WORLD LEADERS at the G8 Summit two years ago praised the Japanese Premier Shinzo Abe’s "Abenomics", his proposals for relaunching the Japanese economy and opening up Japan to more foreign investment. It sounded great at the time -- for Japan's[...]..
HAVE YOU THOUGHT about launching or developing your business in Asia but you can't seem to fully grasp the way business is done? Are you already operating in one Asian country but you're worried about getting into the business culture[...]..
ONE THING differentiates almost all Western business people that are successful in Asia, including Thailand. They’ve learned to see the culture of the country in which they’re a visitor from another viewpoint to their own. For example, doing business in[...]..
I was checking out some TED talks the other day and I came across this one by Hans Rosling, a Swedish professor of global health and a famous statistician, speaker and author. His speciality is dispelling common myths about the[...]..
Hard sell or cold calling techniques can work very well when you are in your “comfort zone” or sales territory. You might be able to pass the “gate keeper” or even to convince the initially hostile client of the beauty[...]..
I often find client’s eyes glazing over when I talk about business etiquette, and their eyes close completely when I go on to business etiquette in Asia. It sounds so boring, doesn’t it? ‘Etiquette’ suggests the position of knives and[...]..
Sometimes even people who have lived and worked in the country complain that doing business in Japan is like trying to read Emoticons without knowing what they mean. You’re never quite sure what’s going in in a business meeting, presentation[...]..
Indonesia is a collection of over 13,500 islands with an overall population of some 242 million people, the fourth largest in the world. Business people in developed countries tend to ignore Indonesia, preferring to concentrate on the vast markets of[...]..
It is a commonly held belief in Western countries that gender equality has a poor record in Asian cultures. Women in Asia business are supposedly given far less respect and attention than in many Western countries. Confucianism dictates that women[...]..
THE GREAT SOUTHERN GATE to the city of Seoul is officially called ‘Sungnyemun’ in Korean, which can be translated as The Gate of Exalted Ceremonies or sometimes The Gate of Courtesy and Respect. If you’re kicking off business in South[...]..