Posts From John Lombard

All For One, And One For All

The extent to which the Middle Kingdom is a collectivist or an individualist culture is not as straightforward as it seems. And, as ever, things are constantly changing. Fame can

不要随便说Hello

习惯了某种生活方式之后,要改变成另一种生活方式特别困难。这个月,请接受一种新的生活方式,丰富您和周围中国人的关系。

Random Hellos

When accustomed to living and giving one way, it’s tough to change to another. This month, accept a new way of enriching your Chinese relationships. Every expat knows that moment

China: The Early Years

When accustomed to living and giving one way, it’s tough to change to another. This month, accept a new way of enriching your Chinese relationships. When I was a kid,

The Bit About Give and Take

When accustomed to living and giving one way, it’s tough to change to another. This month, accept a new way of enriching your Chinese relationships. Not that long ago, I

Negotiation, China Vs. The West

Negotiation, China Vs. The West Negotiating in China can be an exercise in frustration. They don’t give you the information you ask for. Or they give you information, but it’s

My First Step to Blending In

Question: John, I really enjoy your column, and have learned a lot from it, especially relating the mistakes that you have made, and how you learned from them. What was

Call for Back Up

In 1998, I got my first big cross-cultural consulting job in China. I was hired by a 5-star Chinese-owned hotel in Qingdao to help them understand how to upgrade their

Follow Up

As local talent pools increase and companies begin hiring management from their ranks, working within and understanding cultural divides becomes ever more critical. This month—Flattery is a part of life,

Why Do They Do That?

This month we’re taking a different direction as we look at common problems or mistakes that Chinese make in building relationships or making friends with those expats from Western cultures.