4 By Yue-er Luo, Erik Duerring, William Byham, and The DDI China Team, DDI Press, 256 pp., $30
Assignment to the Chinese mainland in a leadership role can be the most challenging, yet rewarding, assignment of your career. However, managing a team in China will be complex and must be approached with sensitivity and knowledge. What you know works effectively in the West may or may not work well for a culture vastly different from your own. How can you prepare for your assignment? Who is the Chinese employee? What is an effective management style, and how can you successfully coach your team and manage its performance?
"Leadership Success in China: An Expatriate's Guide" is a practical book written by those with the experience and insight into China for professionals—executives, managers, and human resources personnel—who are going to be on assignment in mainland China. The book offers examples of where Western business practices can be applied and where other techniques are a better cultural fit. It is a valuable tool for the professional ready to embark on an assignment to mainland China, and can help provide a rewarding opportunity, both professionally and personally, while abroad. Having worked in mainland China, I wish I could have read this book then—it would have helped better prepare me for my assignment. I'm glad it's now available for you.