I first met Geoff Baker and Helen Zhang in January 2013 at the Think Global forum day in Hong Kong as part of my first Asia delegation. Having been there for almost a week I’d wished someone had told me to read the book before the trip! I loved the stories they shared, especially the protracted meetings and entertainment that goes along with doing business in China. For those that don’t drink (or want to stay alert!) you can have a drinking delegate to keep up with the toasts – could be a popular job in Australia as well!
Check out this article from 2015 delegate and business friend Peter Black. The book Inside the Chinese Mind can be downloaded from Amazon.
I had the benefit on the Invest in Australia Mission of being introduced to Geoff Baker, originally an Australian lawyer and investment banker, who co-authored with his Chinese born wife, Helen Zhang (both pictured below with IIA mission leaders Caroline Hong and David Thomas) , a book titled “Inside the Chinese Mind: A Guide on How the Chinese Think”.
For anyone doing business, working with or sharing experiences with people originally from China, I highly recommend this book as an essential, well laid out and easy to read fast track guide to start to understand the many centuries of influences on the current culture which has shaped the Chinese people.
Some key concepts which are covered in the book, with the Chinese terms well described, include:
- The Five Core Elements of Chinese Thinking
- Language that Shapes the Mind
- Yin and Yang
- Chinese Connectedness
- Midstream Living
- Face “mianzi” – More Important than Life Itself
- The different types of Enterprises in China – State, Private and Foreign
- The difference between leaders and decision makers
- The work ethics of the different generations – with particular emphasis on some changes coming through with Generation Y
- Communication and relationships in China – including “guanxi“, what “Yes” actually means and the various “Circles of Influence”
- Both the Big Things and the Little Things that matter
- How the Rule of Law works and how agreements and conflict are actually handled.
(Geoff Baker, Helen Zhang, Caroline Hong, David Thomas)
For more articles from Peter Black, Executive Coach and TEC Chair, on his experiences during the Invest in Australia Mission and Asia Financial Forum, check out his blog here.
Planning is underway for a Thnk Global delgation to Australia China Business Week 2015 in May to Guangzhou and Hong Kong – register your interest here.
World leaders, economists and regulators set the macro scene on the first day of this eighth annual world Asian Financial Forum conference, 2015.
Australian Assistant Treasurer, Josh Frydenberg, shared with the more than 2,000 delegates that Australia, as the 12th largest economy in the world, has seen 24 consecutive years of economic growth. Continue reading Asian Financial Forum – Josh Fryenberg
Arriving in Hong Kong on Friday evening ahead of the 2015 Asian Financial Forum, was a great opportunity to make the most of catching the sights and meeting old friends ahead of the week long delegation activities.
Continue reading “Bleisure” – sightseeing ahead of AFF 2015
“Invest in Australia” mission to Asia Financial Forum in Hong Kong and Guangzhou – 18-23 January, 2015
Continue reading Invest in Australia Mission
In this interview on Eagle Waves Radio, Craig West of Succession Plus, speaks with Stacey Martin of NAB Private Wealth, David Thomas of Think Global, and Dr Caroline Hong FAICD Asia International Ambassador, SME Association of Australia.
Read more about the guests on the Eagle Waves Radio website.