Never Split the Difference – Book Takeaways

‘Never Split the Difference’, is a great negotiation book that explains how experiences from FBI hostage negotiations can be used in the world of business. Chris Voss, the author and a former international FBI hostage negotiator and award-winning business schools educator, reveals the skills that helped him and his colleagues save lives – skills that are relevant in your daily life and business too. For years we have been told to make win-win negotiations and be compromising in our approach, so I found it refreshing to read a book that wants more – a book that doesn’t want to split the difference. This post is based on my personal reader notes and the takeaways for my own negotiations.

China’s 48th Century – The Chinese Calendar

The Chinese year starts during the Spring Festival, and Chinese New Year always falls between January 21th and February 21th in the Gregorian calendar, while Spring Festival is celebrated from the 23rd day of the 12th lunar month (Làyuè or 腊月) and until the Lantern Festival on the 15th day of the first lunar month (Zhēngyuè or 正月). Let us have a look at calendar usage in China. 

Time to Service the Appraisal System

Is Your Appraisal System Motivational and Updated to Current Needs? Time is running and soon you need to prepare the annual appraisals, but is your appraisal system effective or is it just as it was initially made years back? Is it ready for the challenges that you are facing this year and not just the simple overall challenges that once were? Does it motivate the employees and help them see the overall purpose? Is the system linked well to the strategy and goals of the company? This short reminder post, looking at the above questions, aims to motivate HR and Management to get the most out of their Appraisal System and thereby the best results for the company.

Company Culture – Why Bother

Many companies spend large sums and time on their corporate culture and it seems more popular now than ever before. But is it worth the bother? Is it possible to design, implement, and maintain a culture that will hold up against time and constantly changing challenges? Why of course it is, jumping to the conclusion here, it is absolutely worth the bother. This post defines and deals with the benefits of a well-designed company culture, as well as the importance of its alignment with the strategy and the Overall Goal of the company, and last but not least, the necessity of continuous and never-ending culture work.

Happy New Year 2019

Dear all, I would like to wish you all a Happy New Year and all the best for the year of 2019.  I wrote the 2019 China public holiday calendar post, some time ago, with all the days off in China and lots of links to cultural commentary on the various days. You might also like the overview of the non-public holidays. Be sure to add the Chinese holidays to your calendar if you have not already done so. 

Leadership Development New Year Resolution

It is the time of the year, again, where people take stock of the past and make their resolutions for the coming year – and no matter whether it is fitness improvements, team development, or leadership development, your personal lifelong learning is important and you should deal with it in a serious manner. For my part, I find leadership development both very important and very motivational, so I do an annual Leadership New Year Resolution.

Dongzhi Festival

The ‘extreme of winter’ is when we experience the shortest period of daylight and the longest night of the year. This day marks the changing of seasons, is known as the Dongzhi Festival or Winter Solstice Festival, takes place every year on December 21 or 22, and is an important holiday in China – as well as in many other cultures.

What Future-relevant Leadership Competencies

How to Make a Future-relevant Competence Matrix? Many companies today, do have a leadership competence description or matrix, which defines the needed skills, knowledge, abilities, and behaviors of their leaders, and makes it possible to assess an individual up against this standard or target. What many companies do not have, are considerations of the future needed competencies. This post aims to inspire you to add great value to your organization by thinking future needs into your work with competencies.

Website Improvements 2018

Dear readers, This is a technical post about this year’s key changes on my website – a blog built on WordPress, the Themonic One theme, and with a high number of plug-ins. The post is not related to leadership but since so many have asked questions about my web development work, which I enjoy doing, I have decided to write an update from time to time.

Impact of China’s Rapidly Growing Internet

Few realize the actual size and possibilities of the Chinese internet, but we daily see its great impact in terms of online sales, tutoring, payment, communication, and of course for entertainment. If you are interested in this topic, then you will like the 12 minutes Ted talk by Media Executive Gary Liu, who is the CEO of South China Morning Post.

Leadership is a Learned Competence!

Leadership is a learned competence that you can develop from an early age and throughout your life, and it is a competence that we as companies and managers have a responsibility to develop in others and ourselves. But, what do I mean by competence and how do we develop competencies. I recently wrote this short description of Leadership Competence for a good friend of mine, who calls it the Leader Competence Creed.

Choose Leadership Style Based on Culture

The learnings of the GLOBE Project are truly unique, as there is limited research on cross-cultural leadership on this scale, and as it gives us important information on how to lead more effectively across cultures. It helps us understand what various cultures see as effective leadership, as well as in-effective leadership, and gives us clues on how to adjust our leadership behavior and style for better results and cooperation with our followers and teams. This post deals with how you can adjust your cross-cultural leadership behavior, and lists and explains the nine Cultural Dimensions, as well as the six Global Leadership Dimensions.

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.

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.

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.