How the Chinese made themselves a world business competitor.November 2, 2012 / Podcast # 12-22
Foxconn, Chinese factory that produces Apple’s (and other’s) products, made a lot of news this year due to allegedly appalling working conditions and low wages. According to Winter Nie and William Dowell, authors of the new AMACOM book In the Shadow of the Dragon, was due to comparisons to American factories. Compared to the average factory in China, Foxconn’s working conditions are better than average and the pay is competitive. Nie and Dowell speak to our misconceptions about China and how they are emerging as the new competitive business force of the world.
A borderless business world requires leaders who can effectively manage multi-cultural teams.March 27, 2009 / Podcast # 09-13
Transnational Leadership Development by Beth Fisher-Yoshida and Kathy Geller acquaints readers with the paradoxes and mental processes leaders need to relate successfully to people with different backgrounds, cultures, and societal identities. The book advises readers on how leaders may learn to see, feel, and experience the world with different lenses; take the necessary amount of time to reflect on what they know and what they need to know; find new ways to communicate; and be resilient in the face of this unique challenge. Read more…
Ways Great Leaders Inspire ResultsJanuary 9, 2009 / Podcast # 09-02
Taking over the top job, whether itâ€™s the CEO of a company or the manager of a department, is never easy. When done the right way, it results in inspired leadership; when done the wrong way, it can lead to disaster. To be effective, the people in charge must give their team a reason to believe in their talents and their ability to get people to work together.
How timeless tales teach us how to handle beasts at work.August 15, 2008 / Podcast # 08-33
From Tibet to Mexico to the Balkans, every culture has its own cherished folktales. While originally made up to reinforce morals and good behavior, these stories arenâ€™t just for kids. Many fables featuring whimsical creatures and talking animals have much to teach grownups about handling slackers, connivers, ogres, and other dreaded real-life figures in our workplace.
In the Land of Difficult People: 24 Timeless Tales Reveal How to Tame the Beasts at Work (AMACOM 2008) by Terrence L. Gargiulo and Gini Graham Scott, Ph.D. presents 24 fables taken from around the world, Read more…