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Double Ninth Festival

This week on October 17: The Double Ninth Festival (Shuāng jiǔ jié or 双九节) is celebrated on the ninth day of the ninth lunar month. Hence the name double ninth festival, among many other names. Read the post to learn more about this old Chinese festival.

Your Leadership Effectiveness is as Beheld

You Can Never Lead Better than What Your Followers See! To lead, you need followers! Followers choose to be lead, as opposed to subordinates who are hired to be lead or managed. Followers choose to be lead, based on their evaluation of the leader. Does she lead well, with the proper values and behavior, and is it likely that he will make us reach our goals? In other words, people have certain preconceptions about what a good leader is, and they evaluate leadership performance against this. Further, different people have different preconceptions and standards, but opinions tend to converge around culture so that people of the same culture have similar expectations of what good leadership is. This post aims to make you understand the importance of matching Society’s Leadership Expectations.

Better Leadership thru GLOBE Findings

Make Good use of the GLOBE Findings in Your Leadership! The GLOBE Project produced useful culture and leadership findings that can help us advance cross-cultural leaders on a daily basis. Improving ones’ cross-cultural leadership skills requires that we first understand these findings and, then, consider where in leadership to make use of them. This post provides practical suggestions on how to do both.

The China Flag

China National holiday is here, and I would like to wish you a great week off. October first is also the anniversary for the first rise of the Chinese National flag, the ‘Five-star Red Flag’, which was designed by Mr. Zeng Liansong, and raised the first time on October 1, 1949. This post celebrates the powerful banner of China, with a short historical perspective and acknowledgment to its designer Mr. Zeng Liansong.

The Balance of Leadership

Kong Ming, in his book Mastering the Art of War, deals with leadership topics of every kind from The Eight Character Flaws Among Leaders and The Nine Essential Abilities of a Leader, to Methods to Recognize the Individual’s True Character and The Five Formulas to Motivate Your Troops. One of my favorite chapters, named Yielding […]

Universally Undesirable Leadership Attributes

Cultural differences affect leadership performance, and what is seen as proper leadership behavior in one culture can be seen as a hindrance to effective leadership in another. Nevertheless, whereas differences in culture make leadership best practices different across the world, there are some fundamental leadership principles and attributes that are universally the same. The GLOBE Project has devised a list of Universally Endorsed Leadership Attributes, which contribute to effective leadership in any of the 61 cultures participating in the study. Not surprisingly, this list includes attributes like honesty, intelligence, and being positive. Read more about this as well as the list of Universally Undesired Leadership attributes.

Benefits of Cultural Awareness in Leadership

It is fairly common knowledge in today’s global workplaces that leaders need to be effective across cultures and even turn cultural differences into strengths. To build cultural sensitivity in leaders, and increase their understanding of how to operate across cultural differences, is of great benefit to the leaders, the teams, and the company. This post promotes the need for cultural competencies in leaders of cross-cultural teams as well as leaders working in various cross-cultural environments. It addresses the needs of such global leaders and lists the benefits of cultural competency in leadership.

China 2019 Public Holidays

Here are all the public China holidays for 2019. Add the dates to your calendar now and avoid booking confusion and inefficient visiting time. You can also read about the traditions and more around each holiday.

Logical Structure of the GLOBE Study

The GLOBE research project (Global Leadership and Organizational Behavior Effectiveness) offers a great insight to how different cultures look at leadership and is unique in terms of its objective of looking at what constitutes good leadership across cultures, as well as its large scope. It is a quantitative study with more than 17,000 manager respondents, from 951 organizations, three industries (food processing, financial services, and telecommunications services), and 61 countries across the world – teaching us how to lead across cultures.

My 2018 Reading List

We live as long as we learn! Besides my daily learning from doing, the greatest lessons in my lifelong learning come from reading articles and books, and I read as much as I can find time for. Sometimes, I will watch some television, but afterward, I often feel I have wasted my time and wish I would have the stamina to spend my time better. Anyway, as my habit has been in the previous years, I here list the books I have read or re-read in 2018.

Leadership Across Cultures

Globalization means that we increasingly lead teams of mixed cultures, which is both a strength for the team and the company, but also a challenge for the leader. This post looks at leadership attributes and how they are seen across various cultures, according to the findings from the famous GLOBE Project.

Persuasion Series Overview

Over the past months, this blog has been enriched with several new posts relating to persuading and influencing in various situations, and in some cases mixed with other topics that I work with. A good example of this is a mixed topic like influencing in leadership, or the post on how to use your DiSC knowledge to influence during a negotiation, which actually is crossing three different topics. Here is the automatically updated list of persuasion and influence related posts, that will help you get a quick overview and hopefully motivate you to read more.

Meeting Derailed due to DiSC High-styling

The DiSC tool for behavioral assessment is widely known and appreciated for its usefulness in most situations of human cooperation and self-understanding. This post applies the characteristics of each DiSC Style, in a short story of how a meeting got derailed due to the different DiSC Styles of its participants. It illustrates the four types of DiSC in their purest forms (High-styling) and how things can go bad when no one practices Style Flexibility nor show concern for others’ behavioral preferences.