Archive for Culture Development

Let’s Make This Money. Be a Great Place To Work – in China

As owners, we all want to be a great place to work.  It is closer to us than we think and in China is well worth the focus. Here are a few quotes from Fast Company to set up the thought. Fewer than 3 in 10 workers admit to having their hearts in their jobs. […]

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Posted in: Being the Right Person, Culture Development, Decision Making, Leadership, Motivating Workers, System, Team Development

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Hiring Chinese People – Fearing What Should Be Feared

Consistently hiring Chinese people who are true to their word is a high art form. We have some risks we probably have not thought about enough.  Knowing what to fear has been a topic on this blog in the past, and I want to touch on it again today. We all have our own experiences, personalities […]

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Thoughts on Transparency and Empowerment

Transparency and empowerment are related. I was talking with some workers at a factory putting an assembly together. I asked the line leader, “What is that assembly used for?” The line leader said, “I don’t know.” He had finished 80 already that day and who knows how many that month. We can and must do a lot […]

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

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More People, More Problems?

Some companies automate to keep head count down as people are their headache. It is so sad to me to hear. Sure, automation is needed in many cases. I would add, however, that to throw up your hands and say more people, more problems and then automate is not good business. Invest in good equipment. […]

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Posted in: China Recruitment - Getting Good People, Coaching, Culture Development, Leadership, Motivating Workers

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The Point of Diversity is Not Political Correctness

I was talking to a senior Western business leader the other day, and he said that he is a free thinker who can always find a better way.  So he always hires people who are action oriented. That way, something gets done while he tinkers with the future. All good leaders do this all the […]

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Getting the Right People

As businesses get bigger, problems and inefficiencies get greater. The gaps in hiring that could be survived earlier catch up with most companies. The people complexity gradually becomes part of their culture. It does not have to be that way. We can hire people who are not so complicated and have a simpler team. Getting […]

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

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Changing Worker Lifetime Habits

Merry Christmas to all of you celebrating this holiday. Recently, I read The Power of Habit by Charles Duhigg.   It is interesting and well written. He notes that Alcoholics Anonymous 12 step process is good, but they know that most people can not move from live long habits without a cataclysmic event or deep […]

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

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Learn, Record, and Change for China Business Basics Success

Learn, Record, and Change for China Business Basics Success

I sought Six Sigma certification as love building quality and like getting to at least China business basics success. Surely, many of us who learned and use Six Sigma have another take away beyond quality. In our case, business success is on the table. We learned in Six Sigma that data is king. Decisions are not […]

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Diversity is a Good Word- Lets Think About it Different in China

America is strong because of immigration and not inspite of it. 2 million people become Americans by immigration every year. Dealing with American companies, I see a lot of different ethnicity. In China, people are Han Chinese with an occassional Hui minority person thrown in every once in a while. That is not much difference […]

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