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In addition to the Thinkers50 books listed on this page, we are the publishing partner for Looking Ahead, a book which portrays the myriad of intertwined global developments that will shape the world we live in for decades to come. Visit the Looking Ahead page.

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What it takes to succeed with Innovation

Innovation is where the worlds of business and creativity meet to create new value. It really is as simple as that. Indeed, one definition of innovation is “the creation of new value.”

Innovation@Work is a smorgasbord of ideas and insights on innovation. We are delighted to partner with Fujitsu’s Open Innovation Gateway (OIG) in bringing Innovation@Work to the world. OIG describes itself as a gateway to growth, truly contributing to our new understanding of innovation as something built on sharing, collaboration, exploration and openness. Fujitsu has also been the sponsor of the Thinkers50 Innovation Award since its inception. So far, the award has been given to Clay Christensen, Linda Hill, Navi Radjou and Scott Anthony – all of whom are featured in Innovation@Work. Opening up to innovation is the way forward.

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The 5Qs

How to survive, thrive, and deliver value in the leadership jungle

Leadership – whether in a corporation, a hospital or a government department – has never been so important or challenging. But what is the DNA for great leadership in the twenty-first century?

Ten years of research provides the conclusive answer. Today’s high-performing leaders simultaneously require five key leadership intelligences– the 5Qs.

Distilled to their essence:

• IQ is cognitive intelligence – a leader’s ability to acquire knowledgeand make a compelling argument.
• EQ is emotional intelligence – a leader’s ability to understandand manage both their own emotions and those of others.
• PQ is political judgement – a leader’s ability to navigate a wayforward through diverse stakeholders’ agendas.
• RQ is the leader’s resilience quotient – the capacity to emotionallysustain high performance under continued pressure and adversity.
• MQ is moral character – the ability to understand and live one’s own value system and determine the moral boundaries of individuals,teams and of the organization.

The 5Qs provides the definitive road map for leadership today.


A Brightline and Thinkers50 collaboration bringing together the very best thinking and insights in the field of strategy and beyond.

If you ask a manager what excites them about their job, what gets them out of bed in the morning, what provides meaning to their work, their answers tend to be similar no matter where they are in the world, who they work for or what their job is. Distilled to three words it is: Getting things done. Strategy@Work showcases some of the very best thinkers in the field of strategy and beyond. We hope that it acts as a catalyst for readers to get things done.

Dear CEO

This collection of specially-commissioned letters offers clear, calming and concise advice from across the spectrum of current leadership thinking. Written by respected business thinkers around the world, these 50 letters provide guidance, wisdom and personal insight into the particular challenges facing the business world today and anyone in a senior position. Contributors include high-profile names such as Tom Peters, who stresses the importance of focussing on the people within an organization; Liz Mellon, who writes to her CEO about gender equality in the workplace; Chris Zook, explaining how a change of mentality can lead to exponential growth; and Linda Brimm, who discusses managing global cosmopolitans and a modern workforce. Listen to the City A.M. Unregulated Podcast with Des Dearlove on Dear CEO.

Haier Purpose

In 1984 Zhang Ruimin took over as Director of the Qingdao Refrigerator Factory. The small collectively-owned factory was losing money. Others had tried to turn the venture around and failed. Money had to be borrowed to pay wages and products often had to be repaired before leaving the factory.

Since then Zhang Ruimin and Haier have cut an impressive swathe through business orthodoxy. Their experiments and innovations in management are unique in their scale. Today, Haier has 75,000 employees and annual revenues of over $32 billion. In 2016 Haier bought GE’s appliances business in the US for $5.4 billion. This year Zhang Ruimin was identified by Fortune as one of the World’s Greatest Leaders.

Now, for the first time, the inside story of the company’s rise and its revolutionary approach to management and leadership is told by Hu Yong and Hao Yazhou in Haier Purpose.

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The Giving World: The Three Financial Forces That Could Transform Global Development 

The developing world faces many significant social and economic challenges. These include tackling poverty and disease, reducing crime, and creating the infrastructure and security needed to foster economic prosperity and create jobs. Governments around the world currently provide some $135 billion in international aid. But this is not enough. Many parts of the world also rely on the goodwill and financial support of charitable organizations and private individuals. Two other types of international giving are significant: international philanthropy; and money sent home by migrant workers as remittances. All together government aid, philanthropy and remittances add up to a staggering $350 billion a year. Yet, at present, these huge sums of money are underutilized; they are wasted or fall far short of their potential maximum impact.

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What We Mean When We Talk About Leadership

In their newest title, Des Dearlove and Stuart Crainer capture the extraordinariness as well as the ordinariness of great leaders. In What We Mean When We Talk About Leadership you will discover: how leaders build things, the behaviours of great leaders, how leaders thrive on ambiguity, and – why great leaders wear cardigans.

This entertaining and lively book presents a vision of leadership illuminated by conversations with entrepreneurs, management thinkers, CEOs of global businesses, and leading sports stars.

Thinkers50 Future of Business books series

The Thinkers50 Future of Business books series delivers compact and distilled wisdom from the world’s leading management thinkers and showcases the ideas that are changing business today.

The titles Innovation, Leadership, Management & Strategy are available as an e-book bundle.