I’ve just become aware of the current listing of the Thinkers 50 (The definitive listing of the world’s top 50 business thinkers), which lists the most influential business thinkers by ranked order of importance and influence, based on 10 measures:
1. Originality of Ideas: Are the ideas and examples used by the thinker original?
2. Practicality of Ideas: Have the ideas promoted by the thinker been implemented in organizations? And, has the implementation been successful?
3. Presentation Style: How proficient is the thinker at presenting his/her ideas orally?
4. Written Communication: How proficient is the thinker at presenting his/her ideas in writing?
5. Loyalty of Followers: How committed are the thinker’s disciples to spreading the message and putting it to work?
6. Business Sense: Do they practice what they preach in their own business?
7. International Outlook: How international are they in outlook and thinking?
8. Rigor of Research: How well researched are their books and presentations?
9. Impact of Ideas: Have their ideas had an impact on the way people manage or think about management?
10. Guru Factor: The clincher: are they, for better or worse, guru material by your definition and expectation?
It is an impressive list, and one that I think most of our readers will agree with. Among the authors in the top 20 that we have chosen for presentations at the First Friday Book Synopsis are:
Malcolm Gladwell (#2), W Chan Kim and Renee Mauborgnew (#5), Bill Gates (#7), Gary Hamel (#10), Ram Charan (#13), Marshall Goldsmith (# 14), Jim Collins (#17), Tom Peters (#19), and Jack Welch (#20).
The #1 Thinker is CK Prahalad, the author of the book: The Fortune at the Bottom of the Pyramid: Eradicating Poverty through Profits. This book is one that I am aware of, but have not read and presented.
For a brief slideshow of the top 15, go to the Huffington Post article The Top 15 Business Thinkers: Thinkers 50. For the complete list of the 50, click here to go the web site for the Thinkers 50. You will find a video interview with CK Prahalad, and profiles of all of the rest on the list.
(By the way, check out the post by our blogging team member Bob Morris: Q#147: Who were the most influential business thinkers in the 20th century?)
You can order our synopses for many of these books, with audio + handout, at our companion web site, 15minutebusinessbooks.com – including all three of Gladwell’s books, The Tipping Point, Blink, and Outliers, W Chan Kim and Renee Mauborgnew’s Blue Ocean Strategy, Charan’s Execution (and other titles), and Collins’ Good to Great (and soon, Collins How the Mighty Fall – we have presented it, and it will be available on the web site soon) — plus other titles by some of these leading business thinkers.