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Meet the leadership gurus that have contributed to The GuruBook...

Bart Houlahan

Bart Houlahan (United States) is co-founder of the B Corp movement and a social, serial entrepreneur. Prior to B Lab, Houlahan was president of AND 1, a $250 million footwear company. He is a Henry Crown fellow of the Aspen Institute and a recipient of both the 2014 Skoll Award for Social Entrepreneurship and the 2015 John P. McNulty Prize.

Christian Ørsted

Christian Ørsted (Denmark) is a management consultant, public speaker, and author. His client list includes Mærsk, Novo Nordisk, LEGO, and the Danish Ministry of Foreign Affairs. Ørsted is the author of the bestselling book Lethal Leadership.

Edgar Schein

Edgar Schein (United States) is the Society of Sloan Fellows professor of management emeritus and a professor emeritus at the MIT Sloan School of Management. Schein investigates organizational culture, process consultation, research process, career dynamics, and organization learning and change. He is a recipient of the Distinguished Scholar-Practitioner Award of the Academy of Management and the 2012 recipient of the Lifetime Achievement Award from the International Leadership Association.

Henry Mintzberg

Dr. Henry Mintzberg (Canada) is an internationally renowned academic, author, and researcher. He has written 180 articles and 19 books, and in 1994, he published his groundbreaking The Rise and Fall of Strategic Planning. Today, Mintzberg helps many organizations with their strategic processes, and in 2015, he published Rebalancing Society, where his efforts are now concentrated.

Otto Scharmer

Otto Scharmer (Germany) is a senior lecturer at MIT, a Thousand Talents Program professor at Tsinghua University, Beijing, and co-founder of the Presencing Institute ( Scharmer chairs the MIT IDEAS program for cross-sector innovation, which helps leaders to innovative at the level of the whole system. He is the author of Theory-U, which has been translated into 20 languages, and co-author of Leading from the Emerging Future.

Thomas D. Zweifel

Dr. Thomas D. Zweifel (Switzerland) is a strategy and performance expert, leadership professor, TED speaker, and coach for leaders of Global 1000 companies. Zweifel is the award-winning author of seven books, including the bestsellers Communicate or Die, Strategy-in-Action, and The Rabbi and the CEO, on which this chapter is based. He has served as CEO of Swiss Consulting Group (1997–2013), and since 2001, he has taught Leadership at Columbia University and St. Gallen University.

Todd Dewett

Dr. Dewett (United States) is one of the world’s most watched leadership personalities. He is an authenticity expert, bestselling author at LinkedIn Learning and, a TEDx speaker, and an Inc. magazine Top 100 leadership speaker.

Tom Peters

Tom Peters (United States) is co-author of In Search of Excellence—the book that changed the way the world does business and which is often tagged as the best business book ever. Sixteen books and almost 30 years later, Peters is still at the forefront of the “management guru industry” he single-handedly invented.

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