Is China ready for global leadership?

  Much was made of President Xi Jing Ping’s address at Davos a few weeks back, extolling the virtues of globalisation in the face of increasing isolationism from Western governments.  Davos participants and the press made much of the ironies that such endorsement should come from the world’s largest communist party, marvelling at the extraordinary... Continue Reading →

Wake up France!

When I moved to France 6 years ago after 7 years of living in China, I got to know a young Chinese woman who managed the Louis Vuitton branch on the ground floor of Galeries Lafayette in Paris.  Married to a Frenchman and having lived here many years, she recounted to me how Chinese customers... Continue Reading →

Quality growth and true progress

A little while ago, I was asked to define what was meant by ‘quality growth’.  Here are my thoughts: In purely professional terms, in my view, 'quality growth' brings together a blended value proposition that has at its heart not only the triple bottom line – economic, social, environmental – but achieves these goals within... Continue Reading →

State of grace

I’ve been thinking a lot about grace recently.  Grace as a concept of forgiveness, redemption, of righting past wrongs and moving forward At the same time, I have been working to better understand ideas about beauty in relation to this idea of grace.  As a creative person and spiritual thinker, I see beauty and grace... Continue Reading →

Returning Home

Well, here I am, on the plane to Chengdu, my first trip back to China in over a year. I’ve missed the Hua Dan team.  It’s been a rocky road for all of us, in one way or another, and I’m eager to be together again, after so long.  I’m excited to be working with... Continue Reading →

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