July 18, 2005

News & Opinion: Examples from Abroad

By: Dylan Schleicher @ 8:02 PM – Filed under: Management & Workplace Culture

If you want a guaranteed way to get mentioned on the 800-CEO-READ blog, write a book with examples and anecdotes from outside the United States. Simply Better did a good job with that last year.

Today I am going to point you to Made in China: What Western Managers Can Learn from Trailblazing Chinese Entrepreneurs by Donald Sull with Yong Wang. My first attraction to the book with the idea of learning about how Chinese start-ups get their start. The authors have built the book around some interesting ideas. Here are the main chapter headings:
  • Meet the Players
  • Acknowledge the Fog of the Future
  • Conduct Reconaissance Into the Future
  • Outcycle the Competition
  • Develop a Flexible Hierarchy
  • Manage Relationships Dynamically
  • Go For The Gold
  • Get Big Right
  • Leading in an Unpredictable Way

The real question for you on this book is how many of the companies listed below do you recognize:
  • Legend Group Ltd.
  • Sina Corporation
  • Haier Group
  • Guangdong Galanz
  • UTStarcom
  • AsiaInfo Holdings
  • Hangzhou Wahaha Group
  • Ting Hsin Group

That's what I thought. You better pick this book up.

About Dylan Schleicher

Dylan Schleicher has been a part of the 800-CEO-READ claque since 2003. Even though he's stayed on at the company, he has not stayed put. After beginning in shipping & receiving, he joined customer service and accounting before moving into his current, highly elliptical orbit of duties overseeing the ChangeThis and In the Books websites, the company's annual review of books and in-house design. He lives with his wife and two children in the Washington Heights neighborhood on Milwaukee's West Side.