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8 = PROSPERITY & WEALTH IN CHINESE

Astrology, symbols, and superstitions are still deeply embedded in Chinese culture. 8 [bā](八) sounds like [fā](发), as in [fācái](发财), which means to get rich. Chinese often seek horoscope readers [suànmìng](算命) when they encounter misfortunes or even a lack of good fortunes, and they will even change their names if the numbers suggest it will lead […]

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LI (礼) = GATEWAY INTO CHINESE NORMS

MINDSET FOR CHINA BUSINESS — Stories & Lessons #8 (Key Concepts of Chinese Business Practice in the context of Modern China) Key Chinese Concept: LI [lǐ, 礼] or LIMAO (礼貌) – it means etiquette and courtesy, and it conjures up images of a rite or ceremony, which often may include the exchange of gifts. For […]

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CHINESE “DEAL-MAKING” BACKDOOR = ‘HOUMEN’

MINDSET FOR CHINA BUSINESS — Stories & Lessons #4 (Key Concepts of Chinese Business Practice in the context of Modern China) Key Chinese Concept: HOU MEN [Hòumén, 后门] – translation is “back door” or making deals behind-the-scenes, in private. • Personal connections play a vital role in all relationships—-business, personal, political, and otherwise—-therefore, foreign was […]

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What is PURPOSE-DRIVEN CURIOSITY?

We are all born with natural curiosity.For our interpersonal relationships, few people play this instrument anymore in order to create greater harmonies with others.Instead, most people choose to become a rigid sounding board that only reflects in one direction (stubborn, selfish, and self-centered).Without an instrument to create a common rhythm (win-win), harmonious relationships are only […]

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Behind-the-scenes – Launching MFCB Webinars

I launched a FREE Mindset for China Business (MFCB) series on July 25, 2018. The first webinar was delivered using Zoom – iMac built-in FaceTime HD camera – Blue Snowball Mic with Isolation Shield For the next webinar on August 8 – 12 1″X12″X12″ Sound absorption panels added- Logitech HD Pro Webcam C920- 8 4.7X4.7X9.4 […]

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When Local Chinese Staff Go SILENT (MFCB Webinar QA)

QUESTION W1 MFCB — When I press my Chinese staff after a missed deadlines or regarding critical project questions, WHY DO THEY GO SILENT? Sometimes I email them when I am traveling, and they take several days or more to reply. If the deadline has already passed, ‘pressing’ for explanations or answers is unlikely to […]

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MINDSET FOR CHINA BUSINESS – ‘Guanxi’ is Most Important!

What is the meaning of ‘Guanxi’ relationships? • Guanxi relationships have similarities with any ‘business or personal relationship’ of any culture, as it is necessary to develop good relationships with those you are working or collaborating with. • The difference between Chinese ‘Guanxi’ relationships compared to more Western definitions is directly related to the Chinese […]

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MINDSET FOR CHINA BUSINESS – Goodwill during the honeymoon

MINDSET FOR CHINA BUSINESS – ‘Goodwill’ during the honeymoon period in China What was the biggest challenge encountered when you first worked with locals in China? • Initially, there were zero ‘perceived’ challenges .. When locals begin working with foreigners, they are always focused on developing GUANXI relationships! • This means they are praising you […]

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MINDSET FOR CHINA BUSINESS – What is?

MINDSET FOR CHINA BUSINESS — Introduction What is a ‘Mindset of China Business’? • It’s UNDERSTANDING the nuances of Chinese culture and adjusting behaviors to improve perceptions and thereby outcomes • It’s a HOLISTIC APPROACH for every interaction with every individual without judgment • It’s HOW YOU TRAIN YOURSELF to solve your China Leadership Dilemmas […]

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