Archive for January, 2011

What is Business Culture? How Does it Matter? How Do You Develop it?

Merriam-Webster says business culture is: the set of shared attitudes, values, goals, and practices that characterizes an organization. We can also say this of a country culture like in China. In this blog I often focus on business culture development as it is the key to long term success…and even short term success when you […]

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Posted in: Culture Development, Leadership

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What’s missing?

What’s missing? I write a lot about leadership and little about China and there is a reason for that. Companies do not realize the increased demands of leadership required by the cross cultural problem we call China. China is not the problem. Pay attention to leadership in China. Cross cultural problems place a much higher demand […]

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Posted in: Being the Right Person, China, Leadership

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Change Change Change Change

The key to successful and smooth change, like implementing ERP in China, is to have a strong corporate culture. To improve it, you need to think about Change, Change,  and more Change. Change Change Change A messy culture will have a messy implementation of new technology–or whatever change you need.  Messy cultures means bad hiring […]

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Posted in: Change Management, China, Culture Development, Leadership, Motivating Workers

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A Different Kind of Genius for China

A Different Kind of Genius for China Knowledge What is the right genius for China? Many times we become too knowledgeable to be good leaders. Actually, knowledge itself is not the enemy, but we naturally get proud and stop seeking advice when we get knowledgeable. It also becomes a trap as you start to find […]

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Posted in: Being the Right Person, China Recruitment - Getting Good People, Culture Development, Leadership

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Direction needed. Please give direction

Getting everyone pulling in the same direction is no simple trick in your home culture. Direction needed is a greater need in China. In China, the difficulty goes way up as you are cross culturally trying to get there.  Even if you go super indigenous, you are still seen as a foreigner and getting heart […]

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Posted in: China, Culture Development, Leadership, Motivating Workers

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Hire Guilty Leaders

I know an interesting podcast at hbr.org.  It shows we need to hire guilty leaders. Lets me explain.  Frank Flynn, a Stanford Business School professor, did a series of studies. He wanted to find out if people who feel guilt more do better or worse as employees and as leaders. So if we throw up […]

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Posted in: China Recruitment - Getting Good People, Leadership

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