Practical Manager

This prize will be 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.



Fierce Loyalty

Organisations that engage and keep their people thrive. Others barely survive.

People are at the core of every organisation. Financial health, performance, business results, customer service, and brand reputation are in their hands. Disengaged people who leave cost millions each year in lost knowledge, lower productivity, poor service and re-hiring costs. Disengaged employees who stay can cause even more damage as they resist and resent.


Rethinking Reputational Risk

A company’s reputation is one of its most valuable assets, and reputational risk is high on the agenda at board level and amongst regulators. Rethinking Reputational Risk explains the hidden factors which can both cause crises and tip an otherwise survivable crisis into a reputational disaster. It uses case studies such as BP’s Deepwater Horizon oil spill, Volkswagen’s emissions rigging scandal, Tesco, AIG, EADS Airbus A380, 


Grow Your Geeks

How can you develop leaders who can sustain the fast growth of your business?

Fast-growing, high-tech companies face unique challenges. Often, they’ve grown quickly because they’ve got brilliant technologies, products and solutions. But, if you don’t have enough leaders with the capabilities and experience to take things further, your growth could stall.


Leading with Lean

Philip Holt (Head of Operational Excellence and Accounting Operations at Philips) explains in Leading with Lean exactly what his model of Lean Leadership is, how we can learn to apply it, and how you can convince the workplace never to settle for anything less than excellence. We also learn how to redefine our leadership style and how to identify and eliminate wasteful activities within the company. 


Mastering the Art of Negotiation

You are negotiating every day, whether it’s with business partners, colleagues, in the community or at home. The challenge isn’t to get as much for yourself as you can at the other’s expense. It’s in the art of searching together for possibilities that serve as many interests as possible. The premise of this book is that it’s both possible and necessary to create value together, distribute the consequences fairly,