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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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50 Second Q&A: András Tilcsik

50 Second Q&A: András Tilcsik

Hungarian-born Tilcsik is an assistant professor of strategic management at the Rotman School of Management and a faculty fellow at the Michael Lee-Chin Family Institute for Corporate Citizenship. His research explores the organizational aspects of...

 

Thinkers50 in 50 Seconds with Alexander Betts

Thinkers50 in 50 Seconds with Alexander Betts

Alexander Betts is Professor of Forced Migration and International Affairs, and Director of the Refugee Studies Centre, at the University of Oxford. His research focuses mainly on the politics and economics of refugee assistance, and he has also...

 

Thinkers50 in 50 Seconds with Megan Reitz

Thinkers50 in 50 Seconds with Megan Reitz

Megan Reitz is author of Dialogue in Organizations and a professor at Ashridge Business School. Her new groundbreaking global research (with Michael Chaskalson) explores the impact of mindfulness training on key leadership capacities.  She takes...

 

Thinkers50 in 50 Seconds with Shameen Prashantham

Thinkers50 in 50 Seconds with Shameen Prashantham

Shameen Prashantham is an Associate Professor of International Business & Strategy at CEIBS. His research focuses on new venture internationalization, and in particular on how internationalizing new ventures and large multinationals interface...

 

Thinkers50 in 50 Seconds with Deborah Rowland

Thinkers50 in 50 Seconds with Deborah Rowland

Deborah Rowland is a former PepsiCo and BBC Worldwide executive and author of the forthcoming book, Still Moving, which offers a unique new approach to leading change.  She took our 50 second interview test. What book are you currently reading?...

 

Thinkers50 in 50 Seconds with Soren Kaplan

Thinkers50 in 50 Seconds with Soren Kaplan

Soren Kaplan, author of Leapfrogging and The Invisible Advantage, cuts to the chase. What book are you currently reading? Under New Management by David Burkus.  The book highlights some of the outliers who are innovating the practice of management...

 

50 Second Q&A with Margarita Mayo

50 Second Q&A with Margarita Mayo

Margarita Mayo, a profesor at Spain’s IE Business School, offers a unique and authentic take on leadership.  Her forthcoming book, Renew: How authentic leaders reinvent themselves to change the world, will bring her ideas to new audiences.  She...

 

50 Second Q&A with Michael Chaskalson

50 Second Q&A with Michael Chaskalson

Michael Chaskalson is one of the pioneers of the application of mindfulness in leadership and in the workplace.  He is the author of the agenda-setting book The Mindful Workplace and the bestselling Mindfulness in Eight Weeks. Here is his distilled...

 

50 Second Q&A with Alessandro di Fiore

50 Second Q&A with Alessandro di Fiore

Alessandro di Fiore is the founder of ECSI Consulting and one of Europe’s leading thinkers at the awkward intersection between strategy and innovation.  He cuts to the chase in 50 seconds with Thinkers50. What book are you currently reading?...