Archive for June, 2012

China and Teachability

China and Teachability are often not concepts we think of together, but we need to. Many word  checks will say that teachability is not a word.  After a few years managing in China, it became a word I would add to the dictionary.   China and Teachability is so valuable and so hard to find.  […]

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

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Factory Due Diligence II – Choosing More Than Ability

There are two types of Due Diligence.  One is where you are choosing from 4 or more possible companies and have some sense of choice. Another would be where you have little choice and that takes another tack, but today lets talk about when you can choose. You need quality, talent, reliability, teachability, transparency, and […]

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Posted in: China, Chinese Culture, Quality, Sourcing

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Made in America (or simply abroad) for China

I have mentioned before that the time is now to sell your products and services from America.  ABC News posted a video on the Made in America craze in China right now.Catch the video link here Americans are wary of Chinese product quality.  Chinese consumers are more wary of these problems and known them more […]

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Posted in: China, Chinese Culture, Customers, External Stakeholders, Market Entry

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Suppliers, What Does It Take To Get Quality, A Sample

Foreign Entrepreneurs has been doing quite a few posts recently, and this one is worth checking out. Find the whole post here. I list one point here as an example. 10. Monitor small factories very closely. They often have no established management system. So either you trust the boss to personally look after your orders […]

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Posted in: External Stakeholders, Quality, Sourcing

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Troubled Companies II

Yesterday,  I mentioned needed analysis. In an advanced process, adjusting performance metrics to encourage innovation within clear enough guidelines is critical work. However, in a troubled company no clear strategic plan with accompanying aligned performance goals exist in most cases.  If they were done, the forces at work would ensure that they were not useful. […]

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

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Troubled Companies I

I was talking with a fellow consultant the other day about a Western enterprise here in China that has struggled for 6 years.  He asked whether I thought it was beyond hope. I recounted that I thought any enterprise could be saved. Surely, a company must have a market, people, technology, capital, and a legal […]

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

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