Thinkers50 Marshall Goldsmith Distinguished Achievement Award in Coaching – Nominees

By Marshall Goldsmith

Every two years, Thinkers50, the world’s most reliable resource for identifying, ranking, and sharing the leading management ideas of our age, salutes our work with its ranking of management thinkers and awards for distinguished achievement in a number of specific management categories.

This year, on November 18, 2019, hundreds of thinkers and business leaders from around the world will convene in London to discover who has won these prestigious awards. And, for the first time in its history, I am very honored that Thinkers50 will award the Marshall Goldsmith Distinguished Achievement Award in Coaching and Mentoring.

There are 8 extraordinary nominees for this award are:

Carol Kauffman

Founder of the Institute of Coaching, Harvard faculty member for over 25 years, Carol coaches CEOs and their teams with 40,000 hours experience. She launched: the Coaching Conference at Harvard, the Institute of Coaching Leadership Forum and the first academic journal in coaching based at a major publishing house. HBR invited her to write “What coaches can do for you,” their most frequently cited article on coaching.

Tom Kolditz

Founding director of the Doerr Institute for New Leaders at Rice University. A former brigadier in the US army, Kolditz served on four continents in his 34 years of military service and was founding director of the West Point Leadership Center. Author of In Extremis Leadership: Leading as if your life depended on it (Jossey Bass, 2007).

Magdalena Mook

CEO and executive director of the International Coach Federation which she joined in 2005. Under Mook’s leadership its membership has grown from 9,000 to more than 36,000 in 142 countries. Previously worked at the Council of State Governments where she was Assistant Director of National Policy and Director of Development.


Jonathan Passmore

Director of the Henley Centre for Coaching in the UK and a professor at the University of Evora, Portugal. Passmore’s books include Excellence in Coaching (Kogan Page, 2015), Mastery in Coaching (Kogan Page, 2014), and an eight-volume series on industrial and occupational psychology. He previously worked in local government, as chief executive of a charity and as a consultant at PWC and IBM Business Consulting.

Sanyin Siang

Founding executive director of the Coach K Leadership and Ethics Center at Duke University’s Fuqua School of Business. As a leadership coach, Siang works with CEOs and generals. She is an advisor to Google Ventures and Duke Corporate Education. She is the author of The Launch Book (LID, 2017).

Michael Bungay Stanier

Founder of Box of Crayons, a company that champions coaching as a force for manager excellence, leadership development and culture change. Author of the bestseller The Coaching Habit (Box of Crayons Press, 2016) and (Workman Publishing, 2010). Bungay Stanier is a former Rhodes scholar.

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Gabriela Teasdale

President of Fundación Transformación in Paraguay which partners with the John Maxwell Leadership Foundation and aims to train 10 percent of the people of Paraguay in leadership values and principles. Teasdale is CEO of the Paraguay Leadership Team, a training, coaching and communication business.

Mark C. Thompson

A four-time CEO who focuses on coaching global C-level executives. Co-founder of the Stanford University Realtime Venture Design Lab, along with Sir Richard Branson’s Entrepreneurship Centres and the JFK Institute for Entrepreneurial Leadership. Co-chairs the Institute of Coaching Leadership Forum at Harvard McLean School of Medicine. Thompson’s books include Success Built to Last (with Jerry Porras and Stewart Emery, FT Press, 2006).

Congratulations to all of you! I look forward to seeing you in London.

Life is good.


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