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Lynda Gratton

Psychologist, with a unique focus on organizational change, and the movement of business from a competitive to a more collaborative work space.

01. ranked thinker

Ranked #13 in 2019.

Previous positions:
#29 (2017), #31 (2015), #14 (2013), and #12 (2011).


Thinkers50 2013 Global Solutions Award.


Started career as chief psychologist at British Airways.


Gratton explores the changing patterns of work and their effects worldwide, and provides unique insights into the movement of business from a competitive to a more collaborative work space. She studies technological and societal trends that will shape the future of work and living, and maps out how to bring resilience to a fragile world, starting with what happens inside an organization. She explains how a corporation’s unique capabilities of innovation, scaling, mobilising, and alliance-building can help solve global problems.





Gratton is professor of management practice at London Business School, where she directs the Human Resource Strategy in Transforming Companies programme – considered the world’s leading programme on human resources. Founder of the Hot Spots Movement, she is also leader of the Future of Work Research Consortium, a platform designed to help businesses identify and respond to trends in order to remain dynamic, innovative, and competitive. Gratton is a fellow of the World Economic Forum and chairs the Drucker Prize panel. In 2017 she became an adviser for GoogleOrg’s initiative to help people prepare for the changing nature of work and also was the only foreigner invited by Prime Minister Shinzo Abe of Japan to join the new Council for Designing 100-year Life Society.


The New Long Life: A Framework for Flourishing in a Changing World (with Andrew Scott, Bloomsbury, 2020); The 100-Year Life: Living and Working in an Age of Longevity (with Andrew Scott, Bloomsbury, 2016); The Key: How Corporations Succeed by Solving the World’s Toughest Problems (McGraw-Hill, 2014); The Shift: The Future of Work is Already Here (Collins, 2011); Glow: How You Can Radiate Energy, Innovation, and Success (Berrett-Koehler, 2009); Hot Spots: Why Some Teams, Workplaces, and Organizations Buzz with Energy – And Others Don’t (Berrett-Koehler, 2007); Living Strategy: Putting People at the Heart of Corporate Purpose (FT Prentice Hall, 2000); Strategic Human Resource Management: Corporate Rhetoric and Human Reality (Oxford University Press, 1999).




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“The 100-Year Life has profound implications for work, life, and society.

Stuart Crainer & Des Dearlove, Thinkers50