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Our Top 5 Leadership Articles of 2016

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Find here the Top 5 leadership articles selected by our readers in 2016 In 2016 LeadershipWatch has again welcomed an amazing amount of readers, and we received lots of appreciation and nice reactions. Many thanks to you all! You are…

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6 Memorable Things I Learned in China

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This summer I traveled to Beijing and Ningxia, thanks to the China Unlimited contest organized by the China EU Mission. I had hoped to learn more about China’s ‘One Belt One Road’ initiative reviving the old silk roads (because it…

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Why the Open Mind Always Outperforms the Closed One

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People confronted with the fast changes in our sometimes chaotic and uncertain world can have the reflex to close themselves off to the unknown. Consciously or subconsciously they adopt a closed mind. When we do it collectively this closeness can…

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When East Meets West: Peter Hessler Shares His 3 Best Tips for 2016

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When the American journalist and writer Peter Hessler (Peter is staff writer at the New Yorker and contributing writer for the National Geographic) moved to China to teach and write, he discovered that things were almost diametrically opposed to what…

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The 10 Most Popular Articles on LeadershipWatch in 2015

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Find here the Top 10 articles selected by our readers over 2015 For the fourth year in a row LeadershipWatch has welcomed an amazing amount of new readers, and together they selected the top 10 most popular articles over 2015….

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Lessons for Leaders from China’s Lao Zi

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What ancient Chinese wisdom teaches today’s leaders in times of complex change. “Lao Zi was a native of Chu, a southern state in the Zhou dynasty. His surname was Li; his given name was Er, and he was also called…

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How to Lead Global Teams: One Powerful Tip for Westerners

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How to lead cross-cultural teams, particularly teams where East meets West? What are concrete things you can do to help your global team in real-life business situations? This was the topic of my recent keynote at SIETAR Europa’s congress in…

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What Western Business Leaders Learn in China

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The Chinese learn from us more quickly than we learn from them. Let’s reverse the situation, and use working with Chinese people to our advantage. Jack Ma founder and chairman of the successful Alibaba Group, discovered the power of e-commerce…

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5 Unusual Statements that Reveal how Alibaba Founder Jack Ma Thinks

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What is your first thought when you hear the name Jack Ma? The king of e- and mobile commerce? The richest man in China? How did the founder and chairman of the Alibaba Group (Alibaba’s recent IPO was the largest in world history) build his success, and that of the countless people using Alibaba’s trading platforms? What lessons does he want to share?

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Cross-Cultural Leadership: How to Stimulate Your Asian Team Members to Speak Up?

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In global teams, team effectiveness is not only impacted by personal (people’s characters and temperament) and organizational (level of team alignment from the start) elements. There are important cultural elements at play as well. Cultural elements that can, if not understood and properly addressed, quickly lead to frustration and ineffective teams.

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