This article describes management and business strategy while working with Asian employees. Asians love challenges as they think it is their job. If fact, they are so good at what they do that if there is no challenge, they feel they are not justifying their salaries. Experts highlight that informal meetings do three things: They break Asian taboos on business meeting protocol; they put us at a disadvantage because Asians are strategic thinkers, focused on the long term; they ignore the fact that Asians do not tolerate mistakes for all sorts of cultural reasons. Asians don’t have the mentality that if something goes sideways in a meeting, they’ll fix it on the spot. They don’t like to make mistakes in the first place. One of the best ways to stand out from the competition is to come to meetings prepared to do business the Asian way. There are five steps to follow: plan with the long term in mind; spend time on the details; come prepared to discuss potential problems; project potential risks into the future; and build consensus with others on your team prior to the formal meeting to present a common front.

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