Category Archives : Chinese Culture


Chinese Wisdom for Recruitment

Chinese wisdom for recruitment from Sima Guang shows a lot about our recruiting philosophy. Chinese Wisdom for Recruitment From 1000 Years Ago 才德全尽谓之“圣人”,才德兼亡谓之“愚人”,德胜才谓之“君子”,才胜德谓之“小人”。凡取人之术,苟不得圣人,君子而与之,与其得小人,不若得愚人。 His priority and thought on who to hire is: 1. Holy: Talent+Character 2. Gentleman: More Character than Talent 3. Fool: No talent No Character 4. Vile Man: More Talent than Character Surely you […]

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China – Easier and Harder – Seek Long Term Competitive Advantage

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Long term competitive advantage still can be attained by those invested in China. China Briefing put up a post on the changes in China and how it impacted Western Investment here. It is a nice overview of the changing dynamics. I certainly agree that China is more Westernized than when I arrived to live here 24 […]

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Should We Accept All Chinese Cultural Differences?

Chinese cultural differences

Chinese Cultural Differences should be respected when talking food preferences. What about differences in levels of honesty? Recently, we explained a lie on a resume to a client.  The client declined to go further even though the guy interviewed well. We heartily agreed to not move forward with this guy. Chinese Cultural Differences in Lying […]

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Falsifying Applications is an Everyday Thing in China

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I recall some over positive resume tendencies when I was young, but falsifying applications was not part of my cultural background.  It has never been well in China.  When I got a job leading a US$1M start up in 1997, I thought a long time before I could think of someone trustworthy among hundreds of Chinese people […]

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