As the cover theme of the January-February issue, shortlisted thinkers from Thinkers50 2017 were featured with their unique ideas that encourage efficient management thinking. Des Dearlove and Stuart Crainer, founders of Thinkers50, talk about the transformative power of ideas and how they can offer a peek into a set of new ideas in the realm of management. Roger Martin, named the world’s number one thinker 2017, focuses on integrative thinking. Mark Esposito and Terence Tse demonstrate how companies can use the DRIVE framework to achieve a greater impact from their decisions, Deborah Rowland talks about leading change, José Esteves and Francisco J López Lubián tell us what the value of innovation in a digital world is, Antonio Nieto-Rodriguez highlights the importance of project managers, and Nilofer Merchant draws emphasis on the power of onlyness.
We have also featured an interview with Amit Bansal, Managing Director at Corning India, who talks about the brand and their strategies employed over the years. Prashant John from Kwench Global Technologies tells us about the need and usage of bots in employee engagement.
Gautam Borah, author of Monetising Innovation, lists the emerging trends in managing and boosting customer experience while Shirish Shiristava of HEC Paris Business School gives lessons that global leaders can learn from local business communities. Andy Swann, author of The Human Workplace, tells us how organizations can be made people-centric, and Arindam Banerjee and Tanushri Banerjee, authors of Weaving Analytics for Effective Decision Making, talk about the consequences of adopting analytics in an organization.
In our regular sections, we have Dean Lindsay, author of How To Achieve Big PHAT Goals, who dispels myths on achieving and setting goals.
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