Who Then What

Good to Great said something important when they said great leaders first resolve who and then decide what. Who means getting the right people on your team. It also means they are on the same sheet of paper with you in values and vision. “What” is the work they do. In China, I cannot imagine […]

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Story Telling

A business leader needs to gather stories faithfully. We must catch people doing right according to the vision and values we are consistently emphasizing. Gather in the stories of great service or exceptional candor and tell them if they are our values. Gather the stories and write them down to keep. They are an asset […]

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Posted in: Being the Right Person, Culture Development, Leadership, Motivating Workers

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Protecting Your Image

Many leaders get caught in the trap of seeking face whether they are Chinese or not. Older leaders who have developed this wrong ability in leadership for more than ten years are very hard to turn back. We usually recommend finding a new person who will be the right person. Cover ups are the worst […]

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Building a Team- Who Before What

Again and again we see messy teams and do what we can to help. Companies hire people by putting huge pressure on recruiters to find the perfect resume candidate. They get the resume, but do not get what they need. And later they need to call us to dig them out. We can dig them […]

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We’ve Nothing To Fear, But Fearing the Wrong Thing II

We’ve Nothing To Fear, But Fearing the Wrong Thing II

In a recent post, I noted two puzzling cases of fearing the wrong thing. I list them again here: 1. Business leaders focus solely on technology or gut feeling in hiring workers because they fear not having enough technology, or they just follow their gut. 2. Business leaders put off big decisions because they are […]

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Fear Nothing But Fearing the Wrong Thing in China

Ah yes, we should fear fearing the wrong thing in China. Dave Barry said here: All of us are born with a set of instinctive fears–of falling, of the dark, of lobsters, of falling on lobsters in the dark, or speaking before a Rotary Club, and of the words “Some Assembly Required. Seriously, I see […]

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Pull the Trigger to Help You Both

Pull the trigger. It can be best for both of you. Letting people go should never feel good. If we can lightly let people go, then we need to think a little about our humanity. Conversely, if we cannot let people go, we are in another ditch. Former Secretary of State Collin Powell is very […]

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Ownership Attitude – I Like That

An Ownership Attitude is the next big step after character. First is getting people you trust on the team. That is the character portion. Next is empowering these people and checking and coaching. Any time you sense a good ownership attitude in the right people, talk about it. That is what you want, so talk […]

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