The Hong Kong waterfront at night is one of the great views of Asia and the Asia business landscape. All those rippling neon lights and iconic buildings: IM Pei’s Bank of China, Norman Foster’s Hongkong Bank, the Star Ferries[...]..
[APEC CEO Summit 3, Bali Indonesia]: Here amidst the perfume of frangipani and mimosa, next to the gamelan gongs and the temple, I have a moment to tell you a little more of what I learned here. First: Cross-border expansion[...]..
[APEC CEO Summit 2, Bali Indonesia]: Here we are amidst the frangipani and sound of the gamelan, near one of the countless temples on Bali, looking back over the APEC CEO Summit. One of the things that most struck me[...]..
[APEC CEO Summit 1, Bali Indonesia]: The talk at this gathering of the leaders of 21 Asia Pacific economies in Bali, Indonesia was largely about economic cooperation and free trade frameworks for the region going forward. As Secretary John Kerry[...]..
It’s not very often that you get an opportunity to listen to and share the insights of the world’s top business, government and thought leaders. Especially all in one place. And especially when that place is one of the world’s[...]..
MYANMAR (BURMA) is a hugely promising, but also hugely challenging market that requires patience, commitment and physical presence on the ground. It’s not a market that will reward a lazy approach to business, or a gung-ho, winner-takes-all attitude. Many of[...]..
EVERY COUNTRY in Asia is a challenge. It’s tempting to think you can automatically apply the knowledge gained about one Asian business culture to another. But it’s not as easy as that. If you have the skills and focus, if[...]..
THE PHILIPPINES, once considered the 'sick man of Asia', posted 7.8% growth in 2013 and overtook China to become the fastest growing economy in Asia. However, according to a recent report by the International Finance Corp and the World Bank,[...]..
ONE OF THE MOST common misunderstandings I hear about when consulting with non-Asian clients concerns silence. The silence that follows on emails with potential Asian clients; the silence during or following a business presentation in Asia; the silence when asking[...]..
THE ONLY WAY to truly understand the Chinese business world is through regular visits, or even better extended stays and/or continuous presence. China is not a market (or more correctly, many markets) that will reward a lazy approach to business.[...]..