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Are you a 'China Expat' or leader doing business in China? How you ever been frustrated managing Chinese employees, working with Chinese suppliers/partners, or developing the 'Guanxi' relationships necessary to get things done in China? Would you like to be able to solve your own China Leadership Dilemmas (CLDs)? In this series of FREE Zoom Webinars, Gene J. Hsu, creator and host of the CLD Podcast, China Expat, cross-cultural performance instructor, PMS consultant, and entrepreneur in China will present CHINA BUSINESS 101 in 8 Common Business Engagements. Each session will include: • CASE STUDY!!! NEW!!! • Biggest Misperceptions • Greatest Challenges • Common Mistakes • Killer Tips • LIVE Q&A WHO SHOULD REGISTER China expats and business leaders who have significant exposure with Chinese stakeholders. Global managers that deal with local Chinese partners. Individuals that want to develop essential soft skills for doing business in multicultural business environments. WHAT ATTENDEES WILL LEARN (GAIN) • Learn the major cultural dichotomies between China and the West and how to successfully navigate them. Avoid stepping on a cultural landmine! • Understand Chinese culture and discover how to create real guanxi relationships that minimize friction and accelerate growth and profitability • Discover your own myopia to avoid lost revenue, wasted expenditures, and a negative reputation for yourself and your business • Learn about the GUANXI Engine that empowers all relationships in China, understand Chinese giving and receiving of FACE in the proper cultural context, and develop a framework for achieving more favorable outcomes across all business and personal engagements MINDSET FOR CHINA BUSINESS (SCHEDULE) 9:00am CST on July 26 -- China Business 101 & Cross-Cultural Performance 9:00am CST on August 9 -- Communications 101 9:00am CST on August 23 -- Negotiations 101 9:00am CST on September 6 -- Aligning Objectives 101 9:00am CST on September 20 -- Partnering 101 9:00am CST on October 4 -- Team Building 101 9:00am CST on October 18 -- Chinese Consumers 101 9:00am CST on November 1 -- Leadership 101 9:00am CST on November 15 -- Chinese Employees 101 REGISTRATION All attendees must register online. All registered attendees will be emailed a private Zoom link prior to each session. After each webinar, registered attendees will also receive a PDF summary of each lesson. One-time registration grants access to all nine webinars and all accompanying documentation. NOTE: This webinar will be hosted via Zoom. You will need a good internet connection and microphone/headphones to interact and ask questions. From China, 4G cellular typically works better than Wifi.

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The China Leadership Dilemma Podcast ( is live on iTunes!

This podcast, along with a BOOK entitled The China Leadership Dilemma ( to be released later this year, CLD NATION ( (Facebook Group), and CLD Podcast YouTube Channel (, all serve my mission to help more leaders and foreign executives solve their China Leadership Dilemmas (CLDs), which are unexpected disappointments cause by myopia, lack of awareness, and unknown unknowns.

I hope you will join me on a journey to develop the Essential Soft Skills That Matter (ESSTM) and make adjustments to your AMA Values (attitude, mindset, approach) to influence perceptions and thereby outcomes in all cross-cultural engagements.

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Cross-Cultural Performance Forum was started in 2015 when I was living in Shanghai. Now that I've moved back to the US, I hope to continue delivering value around the original mission of this Meetup group, so we have moved online.
Cross-Cultural Performance Forum is now affiliated with CLD NATION, a community of companions dedicated to assisting one another on a journey towards cross-cultural performance mastery.

A China Leadership Dilemma or CLD results when we experience an unexpected disappointment because prior ways of thinking, working, and behaving did not lead to the intended positive reactions nor expected outcomes for any cross-cultural engagement, and they are symptoms of myopia, unknown unknowns, and a lack of awareness and empathy.

If you believe greater cultural awareness and "soft skills" might lead to more positive outcomes, personally and professionally, we welcome you to join this group to learn, share, and prepare … to explore, develop, and network ... to begin a journey to solve your own CLDs.


This Meetup group is part of EME Meetup Events, which held its first event in Shanghai, China in 2015. We have since grown to over 7,000+ members and 200+ events hosted. (Orange County, USA) (Shanghai, China)

These events are sponsored by EME China Consultants ( (


We are physically located in Shanghai (China) and Irvine, California (USA), but our mission for Meetups, CLD NATION, and Free CHINA BUSINESS 101 lessons is to connect more people globally.


We are always looking for partners, sponsors, contributors, event organizers, and affiliates. Past EME Meetup Events were always organized with the assistance of interns and marketing affiliates, and we are always looking for passionate individuals to join our marketing team.


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