Five LID Titles Shortlisted for the Business Book Awards 2023

Five LID Titles Shortlisted for the Business Book Awards 2023

By Guest Contributor Teya Ucherdzhieva

Five of LID’s books are finalists in this year’s Business Book Awards.

Great Networking by Alisa Grafton has been shortlisted in the Business Self-Development Book Category.

Leader as Healer by Nicholas Janni is a finalist in the Leadership Book Category.

The Bullshit-Free Book by Kevin Duncan is in the Short Business Book Category.

Onlife Fashion by Philip Kotler, Giuseppe Stigliano and Riccardo Pozzoli is competing in the Specialist Business Book Category.

PANOS by Panos Papadopoulos (with Jack Yan) is a finalist in the Business Journey Book Category.

This year, the Business Book Awards received nearly 300 nominations.

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Alisa Grafton & Kevin Duncan

The Shortlist Reveal event took place on 1st March 2023 at the fabulous Holiday Inn London Kensington and brought together authors and publishers from all around the country. The judges took on the stage to announce the shortlisted books in all 14 categories. Two of LID’s finalists were present at the event – Alisa Grafton and Kevin Duncan.

Kevin Duncan said: “I guess it is appropriate that The Bullshit-Free Book should be shortlisted in the Short Business Book category. To communicate clearly, you need to keep it short. Job done.”

Panos Papadopoulos and Jack Yan also expressed their delight: “Little did we know that when we set out to tell Panos’s life story, a project that we had discussed numerous times for many years, that the book would wind up as a finalist at the Business Book Awards. Our aim was to tell a story that would inspire and guide others, one about values and perseverance, while also being very entertaining to read. We can’t wait to find out how we go—we didn’t even know about the awards ourselves, but now we’re finalists, it’s rather exciting!”

Nicholas Janni, who found out he was shortlisted while at 35,000 feet over the Atlantic, said: “I am honoured and delighted. Urgently needed Healing and Awakening enter further into the mainstream.”

The winners will be revealed in person at the glamorous Business Book Awards Annual Gala Dinner event, taking place on Tuesday 16th May 2023 at London’s The Drum Wembley.

The Business Book Awards has live-streamed the whole Shortlist Reveal event and it can be watched from here.

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Alisa Grafton and her book Great Networking

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If you really want to build your career and achieve professional success, being able to network effectively is crucial. Based on first-hand experience of a successful and dynamic professional, whose focus remains on developing her network of contacts even as she enters the senior stage of her career, this book is a modern-day, highly practical guide for anyone seeking the networking skills and confidence required to succeed in their career.
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The book outlines both a theoretical and practical map towards a new form of leadership, one that embodies the “skill, heart, and wisdom” that the current moment demands. The pathway Janni describes is one of integration and restoration, which is designed to reawaken the innate human capacities – physical and emotional, individual and transpersonal – that were previously discarded and forgotten during our perilous journey towards profit-maximization and “infinite” economic growth. It offers a way to grow ourselves as leaders and to heal our organizations.

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The book starts with an examination of why we seem to use so much jargon and non-sensical words and phrases in our daily working lives. Duncan then lists and analyses the 100 most popular examples of bullshit used internally and externally, their real meaning, and rates how harmless or dangerous they are. The book ends with advice on dealing with bullshitters and a manifesto to help anyone achieve clear, bullshit-free communication.

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This is a rags-to-riches story about a man who came from a Greek village, born to a father with three years’ schooling and an illiterate mother, whose down-to-earth Greek values formed the foundation of an entrepreneur who went on to build a multi-million-dollar fashion empire.

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The starting point for the book’s discussion begins with the title of the book, which emphasizes two important characteristics regarding its context: the increasingly blurred distinction between offline and online – hence the term “onlife” – and the absence of rules, given the obvious out-of-date nature of those on which fashion companies have based their business strategies in recent decades. This has led the authors to propose a handbook of new rules, suitable for a world that increasingly appears to be lacking them.

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