cross-cultural leadership: how will china influence the world?

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Recently I had the pleasure to travel around in China for a few weeks. Visiting a fair deal of the country, north and south, the big cities and a part of the country side. I came back with a truck load of impressions…  <read the full post here> @ <http://leadershipwatch-aadboot.com/> 

This is a really good take on China.  I find it even more interesting, because he’s echoing a lot of my thoughts after shooting a film there last year.  I really like this little insight that pertains to collaboration between east and west:

“We believe that the worst thing that can happen to you is losing face. Therefore we carefully define our objectives upfront. Once defined we will not easily let go. We will always look for ways to guarantee both parties win something, so nobody will lose face. But we will only do that if we respect our opponent. If not, we will not hesitate to take what we want without taking into consideration the other. (He gently smiled at me.) And we never show our emotions in public, like Westerns often do. By doing that you reap nothing but contempt from your opponent.“ – chinese business man

 

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