Saturday, February 11, 2012

Exit...Stage Left

I’ve changed houses.  Instead of Suzhou, Jiangsu, China, I’m on the Southern Outer Banks of North Carolina.  Instead of skyscrapers, cranes and car horns honking, it’s little buildings, quaint shops and a Jimmy Buffet-like atmosphere… 

Wednesday, November 30, 2011

China Water-Cooler Chatter

After close to 10 years of working (and living) in China, here are common, office chatter topics which I've either heard in passing or had the pleasure to partake in the conversation.  

Monday, November 21, 2011

Back to the Basics: FOB

The goal of this post isn’t to get into the Incoterms or technicality of buying FOB from China.  I’m highlighting some of the moving pieces during the heat of battle…I mean…during the heat of the order. 

Wednesday, October 26, 2011

"Well, I Told 'Em To..."

The comment, "Well, I told them to…" never ceases to amaze me.  Usually someone says this, when some problem or issue arises.  

Saturday, October 15, 2011

Price is Too High

What are you saying when you lob at your supplier the simple sentence, “Price is too high.”?

Thursday, October 6, 2011

Listening Skills

How are your listening skills?  Are you a good listener?

Monday, October 3, 2011

JLsocial: Expat Life Coach

I’ve lived abroad for close to 10 years.  Expat life is not always glamorous.  There are many occasions you can feel like nobody who has ever walked the face of the Earth has ever had similar experiences and that you are just an island unto yourself. 

Friday, September 30, 2011

South China

From March 2004 to November of 2007, Leeds and I lived in South China’s Guangdong province; specifically Dongguan City.