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J.K. Rowling and Her Harry Potter on Leadership

J.K. Rowling and Her Harry Potter on Leadership
 

Leadership sometimes is denigrated as we have made the wrong guy the leader like many Western companies have here in China. Surely, everyone has their own definition of leadership, but I espouse this one: Leadership is getting things done through other people. Some people hire leaders because they a...

Categories: Getting Good People, Leadership, Uncategorized
Posted on Oct 27, 2014

Cost of a Bad China Hire – Thoroughly Avoidable Damage

Cost of a Bad China Hire – Thoroughly Avoidable Damage
 

The cost of a Bad China hire is worth looking at in a little more detail. The Street has up a post on bad hiring that can help us think in China. I paste some below: 20% of all hires are bad hires and Of course some costs of a bad hire aren’t always obvious […]...


Chinese Mentality (commonly): Victim of History and Underdog Mentality

Chinese Mentality (commonly): Victim of History and Underdog Mentality
 

What are some common elements in Chinese mentality? Is China a victim of history?  Should China and Chinese people carry an underdog mentality into work or onto the world stage? Chinese Mentality Well it does and a recent research paper call Unmasking China’s Assertive Behavior in the Mariti...

Categories: China, Chinese Culture
Posted on Oct 15, 2014

Starbucks China: Adapting and Maintaining to Success

Starbucks China: Adapting and Maintaining to Success
 

Star Bucks China is successful to date, and I see two reasons. 1. They adapted to China and Chinese tastes. 2. They maintained their core values. One of the things Starbucks has sought to do is to be a good place to work.  They have done the same here in Starbucks China. I paste below […]...


China Business Folly: Following Inc. Magazine to Bankruptcy?

China Business Folly: Following Inc. Magazine to Bankruptcy?
 

Never thought I would get advice leading to China Business Folly in Inc.  Inc. Magazine has an article up that demands a response. See the whole crazy article here.  It is called  “Best Hires For Each Stage in Your Business Life Cycle. ” Everyone has a bad day and certainly this is a ...

Categories: Getting Good People, Leadership, Team Development, Uncategorized
Posted on Sep 29, 2014

What Do You See?

What Do You See?
 

Western businessmen in China often think more simply than Chinese people. Note this research discovery from 2005 that I have never forgotten. Shown a photograph, North American students of European background paid more attention to the object in the foreground of a scene, while students from China s...

Categories: China, Chinese Culture, Getting Good People
Posted on Sep 22, 2014

Why China Hiring Background Checks? Part II

Why China Hiring Background Checks? Part II
 

China Hiring Background Checks Required? Dan Harris on China Law Blog gives a hearty yes.  He here said what his China firm is seeing. I have pasted on how he sees our experience in finding 15 out 15 were materially lying in the recruiting process. I suspect many are surprised by the above, but I ...

Categories: China, Getting Good People, System
Posted on Sep 16, 2014

Why China Hiring Background Checks?

Why China Hiring Background Checks?
 

China hiring background checks, also known as pre-employment background screening, are not emphasized in most companies here in China. .  To see the legal issues in China hiring background checking, check here.  It is a lot more trouble than a cursory  background check, but our business knows i...

Categories: China, Getting Good People
Posted on Sep 10, 2014

China Success, China Failure: A Tale of Two US Companies in China

China Success, China Failure: A Tale of Two US Companies in China
 

Your China success is from your employees. Your failure is about you. Good to Great found in research that great leaders look in the mirror when things go bad and look out the window to thank someone when things go well. Such an important research discovery. When are we looking in the mirror, and w...

Categories: China, Getting Good People, Leadership
Posted on Sep 2, 2014

Retaining Chinese Employees by Flexible Hours

Retaining Chinese Employees by Flexible Hours
 

Retaining Chinese Employees is not easy. Our research shows that Chinese white collar workers are changing jobs every 2.0 years. Employing great leadership is one great way of retaining Chinese employees.  This blog has a lot of posts on the leadership category to build leaders. However, keeping gr...

Categories: China, Getting Good People, Motivating Workers
Posted on Aug 26, 2014

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