China Master Class:
five things that won't
help your China business
www.studiochina.com.au
I'd like you to think of this
China Masterclass as...
The Yin and Yang of success for you in China.

The Yin and Yang symbol is universally recognised. It is a gift from Dao te...
The secret
If you know the story of Kungfu Panda then you will know that the panda works in his Dad's
noodle restaurant an...
Awareness worksheet
Write down a situation where you remember feeling awkward in China
___________________________________...
"Things happen so slowly in China...
Our investors or clients we work with don't seem to want to do any
work - there is lo...
So, here are my five things
most companies do to
improve their China
performance that don't
work.
1.
Hire a Chinese national here in Australia to take care of their
Chinese relationships
Please believe me, I have nothing...
2.

Send everyone in the office here in Aus to a oneoff 2 hour training session on Chinese culture

You may not get a very...
3.
Fly in to China for two or three days to do business

This is not a long enough visit. I challenge you to schedule a lo...
4.
Have Chinese people teach their non-Chinese
people about Chinese culture.

You see the Chinese trainer has no idea what...
5.
Hire Chinese people in China to represent them.

Chinese people are very very wary of new business people they
meet. Th...
“Sally's dynamic teaching methods have been focal to producing a good
result...Sally: Positive, understanding, non-critica...
Want to unlock some more mystery?
My e-book, in 100 pages gives you access to Chinese culture in bite-sized morsels of
tho...
Feel confident because you are truly supported
I want to be your China skills coach. I can diagnose what
people skills you...
Share about what you
find challenging in your
China biz. Please
connect with me!

@WatersShuishali
Studio China

www.studi...
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Uncover a new approach to boosting your business in China...join Sally Waters from Studio China as she reveals the way she wants to disrupt the way people are approaching business in China

