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Nilofer Merchant

Prominent thought leader and strategist on the future of work in the social era, advocating for people in a technology-driven workspace.

01. ranked thinker

Ranked # 22 in 2017.

Previous positions: # 48 (2015).

02. AWARD WINNER

Thinkers50 2013 Future Thinker Award.

03. SHORLISTED

Thinkers50 2015 Digital Thinking Award.

ideas

A master at turning seemingly wild ideas into reality, Merchant illuminates the future of work, and reveals relevant strategies to meet that future. She coined the term “onlyness”, explaining how to unleash undiscovered talent, ideas and innovation lying within an organisation. She argues that, in the face of new, transformative technologies, organizations need to re-invent themselves, which means opening themselves up to the new social era.

Nationality

American

BIO

A former executive at Apple and other Fortune 500 technology  companies, Merchant spent 25 years in the technology industry. An MBA graduate of Santa Clara University and applied economics at the University of San Francisco, Merchant has taught business strategy, collaborative management and leadership at Stanford University and Santa Clara University, and guest-lectured at Yale.

Content

The Power of Onlyness: Make Your Wild Ideas Mighty Enough to Dent the World (Viking, 2017); 11 Rules for Creating Value in the #Social Era (HBR Press, 2012); The New How: Creating Business Solutions Through Collaborative Strategy (O’Reilly Media, 2010).

Stop Eliminating Perfectly Good Candidates by Asking Them the Wrong Questions (Harvard Business Review, 22 March 2019).

website

nilofermerchant.com

Twitter

@nilofer

Media Picks

PODCAST: The Power of Onlyness

by Nilofer Merchant

VERDICT

The concept of ‘onlyness’ is subtle but powerful, and set to transform performance.

Stuart Crainer & Des Dearlove, Thinkers50

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