Workers Either Must or Want to Follow I

The words must or want are critical for your team in China or elsewhere for that matter.  However, given the old school thinking of many Chinese managers, you need to think about how much you lose or gain depending  on the road your leaders choose. Below, I list two different paths. On the left is […]

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Succeeding in your China Acquisition II – After China Acquisition

After China acquisition, the real work begins. I dealt with a company who made a good acquisition here in China and then made a mess of it after they took control. They were very sharp on getting their finance systems working. However, they were poor on retaining the commitment and passion of the workforce. They […]

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China – The Culture II Your China Company Culture

I know that my titles confuse some. You may be thinking about Chinese culture foremost. I am thinking of how we need to work on our China company culture harder or differently because of the outside environment here. I also am not writing to say the Chinese culture is somehow worse. Your workers here can […]

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Succeeding in Your China Acquisition I – Before you Buy

Most people have seen China acquisition as the realm of lawyers and financial auditors. Indeed, they have their value, but people are the key to your China acquisition. You must not overlook the culture and people you are acquiring. You must not ignore the attitude of the local government people.  And acquisition is one of […]

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China The Culture I Let’s Not Be Deceived

China the culture does not have to be so inscrutable. I had a comment on my Language Barrier post saying that culture is a more important fish to fry than the language problem. I so agree, I knew a guy who knew he needed a translator and used the HR manager as his translator for all […]

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China People Problems, Problems, Seeing Badly II

China people problems vex many businesses. Here I want to share a different China story that is also shockingly common. Facts have been changed to protect identity China People Problems – A Sales Office Example Australian comes to China to start a Sales and Service office in Shanghai for her Australian company.  She struggles to understand  the assignment […]

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Chinese People Problems, Problems Seeing Badly I

Chinese people problems are hard to avoid with a China background gap this big. China really developed very separate from the West.  One bad assumption in the example below led to years of frustration growing their China business. I have changed or blurred facts so as not to make this case or really any example I give […]

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Technology As You Move Up

When you start at lower levels, your technological ability is often the key to moving up. At higher levels, you should not be a doer as much as a leader. By the time you get to senior leadership, technology should only be 20% of your value. Leadership ability needs grow as you move up. And […]

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