than ever before. We can no longer afford the luxury of learning on the job and Richard's book provides the perfect guide for anyone, regardless of seniority or experience, to consider the essential people management skills required to become a successful leader.
"It is the kind of book that I wish I had had access to when I was starting my career - it would certainly have saved me a lot of time and trouble!"
Commenting on his success, winning author Richard Newton, said: "In my experience, most management failures occur when the basics are not done well. Likewise, even a good strategy is unlikely to be implemented effectively if managers do not have the straightforward skills to lead their team. Trends and fads in management may change, but what remains is the fundamental importance of good management."
The Management Book also won the Practical Manager category at the award ceremony held this week at the British Library Conference Centre. Focusing on the people side of management, it identifies that there are still a great many businesses where managers, even at a senior level, do not know the best way to manage and get the most out of their staff. It is the eighth book from author Richard Newton, who has more than 25 years' experience in line management and consultancy across a range of sectors.
Ann Francke, chief executive of CMI, said: "We know what a minefield it can be for managers to choose a management book that will help them in their careers, when there is such an array of choice out there. We created the Management Book of the Year competition to help people identify the very best in management writing from the thousands of books available."