Mar 17, 2006

On my way to becoming a "China consultant"

These days, so-called "China experts" are a dime-a-dozen. They're writing books and they've all got an opinion on how to do business here. Forget the books and pricey seminars. If you're thinking of expanding your business operations to China, you can learn a great deal from photos like the one below that I took of workers cleaning my office building's glass atrium. For example:
  • If you have eight employees, you can count on two of them to be spectacular workers and do extraordinary work, while the other six lounge around and “supervise”. I still can't think of a good way to translate into Chinese the question, "Are you workin' hard or hardly workin'?"
  • You can easily find someone to do dangerous work, such as risk their lives cleaning a glass roof, for a pittance.
  • There are no worrisome OSHA-like regulations to worry about when doing business in China. The man perched like a gargoyle at the top step of the 6-foot stepladder in the upper left is a case in point.
  • Leave me a comment if you think of something else.


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