* This column was originally published on Forbes.com
Every two years since 2001, Thinkers50 has published their ranking of the world’s top 50 management and leadership thinkers. I’ve watched the popularity of this ranking grow over the last few years, and today being nominated for a Thinkers50 award is largely considered akin to being nominated for an “Oscar” in management and leadership thinking. Those recognized previously have included Peter Drucker, Michael Porter, Bill Gates, Steve Jobs, Tom Peters, Richard Branson, Clayton Christensen and other esteemed thinkers. Just today, Thinkers50 announced their shortlist for the 2013 awards. In todays column I’ll take a peek inside Thinkers50 which includes an interview with one of its founders Stuart Crainer.