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Forbes最新号は、世界の革新的企業100社を紹介しているそうです。その中で、楽天が9位、Yahoo Japanが38位という感じでした。任天堂や花王、Kubotaも100社に選ばれています。





› a person with experience in a job who supports and advises someone with less experience to help them develop in their work:
He acted as a business mentor to many young aspiring entrepreneurs.
→ See also mentee


フォーブズの動画でThought Leaderが取り上げられていました。そんな目新しい語ではありませんが、オックスフォードやケンブリッジのビジネス英語学習辞典には載っていないんですね。visonaryとかとどう違うのかと自分には分かりません。今回のようなリーダーシップ関連の記事とか、コンサルとか販促資料的なものでしか見かけないのではと思いますが。。。

Thought leader
Thought leader is management terminology for a person or an entity that is recognized by peers for having progressive and innovative ideas. Typically thought leaders have proven themselves in the business, academic or political sphere through successful implementation of their ideas. Thought leaders often publish articles and blog posts on trends and topics influencing an industry or directed internal to an organisation. Through effective communication and clarity of purpose, they effect change and are considered exemplary leaders.

How to Become a Thought Leader
公開日: 2013/03/14
Based on her recent interview with technology influencer Robert Scoble, Forbes contributor Dorie Clark shares four tips for becoming a thought leader in your field.

1. Start with one thing
2. Ride a growing wave
3. Expand your empire
4. Go where the people are


LEADERSHIP | 3/14/2013 @ 2:19午後 |101 views
How to Become the Next Thought Leader


How to Become a Thought Leader in Six Steps
by Dorie Clark | 9:18 AM November 9, 2010

1. Create a Robust Online Presence.
2. Flaunt High-Quality Affiliations.
3. Give Public Speeches.
4. Appear on TV.
5. Win Some Awards.
6. Publish a Book.

Google検索をすると2005年ごろ小泉政権時代の麻生外務大臣がThough Leaderを実践的先駆者と超訳して使っていました。

日本はアジアの実践的先駆者、Thought Leaderたるべし

日本の定義1 アジアの実践的先駆者(ソート・リーダー)である



 耳慣れない言葉が出てきたと思われたとしたら、これは近ごろのビジネス英語にいう「Thought Leader」という言葉の、わたくし流の訳語であるからです。



Asian Strategy As I See It:
Japan as the "Thought Leader" of Asia
Speech by Minister for Foreign Affairs Taro Aso at the Foreign Correspondents' Club of Japan
December 7, 2005

Defining Japan: Japan as a "Thought Leader"

So here I would like to broach the question of what exactly Japan is within the context of Asia. I will be answering that by defining Japan in three different ways. After that, I'll be looking at some of the key issues that I consider to be among the most important ones that Japan is facing in Asian diplomacy right now.

First and foremost, Japan is, for the countries of Asia, a "thought leader," and, indeed, it must be one.

You might not have heard the expression "thought leader" in Japanese before, but recently it is being used in business English, and I personally translate it into Japanese by saying, "trailblazers through hands-on practice."

The idea of a "thought leader" comes from American business, and I may not have the true definition in the strictest sense of the word, but as I perceive it, a thought leader is one who through fate is forced to face up against some sort of very difficult issue earlier than others. And because the issue is so challenging, it is difficult to solve. But as the person struggles to somehow resolve the issue, he/she becomes something for others to emulate. That is a "thought leader."

Moving forward not only through successes, but also through failures, and not embarrassed to fail-this is why I translate it into, "trailblazers through hands-on practice" in Japanese. And to expose one's failings? Well, that takes a lot of courage. While I believe that Japan does in fact have the ability to have its wrong turns exposed, but of course as I talk about this I want to tell you not just stories of failures but also some of truly impressive skill in problem resolution.

個人的には「実践的先駆者」は訳し過ぎな感じもしますが。。。革新的な考えで世界を変えていくリーダーたちのことを指すのでしょう。少し古いものですがNEWSWEEKが新しいThought Leaderとして10人を選んでいました。

1 Steve Jobs
2 Jon Stewart
3 The Google Guys
4 Karl Rove and David Plouffe
5 The Twitter Guys
6 Michael Pollan
7 Malcolm Gladwell
8 Nick Denton and Arianna Huffington
9 David Chase
10 Hillary Clinton


あなたもSuper Achieverになれる

ビジネス英語と一口に言ってもいろいろと種類がありますよね。その中で一番とっつきやすいのがHow Toものでしょうか。自己啓発的なものを嫌う人もいますが、英語学習にしろ何しろ日々の実践ですから、このような刺激となるものも必要なのかもしれません。

I interviewed the authors of upcoming book The Art of Doing who talked all types of people at the very tops of their fields from actor Alec Baldwin to baseball icon Yogi Libella to entrepreneur Tony Shen.
(近刊の『やる技術』の著者にインタビューをしました。この著者たちはその業界でトップ中のトップにあらゆるタイプの人たちについて話しています。俳優のAlec Baldwinから伝説の野球選手Yogi Libellaや企業家のTony Shenといった人たちです)

What they were trying to find out is what super achievers do on a daily basis to achieve their success. What they discovered, that I've also seen in my own work interviewing people at the top, is that talent is only the beginning.

Yes, you have to have an aptitude for your work in your field. But it's really what you do with your talent that matters. That's really a magical idea because it means success is up to you. From Hillary Clinton to Tom Brady, the great among us are not born necessarily. They are made.
(ええ、自分の分野で仕事の適性があることが必要です。しかし、自分の才能を使って何をするかが本当は重要なのです。これは魔法のような考えです。成功はあなた次第ということになるのですから。Hillary ClintonからTom Bradyまで、我々の中で偉大な人々は必ずしも生まれながらそうだったわけではなく、そうなっていったのです)

So here's what you can do to make your success. Number one: dedication to your vision. The great are dedicated day in and day out. So for something that is truly important to you, don't quit.

Number two: intelligent persistence, meaning they know when to pivot. So when you face setbacks, instead of doggedly pursuing the same tactics that aren't working, change things up. Do something differently and find what will work.

And Number three: perhaps the most surprising of them, super achievers among us control their emotions. And they manage their emotions of others around them. Because the emotions are incredibly important. From frustration to anger to fear they have the ability to derail everything you want to accomplish. So the most successful people channel their emotions into their work.

For more, check out my article on Forbes.com.


Jenna Goudreau, Forbes Staff
I write about navigating success for professional women.
LEADERSHIP | 1/17/2013 @ 9:47午前
How To Be A Super-Achiever: The 10 Qualities That Matter

Dedication To A Vision
Intelligent Persistence
Fostering A Community
Listening And Remaining Open
Good Storytelling
Testing Ideas In The Market
Managing Emotions
Constantly Evolving
Practicing Patience
Pursuing Happiness