Too good to fail?

Cambridge Graduate Jan Filochowski returned to Cambridge University as a mature student which gave him the space he needed to write Too good to fail: Why management gets it wrong and how you can get it right.

The book has now been shortlisted for an award in the Chartered Management Institute (CMI) Management Book of the Year competition.

In the book, Jan turns his twenty years’ experience as an NHS CEO and turnaround specialist into practical advice for business managers. Covering what failure looks like, how to cure it and – most importantly – how to avoid it altogether, this book is your essential roadmap to enduring business success. The book shows you how to identify and overcome potential business problems and achieve sustained long-term success. Too Good To Fail? tackles the big questions: What does failure look like? What are the warning signs? How do you turn performance around? What management skills do you need to succeed?

Read more about Jan Filochowski.

The aim of the Management Book of the Year award is to highlight the must-read books for businesses leaders. Other shortlisted titles include:

From Complexity to Simplicity  – Simon Collinson and Melvin Jay

Complexity is one of the biggest challenges facing businesses today and employees working in businesses. It is slowing companies down and costing them over 10% of their profits. From Complexity to Simplicity equips you and your business with the understanding, tools and inspiration you need to identify and eradicate harmful complexity from your company or organisation. Based on cutting-edge research, it takes you through real business case-studies and offers a practical ‘how to’ approach to tackling this growing problem.

Light Footprint Management – Charles-Edouard Bouée

What can managers in today’s uncertain, unimaginably complex world learn from President Obama’s military doctrine and Chinese management style? Charles-Edouard Bouée proposes the adoption of “light footprint” management – comparable to President Barack Obama’s military doctrine and similar to the recent emergence of vision and tactics over strategy in Chinese management. Bouée argues that this shift in approach blazes a trail that Western companies will be obliged to follow, and explains how conventional management methodologies, techniques and tools can be adapted to the conditions of an increasingly ambiguous and apparently unmanageable world. Light Footprint Management sets out a road-map for the transformation of companies into adaptable, post-strategic business organisations.

Browse the full shortlist for Management Book of the Year 2014.

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