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
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