Archive for Culture Development

Doing China for Less Money and More Value

Doing China for less money is a dream and one way has short term success and another one long term. China is a top-down high power distance leadership culture. In Chinese SOE’s, usually the top leader is the only genius and holds all power while placing all blame elsewhere.  China has done this for generations. […]

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

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The Very Best Interviewees – Beware of Them

Beware the very best interviewees. They are usually the very smartest and most dangerous candidates. How is it that the best interviewees are the most dangerous you ask? The lie is always more powerful than the real story. Note two real events. Candidate A said- “I managed $100,000 in key accounts and sold $6,000 in […]

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Why New Employees Leave and How to Avoid

Why New Employees Leave and How to Avoid

Why New Employees Leave is a Vexing Problem.  Let’s examine the many related aspects together. Bad Recruiting Process Hiring on a certain feeling or from hearing the candidate say certain words leads to a mess. A decade ago, I had three managers interviewing every candidate for a position. That did save us from one bad […]

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Posted in: Candidate Experience, China Recruitment - Getting Good People, Culture Development, Motivating Workers

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China Bad Hire Costs – Let’s Show Caution

China Bad Hire Costs – Let’s Show Caution

China bad hire costs cannot always be fully calculated. Good hire benefits have the same issues. Some people at Career Builder put together some numbers some years ago indicating a bad hire costs more than 300,000 RMB in China. I think we all can nod our head and say, “Yes, more than 300,000.” It is […]

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Posted in: Culture Development, Talent Focus, Trustworthy Focus

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Recruiting Risks vs Supplier Risks

Recruiting risks are often not given enough emphasis. Supplier risk is usually in the trustworthiness of the supplier alone. However, the raw materials do not lie or deceive, so you do not face the double risk. Investing in your people is good business let’s look at two aspects Recruiting Risks are Greater than Supplier Risks and […]

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

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Cubicles are not for Humans, So Why Do We Have Them?

Cubicles are not for humans or are they? Teamwork is needed and super valuable as it creates force multiplier opportunities. Outsider perspectives create better answers than experts as they are fresh.  Two is better than one. However, game-changing  teamwork is elusive. You must have talented wholly committed team members.  Click on categories Motivating workers, Culture […]

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Posted in: Culture Development, Leadership, Team Development

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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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China HR – The Anchor Keeping Your Company from Flying

We are a recruiting firm and some people think that means we work with the China HR in Western Companies active in China. Nothing could be further from the truth. China HR Managers – Beautiful on the Outside, But Do Not Look Under the Hood What are China HR Managers good at? The best are […]

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Character and Personality – Personality Focus

Personality focus in this post as it is also important in hiring and leading. This is a companion with one I put up last week. While Character potentially changes throughout our lifetime, Personality does not. Personality Focus as Part of the Story I hear people say their personality has changed in this or that job. […]

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Engagement or Performance Focus-Which Do you Choose?

Engagement or performance are two often very different kinds of pursuits in most people’s minds. Gallup notes from the research, and I so agree that this must not be an either/or task. They see that great leaders do both. Great leaders do not just make it a fun place to work or a focused diligent place […]

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

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