Edmondson cited by Thinkers50 as the world’s most influential management thinker at prestigious awards in London
Decision was delighted to attend the bi-annual Thinkers50 Gala in London this week. The event brings together many of the world’s top business thinkers and strategists, identifying 50 individuals or small groups who have contributed the most powerful business ideas in the last two years. The top 10 of these are now ranked in order of importance in a ceremony The Financial Times has described as, ‘The Oscars of management thinking’.
For the second consecutive time, the Thinkers50 Ranking was topped by Amy Edmondson of Harvard Business School. Edmondson is best known for her pioneering work on psychological safety and sealed her reputation with the publication of her groundbreaking book, ‘The Fearless Organisation’.
Amy proved a popular choice in a room of over 500 guests that included many of her top peers from the world of business academia, coaching and consulting.
“Amy’s work continues to be repeatedly cited by the practitioners we talk to as practical and inspiring,” commented Thinkers50 cofounder, Des Dearlove. “The impact of her work on psychological safety resonates throughout organisations around the world. And her latest book, The Right Kind of Wrong, delivers fresh thinking on learning from failure – it’s going to be another game-changer.”
The new Thinkers50 Ranking places the top 10 thinkers in order from 1 to 10, with the remaining 40 thinkers listed alphabetically. “Although we used to assign all 50 a number, arranging the Thinkers50 in this way fits with the way our organisation has evolved,” explained Thinkers50 co-founder, Stuart Crainer. “Events over the past few years have made it clear that collaboration and community lie at the heart of the Thinkers50. Which prompted the theme for this year’s Thinkers50 Awards Gala: Reconnect, Rethink, Reset.”
Newcomers to the Thinkers50 Ranking include Heidi Gardner from Harvard Law School, Mark Greeven and Howard Yu from IMD in Switzerland, Ranjay Gulati from Harvard Business School, Tina Opie of Opie Consulting Group, and Zeynep Ton from MIT. Just over half of the Ranking comprises women and it features thinkers from multiple diverse backgrounds and nationalities, from Denmark to South Korea, and Argentina to Turkey.
Also announced at the Thinkers50 2023 Awards Gala, were the recipients of the Thinkers50 Distinguished Achievement Awards. The recipients were:
BREAKTHROUGH IDEA AWARD: WENDY K. SMITH AND MARIANNE W. LEWIS
Dedicated to the memory of C.K. Prahalad
for Both/And Thinking
Wendy K. Smith and Marianne W. Lewis grapple with paradoxes at the heart of how we work and live. In their 2022 book, Both/And Thinking: Embracing Creative Tensions to Solve Your Toughest Problems, they show us how to employ ‘both/and thinking’ to make more creative, flexible, and impactful decisions in a world of competing demands. Wendy is the Dana J. Johnson professor of management and faculty director of the Women’s Leadership Initiative at the Lerner College of Business and Economics, University of Delaware. Marianne is dean and professor of management at the Lindner College of Business, University of Cincinnati.
MARSHALL GOLDSMITH AWARD FOR COACHING & MENTORING: MICHAEL BUNGAY STANIER
in partnership with coaching.com
for How to Work With (Almost) Anyone and How to Begin
Michael Bungay Stanier is the founder of Box of Crayons, a training and development company that has taught coaching skills to hundreds of thousands of people across the world. His latest books are How to Work With (Almost) Anyone: Five Questions for Building the Best Possible Relationships and How to Begin: Start Doing Something That Matters. He is also the author of The Coaching Habit and The Advice Trap, the latter of which his TEDx talk, Tame Your Advice Monster, is based on a talk that has received over 1.5 million views.
DIGITAL THINKING AWARD: PAUL R. DAUGHERTY AND H. JAMES WILSON
for Radically Human
Paul Daugherty and H. James Wilson are the authors of Radically Human: How New Technology is Transforming Business and Shaping our Future, in which they explain how new AI-powered technologies have led to more human technology. Paul is group chief executive for technology at Accenture and serves on the board of Girls Who Code. H. James Wilson is managing director of information technology at Accenture Research. They are also co-authors of Human + Machine, for which they were shortlisted for the Thinkers50 2019 Breakthrough Idea Award.
