Archive for Change Management

Organization or Product Focus

Some time back, I was leading a private manufacturing company, and they let me go. The event brings out a principle that I want to emphasize today. I spent my days building the organization and making sure high quality product got out the door while we did this. I built a team that could work together. […]

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Who Then What

Good to Great said something important when they said great leaders first resolve who and then decide what. Who means getting the right people on your team. It also means they are on the same sheet of paper with you in values and vision. “What” is the work they do. In China, I cannot imagine […]

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We Have Nothing To Fear…But Fearing the Wrong Thing II

We Have Nothing To Fear…But Fearing the Wrong Thing II

In a recent post, I noted two puzzling cases of fearing the wrong thing. I list them again here: 1. Business leaders focus solely on technology or gut feeling in hiring workers because they fear not having enough technology, or they just follow their gut. 2. Business leaders put off big decisions because they are […]

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Posted in: Change Management, Leadership, Motivating Workers

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Three Kinds of Chinese Hires

There are a lot of ways to classify kinds of Chinese hires, but let me give you one to think about closely. In your organization, you have three kinds of workers: 1. Those who are really with you in vision and passion2. Those who are floating and neither with you or against you3. Those who […]

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What If You Are Under-Performing in China or Anywhere?

Many times when companies are starting a business in China, it is like starting with a blank chalk board and writing on it by their actions. On the other hand, if a company is standing already, they have many people, habits and practices on the chalk board that they may need to erase. To get […]

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Workers Either Must or Want to Follow I

The words must or want are critical for your team in China or elsewhere for that matter.  However, given the old school thinking of many Chinese managers, you need to think about how much you lose or gain depending  on the road your leaders choose. Below, I list two different paths. On the left is […]

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

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Succeeding in your China Acquisition II – After China Acquisition

After China acquisition, the real work begins. I dealt with a company who made a good acquisition here in China and then made a mess of it after they took control. They were very sharp on getting their finance systems working. However, they were poor on retaining the commitment and passion of the workforce. They […]

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Posted in: Being the Right Person, Change Management, China, Culture Development, Leadership, Motivating Workers, Private Equity Acquisition Recruitment

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Succeeding in Your China Acquisition I – Before you Buy

Most people have seen China acquisition as the realm of lawyers and financial auditors. Indeed, they have their value, but people are the key to your China acquisition. You must not overlook the culture and people you are acquiring. You must not ignore the attitude of the local government people.  And acquisition is one of […]

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Change Change Change Change

The key to successful and smooth change, like implementing ERP in China, is to have a strong corporate culture. To improve it, you need to think about Change, Change,  and more Change. Change Change Change A messy culture will have a messy implementation of new technology–or whatever change you need.  Messy cultures means bad hiring […]

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