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The new talent agenda

This THINKERS50 MAYO PROJECT explores what makes people tick today.

The Australian Elton Mayo (1880-1949) remains best known - if known at all - for his contribution to the Hawthorne Studies were carried out at Western Electric's Chicago plant between 1927 and 1932.  The studies offered important insights into the motivation of workers.  It was found, for example, that changes in working conditions led to increased output - even if the changes weren't obviously for the betterment of working conditions.  

The Hawthorne experiments were celebrated as a major event.  Their significance lay not so much in their results and discoveries, but in the statement they made: whatever the dictates of mass production and Scientific Management, people and their motivation were critical to the success of any business; and in their legacy - the Human Relations school of thinkers which emerged in the forties and fifties.

Mayo championed the case for teamworking and for improved communications between management and the workforce.  The Hawthorne research revealed informal organizations between groups as a potentially powerful force which companies could utilize or ignore.  Such organizations have never been more important. 

The new talent agenda recognizes the needs of a young (millennial) but also ageing (100 year) workforce. It combines the talents of creative entrepreneurs and disciplined managers, to build diverse teams that achieve more.

The best new ideas about people

  • The 100 year life
  • Collaborative intelligence
  • Onlyness
  • Not knowing
  • Motivation and drive
  • Triggers
  • Behaviourial fitness
  • Reciprocity
  • Strengths movement
  • The creative class
  • Multipliers
  • Cultural relativity
  • Teaming
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    Michael Porter

    The world’s leading expert on competitiveness and business strategy

    Category: Progress, Strategy

    Ranking: #1

    #1 Thinkers50 2015

    "Michael Porter ranks #1 in the Thinkers50 in 2015, which makes him the most influential living management thinker in the world. Period." - Thinkers50

  • Clayton Christensen

    Clayton Christensen

    World’s leading innovation guru on disruptive innovation

    Category: Innovation, Progress

    Ranking: #2

    #1 Thinkers50 in 2011 and 2013; and #2 in 2015. Winner of the Thinkers50 Innovation Award in 2011

    "The world’s foremost expert and originator of disruptive innovation. Clay Christensen wrote the book on disruptive innovation. Literally. Always insightful, and frequently profound, Christensen remains the voice to listen to on innovation. Period."​ - Thinkers50

  • Marshall Goldsmith

    Marshall Goldsmith

    World-renowned expert on leadership behavior and effective employee engagement

    Category: Leadership, Organisation, Work

    Ranking: #5

    #5 Thinkers50 2015; Leadership Award Winner 2015

    "A judicious blend of psychology and tell-it-a-it-is common sense, Marshall Goldsmith is corporate America’s not-so-secret secret weapon. When a Fortune 500 company wants an executive coach with impact it’s Goldsmith they call." - Thinkers50

  • Richard Florida

    Richard Florida

    World-renowned expert on the creative class

    Category: Leadership, Work

    Ranking: #14

    #14 Thinkers50 2015

    "Richard Florida is an intellectual explorer. He championed the notion of the creative class, and has gone on to map out the where and why of creative clusters." - Thinkers50

  • Jeffrey Pfeffer

    Jeffrey Pfeffer

    Insightful commentator on leadership and the exercise of power

    Category: Leadership

    Ranking: #17

    #17 Thinkers50 2015

    "Jeffrey Pfeffer is one of the world’s most astute observers of the dynamics of power and influence." - Thinkers50

  • Pankaj Ghemawat

    Pankaj Ghemawat

    Original thinker on the economic and strategic realities of globalization

    Category: Innovation, Progress, Strategy

    Ranking: #29

    #29 Thinkers50 2015; Winner of Thinkers50 Best Business Book Award in 2013

    "One of the most insightful commentators on globalization, Ghemawat is a constant reminder that the world is more nuanced and less uniformly flat than some would have us believe." - Thinkers50

  • Julian Birkinshaw

    Julian Birkinshaw

    Insightful commentator on the innovation challenges facing contemporary organizations

    Category: Innovation, Organisation, Progress

    Ranking: #42

    #42 Thinkers50 2015

    "Julian Birkinshaw is that rarest of thinkers, someone who combines the rigor of academia and the relevance of the practitioner world. No mean feat." - Thinkers50

  • Doug Ready

    Doug Ready

    World-renowned expert on talent management

    Category: Leadership, Organisation, Work

    Ranking: #44

    #44 Thinkers50 2015; shortlisted 2015 Talent Award

    "Doug Ready is an expert navigator of the changing world of talent and talent management." - Thinkers50

  • Hal Gregersen

    Hal Gregersen

    Practical lessons in leadership and the use of systematic questioning to solve real problems

    Category: Innovation, Leadership

    Ranking: #46

    #46 Thinkers50 2015; shortlisted for the Thinkers50 Leadership Award in 2015

    "Hal Gregersen is always thought provoking. His work on catalytic questioning and innovation offers leaders the sorts of practical tools and techniques that can make a real difference to their jobs, organizations and personal lives." - Thinkers50

  • David Burkus

    David Burkus

    Practical insights and resources to help understand creativity in the workplace

    Category: Innovation, Leadership, Strategy, Work

    Ranking: RADAR

    Thinkers50 Radar 2016, shortlisted for the Innovation Award 2015.

    "David Burkus is a rising star in the field of management thinking. His ideas are sharply observed, well informed and highly relevant. Expect to hear a lot more from him." - Thinkers50

  • Sangeet Paul Choudary

    Sangeet Paul Choudary

    Platforms trump products every time. This is how and why

    Category: Organisation, Progress

    Ranking: RADAR

    Thinkers50 Radar 2016; Thinkers50 India

    "The power of platform has long been recognized.  What we have desperately needed is someone who can make sense of this reality and point us to practical strategies and responses.  Sangeet Paul Choudary does just that." - Thinkers50

  • Freek Vermeulen

    Freek Vermeulen

    Counter intuitive insights into the realities of management

    Category: Leadership

    Ranking: RADAR

    Thinkers50 Radar 2016.

    "Academics often fail to have a definitive perspective or an opinion.  They shy away from realities.  Freek Vermeulen does not.  His work is full of powerfully argued positions and viewpoints. It is as a challenging as it is productive." - Thinkers50

  • Mark Esposito

    Mark Esposito

    Expert on Strategic Foresight, Megatrends and Growth Strategies and Sustainability

    Category: Innovation, Leadership, Progress, Strategy

    Ranking: RADAR

    Thinkers50 Radar 2016.

    "Mark Esposito is a thought-leader in the areas of economic prosperity, sustainable leadership, and equality in society. When he speaks, important people listen." - Thinkers50