Every 2 years, The Thinkers 50, publishes a list of The 50 Most Influential Management Gurus.
The list contains many well-known names here are some of the more well known winners:
- Jim Collins (Good to Great & Build to Last),
- Michael Porter (Competitive Advantage),
- Marcus Buckingham (First, Break All The Rules & Now, Discover Your Strengths),
- Don Tapscott (Wikinomics),
- Malcolm Gladwell (The Tipping Point & Blink),
- Gary Hamel (The Core Competence of the Corporation),
- Seth Godin (Purple Cow),
- Tom Peters (In Search of Excellence & The Pursuit of WOW!),
- Thomas Friedman (The World Is Flat),
- Daniel Goleman (Emotional Intelligence) and
- Stephen Covey (The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People)
Only 1 Asian Winner?
What I find interesting is that though all of the winners definitely deserve the recognition, I find it odd that there isn’t more representation from the Asia/Pacific Rim area (though there are 7 selected gurus from Indian origin). If you come from a heavy software development background, especially Agile, we have relied heavily on the influence of many a guru from the Asian lands. And I find it somewhat funny that the Asian man who did win is from France… … I could name a few successful Asian professionals…
Among Fortune 500 CEOs, seven are of Asian descent:
- Ajay Banga of MasterCard
- Indra Nooyi of PepsiCo
- Vikram Pandit of Citigroup
- Surya Mohapatra of Quest Diagnostics
- Andrea Jung of Avon Products
- Kevin Murai of Synnex
- Jeff Yabuki of Fiserv
Ok ok… so researchers, supported by Deloitte, Goldman Sachs, Pfizer and Time Warner, conducted 2,952 surveys of working-aged men and women and gathered qualitative and quantitative data. They concluded that many Asian-Americans, whether immigrant or native born, find it hard to “fit in” the upper management ranks.
According to the report, it’s not necessarily that they’re victims of discrimination. It’s that Asian-Americans don’t toot their own horns, don’t flourish in American-style networking and office politics, and may struggle with communication.