Top 50 Most Influential Management Gurus in 2011- Only 1 Asian Guy

Don't Get Mad. It's funny!

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.

Is that the reason why? No self promotion?


3 Replies to “Top 50 Most Influential Management Gurus in 2011- Only 1 Asian Guy”

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  2. I’m “Asian by marriage;” at home, we speak Chinglish. Our son is married to a woman from Shanghai. The guys who delivered their new sofa had trouble reconciling an Asian-looking couple with the names Wayne and Nancy Gordon. I suppose someone who only knew your name would have trouble picking you out of a lineup, too.

    All this is a roundabout way of saying that there may be many more Asian folks with gringo names than you might think, and some of them might actually be Fortune 500 CEO’s. Just as an Asian guy named Locke used to Governor of Washington and an Hispanic guy named Richardson used to be Governor of New Mexico. We’re not a completely multi-cultural, multi-ethnic meritocracy yet, but it’s trending.

    1. Fair enough! Coming from the Agile and lean side of things… so much of what we have modeled after comes from out there. Where those the last of the innovative thinkers? I think not. 🙂

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