Success Feels Good, Want More?

I am friends with a Westerner who came to manage a messy factory 6 years ago. The previous 6 years before him were tales of trouble leading to the shut down of one of their China businesses. Then he came. People made fun of him. They looked down on him because he was careful and […]

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The Value of Transparency in Hiring

Lets talk transparency in hiring. In China, I know a business where a production manager physically intimidated a quality manager. Workers had to restrain the production manager from hitting the quality manager in a meeting. The Western leader never knew this happened. We need to have businesses where information like this moves to the right […]

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The Right Company Atmosphere is Possible

Company atmosphere should be blue skies with white clouds. It discourages me that some companies put up with their company being “that way”. What they mean is that China is inscrutable and so are the workings of their China holdings. They get production, but China gets blamed for performance gaps. Sometimes companies get hurt because […]

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Why talk Company Culture? What’s it Worth?

Companies like to talk on measurables and deliverables, and so talk on company culture often gets pushed aside. However, one of my first clients here in China was Adobe, as they know that the unmeasurables are more valuable than any might think. I think that is why they are soon to be a Fortune 500 […]

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