I was in China for the week of Thanksgiving. I didn’t go to China to celebrate Thanksgiving, since they don’t celebrate it there, but I went at the request of a client to see if I could help them with their problem project.
I have been to China before and the flight has not gotten any shorter, but the planes are certainly more comfortable then in years past and there are many more opportunities to be entertained while flying.
Running a business in China has a greater number of hurdles to jump over then here in the U.S. There is a lot of government involvement in China. Supplies are much more difficult to acquire, there is the language barrier and a number of other things, too many to mention. But there are a lot of similarities to business in the U.S. and business in China as well.
It doesn’t matter which country you are in or what business you are in, if you do not have a clear direction of where you want the business to go, there will be problems. If your staff and employees are unclear of the direction of the company, additional problems will occur. This lack of clear direction usually results in unclear communication as well. After all, if we don’t know where we are going, how can we communicate effectively to direct our staff and employee on what is the end result we are looking for is?
I have written about clarity of direction numerous times and the need to have a clear vision of where the company is going in order to create a plan on how they are going to get there. Without clear direction, it’s difficult or impossible to come up with an executable plan. It doesn’t matter if you are in the U.S, China, Russia or any other country. Clarity of direction is the start of creating and running a successful company.
I didn’t completely miss out on Thanksgiving. A group of expats had a turkey brought from the U.S. through Shanghai and made a traditional Thanksgiving dinner of which I was able to participate. And it was delicious. I also ate too much.
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