Archive for January, 2012

Sam Walton and Hiring

In The 10 Rules of Sam Walton: Success Secrets for Remarkable Results by Michael Bergdahl and Rob Walton, they detail how Sam Walton hired ordinary people with no experience and the right attitude and got stunning success all the way up to top levels of the company. He understood what great leaders understand. Who a […]

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Posted in: China, China Recruitment - Getting Good People, Culture Development

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What is Chinese Culture? Or Any Culture? What Should They Be?

Culture is, according to one definition in  Merriam Webster, the customary beliefs, social forms, and material traits of a racial, religious, or social group; also : the characteristic features of everyday existence  shared by people in a place or time Tomorrow, I will write about company culture, but today I will digress after seeing some thought […]

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Posted in: China, Chinese Culture

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Westerners Managing Junior Chinese Staff

Rich at All Roads Lead to China noted an article called Truth Without Tears by Frank Gallo.  Both articles have good insight and are worth a read.  I especially liked what Rich said. They talk about a senior Expat correcting a junior Chinese person and how this devastated the Chinese person. I side with Rich […]

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Posted in: Being the Right Person, China, Chinese Culture, Leadership, Motivating Workers

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Culture Is Worth More Than Strategy

Let me quote from an article that has the leadership thinking that is right on the mark. You can find the whole article here at fastcompany.com.  The article’s name is “Culture Eats Strategy For Lunch,” and I so agree. Quote is below: A vibrant culture is organic and evolving. It is fueled and inspired by […]

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Property bubble?

First, Happy Chinese New Year to all, Rich at All Roads Lead to China gives a stat that is my reason for not worrying about any present bubble in the Chinese property market. He notes that China is 52% urban. The U.S. is about 97% urban. That is a big gap. China will track this […]

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Is It Good If Your JV Partner Or WOFE First Hire Is Well Connected?

This is a much more complicated question than yes or no. First, let me quote the very insightful Foreign Entrepreneurs in China in point nine of her 22 point JV survival guide.“9. Your Potential Partner is Well Connected … Maybe Good, Maybe Bad Experience: It is quite common to be taken on the “big tour”, […]

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