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Smart Thinking: Establish a China Brain Trust (II)

“Cross the river by feeling the stones” (mō zhe shí tou guò hé, 摸着石头过河) In establishing your own China brain trust, you should not only be highly selective of those chosen to join your inner circle but also, always, stay focused … Continue reading

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Smart Thinking: Establish a China Brain Trust (I)

President Franklin D. Roosevelt (1882-1945) and some of the close advisors in his brain trust (c. 1932) As the world’s second largest economy with a massive, increasingly sophisticated consumer base spending heavily both at home and abroad, China represents a … Continue reading

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Moving the World: Your China Business as a Growth Engine

As Archimedes (c. 287-212 BCE), one of the leading minds of the Greek civilization, once proudly stated, “Give me a lever long enough and a fulcrum on which to place it, and I will move the world.” In business, it is … Continue reading

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Entering the Tiger’s Lair: Firmly Commit to the China Initiative

“How can you catch tiger cubs without entering the tiger’s lair?” (bù rù hŭ xué, yān dé hŭ zĭ?  不入虎穴,焉得虎子) Many companies – including those with world-class brands and a wealth of international experience – still enter China with a … Continue reading

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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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