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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Hospitals and Schools

International schools and International Hospitals catering to Westerners have made life a lot easier for Westerners in China. Domestically, both are in crisis. The Chinese school system is archaic, relies heavily on  rote memorization, and criticism of kids and parents are their only two tools to improve performance seemingly.  Chinese brain drain is heavily influenced […]

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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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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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Business in China Can Be Compared to Basketball

Over at China Law Blog in the comments section, a guy named Other Mark made an analogy that is worth seeing. Find his whole comment here.  I pasted the analogy below. I think it would be foolish to think that western companies are intrinsically more civilized. They’ve just assumed (catastrophically in some cases) that the environment […]

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