MIT Sloan Senior Lecturer Douglas Ready has been named one of the 2013 Thinkers50 top global management thinkers. The biennial publication is recognized as the go-to source of the most influential management thinkers in the world.
Ready is Founder and President of the International Consortium for Executive Development Research (ICEDR), an internationally renowned collaborative in talent management and leadership development. As such, Ready helps management teams mobilize their leaders to bring about large-scale change. He has led change and leadership development initiatives for global companies, including Continental AG, Ford Motor Company, Four Seasons, Hess Oil, HSBC, LG Group, PwC, Royal Bank of Canada, Samsung Group, and United Technologies Corporation.
With numerous publications on talent management, leadership, and leading enterprise-wide change, his articles have set the agenda for talent, leadership, and strategic change for the last two decades. His most recent work focuses on game-changing strategies as they apply to current organizations.
In a video interview with Thinkers50, Ready said that game changing organizations today “are led by a sense of purpose, yet have an edge of being high performance oriented and are guided by a set of enduring principles or values.”
Ready says that although that sounds easy to do, in reality, it is incredibly difficult to maintain a balance. “That’s the journey that a lot of companies are on, often mastering two of the three, but putting those three together is what I think is the next big idea.”
Douglas Ready is a Senior Lecturer at MIT Sloan and teaches in the new executive education program, Building Game-Changing Organizations: Aligning Purpose, Performance, and People.