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Ideas – and the actions they trigger – have the power to change the world. It’s a mantra that propels organizations and individuals alike to innovate, push boundaries, and stimulate change and progress. Earlier this year, we shared that several of our clients were nominated for 2019 Thinkers50 Distinguished Achievement Awards for their contributions to the business world. Last month in London, we were proud to attend the gala reception where nine of them were honored. And the winners are…


Renowned Harvard Business School professor, expert on strategy and leadership, and New York Times best-selling author, Kanter took home the organization’s Lifetime Achievement Award, honoring her impact on global business and society. For more than 40 years, she has showed companies how to succeed in the face of rapid technological, cultural and economic change. Being released in January 2020, her latest work, “Think Outside the Building,” will be a blueprint for a new generation of organizational change-makers in an era where consumers and the public demand more than traditional philanthropy from corporations, and where brands can strengthen themselves by tackling social issues.

Several more of our clients were also recognized as among the world’s top thought leaders.


The authoritative voice on technology’s effect on business strategy, productivity and performance, Erik Brynolfsson, and his “Machine, Platform, Crowd” (Norton, 2017) co-author Andrew McAfee, shows us how to rethink the integration of minds and machines, of products and platforms, and of the core and the crowd.


Gregersen is a global authority on building innovative leaders and companies. Executive director of the MIT Leadership Center, he challenges organizations and their leaders to question the way we think and act to make our world a better, more creative place.


Authors of the best-selling book “Platform Revolution,” Van Alstyne and Parker established the concept of two-sided markets, which is used to design and forecast the values and disruption potentials in platform business models. They also received the Thinkers50 2019 Digital Thinking Award.


Petriglieri’s unique perspective on what it means, and what it takes, to become and remain a leader is helping organizations navigate the age of “nomadic professionalism,”and better understand how workforce mobility is making new ways of leading and learning necessary.


As Pisano argues in his latest bookCreative Construction: The DNA of Sustained Innovation” (Public Affairs, 2019), innovation isn’t just for small startups. Big business can be just as dynamic, but require a strategy, the right type of innovation and a culture that can sustain dynamic change over the long run. Pisano helps companies chart their course to transformation.


Friedman is more than a leadership guru; he utilizes his proven, systematic framework, Total Leadership, to teach companies how to be more innovative by integrating the important aspects of their lives to produce happier, more efficient employees and leaders. His new book, “Parents Who Lead,” publishes in March 2020.

Awarded to the management thinkers and doers making the greatest impact on their fields, Thinkers50 recognition is just one more validation that our clients’ work is actively shaping the future of business. We are proud to know, collaborate with, and represent every one of them.

Revealed: These Top Thought Leaders are (Re)Shaping the Future of Business and Society was last modified: August 15th, 2023 by Stern Strategy Group