Archive for Being the Right Person

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

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Great Leaders Ask for Coaching

Let me start out with a Pat Lencioni Quote which you can find here, “Sit down and think about each of the people who work for you. Identify something about them that you admire, that you genuinely believe they do better than you. That shouldn’t be hard, because every employee has skills or talents that […]

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

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Getting the Best Workers is Getting Harder

I here quote Vivek Wadhwa in a Washington Post article I fell across at LinkedIn. During my recent trip, I also taught classes at Tsinghua University, for an entrepreneurship program run by UC-Berkeley’s Center for Entrepreneurship. The students there were very much like those I teach at Duke and Berkeley. They were hungry for knowledge, […]

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

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To Develop Customers

Alas, I can keep my promise of writing  on customers.  To get and keep them you need: Good first impression ability Sensitivity to individual moods and tendencies Capability to get the customer to relax and talk Ability to find synergy Can attract the customer without creating unrealistic expectations Good quality, characteristics and speed in product […]

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Posted in: Being the Right Person, Leadership, System

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Leadership is about Ends and not Means

Leaders like to direct action. They seek leadership, and they like leading. I will not say that is wrong, but it often leads to telling subordinates how to do their job. Let me tell a true story with some facts changed as always to protect identity. I know a factory where a good leader, let’s […]

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

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Story Telling

A business leader needs to gather stories faithfully. We must catch people doing right according to the vision and values we are consistently emphasizing. Gather in the stories of great service or exceptional candor and tell them if they are our values. Gather the stories and write them down to keep. They are an asset […]

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