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Thinkers50 in 50 Seconds: David Burkus

All 50 Second Q&As

David Burkus, shortlisted for the 2015 Thinkers50 Radar Award, is short but never snappy in a quick fire interview.

What book are you currently reading?

Roger Martin and Sally Osberg’s Getting Beyond Better, I find social entrepreneurship a fascinating new area of study that fulfills the promises Corporate Social Responsibility first made.

Do you describe yourself as a thinker?

I think the irony of the collection of thinkers in the Thinkers50 is that “questioner” might be the more appropriate moniker. Those assembled aren’t afraid to challenge the status quo, question current management norms, and offer new ideas for leadership.

Who or what is your biggest inspiration?

A lot of my intellectual heroes are a part of this year’s Thinkers50. Daniel Pink, Liz Wiseman, Roger Martin, and Nilofer Merchant are just a few of the folks whose work inspires me to make a contribution to management thought.

What is your next goal?

My new book, Under New Management, launches in 2016 and I have big dreams for it. It re-examines a lot of management norms and profiles companies and research that offer a better, if counterintuitive, way forward.

What is the secret of a great presentation?




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