A Reflection From Beijing

Previously I gave my insight in my blog, about how the east is becoming stronger than the west. And how the acrobatic beijing is such a good example of money streaming outwords from the west and inwords to the east. Now with Chaoyang Theatre going stronger with three massive spectacles, per day.. we can see however that there is some unbalance in the works. Tourism is a good way to examine the wealth of the population, because only those who have extra to spend, travel. And tourism has it’s ups and downs according to the western economic situation. Acrobatics however, simirlarly makes your stomach go, up and down when watching the show.

Now the situation with tourism has significantly increased and the rest of the year seems more positive than the previous “not so positive” years. This is because the west and the east are dependant on each other. If money poors into the east, this is also benefitial to the western societies.

Instead of being scared, we should embrace this unbalanced influx. I think it shows us how in modern times, when we are becoming more and more dependant on each other. We need to think in ways that are more flexible, and give room for expantion, contraction.. between countries, within the country. The corporate model is no longer working for us, there needs to be more small players and the internet has revolutionized that all.

Why China kicks ass is that there, the small man has an opportunity like no other. The west dropped from that game when it went BIG and stopped supporting the foundations of the society. The “small man”. But no fear, the west is coming back and making room for more opportunities. They are just a little different and come in different shapes and forms. So it’s a good time to focus your direction on Beijing and see what good can we reflect to the west from that!

Even Toy Businesses Are Going Online

As we have seen a increased trend of businesses, going online for the past few years it hasn’t surprised at all. With building an online shop becoming easier and cheeper just about anyone can do it. However there are more borders to online shopping then the website and server it runs on. Despite these limits, they are being overcome too with increasing speed!

While buying clothes, shoes and accessories on the internet is common place already.. I was surprised to see children’s toys and games take over the business too. True, some of the toys being bought are brand toys that are already known. But according to the online shop retailer (and fellow career mom) “Emma Laine” from Finland, they have seen a huge increase in people doing “window shopping”, for toys.

Incredibly so, this means that children are doing toy shopping together with their parents on the computer. This is something remarkably different to normal shopping toy shopping behaviour. Such limits have been overcome with trust, both towards the customer and the online shop. While customers are able to return the goods easily and cost effectively, it is also considered by the store, that most customers are responsible enough not to make purchases without proper buying decision.

Business Going Strong in China

Many people see the growth of China and problems of growth.. however I see little talk about the internal problems Chinese people have inside the corporations. For one, I think there is often a fairly big problem with management within a company.

It’s like an air of confusion roams around a lot of chinese businesses. Unable to control things as a whole and grasp the managing part of it all. For this, nowadays a common help is recruiting foreigners to “keep things cool” so as to say.

Perhaps some have not noticed, but the only reason Chinese economy has been growing so rapidly is because of western colaboration. Yes, new “self sufficient” companies are emerging, and a lot of them in the country. Thanks to exchange students who come back to bring the trade of management amongst other skills. But nomatter how amazing companies there are nowadays, everything is totally dependent on this equation of bad Chinese management in colaboration with “good western”. What ever that is.

Food for thought. Dumplings for breakfast. –Judie

Comission a Way of Life in China

In the collective country of the peoples republic of China, there is a consensus that any benefit must be rewarded in one way or another. Knowing this rule, people tend to “get between things” in order to seek for that benefit. This notion has reached until the extent, that simply knowing about a business transaction might obligate the transactor to share a part of the profit.

This system is not all bad at all, at least compared to the western world. Similarly it attracts suspicious people who have no real interest in providing a real counterpart for the money. But that happens just about anywhere in the world.

You could think of it as “Chinese outsourcing”. One such interesting example is the Red Theatre in Beijing where most of the tickets to the show are sold by commission through different licensed travel agencies. This enables the theater to concentrate on what they do best, performing arts.

The turning point of this story is that while Chinese are considered greedy and money orientated. This actually shows unselfishness as such theaters or other venues, shops could actually get all this profit for themselves. The sense of sharing profit is actually quite astonishing and makes you think why the Chinese economy is painted black in western societies.

In my humble opinion, to put up an amazing show such as the one in red theatre without the greed of harvest all the possible profit and willingly sharing commission with everyone is rather impressive and admirable.

A Business in The Cloud

It has become increasingly evident that in modern day life technology has become an essential in managing a business. Moreover this technology must be connected to the internet in order to maximize the effects of benefit.

Known as “The Cloud” is a virtual computer environment that runs on a server machine and runs different tasks that can be used online. While traditionally internet servers were located in ones own business facilities, it is far more efficient to run these servers on the same computer.. usually located in a virtual machine server facility.

This kind of cloud server enables a company to run numerous tasks, such as a web server, mail server, book keeping, contacts and calendars all can be managed through it. The cost of such a setup is minimal in comparison with the costs of manual book keeping.

It’s incredible how the location is no longer important.. this server could be located in Finland while the business is in the united states. It doesn’t really matter as long as this virtual server has a proper connection to the internet.

Postagon Blog Tricked Their Customers to Forced Payment

I wanted to raise my voice a little bit about something I am very passionate about. It’s about methods how businesses lead their customers to a paying role.

Nowadays with increasingly many “free services” for different reasons.. it has become increasingly difficult for “payed services” to succeed. Taking the role of a payed service, many businesses want to invite their customers to join the services as a “free service”. Having engaged users into using the service, comes up the subject of possible or even mandatory payment.

