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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

Thinkers50 in 50 Seconds

Erica Dhawan, champion of collaboration and connectional intelligence and our Thinker of the Month for September 2016, is short but never snappy in our quick fire interview. What book are you currently reading? I’m re-reading Chimananda Ngozi...

 

50 Second Q&A with Lauren Noël

50 Second Q&A with Lauren Noël

Lauren Noël is one of the founders of Quest, a global leadership institute for early career women (www.herquest.org). She provides some quick thinking for Thinkers50.  What book are you currently reading? The Confidence Code, by Katty Kay and...

 

50 Second Q&A with Christie Hunter Arscott

50 Second Q&A with Christie Hunter Arscott

Christie Hunter Arscott (@chunterasrcott) is principal of Quest, a global leadership institute for early career women (www.herquest.org). She gets pithy with Thinkers50. What book are you currently reading? “Mindset: The New Psychology of...

 

Thinkers50 in 50 Seconds: Whitney Johnson

Thinkers50 in 50 Seconds: Whitney Johnson

Whitney Johnson provides disruptively pithy thinking. What book are you currently reading? The Passion of Dolssa, a Young Adult novel, by Julie Berry Do you describe yourself as a thinker? Yes, but only in the last few years.  I needed to have a...

 

Thinkers50 in 50 Seconds: Julian Birkinshaw

Thinkers50 in 50 Seconds: Julian Birkinshaw

Julian Birkinshaw of London Business School delivers instant value. What is your competitive advantage? I am good at bridging between the worlds of academia and practice.  So I am much closer to the real business world than most research-focused...

 

Thinkers50 in 50 Seconds: Gianpiero Petriglieri

Thinkers50 in 50 Seconds: Gianpiero Petriglieri

Gianpiero Petriglieri, shortlisted for the Thinkers50 Leadership award, is short but never snappy in a quick fire interview. What book are you currently reading? Practical Wisdom, by Barry Schwartz Room on the Broom, by Julia Donaldson, 2-3 times...

 

Thinkers50 in 50 Seconds: Rachel Botsman

Thinkers50 in 50 Seconds: Rachel Botsman

Rachel Botsman, winner of the 2015 Thinkers50 Breakthrough Idea Award, is short but never snappy in a quick fire interview. What book are you currently reading? H is for Hawk. Do you describe yourself as a thinker? It’s funny, describing...

 

Thinkers50 in 50 Seconds: Dave Ulrich

Thinkers50 in 50 Seconds: Dave Ulrich

Dave Ulrich, shortlisted for the Thinkers50 Breakthrough Idea Award, is short but never snappy in a quick fire interview. What book are you currently reading? I don’t really read books, I read authors. I often read fun authors for escape and for...

 

Thinkers50 in 50 Seconds: Peter Fisk

Thinkers50 in 50 Seconds: Peter Fisk

Peter Fisk, author of Gamechangers, is short but never snappy in a quick fire interview. What book are you currently reading? I’m reading Neuroscience of Leadership by Dr Tara Swart, which explains how your brain is more “plastic” (flexible) than...

 

Thinkers50 in 50 Seconds: Alf Rehn

Thinkers50 in 50 Seconds: Alf Rehn

Alf Rehn, shortlisted for the 2015 Thinkers50 Innovation Award, is short but never snappy in a quick fire interview. What book are you currently reading? Leadership BS: Fixing Workplaces and Careers One Truth at a Time by Jeffrey Pfeffer...