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Identifying, ranking, and sharing extraordinary management and business thinking.

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Thinkers50 is the world’s most reliable resource for identifying, ranking, and sharing the leading management ideas of our age. We are based in London, with partners and affiliations around the globe. Our ambition is to provide innovative access to ideas with the power to make the world a better place.

2019 Founders' Award Winner Announced

2019 Hall of Fame Inductees Announced

Awards Gala November 18, 2019


Fresh, insightful, provocative insights in the complex world of management thinking. Articles, podcasts, blogs, and interviews feature our ranked thinkers, award winners, and others with big ideas to share.

- September 22, 2019

Take a look at an exceptional thinker @SuccessMatters who was nominated for Coaching & Mentoring Award in partnersh… https://t.co/oPv5eHnylw
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- September 22, 2019

RT @tendayiviki: Hal Gregersen has been paying careful, deep attention to innovative leaders who not only ask questions, but they do someth…
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- September 22, 2019

RT @HalGregersen: 25 years ago Clay and I first crossed paths. His questions radically reframed my work and life. He’s done — and still doe…
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- September 22, 2019

RT @rgmcgrath: Had a great @bosconference with my good friend @AlexOsterwalder . As people affectionately said, "bookends"! https://t.co/E
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Why Employees Don’t Speak Up

Why Employees Don’t Speak Up

My research will help organizations better understand three key issues. Firstly, why employees actively choose not to tell their leaders about the things they need to hear. Secondly, how employees get heard and how do we get ideas out of their heads and into the open...

The Coaching Habit: Failure and Success

The Coaching Habit: Failure and Success

Senior Partner of Box of Crayons and one of the world’s top coaches, Michael Bungay Stanier asks me my views about failure and success. He asks how do you see them, what do you learn from them? Why do you keep writing books? Why do you keep throwing stuff out into the...


Every two years, Thinkers50 salutes the leading business and management ideas of our age with our Ranking of Management Thinkers and our awards for distinguished achievement in a number of specific management categories. Our annual Radar list introduces emerging thinkers with the potential to make lasting contributions to management theory and practice.


Thinkers50 Ranking

The Thinkers50 global ranking of management thinkers is announced each odd-numbered year.


Thinkers50 Awards

Distinguished Achievement Awards are conferred in key areas of management every two years.


Thinkers50 Radar

A new class of up-and-coming Radar thinkers is identified annually.



As part of its mission of identifying, ranking and sharing the very best in management thinking, Thinkers50 offers a variety of services to individuals and organizations.


Consulting Services

Thinkers50 founders Stuart Crainer and Des Dearlove are trusted coaches and advisers to thinkers and organisations around the world. Their strategic approach supports and enhances thinkers’ brands and businesses.


Thinkers50 publishes important titles that do not fit conventional publishing parameters, but that merit a place in business and management literature. In addition, we partner with Unbound publishers to promote crowdfunding of select titles.


Whether it be a key-note speech on the latest business ideas, a briefing on trends in business thinking, or advice on designing corporate conferences, Thinkers50 has extensive experience in engaging global audiences.

About Us

2001: Two maverick Englishmen disrupt business and management with the first ever ranking of management thinkers. Quickly recognized globally as the premier work of its kind, the Thinkers50 Ranking has been published every two years since.

2011: Thinkers50 introduces Distinguished Achievement Awards, expanding its biennial salute to the leading business and management ideas of our age.

2019: Thinkers50 2019 will be held in London on 18 November 2019, featuring the announcement of the 10th biennial ranking and presentation of the 2019 Distinguished Achievement Awards.


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