Not KnowingThe Chartered Management Institute has awarded Steven D’Souza and Diana Renner’s Not Knowing, published by LID as ‘Management Book of the Year’ for 2014.

The award, in association with the British Library and sponsored by Henley Business School, was judged by a panel of the UK’s top business and management leaders.

At a packed awards ceremony at the British Library in February 2015, Not Knowing won the Commuter’s Read category before being chosen as overall award-winner.

In an age of fast-paced change and data overload, the book smashes the orthodoxy that managers can – or should – be all-knowing and challenges leaders to think differently to succeed.

Diane Lees, Director-General of the Imperial War Museum and CMI competition judge, explained why the book impressed the judging panel: “Managers can feel huge pressure to know everything and to always have the answer to a problem.

This book goes against the grain and offers reassurance that ‘not knowing’ can be a force for good decisions, as it allows for open questions and curiosity. “This book could inspire managers to rethink how they tackle all sorts of complex challenges, and how they approach business planning. It challenges the reader to think deeply about themselves and ask questions, which in turn will allow for better and more informed decisions to be made.”


Commenting on their success, winning authors, Steven D’Souza and Diana Renner, said: “The inspiration for the book comes from our own lives, from our own stories and from those who have shared their stories with us from around the world.

“We dedicate this book to anyone who’s been to the edge. We wrote it in honour of courage, curiosity and compassion and hope it inspires managers to take their teams into the unknown.”

David Woods, Editorial Director of LID Publishing, added: “In a world where mainstream thinking dictates that ‘knowledge is power’ in a business setting, Not Knowing offers a welcome alternative. D’Souza and Renner show that the values of knowledge – engrained in all of us at an early age – place unnecessary pressure on managers and leaders.

“This important piece of work offers a genuine alternative to dealing with this pressure. It allows leaders and managers to step back and embrace their ‘Not Knowing’, rather than be frightened of it.

“We’re thrilled that our world-class authors have been placed among the leaders in their field and wish to thank the CMI and the judging panel for believing in the relevant, important and challenging idea of ‘Not Knowing’.

Watch an exclusive video, by the students of London-based design and communication college Ravensbourne and launched at the awards ceremony, celebrating ‘Not Knowing’

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