The China Flexpat podcast interviews professionals in China to help people from all over the world find the best jobs in China.
We uncover myths and show the truth about challenges and opportunities when looking for a life in the Middle Kingdom.
Flexpats are like expats, but flexible. Highly interested in China's business world, culture, people and language but without the backing of a multinational company that provides large salary packages.
We want to show you how you can become a well paid and happy China flexpat with the right skills and mindset.
#66 All you need to know to become an expat yourself with Thomas Neubert
Thomas Neubert is leading a local Chinese sales team at Grob Machine Tools China. They are selling world class, high tech 5-axis machine tools as well as manufacturing and assembly systems, mostly for the automotive and aerospace industry. Combining the cultural advantages of German and Chinese culture in the sales team is a key challenge in his daily work. In this episodes, Thomas shares his unique insights in his work and life in a Chinese 2nd tier city, Dalian. Additionally he will give advice on how to enter the fast growing Machine tool industry and how to become an expat for a foreign company.
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#65 Flexpats should learn from Chinese returnees, so-called "Haigui"
Many industries, including strategy consulting, is more mature in Europe than in China. In many cases, European business models have been transferred to China - along with expats to build organizations.
Europe-experienced Chinese professionals return to China in order to establish European culture and processes in their home market.
"Returnees": The huge benefit is the language and culture barrier. They speak both English and Chinese, in some cases a third language, such as French or German. They can "read the air" in China, as it is their home market.
Shengyun (Alex) Lu sharing his story and advice - how he made it to partner in a Chinese consulting firm, how he wins business from both international and Chinese customers and how he builds his Chinese team and establishes an international culture.
What can flexpats learn from returnees? Respect both cultures push and speak up (European way) or adapt and confirm (Chinese way).
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#64 Leadership episode: How to build a global business based in China with Andy Klump
Andy Klump is a renewable energy executive with 20 years of solar energy, storage, and technology experience. He has been living and working in China since 2002. He is the founder, owner, and CEO of Clean Energy Associates, a solar energy and storage technical due diligence and engineering services firm with a presence in 13 countries with over 170 employees. Developing his company, he has hired many flexpats over the years and knows exactly how and why foreigners should work in China. That's what you'll learn in this leadership episode.
Connect with Andy Klump on LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/aklump/
Visit his company's website: https://www.cea3.com
#63 Portuguese Special: Conciliando trabalho, estudos e família na China
Como fazer um balanço saudável entre trabalho, estudos e família? Afinal, tudo acontece muito rápido na China e as cobranças são altas! Diante de pessoas que estão sempre a procura de perfeição e excelentes resultados, é preciso ter estratégia e muita disposição!
Neste episódio focado no público brasileiro, falaremos sobre o ritmo de trabalho e como o networking é diferente no Brasil e na China. Também falaremos de oportunidades de atuação na área de relações internacionais e como falar o mandarim te coloca em posição de tomador de decisão, e não um mero expectador.
Siga o Rodrigo no Linkedin: https://www.linkedin.com/in/rodrigo-moura-7630224b/
#62 Leadership episode: How to develop consulting businesses in China with Michael Teubenbacher
Michael Babilon-Teubenbacher has been working in the context of China for 10 years and has vast experience in driving transformation and change as well as developing leaders and organizations in an international context, specifically at the interface between China and Germany.
Having arrived in China in 2011 for a 3-month consulting project, China has not let go of him. After successfully developing one project into an automotive account, he drove the setup of a local legal entity and finally returned to China as CEO in 2017. Since then he has been driving the localization of the consultant team and together with this team successfully diversified the client base across the automotive industry and beyond into automotive supply, lighting, automation and more.
This is what you'll learn:
1. Why China continues to stay attractive
2. How to grow a team in China
3. Consulting industry in China – amongst multinational as well as local companies
4. Motivating and retaining a diverse team of consultants
5. How to develop business in China, specifically in the consulting industry
6. Why focus needs to be on specific competencies, not on nationalities
7. Which opportunities do exist for Flexpats
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#61 Understanding China with Frank Sieren
Frank Sieren is a bestselling author, documentary film maker (ARD and ZDF) and China specialist for various German newspapers and magazines. He has been living in Beijing / China since 1994. The London Times calls him "a leading China expert in Germany." In this episode Frank shares his bird's eye perspective on the labor market for foreigners in China and delivers a very clear message: Get unique skills and see the world through Chinese eyes if you want to get a job and succeed in the Middle Kingdom.
Key learnings in 30 minutes:
If you’re highly specialised in key technologies, you can make demands.
In more traditional fields it’s becoming more difficult.
Westerners in China need to see the world through Chinese eyes and history.
In the past, the west has set the tone in business. That changed.
Shenzhen beats Silicon Valley in many ways.
Now is the time to copy from China while sticking to our values.
Follow Frank on LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/frank-sieren-0123056b/
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Excellent advice and perspectives
Many people don’t understand the intricacies of China, especially in the world of business. This podcast interviews guests that have the unique combination of years (often decades) of time spent in China along with extensive experience in business to provide practical tips to help you navigate the China business landscape more effectively! Highly recommend!