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50 Second Q&As

Pithy wisdom from Thinkers50

Distillation lies at the heart of successfully communicating. The more complex the ideas, the more intricate the context, the greater the premium on distillation.

At the Thinkers50, as we travel the world and the internet, seeking out the best ideas in management, we look out for the thinkers who have a gift for distilling their research and concepts down into memorable phrases, tightly argued articles, clearly constructed diagrams, and examples which are as evocative as they are instructional.

To hone their distilling skills, we challenge thinkers to complete our Thinkers50 50-­second Q&A. The result is a unique insight into what some of the world’s leading business thinkers are thinking – and how they manage their lives.

We hope you enjoy this collection of our recent examples of distilled wisdom.

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Thinkers50 in 50 Seconds: Noah Askin

Thinkers50 in 50 Seconds: Noah Askin

An assistant professor of organizational behaviour at INSEAD, Noah Askin’s research interests include social and cultural networks, status, the production and consumption of music, and higher education. Askin’s TED talk, “The recipe of a hit song”...

 

Thinkers50 in 50 Seconds: David Nour

Thinkers50 in 50 Seconds: David Nour

David Nour has pioneered the phenomenon that relationships are the greatest off balance sheet asset any organizations possess, large and small, public and private. His most recent book, Co-Create, focuses on profitability from innovative and...

 

Thinkers50 in 50 Seconds: Alex Hill

Thinkers50 in 50 Seconds: Alex Hill

Alex Hill (@profalexhill) is the co-founder and director of The Centre for High Performance (a collaboration between senior faculty at the Universities of Oxford and Kingston) dedicated to helping high-performing organizations to develop a stronger...

 

Thinkers50 in 50 Seconds: Marco Bertini

Thinkers50 in 50 Seconds: Marco Bertini

Marco Bertini (marcobertini.com) is an associate professor at ESADE business school in Barcelona, Spain.  Chosen on this year’s Thinkers50 Radar, he took a timeout to survey our pithy questions. What book are you currently reading? I am deep into...

 

Thinkers50 in 50 Seconds:  Zoë Chance

Thinkers50 in 50 Seconds: Zoë Chance

A professor at the Yale School of Management, Zoë Chance examines persuasion and decision-making through the lens of behavioural economics. Her research findings have been published in top academic journals and her 4Ps Framework for Behaviour...

 

Thinkers50 in 50 Seconds: Mark Greeven

Thinkers50 in 50 Seconds: Mark Greeven

A Dutch academic based in Hangzhou, China with a ringside seat on fast evolving developments in Chinese management and leadership, Mark Greeven is an associate professor at Zhejiang University’s School of Management. In addition, he is a research...

 

Thinkers50 in 50 Seconds: Anindya Ghose

Thinkers50 in 50 Seconds: Anindya Ghose

Anindya Ghose (@aghose) is an Indian-born professor at New York University’s Stern School of Business.  His work focuses on economic issues and consumer behaviour as it relates to the internet, mobile, digital marketing, big data, and business...

 

Thinkers50 in 50 Seconds with Kate Darling

Thinkers50 in 50 Seconds with Kate Darling

An expert in robot ethics, Darling is a researcher at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) Media Lab. Her work explores the emotional connection between people and life-like machines and anticipates difficult questions that lawmakers,...

 

50 Second Q&A: Maja Korica

50 Second Q&A: Maja Korica

An associate professor at Warwick Business School, Maja Korica’s  research focuses on understanding the nuances of complex and rarely seen organizational settings, particularly at the top of organizational hierarchies. What book are you currently...

 

50 Second Q&A: Aaron Hurst

50 Second Q&A: Aaron Hurst

Author of The Purpose Economy (Elevate, 2016), Aaron Hurst is the CEO of Imperative, a technology platform that helps people to discover what gives them purpose in their work. He advises global brands and is a frequent speaker and writer on the...