Janey Lee, Executive Director of NiHao Global in China, spoke at the Sydney Expat Advisors Community event in February. She discussed Chinese philosophies, communication differences between east and west, and provided some insights into doing business effectively in China. You can view the PowerPoint presentation here. Continue reading Culture, Language and doing business in China
It may be wise to check if they have transferred their UK pension schemes over to the Australian superannuation system. From April 6, 2015 members of public sector pension schemes, including those covering the former National Health Service, will no longer be able to transfer the money to an Australian super fund.
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:
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.