Ken Wilcox, former CEO of the Silicon Valley Bank and current Chairman of the Asia Society of Northern California has written a compelling and highly practical new book called Leading Through Culture: How Real Leaders Create Cultures That Motivate People To Achieve Great Things. Ken puts his book's principles to the test when he finds himself running a 50-50 joint venture bank in China. He discovers that American and Chinese business cultures, communication styles and visions are vastly different. American leaders inspire by painting a picture of the future where the company "wins". Chinese inspire by telling their employees about a path to personal enrichment. Chinese leaders prefer ambiguity and spontaneity. Americans want planning and precision. Enjoy Ken's war stories from the front and the delightful color commentary from Coco Kee who is intimately familiar with both sides of the Pacific (born in Fujian, educated at Peking University and now a New Yorker).
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