Archive for January, 2013

More People More Problems? Only if Hiring is Messy

Some companies automate to keep head count down as people are their headache. It is so sad to me to hear. Sure, automation is needed in many cases. I would add, however, that to throw up your hands and say more people, more problems and then automate is not good business. Invest in good equipment. […]

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Posted in: China Recruitment - Getting Good People, Coaching, Culture Development, Leadership, Motivating Workers

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The Point of Diversity is Not Political Correctness

I was talking to a senior Western business leader the other day, and he said that he is a free thinker who can always find a better way.  So he always hires people who are action oriented. That way, something gets done while he tinkers with the future. All good leaders do this all the […]

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Posted in: Being the Right Person, Coaching, Culture Development, Leadership, Team Development

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Business in China Can Be Compared to Basketball

Over at China Law Blog in the comments section, a guy named Other Mark made an analogy that is worth seeing. Find his whole comment here.  I pasted the analogy below. I think it would be foolish to think that western companies are intrinsically more civilized. They’ve just assumed (catastrophically in some cases) that the environment […]

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Posted in: China, Chinese Culture

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Are All Chinese Untrustworthy?

No. However, how do we handle our stereotypes? China Law Blog has a great blog up on that very topic. Read it here. Are all Chinese Untrustworthy? I know a guy who is white and has a US accent and who gets business from people who do not trust the Chinese. He then promptly finds ways to cheat or […]

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Posted in: China, China Recruitment - Getting Good People, Chinese Culture, Decision Making

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The Rule of Law is Coming in China and That Means Us

The good news is that the Rule of Law is becoming reality year by year in China.  The bad news is that it starts with us foreigners. The same is true in all countries. When they start to feel like enforcing pollution standards, they first crack down on the foreigners, that was 2008 in China, […]

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Posted in: China, Chinese Culture, Government Issues, Market Entry, Negotiating

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