IDEAS INTO PRACTICE AWARD: JULIE CARRIER
for promoting leadership development for girls and young women
Julie Carrier is CEO of the consultancy firm, Girls Lead Worldwide, the author of Girls Lead and BeYOUtiful, and a former senior management consultant in leadership development for the Pentagon. Julie specialises in applied neuroscience in leadership education, which lays the foundation for program The Leadership Development Institute For Young Women. She is also a fellow at the Institute of Coaching at McLean/Harvard Medical School.
INNOVATION AWARD: SHEENA IYENGAR
in partnership with Fujitsu
for Think Bigger
Sheena Iyengar is the inaugural S.T. Lee professor of business in the Management Division at Columbia Business School. Her latest book, Think Bigger: How to Innovate, asks the timeless question, “How can I get my best ideas?” By debunking some of the popular concepts surrounding creativity, she provides a step-by-step framework for entrepreneurs, leaders, innovators – and everyone – to think more effectively and grow their ideas.
LEADERSHIP AWARD: KIRSTIN FERGUSON
in partnership with ExecOnline
for Head & Heart
Kirstin Ferguson is an award-winning author, columnist, company director, and a Member of the Order of Australia for her significant contributions to business and gender equality. Her latest book, Head & Heart: The Art of Modern Leadership, debuted in the top 10 non-fiction bestseller list on release and features on the Thinkers50 2023 Best New Management Booklist.
RADAR AWARD: MARCUS COLLINS
sponsored by Deloitte
for For the Culture
Marcus Collins’ 2023 book, For the Culture: The Power Behind What We Buy, What We Do, And Who We Want To Be contends that culture is a key driver of human behaviour. He is a clinical professor at the Ross School of Business, University of Michigan, former head of strategy at Wieden+Kennedy, has worked in music and tech as a startup co-founder, and led iTunes + Nike sport music initiatives at Apple, as well as running digital strategy for Beyoncé.
STRATEGY AWARD: HOWARD YU
in partnership with Brightline, a Project Management Institute Initiative
for future readiness
Howard Yu is the LEGO® professor of management and innovation at IMD and director of IMD’s Center for Future Readiness, which produces the Future Readiness Indicator. He specialises in technological innovation, strategic transformation, and change management. He is the author of Leap: How to Thrive in a World Where Everything Can Be Copied and was shortlisted for the Thinkers50 2019 Innovation Award.
TALENT AWARD: ZEYNEP TON
for The Case for Good Jobs
Zeynep Ton is Professor of the practice at the MIT Sloan School of Management and president of the nonprofit Good Jobs Institute. In her latest book, The Case for Good Jobs: How Great Companies Bring Dignity, Pay, and Meaning to Everyone’s Work, she argues that high-quality jobs are essential for competitive advantage and company success. She is also the author of The Good Jobs Strategy: How the Smartest Companies Invest in Employees to Lower Costs and Boost Profits.
In addition, Zhang Ruimin, the chairman emeritus of the Haier Group, was presented with the Thinkers50 Lifetime Achievement Award by Gary Hamel of London Business School. The Thinkers50 founders, Stuart Crainer and Des Dearlove, presented their Founders’ Award to Iryna Tykhomyrova, president of the International Management Institute in Kyiv, as acknowledgement of her school’s work since the Russian invasion of Ukraine.
Thinkers50 2023 Top 10 Ranking in full, with previous top 10 positions:
- Amy Edmondson (1)
- Adam Grant (6)
- Andrew Winston & Paul Polman (-)
- Amy Webb (-)
- W. Chan Kim & Renée Mauborgne (3)
- Sheena Iyengar (-)
- Rita McGrath (2)
- Alex Osterwalder & Yves Pigneur (4)
- Scott D. Anthony (7)
- Tsedal Neeley (-)