There is nothing wrong with this in many cases and it can even increase the level of service since users can test out and get to know the service before fully engaging in it in payment form.

However unfortunately many businesses use this to trick their customers into paying. Perhaps the most increasingly popular method is starting up your business with a completely free service.

Only after the product has become very popular the company will declare that from a certain date, it’s users will have to pay for it. Already having used it for a significant amount of time, without paying one will loose the rights to the service.

And yes, I did recently come across one such shamefull company. The Postagon blogging service did exactly this.

My first response is to quit using the service, even though letting go is an annuancance and non-convenient. I encourage everyone else to do the same and not put up to this kind of appoling misbehavior!

The worst thing in the case of Postagon is that they claim as if they didn’t plan this from the very beginning. This is an absolute lie and an insult to their customers.

Can Chinese Career Culture Develop Through Beijing Opera

Reputation amongst the Peking Opera scene is a hard earned title, worth blood and sweat during years of disciplined training. There is a lot to learn from a career choice as such, however it is vital to recognize the negative aspects as well.

It is well known that such an old tradition is nothing light minded when it comes to theatre and  etiquette. A perfect example of such masterful performance is the the dazzling Beijing Opera at the Liyuan Theatre venue. There you can show the performers in their true element, which consists of discipline, structure as well as pride in a smooth artistic fashion.

Such an achievement is not always well understood in the western society. The key essence of it all is the unquestionable attitude of the practitioners. One must dedicate themselves to the teacher without any doubt in mind. This not only requires endurance but often requires the task of going against the will of the individual. Only after years of dedication, one can start to see what one has achieved. It is a solution based focus on life, only thinking in the current moment on how to keep on going with the task at hand. Beyond all this is the very last moment when the learning of the highest order becomes part of oneself. It is when you throw away all that you have learned in order to distance yourself from oneself. This is the hardest part of the process and the only way to truly walk you through the moment of realization, which ultimately makes you a master, a teacher of the Beijing Opera art.

Negativity however is often ignored in Chinese culture and can thus work against one self. Walking the path of life without a doubt works for as long as other people respect you. Sometimes at such circumstances there is a need to defend oneself incase of any wrongdoing from the part of others, usually even the people that are closest to you.

Understand the latter aspect of the learning process would truly enable to take Peking Opera into new heights of learning and development. Until such realization the performing art will remain as a look into the history of the Chinese culture and it’s people. A valuable form as such, but moving on could have great benefits to enrich Chinese career life in a form of culture and bring back the true beauty of Chinese opera.

Condeming Communism: Is the US Any Better

Take a common notion that communism is the worst possible system a government could have. Some even think that the nation of 1,3billion is the single biggest threat to the economies of this world. But is China rightfully condemned as such? Perhaps an answer lies in looking into your own belly and seeing if the democratic US really that much better.

The Chinese call themselves as Communist, but in fact they are some of the best capitalist in the world. You don’t have to look far to see that their position in a capitalist world is very strong and it is simply delusional to think that one could achieve such power without playing the capitalist game.

As for the US, they have abandoned old principals of a market economy, which are still used in the republic. Jim Rogers once stated that: “At the moment California is more communistic than China”. It is fair to say that his observation has only strengthened over the years.

While China could have been a great partner in creating balance in the world economy, it is know considered too late for west to be saved. Too long has the western powers been holding on to their believes on the corporation and according to some, this is where the great danger is lurking.

Corporations: The Good and the Bad

There are as many good corporations as there are bad ones. For the smaller it can be a challenge to learn from big corporations but very possible indeed.

The globe is still run by the big corporations and the phenomenon shows no signs of disappearance. The Chinese have shown the well. Because of their huge scope in size, in its safety they can make big investments where others cannot afford to.

When Chinese companies own all the ports in Africa and the railroads leading to them it is also those same moguls that get the profit. These kinds of scenarios are becoming a reality day by day. So instead of corporate power changing it is the ownership that changes. This contains the risk of power going to the hands of just a few people who run the show.

What the smaller companies are learning in return is to find different routes to power. I believe in one day people will have had enough and make use of true innovation.

Follow the story between China & Africa here.

An Artistic Approach to Asia

In aid to my approach to the asian corporate mogul, I have further started approaching the Asian art world. These are thoughts I have gathered so far.

An artwork from another culture is unknown, that’s why I think an attitude that you know nothing about it is the best approach. Once the knowledge of a foreign culture widens you can realize that it was true that you knew nothing about it beforehand. History, languages, religions and everything else that you encounter in a foregin culture are unknown. This makes it all exiting and exotic, worth learning.

Even though the world is globalizing through media and possibilities of travel, cultural differences are still standing and should be understood.

Asia is a huge area, where you have an enormous amount of people with an old cultural heritage. Europeans have stigma as a colonialist mindset as art has been long transported to European museums without permission. Still these explorers have done important documentation work of their findings. The modern day world has changed drastically and the west itself is becoming a sort of museum where the population decreases and ages as companies become less productive.

Asian countries have as much in common as much different in art. The understanding of art should have a certain level of cultural understanding. Asian art, especially in Japan has greatly influenced western art. Before historically and nowadays through the movements in popular trend. A good example is the Manga cartoon movement, which is thriving in the west.