19 July 2017

State of the Art of Western Management vs Ancient Chinese Wisdom - CEO Genome vs The Art of War

On comparison, the article supports the teaching Ancient Chinese Wisdom. The Ancient Chinese Wisdom covers a greater scope and the Western article has some good detail guides. The best is to integrate both with Chinese Wisdom as the framework and Western management filling in the details.
Is Ancient Chinese Wisdom applicable to the present high technology rapidly changing world? We can easily find the answer by comparing the latest western management studies and ancient Chinese wisdom. One such study is the CEO Genome with a forth coming book with an HBR podcast "4 Behaviors of Top-Performing CEOs" and the HBR article titled What Sets Successful CEOs Apart” in the May-June 2017 issue. On comparison, the article supports the teachings of Sun Zi's Art of War and other ancient Chinese master like SimaGuang. The Ancient Chinese Wisdom covers a greater scope and the Western article has some good detail guides. 

"4 Behaviors of Top-Performing CEOs"  Mindmap with Sun Zi's Art of War:

Below is my mind-map that summarized the 4 behaviors (please read the article for more good wisdom and guides on each of the four behavior). The four behaviors are highlighted with blue, red, green and purple and Sun Zi's related concepts are in yellow. You can see that they match well except Sun Zi cover a greater scope. That is due to the narrow focus of the article. But it is good to take a higher level view of things. More matching could be found if we cover the details of the article.

You will benefit more if you also read the work SimaGuang in Leadership is as Simple as 123 according to CEO Handbook.

For more on Sun Zi's Art of War, see Sun Zi and Other Strategists

Lim Liat (c) 19-7-2017

What is better than teaching them to fish rather than giving them a fish?

We are familiar with the saying,
  • "Give a man a fish and you feed him for a day; teach a man to fish and you feed him for a lifetime."
Can you improve it?

The answer is Yes according to Chinese Sayings.


Give a person a fish is not as good as teaching him how to fish.
Teaching him how to fish is not as good as motivating him to want to fish.

鱼 Eating a fish belongs to the body.
渔 How to fish belongs to the mind.
欲 Wanting to fish belongs to the heart.

All three Chinese words have the same pinyin spelling of  "yu".

Do you like Mandarin?

Touching the heart, self-motivation is most important.

That is why God wants to in Ezekiel 36:26 I will give you a new heart and put a new spirit in you; I will remove from you, your heart of stone and give you a heart of flesh.

That is why believers need to be born again

That is why Zhuang Zi of the Dao School, says 内圣外王 Saint within and King without.

And Mencius of the Confucius School, says, 内修外治 rule out from inside-development.

There is the saying, "you can lead a horse to water, but you can't make him drink".

In Chinese, you have the more advanced version of:

《论语·雍也第六》知之者不如好之者 好之者不如乐之者.

[Analects Chapter 6] Knowing is not as good as the one with desire (to know).
Wanting it is not as good as enjoying it.

We can see why a typical advice for the entrepreneur is about doing it with passion.

Lim Liat (c) 19-7-17