Why Talk Leadership For a China Blog?

Thought I should restate why this China blog writes on leadership. I have found again and again that great leadership trumps good China insight. Being smart about China is useful.   However, being an exceptional leader is exceedingly useful as cross cultural work puts much higher demands on leadership.  Small gaps can lead to million dollar […]

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Posted in: Admin/About, China, Leadership

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Conversation Is a Key To Great Leadership Part I

HBR Idea Cast has a great podcast up for anyone who wants to increase performance.   The podcast is called How Effective Leaders Talk.  They were interviewing the authors of Talk, Inc. They view business as a series of conversations and from that gained good insights. They saw that performance increases when engagement increases.  So true […]

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Posted in: Leadership, Motivating Workers

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Leadership – Small Cracks At Top Lead To Massive Fissures At Bottom

Leaders in China often do not go to training or get formal coaching.  Often they mastered quite  a bit to get to the top.   They often fail to realize how their small issue that they might not even explicitly know about causes large problems below that are no fault of the workers. Leaders will say, […]

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

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China Joint Ventures. ‘Same Bed, Different Dreams’ Is The Key Point To Face

Dan Harris has been busy putting up good stuff on China Law Blog and I wanted to mention his recent blog called China Joint Ventures. Are You on the Same Page? See the blog here. He mentioned ‘same bed, different dreams’.  Yes, this phrase deals with a key reason American divorce is so high. We […]

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Posted in: China, Market Entry, Negotiating

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Meetings Can Be a Time To Look Forward To – a follow up

There are lots of different kinds of meetings and the right leader knows how to get engagement in each. Yesterday Ericka Andersen and I raised the idea of an agenda before the meeting.  This also can queue people as to what they need to prepare or bring if needed.  It also prepares them psychologically so […]

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Posted in: Leadership, System, Team Development

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The Chinese YES and Commitments

Many of you likely know that a Chinese yes often means no. Chinese will often say what the boss wants to hear out of respect for or fear of the boss.  This is well known. When a contractor says “no problem” then you definitely have a problem as I have mentioned before. You have heard […]

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Posted in: China, China Recruitment - Getting Good People, Chinese Culture, Customers, Negotiating, Sourcing

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