Walmart China Discoveries Are Not an Anomaly or Required to Accept

Walmart China Discoveries Are Not an Anomaly or Required to Accept
 

Walmart China has a problem and so do over 70% of the Western Businesses in China. Western Companies continues to think they can hire in China by their own western wisdom and succeed.  OK, some of the 70% are succeeding but not nearly as well as they could have.  Further, they always face the risk...


China Executive Search Placements So Important as Chinese GDP is #1

China Executive Search Placements So Important as Chinese GDP is #1
 

China Executive Search is not being thought through in the right way. China’s economy is now number 1. So let’s get this right. Let me give an example to show what I mean. China Executive Search Placement Gone Wrong Last year, we had a placement of ours fired by the GM just 6 months afte...


Deep Weaknesses in Relying on Interviewing in China

Deep Weaknesses in Relying on Interviewing in China
 

Interviewing in China is important and takes time. However, relying on expert interviewing is certainly not a plan in China. China Law Blog has a post up on suing in China. I paste my point of interest below. China’s arbitral bodies allow little to no discovery and they oftentimes do not even allo...


Face in China and Consistently Successful Hiring

Face in China and Consistently Successful Hiring
 

Face in China means that people tell you what they think you want to hear. Is that best for you? Face in China Illustrated Through Gates in China A generation ago when I was studying Chinese at a Chinese college I learned about Gates. The school in Chengdu I studied at had horrible quality in [&hell...

Categories: China, Chinese Culture, Getting Good People
Posted on Nov 25, 2014

3x3x4 Formula to Great Job Descriptions for China

3x3x4 Formula to Great Job Descriptions for China
 

Great Job Descriptions for China and overall plans for hiring are not unlike those for anywhere in the world. First let me talk about what usually happens.  Customers give us JD’s with 15 responsibilities and 6 requirements. Considerable thought goes into each point, and it is not easy for ma...

Categories: China, Getting Good People
Posted on Nov 4, 2014

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 […]...


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

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