Is the End of Cheap China the End of China for the West? Part II

I want to note the recent survey results from Amcham China.   Get a look at the full results here Despite added pressures, China is increasingly viewed as a major growing market: 82 percent of respondents surveyed plan to increase investment in their China operations in 2012, with 66 percent sayin...

Categories: China, Market Entry
Posted on Apr 30, 2012

Is the End of Cheap China the End of China for the West? Part I

The Procurement Leaders have a post up on China that you can view here See the little bit I have pasted below as well. News – Large manufacturers shift operations from China to the US According to a new survey by The Boston Consulting Group more than a third of US-based manufacturing companies wit...

Categories: China, Culture Development, Leadership, Market Entry
Posted on Apr 28, 2012

Foreign Brands in China

The Sinica podcast recently on the Chinese auto market noted that the Chinese share of the private auto market had been steadily growing for years.  Then in 2011 it, surprisingly, not only did not grow, but it took a small step backwards. 70 % was foreign branded and now 71+% is foreign branded. Ch...

Categories: China, Customers, External Stakeholders, Market Entry, Quality
Posted on Apr 27, 2012

Are You Afraid Of Any Of Your Chinese Workers and What They Might Do? Part III

Today, I said we should talk about the actual letting of people go. Some companies escort you from the building and never let you say good bye. They make the workers feel bad if they ever talk to you again. They do this as policy no matter who you are. I hate that. Guys work […]...

Categories: China, Getting Good People, Leadership, Team Development
Posted on Apr 26, 2012

Are You Afraid Of Any Of Your Chinese Workers and What They Might Do? Part II

So yesterday, we mentioned that you need to keep these people that keep you captive out of your factory.   Today, I want to talk about what you do if they are in your factory and you feel a kind of fear about them  You are afraid they will take revenge if you correct them or […]...

Are You Afraid Of Any Of Your Chinese Workers And What They Might Do? Part I

It is altogether too common. Some Chinese workers will seek revenge if you let them go.  So how should we look at this? In the late 90’s I knew a U.S. company that hired a woman recommended by their shifty old landlord.  Later they found out he had sent her as was being threatened by [&helli...

Categories: China, Chinese Culture, Getting Good People, Leadership
Posted on Apr 24, 2012

Need New People? – Make The Rare Triple Play

I may not catch this webinar, but what they say in the opening here is so right…. Hiring + 90 Wisdom and M4R Model: Managing and Engaging in the First Quarter Hiring the right person – check. Managing the new hire – check. Engaging the new hire – uh oh! The first 90 days can […]...

Categories: Coaching, Getting Good People, Motivating Workers, Team Development
Posted on Apr 23, 2012

Virtual Teams III – Finance Focus

I have written in the past about finance having too strong a voice in too many companies, but now I want to mention managing finance from overseas.   Find that previous post on finance being too strong here. I had a factory leader tell me, “Jim, finance is tricky stuff and needs to be managed...

Categories: China, Culture Development, Team Development
Posted on Apr 20, 2012

How Should We View China?

Today, we can see how Americans see China and think how we should see China.   All Roads to China put up an interesting chart from China Daily that inspires this post.  View whole post here. I have pasted the chart below.  Also, view the other Gallup results where the data came from here Older A...

Categories: China
Posted on Apr 19, 2012

Virtual Teams II

Some companies I know use virtual managers and virtual teams unnecessarily in their China operations.  Let me explain as you may do it. Instead of having a Chinese worker report to their local manager, they have the worker report overseas to a functional manager.   It is especially common in the ...

Categories: China, Leadership, Team Development
Posted on Apr 18, 2012