Communication does not freely flow here. My wife Leeds and I joke that it’s sort of the concept of squeezing the close-to-empty toothpaste tube. You have to squeeze a little, get a wee bit, squeeze a lot and get a little. But without a doubt if you are expecting to be freely and liberally updated, you are setting yourself up for a complete failure.
Tuesday, March 29, 2011
Sunday, March 27, 2011
|Small beginning but this guy will grow |
(photo credit: GR Sipe)
Tuesday, March 22, 2011
People make the low cost goods that you use. The goods are not made by machines, although machines are involved, but by people. Many overseas buyers are surprised when they come for factory visits in China and learn how much of the processes are actually done by hand.
Monday, March 21, 2011
Before I moved to China back in 2001, I was under the impression that the Chinese were a very calm bunch. I think many Westerners have this idea (stereotype?) in their minds of the solemn, stone-faced, cool-as-a-cucumber Chinese from the mysterious and ancient land. Even the Chinese play this up; they do teach to keep your cool in any and all situations. A calm spirit is an admired spirit here and folks exalt this ability. In comparing and contrasting Chinese to Westerners (again all from my worldview and time here spent), the Chinese themselves think and say that Westerners are emotional and excitable and Chinese are calm and logical.
Friday, March 18, 2011
Friday's guest blogger is my colleague and friend, Mr. Shakiri Murrain. See his previous post here, see his LinkedIn profile here.
I first came to China in 2006 to advance my professional career and for the personal growth that comes with living abroad. When I decided to move, I really had no idea what I was getting myself into. I did not have any Chinese friends, didn’t understand the culture and most of all couldn’t even say hello in Chinese. But from what I could see on TV and newspapers, it seemed that the entire world was beginning to focus on this place. (The Chinese Mainland is correctly nicknamed “大路” or Big Street)
Tuesday, March 15, 2011
|It may look tacky, but it gets the job done|
Friday, March 11, 2011
One of the largest obstacles dealt with in running a business in China is staffing. I think any expat entrepreneur , multinational company and even Chinese business owners will agree that finding quality, long-term employees is a mountain to climb. I know, I know, it’s hard everywhere, right? But….since I lean towards China being the center-of-the-universe and based on my loose experience and memory of dealing with my home country, I’d wager that it’s even more of a pain in the gluteus maximus here in China.
Thursday, March 10, 2011
|A Picture of Development: Ugly at first but need to |
take a few steps back to make forward strides.
Sunday, March 6, 2011
|Unity: If supplier / buyer relationship is off balance, |
you're building business on a "shaky" foundation
That’s what I’m saying: you must adapt to and at least accept it or you’ll lose your mind…and possibly your money. In this blog will discuss how solving issues in China can overflow into the manufacturing realm and affect your offshore production.
Tuesday, March 1, 2011
In the Chinese culture, there is no right way and wrong way to do things. In China, there exists an impersonal force of “right” and an equally impersonal force of “wrong” and by chance, by time, by multiple attempts you may….eventually….arrive close to one of those perceived notions.