Happy New Year.

Building the Pyramid has been shortlisted for this year’s Management Book of the Year prize which was announced by the Chartered Management Institute (CMI) and the British Library.

As you can imagine, I am surprised, humbled and thrilled to receive the news. The CMI Management Book of the Year is the most prestigious book award in the UK and to be shortlisted is a real honour. Building the Pyramid has been shortlisted in the Commuters Read Category.

The 24-strong shortlist for the overall £5,000 prize, which is sponsored by HenleyBusinessSchool, shows that managers are wrestling with big questions about the role of business in a changing world and the nature of leadership needed for 21st century success.

Ann Francke, CMI Chief Executive, said: “The Management Book of the Year exists to help managers find the brightest nuggets of ‘Management Gold’, and with this year’s shortlist we’ve hit a rich vein of writing focused on the big challenges that managers face day to day. Congratulations to all the authors.”

A record 160 books were entered into this year’s competition across five categories: Innovation and Entrepreneurship, Practical Manager, The Commuter’s Read, the Management and Leadership Textbook, and a new category, Management Futures. The five categories winner and an overall winner will be announced at an awards evening at the British Library on 9 February 2015 – with the winning author taking home a £5,000 prize.

Phil Spence, Chief Operating Officer at the British Library and Companion of the CMI said: “At the British Library we’re committed to supporting managers to be the best that they can be. The high number of entries to this year’s CMI Management Book of the Year Award is evidence of the consistently strong interest in this area of research and we look forward to welcoming the shortlisted authors to the British Library in February next year.”

A full listing of the shortlisted books and more details on the expert judging panel are available via the competition website www.managementbookoftheyear.org.uk. Follow the hashtag #managementgold on Twitter to get tips, advice and information on the books in this year’s competition.

Fingers crossed and thanks to everyone for your support.

Best wishes on your journey, wherever it may take you.

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