‘The Management Shift’ has been shortlisted for the CMI Management Book of the Year Award in the ‘Practical Manager’ category. Its author, Vlatka Hlupic, is Professor of Business and Management at the University of Westminster and CEO of the Drucker Society London, and was recently voted onto the HR Most Influential International Thinkers List 2015.
The book has already won an Axiom Award (a silver medal in the “Leadership” category), and was selected by Forbes as one of the top eight business books in 2014.
‘The Management Shift’ advocates a new way of thinking and working to meet the needs of today’s global technology-driven, knowledge-based businesses. It combines theory and practice in demonstrating how companies can make changes in their leadership styles to achieve substantial increases in their performance and profits – by improving employee engagement, removing barriers to innovation and uncovering the hidden strengths in their people and organisations.
Commenting on this latest recognition for her work, Vlatka said: “I’m delighted my book has been shortlisted for this prestigious award. This book is my life’s work, the result of many years of my academic and consulting experience. I wrote it to help individuals and organisations create happier, more purposeful and more profitable work-places, and the feedback I’ve received on the practical impact of ideas from the book is fantastic. In addition to awards and professional recognition of these ideas, it’s hugely satisfying and motivating to hear stories about the management shifts happening across the world. I found out recently that the Norwegian Government is using my book for an initiative to shift the entire nation to a higher level of working and succeeding.”
She added: “What I have seen in many companies are over-controlling management styles and systems that employees find stifling and demotivating. Companies need a better understanding of human psychology and motivation. I call it humanising management – treating people with respect and distributing power and decision-making. The results, in terms of performance and success, can be astonishing. This is why I wrote my book.”
Vlatka is currently undertaking research into the mindsets and leadership styles of 50 CEOs in some of the world’s most successful companies. The results will appear in a new book, providing further practical lessons for other organisations to make the shift towards enlightened leadership.
She has also started work on the launch of a global petition for humanising management, supported by many leading management thinkers and professional associations.