Archive for October, 2014

J.K. Rowling and Her Harry Potter on Leadership

Leadership sometimes is denigrated as we have made the wrong guy the leader like many Western companies have here in China. Surely, everyone has their own definition of leadership, but I espouse this one: Leadership is getting things done through other people. Some people hire leaders because they are the best doers and then the […]

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Posted in: China Recruitment - Getting Good People, Leadership, Uncategorized

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Cost of a Bad China Hire-Avoidable Damage

The cost of a bad China hire is worth looking at in a little more detail. While the situation is bleak, there is hope for the companies who are ready.  Most companies are not clearly aware how much they are losing. Often they have been manipulated or think this is just the way China is. […]

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

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Chinese Mentality (commonly): Victim of History and Underdog Mentality

What are some common elements in Chinese mentality? Is China a victim of history?  Should China and Chinese people carry an underdog mentality into work or onto the world stage? Chinese Mentality Well it does and a recent research paper call Unmasking China’s Assertive Behavior in the Maritime Sphere helps explain. I paste a portion of […]

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Starbucks China: Adapting and Maintaining to Success

Though Luckin Coffee is losing money every month to try to undercut Starbucks on price, Starbucks China is still an amazing foreign retail success story, and I see two reasons. 1. They adapted to China and Chinese tastes. 2. They maintained their core values. One of their values is to be a good place to […]

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