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Talent Development Tip For China: Throw Them In The Deep End

As the Chinese saying goes, it takes a decade to grow trees, but a century to groom talent.”[tweet_quote display="Unfortunately, given the Chinese economy’s constant changes + fast-paced development, companies cannot wait that long"]Unfortunately, given the Chinese economy’s constant changes and fast-paced development, companies cannot wait that long.[/tweet_quote]

The situation is especially dire for foreign enterprises that design training programs from their far-away headquarters. They try a wide variety of methods to develop their top talent, such as sending high-performing junior managers to world-renowned business schools for systematic education, or inviting top-tier professors to organize various seminars. However, they have it all wrong.

One hundred senior enterprise managers across China were interviewed for the CEIBS Leadership Behavior Laboratory’s study on How to be Leaders in China.”

The survey found that the more effective path to grooming leadership in China is to adopt the War-Field model, which emphasizes the learn from doing” (or trial and error) approach, instead of the Greenhouse Model, which emphasizes systematic classroom-based training. The study found that foreign enterprises emphasize organizational leadership,” focusing on effective communication skills, conflict management, alignment and collaboration etc. whereas Chinese private enterprises emphasize entrepreneurial leadership”, embracing change and risk taking. Versatility is a fundamental trait if a leader is to be effective in an emerging market such as China. And foreign enterprises lag behind Chinese private enterprises in terms of developing versatile, entrepreneurial leaders.

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Source: Forbes - GAI






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