We have conducted several 50-second interviews with our thinkers. Here are their collected answers to one specific question: Why is the Thinkers50 important to you?
I don’t just write to be read. I write to be heard. It means a lot when people find my ideas meaningful and useful, in the workplace and beyond.
I respect the past Thinkers50. It is an honour to be regarded alongside them.
Thinkers50 celebrates the best ideas for business. Imitation is easy, and just leads to commoditisation and falling prices. Improvement is essential, an allows you to stand still. You need to have bigger ideas to move forwards. We live in an ideas economy – where the best business strategies, the most inspiring brands, the most engaged consumers are built on strong and distinctive ideas.
I believe we are as good as the people around us, so being part of Thinkers50 is almost as good as it can be.
It is both an intellectually stimulating community and a great place to find new, inspiring thinkers. Oh, and most everyone I’ve met in conjunction with it has been lovely, fascinating people!
If a tree falls in the forest and no one hears it, does it make a sound? If we have ideas, but no one uses them or finds value in them, do they matter? Thinkers50 is a validation that ideas are at least heard by and maybe help others.
Thinkers50 is a fantastic network of like-minded thinkers, a platform for spreading ideas that matter and important recognition of one’s achievements.
It’s the Oscars of Management Thinking. Period. Exclamation point.
I think it’s important to have a vehicle by which truly new ideas are uncovered and brought to the fore. So many “new” ideas in management are past ideas that have been repackaged. Thinkers50 seems to be able to discard the repacks, to get to the core of what’s new and disruptive.