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  1. 1. China Master Class: five things that won't help your China business www.studiochina.com.au
  2. 2. I'd like you to think of this China Masterclass as...
  3. 3. The Yin and Yang of success for you in China. The Yin and Yang symbol is universally recognised. It is a gift from Dao teaching. An ancient Chinese philosophy. Now I've observed lots of people who want to go and do business in China to make lots of money. They go to China with a packed schedule of meetings. They are very action focussed and try to do and achieve as much as they can. This a very yang approach. The Yang symbolises, positvity, action, masculine and daytime. This action is great but it is slightly unbalanced. Because it is neglecting the Yin. Yin is about restoring and receiving and feminine energy and the night. To go to China with a view to learning and listening and receiving to balance out the Yang energy will really help your business. Sometimes we get so wound up in the achieving that we pursue our agenda and miss the lessons and insights offered by the way things are done in China. This balanced approach will change your experience. Investing time and money into receiving some China language skills or some insights into the Chinese culture can make the experience more enjoyable and you will achieve more. The striving can be very frustrating in China.
  4. 4. The secret If you know the story of Kungfu Panda then you will know that the panda works in his Dad's noodle restaurant and his Dad's business is thriving because of the secret recipe. When Panda ends up training to be the new Kungfu warrior he, a big cuddly panda bear doesn't look like a typical warrior. His Master trains him in a unique way for a panda. Then as he assumes the title of Kungfu warrior, he is given the special scroll containing the secret of how to be the Kungfu warrior. He unrolls the scroll to find horrified that it is blank. He goes to his Dad to tell him in disbelief that the scroll is empty. And his Dad tells him that he doesn't have a secret recipe for his noodles either. Panda realises that you just have to practise and do your best and believe in your ability. And I can tell you, there is no secret for succeeding in China. The same applies for you and your business in China. You have to learn your Mandarin and learn about Chinese culture and go and spend time there and make it a priority in your life and in your business. It is not something you can learn in a two hour course. What I can tell you is that the journey will be rewarding. It will inspire you to learn more. That is how you will make the personal connections and meet the people and make a difference in your business. The scroll is blank but you are not alone and unsupported. Your peers can help and listen and support you. There are great Chinese business advisory firms to help you with the legal and tax issues. I can help and listen and bring my twenty years of experience with China. I am here to support you.
  5. 5. Awareness worksheet Write down a situation where you remember feeling awkward in China ____________________________________________________________________ __________________________________________________________________ What exactly were you feeling? (eg. Mad, scared) ____________________________________________________________________ __________________________________________________________________ What do you think the other person was feeling? ____________________________________________________________________ ____________________________________________________________ Can you think of a cultural reason for the other person's behaviour? ____________________________________________________________________ ______________________________________________ The cultural awkwardness comes from your expectations of how the other person should behave. This exercise can help you to understand how the feelings underlie the behaviour.
  6. 6. "Things happen so slowly in China... Our investors or clients we work with don't seem to want to do any work - there is lots of getting to know you with not enough talk about business... Add to that the time spent on interpreting and it can be very draining and tiring for not much gain." And as I see it all comes down to expectations. Going in to China expecting things to work out how they do in Europe or the US is going to be counterproductive China is special. In a wonderful way. Instead of noticing the differences and focussing on the difficulties, a great way to proceed in China is to go with an open mind and with a view to learn more about Chinese people and its culture and the Chinese way of life. This requires effort and time and a real appreciation of China's history and ways of doing things. And with a clear outward persona that you know you have a lot to learn from China. Because that is how Chinese people pursue relationships with us. They want to learn our Western ways so they can be better. And we should do just the same, learn more about China's amazing culture (and I'm not talking about dragon dancing here) so we can do better.
  7. 7. So, here are my five things most companies do to improve their China performance that don't work.
  8. 8. 1. Hire a Chinese national here in Australia to take care of their Chinese relationships Please believe me, I have nothing against Chinese people, I'm happily married to one. But, why would you hand over such an important part of your business to someone you don't know that well, just because they are from China and speak Chinese? If your Chinese employee has been working for you for a while and you know and trust them but your Chinese business isn't going as well as it should, is it maybe time to reconsider their position?
  9. 9. 2. Send everyone in the office here in Aus to a oneoff 2 hour training session on Chinese culture You may not get a very good return on investment for this...in one ear and out the other...and 2 hours is soooo not long enough, you have 5000 years of history and philosophy and culture to cover...it is just not that simple.
  10. 10. 3. Fly in to China for two or three days to do business This is not a long enough visit. I challenge you to schedule a long trip next time you go to China to work. Take your whole family. You will have a great time. Your Chinese clients or investors will really love it that you've taken your whole family to China. Do some business and then travel. And then have some more meetings. Catch the train, a sleeper train on the old rail network (not a high speed train) and spend days gazing out the window at rural China and vist the cultural sites. Watch the people, get an appreciation for what they like and how they think. And gain some insight.
  11. 11. 4. Have Chinese people teach their non-Chinese people about Chinese culture. You see the Chinese trainer has no idea what a low base of knowledge about China the non-Chinese people are coming off. The Chinese trainer assumes all this knowledge that is simply not there. A non-Chinese who has spent time in China can really explain a whole lot better why things get tricky or slow in China. Because they have felt the discomfort and frustrations of being new to China because they were once too.
  12. 12. 5. Hire Chinese people in China to represent them. Chinese people are very very wary of new business people they meet. They do not trust other Chinese people they meet. They are wondering what the other is trying to get from the relationship. So by hiring Chinese people to represent you you maybe be putting your clients and investors off. You thinking you are enhancing the relationship by hiring Chinese people. Your client or potential investor sees your Chinese hires as an annoyance. Your client/investor wants to talk to you about proposals and deals! Not your hired help.
  13. 13. “Sally's dynamic teaching methods have been focal to producing a good result...Sally: Positive, understanding, non-critical, encouraging, comfortable, non-judgemental and fun” George and Judy Meikle, Brisbane. Sally is a “smart, direct, can do type person who knows how to deal with modern Chinese people at all levels and has the ability to pass on, in simple terms what she knows.” Jim Calder www.caldermaloney.com
  14. 14. Want to unlock some more mystery? My e-book, in 100 pages gives you access to Chinese culture in bite-sized morsels of thoughts and insight. Designed for executives travelling to China who are deciphering China and Chinese people, or for armchair travellers and students, with a keen interest in China, the book lets you dive in and inspires you to deepen your China experiences. It is a fun guide, where I share lots of my own stories and experiences that go to the heart of China and Chinese peoples' behaviour. It will help you understand why Chinese culture is so inextricably linked to food, family, history and philosophy. And don't forget to come back and tell me what experiences we share and what you thought and what you want to hear more about. You can buy it now for $8.60 www.studiochina.com.au
  15. 15. Feel confident because you are truly supported I want to be your China skills coach. I can diagnose what people skills your business needs to ramp up to improve its China success. [It is all about relationships and communication isn't it? So language and ways of doing things are kind of key are they not?] I hold workshops, which are dedicated to unlocking the mystery of why Chinese people are like they are. I provide coaching one-on-one for CEOsor can with a whole group. If you are in Brisbane Sally works face-to-face with you. And if you are not then you can connect with Sally over Skype or Facetime or on a phone call.
  16. 16. Share about what you find challenging in your China biz. Please connect with me! @WatersShuishali Studio China www.studiochina.com.au

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