Not until this year’s Thinkers50 nominations would I have ever given the possibility of being nominated a glancing thought. I consider myself to be more of a solid practitioner of others’ ideas than a high-concept thinker. My three areas of focus — strategy, innovation, and lean — are all founded on the ground-level, everyday application of Roger Martin’s Play-to-Win framework (strategy), IDEO/Stanford d school-originated design thinking (innovation), and Toyota-born systems thinking (lean).
That’s why I perked up when the guys at Thinkers50 announced some new categories, including “Ideas into Practice.” That just about sums me up in three simple words.
SO…I’d like your help in securing a nomination for that specific category of this year’s Thinkers50 awards. Here’s all you have to do:
1. Go to the Thinkers50 nomination page HERE.
2. Enter your name and email.
3. Enter my name and email: Matthew E. May, firstname.lastname@example.org
4. Click the “Ideas into Practice” box.
5. Enter any comments you want. Here’s a quick list of my qualifications which you can use as you see fit.
- Practitioner, Roger L. Martin “Playing to Win” strategic choice framework
- Designer, The Play-To-Win Canvas
- Regular contributor: The Rotman Magazine; HBR Blogs; AMEX Open Forum; 99U
- Contributor: The New York Times, Strategy+Business, Fast Company
- Author, THE LAWS OF SUBTRACTION: 6 Simple Rules for Winning in the Age of Excess (McGraw, 2012)
- Author, THE SHIBUMI STRATEGY: A Powerful Way to Create Meaningful Change (Jossey-Bass, 2010)
- Author, IN PURSUIT OF ELEGANCE: Why The Best Ideas Have Something Missing (Crown Business, 2009)
- Author, THE ELEGANT SOLUTION: Toyota’s Formula for Mastering Innovation (Free Press, 2007)
That’s it! 30 seconds, max.