The 3 types of people in a business/ngo/npo



After awhile I realized that in most industries the ‘HR’ part functions almost the same.


There are three types of people inside an organization to allow it to be sustainable.


The first:

The board, management, & the middle managers and the ‘fast track to management types.’ After interacting so much with this group, i realized that they have a specific vibe on them, but all of them are different. You can have an avid golfer, and a programmer. The sky’s the limit.


The second group, are the phds, the industry stars, the ‘keynes’ of economics, the John Lockes, the Peter Druckers, Michael Porters, and to be part of this section, you got to be extremely clever, you got to be graduating summa cum laude with a 4 gpa, and undoubtably within 5 years in they’ll be raking in 500k annual compensation easy. These are the geniuses, and if you are a genius you should know you are one. I am definitely not one.


Then theres this 3rd group of people that are employed by the industry, no one actually  knows what the heck they are doing, half the people think that they are not even qualified. I call them the ‘retainers’, an asian corporation that wants to expand into california (10k miles away) is not going to have the ceo immediately pick his best executive director to fly over there and ‘establish a kingdom.’ That happens in the toyota lean tps era, 2 decades back.

Nowadays what they do is they hire specific individuals, to advise on the tasks. So for example if they want to get their coporate page to the first selection on google, the execs are not going to get the it department to do it.

They’ll outsource it to the 3rd group of people (Btw that’s known as white hat hacking.) They can be 17 years old, or 85 years young, you can never know. Its a wide array of people. Sometimes they dont have the qualifications but they have their act together, and they are always entrepreneurs or pioneers to a new industry, or some new mars travel program, etc. One thing they have in common is that they are hard workers. I thought i worked very hard, i have worked 16 hours a day non-stop for a month stretch, however these people went for a year or two, doing much more than i have done. They are a breed of their own. 




Book Review on Lee Kuan Yew: The Grand Master’s Insights on China, the United States, and the World

My review on Lee Kuan Yew: The Grand Master’s Insights on China, the United States, and the World

This book is a compilation of questions that are posted to Lee Kuan Yew, and answered by him. He covered many topics, ranging from China, the United States, on India, on terrorism, to topics such as globalization, and where do we go from here. The authors are professors/fellows from the Belfer Centre at the Harvard Kennedy School.

I first picked up this book a couple of days back, it’s a smaller than average sized book. It runs the length of your hand and is fairly light.Lee Kuan Yew: The Grand Master's Insights on China, the United States, and the World But don’t let the dust cover or the thickness fool you. It has an amount of content that can’t be matched by another book.

In this read, Lee Kuan Yew (LKY), personally answers all questions, and you could tell the way he approaches the questions, and how his past shaped the way he sees the future.

I quote the authors’ review:

When Lee Kuan Yew speaks, presidents, prime ministers, diplomats, and CEOs listen. Lee, the founding father of modern Singapore and its prime minister from 1959 to 1990, has honed his wisdom during more than fifty years on the world stage. Almost single-handedly responsible for transforming Singapore into a Western-style economic success, he offers a unique perspective on the geopolitics of East and West. American presidents from Richard Nixon to Barack Obama have welcomed him to the White House; British prime ministers from Margaret Thatcher to Tony Blair have recognized his wisdom; and business leaders from Rupert Murdoch to Rex Tillerson, CEO of Exxon Mobil, have praised his accomplishments. This book gathers key insights from interviews, speeches, and Lee’s voluminous published writings and presents them in an engaging question and answer format.

Lee offers his assessment of China’s future, asserting, among other things, that “China will want to share this century as co-equals with the U.S.” He affirms the United States’ position as the world’s sole superpower but expresses dismay at the vagaries of its political system. He offers strategic advice for dealing with China and goes on to discuss India’s future, Islamic terrorism, economic growth, geopolitics and globalization, and democracy. Lee does not pull his punches, offering his unvarnished opinions on multiculturalism, the welfare state, education, and the free market. This little book belongs on the reading list of every world leader — including the one who takes the oath of office on January 20, 2013.

Indeed, it is THE book to read for this season.

In this book, LKY covers topics such as how radical Islam, can damage a country’s economical developments and how radical Islam is not tolerant of the other religions. I agree on that, radical Islam is not Islam. It is a vicious alternate representation of the original religion. This religion takes on the approach, ‘If you are not with us, then you should suffer for it.’ Being tolerant of this form of terrorism is not the solution, however war isn’t too. In this book you will read up on LKY’s views on this issue. And what he sincerly thinks, as he built Singapore – (native to south east asian muslims, originally known as Malaya.)

The book is currently out of stock on Amazon.