May 2012

The world’s leading thinkers on engagement and innovation join the CrossKnowledge Faculty

The quest to offer the best possible training has always shaped the selection process of new members of the CrossKnowledge Faculty. Made-up of world-renowned teachers, influencers, and experts from the most prestigious business schools, the Faculty is now growing to include new members who will share their knowledge and thinking on cutting-edge themes.

In the unstable climate of today’s business world that has been turned upside-down by the economic crisis, keeping employees motivated and engaged is a major challenge for organizations. The ability to develop innovative solutions, think differently and make good decision are now key success factors for dealing with the current uncertainty and for adapting to changes that are going on.

Since its creation, CrossKnowledge has been particularly careful to ensure that the content it develops is relevant and applicable daily so that each of an organization’s employees can learn to adopt good behaviours and to calmly approach their increasingly complex environment.

Four new prestigious members…

Tal Ben-Shahar, researcher in positive psychology 

Tal Ben Shahar, Harvard, positive psychology best seller

With a PHD from Harvard, Tal Ben-Shahar was one of the most popular professors at this leading university where 23% of students claim that he changed their life. His areas of expertise include leadership, education, ethics, happiness, self-confidence, resilience, defining objectives and concentration.

Teacher, author and speaker, Tal Ben-Shahar is the author of the international best-seller ’Being Happy’, which has been translated into 25 languages.


Adam Grant, leading thinker in engagement

Adam Grant Wharton, motivation and engagement

Associate Professor at Wharton, Adam Grant started his career in Organisational Psychology at the University of Michigan before moving to Harvard. His research is focused on motivation, organization at work, cooperation and collaborative behaviour.

He has been recognised as one of the best business school professors under the age of 40 and received the ’Excellence in Teaching’ award for the quality of his teaching at Wharton. He also works as a consultant to prestigious companies (Google, Yahoo! Time-Warner Cable).

Chris Trimble, expert on making innovation happen

Chris Trimble, Darmouth, reverse innovation

A professor at the Tuck School for Businesses at Dartmouth, one of the best MBAs in the world, Chris Trimble is recognised as an expert on innovation. He is particularly interested in best practices for testing innovation and turning emerging ideas into actions.

A well-known speaker, he also works with clients such as GE, IBM, Microsoft, Thomson Reuters, Fidelity and the New York Times Company. Chris Trimble has published four books, the latest of which, ’Reverse Innovation’ argues for the decentralisation of innovation and shows how local innovation can have a global impact, benefitting the whole company.

Monika Hamori, generation Y and career development

Monika Hamori, professor in Management at the Instituto de Empresa Business School in Madrid

With a PHD from Wharton, Monika Hamori is a Professor in Management at the Instituto de Empresa Business School in Madrid, one of the top international business schools. She has a new and particularly useful approach to human resources management. Her thinking allows executives to identify the best career accelerators and to avoid traps which may hinder their progression.

She also provides a useful guide to successfully managing new generations, breaking down their relationship to work and their aspirations. Monika’s work has attracted the attention of the Thinkers 50 “Guru Radar,” a ranking of influential management thinkers. She is also included in the list of the 40 best Business School Professors under 40.

…who join the ’top thinkers’ in management and leadership

Robert Dilts

Robert Dilts is an internationally respected developer, author, trainer and consultant in leadership and change and a pioneer in the field of neuro-linguistic programming (NLP), a discipline that has profoundly shaped and enlightened management, training and communication techniques. Robert Dilts has published several books include ’Strategies for Genius’ and ’Visionary Leadership Skills’.

Of American nationality, Robert Dilts resides in California and Paris. He has developed software for professional and personal coaching and education. He works with executives from large corporations, helping them to define their vision.

Charles Handy

Charles Handy is recognised as one of the most influential thinkers in international management. His books on the changing shape of work and its effects on our lives and organisations have sold almost two million copies around the world. Author and speaker – both on radio and at conferences, Charles Handy has also worked as an economist, a Professor at the London Business School and acted as President of the Royal Society of Arts.

Manfred Kets de Vries

The Financial Times and the Economist have described Manfred Kets de Vries as one of the most important international thinkers on leadership and organisational behaviour.

Professor at INSEAD in Paris, and author of more than 30 books, he is a sought-after consultant who intervenes on themes of management and psychoanalysis, innovative leadership, and the dynamics of individual and organisational change.

The CrossKnowledge Faculty brings together over 40 members, each expert in their own area, who all work towards the Faculty’s goal: to take their teaching to all companies in order to train tomorrow’s leaders.

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