Monthly Archives: February 2014

Being Mindful of the Past: Respect Context and Culture (II)

China… embarrassed, exploited, and overpowered by imperial powers in its “Century of Humiliation” However, during the final decades of China’s last empire, the weakened Qing Dynasty (1644-1911), the tables sharply turned and the country was defeated in a number of military conflicts with … Continue reading

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Being Mindful of the Past: Respect Context and Culture (I)

A caricature of the times portraying the failed and fateful Macartney Mission to China in 1793 For many thousands of years in its earlier recorded history, China was an inwardly-focused nation, largely closed off to and wary of foreigners – … Continue reading

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Mastering the Art of Corporate Warfare in the Pacific Century (ll)

Although many companies tend to implement what they feel is a deliberate strategic approach based on what has worked well in their more developed markets, this has proven ill-suited and problematic, at best, within a market as complex and fast-changing as … Continue reading

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Mastering the Art of Corporate Warfare in the Pacific Century (I)

          Chinese military general, strategist, and philosopher Sun Tzu (c. 544-496 BCE), author of The Art of War For those companies operating in China, it is wise to consider the harsh, often painful lessons learned in recent … Continue reading

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The Specter of the Fire Dragon

In China, one of the world’s oldest and richest civilizations, there are many animals and creatures which have become symbols of great cultural significance, but none as enduring or meaningful as the mythical dragon. For thousands of years, the dragon has … Continue reading

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