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Confucianism, Daoism and Hiring Someone in China

Confucianism, Daoism and Hiring Someone in China

Confucianism, Daoism and hiring someone in China are not usually topics to put together.  However, knowing the cultural backdrop for hiring in China is certainly valuable. Let’s look together and consider.   The other Confucianist, Daoist countries after China are Taiwan, Hong Kong, Korea, Japan, Singapore, and Vietnam. They all have their own flavor, but […]

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Posted in: China hiring, Chinese Culture

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Chinese Wisdom for Recruitment

Chinese wisdom for recruitment from Sima Guang shows a lot about our recruiting philosophy. Chinese Wisdom for Recruitment From 1000 Years Ago 才德全尽谓之“圣人”,才德兼亡谓之“愚人”,德胜才谓之“君子”,才胜德谓之“小人”。凡取人之术,苟不得圣人,君子而与之,与其得小人,不若得愚人。 His priority and thought on who to hire is: 1. Holy: Talent+Character 2. Gentleman: More Character than Talent 3. Fool: No talent No Character 4. Vile Man: More Talent than Character Surely you […]

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

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China – Easier and Harder – Seek Long Term Competitive Advantage

Long term competitive advantage still can be attained by those invested in China. China Briefing put up a post on the changes in China and how it impacted Western Investment here. It is a nice overview of the changing dynamics. I certainly agree that China is more Westernized than when I arrived to live here 24 […]

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

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Should We Accept All Chinese Cultural Differences?

Chinese Cultural Differences should be respected when talking food preferences. What about differences in levels of honesty? Recently, we explained a lie on a resume to a client.  The client declined to go further even though the guy interviewed well. We heartily agreed to not move forward with this guy. Chinese Cultural Differences in Lying […]

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

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What Do Chinese Employees Want?

Given that we are in the recruiting business and most of our effort is here in China, it seems fitting to give some thought on “What Do Chinese Employees Want?” Chinese managers and other Chinese Talent are people not unlike talent in other countries. We should see them first as humans with needs like our […]

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Falsifying Applications is an Everyday Thing in China

I recall some over positive resume tendencies when I was young, but falsifying applications was not part of my cultural background.  It has never been well in China.  When I got a job leading a US$1M start up in 1997, I thought a long time before I could think of someone trustworthy among hundreds of Chinese people […]

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Posted in: Change Management, China, China Recruitment - Getting Good People, Chinese Culture

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