Congrats to Four Podcast Guests Who Were Named to the “Thinkers50” List

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Congratulations to my podcast(s) guests who were named to the Thinkers50 list of influential management thinkers!

I am thrilled to extend my heartiest congratulations to a remarkable group of individuals who have recently graced the stages of my podcasts, “Lean Blog Interviews” and “My Favorite Mistake.” These brilliant minds have been recognized on the prestigious Thinkers50 list for their groundbreaking contributions to the field of management thinking. Each has shared their invaluable insights with us, and it's a true honor to see them receive this well-deserved accolade.

Amy Edmondson (both podcasts)

Erica Dhawan (MFM)

Daniel Pink (both podcasts)

Zeynep Ton (Lean podcast, twice)

Amy Edmondson: Champion of Psychological Safety

Amy Edmondson, a distinguished guest on “Lean Blog Interviews,” also recently joined me on “My Favorite Mistake.” Known for her pioneering research on teaming and psychological safety, Amy's work has been a beacon for organizations seeking to foster a culture of openness and innovation. Her insights into the importance of creating an environment where every voice is heard and mistakes are seen as learning opportunities have been transformative.

Erica Dhawan: Master of Connectional Intelligence

Erica Dhawan has been a fascinating guest on “My Favorite Mistake,” where she illuminated the concept of Connectional Intelligence. Erica's work has redefined how we view connectivity and collaboration in the digital age, showing us that our ability to connect ideas and people is a superpower in the modern economy. Her strategies for enhancing communication and collaboration are critical for leadership in an interconnected world.

Daniel Pink: A Visionary on Motivation and Timing

Dan Pink's appearances on both “Lean Blog Interviews” and “My Favorite Mistake” have left us with profound insights into the science of timing and motivation. Dan has a unique gift for translating complex research into actionable knowledge, helping leaders and teams harness the power of moments and drive to achieve peak performance. His work continues to shape how we think about structuring our work and personal lives for maximum satisfaction and effectiveness.

Zeynep Ton: Advocate for Good Jobs and Operational Excellence

Zeynep Ton, a two-time guest on “Lean Blog Interviews,” has shared her compelling vision of how operational excellence can create good jobs and higher profits simultaneously. Her emphasis on investing in employees and operational strategy has challenged traditional business paradigms, proving that it's possible to thrive by putting people first. Zeynep's approach is a testament to the power of Lean thinking in transforming not just workplaces, but also the wider economy.

Reflecting on Shared Wisdom

As I reflect on the conversations with these exceptional thinkers, I'm struck by the diversity of their expertise and the common thread that binds them: a commitment to improving the world of work. Each has contributed uniquely to our understanding of management and leadership, offering lessons that resonate across industries and borders.

Amy, Erica, Daniel, and Zeynep have not only influenced global thought leadership but have also enriched the dialogues on my podcasts with their experiences and perspectives. It's conversations like these that underscore the value of exchanging ideas and embracing the power of learning from one another.

Looking Ahead to More Enlightening Discussions

With Amy Edmondson set to appear on “My Favorite Mistake,” I was anticipating another opportunity to delve into the nuances of leadership and learning from errors. These dialogues are not just interviews; they are a platform for exploration, growth, and understanding that reach far beyond the podcast itself.

I invite all my listeners to join me in applauding these extraordinary individuals. Let us continue to learn from their teachings and apply their wisdom as we strive for excellence in our respective fields. Once again, congratulations to Amy, Erica, Dan, and Zeynep for their recognition on the Thinkers50 list. May their thoughts and ideas continue to inspire and guide us.

To our audience, stay tuned for more enriching conversations with some of the world's most influential management thinkers. There's a wealth of knowledge to be discovered, and the journey has only just begun.


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Mark Graban
Mark Graban is an internationally-recognized consultant, author, and professional speaker, and podcaster with experience in healthcare, manufacturing, and startups. Mark's new book is The Mistakes That Make Us: Cultivating a Culture of Learning and Innovation. He is also the author of Measures of Success: React Less, Lead Better, Improve More, the Shingo Award-winning books Lean Hospitals and Healthcare Kaizen, and the anthology Practicing Lean. Mark is also a Senior Advisor to the technology company KaiNexus.

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