BUSINESS GURUS SHORTLISTED FOR THINKERS50 DISTINGUISHED ACHIEVEMENT AWARDS LONDON.
Thinkers50, the premier ranking of global business thinkers, today announced the shortlisted nominees for this year’s Distinguished Achievement Awards, which have been described as the “Oscars of management thinking”.
The 2019 awards will be made in the following categories: Innovation; Digital Thinking; Strategy; Leadership; Talent; Breakthrough Idea; the Radar Award for the best up-and-coming new thinker; and the Lifetime Achievement Award. In addition, Thinkers50 2019 will see the inauguration of two new awards: the Marshall Goldsmith Coaching Award, and the Thinkers50 Founders’ Award, which will be given to a business thinker who has made a broad and exceptional contribution to the field of management ideas.
“Thinkers50 is a celebration of the very best new business thinking as well as those ideas that stand the test of time,” says Des Dearlove, who, with Stuart Crainer, created Thinkers50 in 2001. “This year we are seeing an exciting new generation of ideas that impact the business world, and often go further to address issues ranging from reducing poverty to building a sustainable model of capitalism.”
This year’s award shortlists highlight thinkers whose ideas have the potential to change the world.
The shortlists include, for example, Harvard professor Amy Edmondson’s concept of “the fearless organization”, lean start-up entrepreneur Eric Ries’ Long-Term Stock Exchange, and LinkedIn founder Reid Hoffman’s “blitzscaling”.
On November 18, 2019, thinkers and business leaders from around the world will convene in London to discover who has won the prestigious awards. The shortlists feature business experts from across the globe, including Australia, China, India, the Netherlands, France, Italy, Germany, Bangladesh, Finland, Paraguay, Portugal, the UK, and the US. The full shortlists follow.
“The theme of Thinkers50 2019 is Breaking Boundaries, and it is great to see such diversity on the shortlists,” says Stuart Crainer. “For too long business thinking could be characterized as male, pale, and stale. That’s no longer the case. We have a record number of women on this year’s shortlist. And, as management becomes more global and people move around the world, it is increasingly difficult to pinpoint exactly which country a thinker comes from.”
Thinkers50 partners include the Brightline Initiative, Accenture, Fujitsu, Haier Group, India’s Institute for Competitiveness, Management Centre Turkey, the UK’s National Centre for Leadership & Management, and the Oman Business Forum.
Thinkers50 has established Ideas Labs in Odense, Denmark, which is home
to Thinkers50 Europe; and in Qingdao, China, where the Haier Group hosts the Thinkers50 Hall of Fame.
Thinkers50 identifies, ranks, and shares the very best in management ideas. Its definitive global ranking of the 50 most influential business thinkers is published every two years. The 2017 top-ranked thinker was Roger L. Martin of the Rotman School of Business at the University of Toronto. Previous winners include Clayton Christensen, CK Prahalad, Michael Porter, and Peter Drucker.
In 2019, more than 5,000 people participated in the Awards nomination process.
COACHING & MENTORING AWARD – In partnership with Marshall Goldsmith
About Sanyin Siang
Founding executive director of the Coach K Leadership and Ethics Center at DukeUniversity’s Fuqua School of Business. As a leadership coach, Siang works with CEOs and generals. She is an advisor to Google Ventures and Duke Corporate Education. She is the author of The Launch Book (LID, 2017).
Whether we are exploring a new idea, new career, or new endeavour, we encounter self-doubt, fear of failure and risks. Drawing on behavioural economics, psychology, and self-leadership principles, these strategies/exercises will give you a jumpstart and position you for success immediately after launch. This book draws on Sanyin’s experience in behavioural science and economics, interviews on innovation, and in mentoring entrepreneurs. It also draws on ideas such as turning failures into brilliant mistakes and many more. Short, sharp, snappy and impactful. This book makes any launch achievable.
BREAKTHROUGH IDEA AWARD – Dedicated to the legacy of CK Prahalad
Anders Indset for the Q Economy
About Anders Indset
Indset argues that if we want to understand society, we must rethink the economy, and create a post-materialistic, holistic “quantum economy”, or “Q economy”. Taking its name from quantum physics, where every subatomic particle is at teh same time both energy and matter, the Q economy, he says, overcomes the opposition between material and immaterial. Inset’s Quanten-Wirtschaft (Econ, 2019) is a German bestseller. He is also the author of Wild Knowledge
, LID Publishing 2nd edition 2019.
About Wild Knowledge
Today, we live and do business in a world where society gathers knowledge faster than it gathers wisdom. It is a world of continuous evolution and change. Those who manage to find, structure and exploit the power of “Wild Knowledge” – ie, the untamed data, learnings and experiences that flourish in our lives and minds – will come out the winners. In combination, we need to develop our ability to understand and judge which aspects of that knowledge are applicable to business and life in general. This is the so-called “Vicious Wisdom” which will force you to unlearn, to choose an approach of unthinking, in order to reach a deeper understanding, meaning and reason in your quest to find new and different solutions. This book, written by a leading futurist/philosopher, presents a powerful and radical approach to thinking about and solving our future lives and businesses.
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