Archive for Team Development

Train or Replace? Which is Better For Your Business?

Have you heard the phrase:”Hire for character and train for skills”?   Let me explain what I have discovered on the problem of “Train or replace?” I personally have trained and/or hired many hundreds of people in China with great success.   In training I have noticed a distinct gap in my success. When I […]

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Posted in: China Recruitment - Getting Good People, Decision Making, Team Development

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Wrong Leader, Wrong Method Example

Hiring Top leadership and finding you have the wrong leader is super frustrating. I am familiar with a host of businesses decisions on people in China that went bad. Here is one. Mistake 1: Focusing on Resumes In 2006, one US$20M factory of a US MNC  I know was searching for a GM.  They had […]

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Kicking the Can and Finessing in China

I recently wrote an email in response to a comment by a customer contact saying they were not going to replace their devious and secretive China leader, but place a Quality Manager instead. Finessing in China is so common that I produce my response generically here. Hi Frank, Thanks for your quick response. I am puzzled. […]

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Who’s Most Deceptive in Your Organization? Part II

I talked about how we do not feel we are wearing the black hat yesterday, and you can find that here. Leaders often justify themselves and one is that the others are not understanding them. Each of us has our own experiences and personality that impact us and make others judge us unfairly. However, we […]

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

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

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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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