Archive for Chinese Culture

Confucianism, Daoism and Hiring Someone in China

Confucianism, Daoism and hiring in China are not usually topics to put together.  However, knowing the cultural backdrop for hiring someone 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 note […]

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Chinese and English Different Base – Culturally

Our standard English writing base comes from Shakespeare and the King James Bible. Chinese written language started to standardize due to Journey to the West, Dream of Red Chamber, Romance of Three Kingdoms and Water Margins. These works in China and America helped to standardize our common written languages as they were so fabulously popular. Journey […]

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Digging Deeper In Recruiting Is Needed and Valuable

LinkedIn is a great company that I highly respect, but I would never counsel anyone to follow their best China business advice on hiring in China which you can see here.   Digging deeper in recruiting is necessary. Here is one quote that appears wise but has gotten many companies in deep water. The best chance at […]

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Chinese Wisdom for Recruitment

Chinese wisdom for recruitment from a Chinese man named Sima Guang shows a lot about our recruiting philosophy. Sima Guang is very well known in China and a big statue of him stands outside the Suzhou train station.  He was a historian, writer and politician of very high repute here. Let’s look at what we […]

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Old China New China-Finding the Right People is Tricky

I kind of like thinking in terms of Old China New China. I have lived in China since 1991.  As you may imagine from the picture, I have first hand felt the effects of the change, and I do not mean the trains are faster. China was so obviously Chinese in 1991. Now, you possibly […]

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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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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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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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