06 | 2014 | Leaders of Tomorrow

Fresh Perspectives on Leadership

"This issue of German Chamber Ticker aims to provide some insight into the art and science of leadership. It will delve deeply into topics such as what makes a good leader, how to find a good leader, and, most importantly, how a competent leader can become truly world-class. This issue’s contributors take a diverse range of approaches to these topics, from how to communicate successfully as a leader, to the benefit of coaching within the intercultural context, to how the German dual vocational education system can lay the educational groundwork for tomorrow’s business leaders."

Christoph Angerbauer - General Manager, GCC Shanghai

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Cover Story 1 - Get to the Point

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The Art of Lean Communication

by MARY REZEK

Conciseness is your professional responsibility. Many consider it a skill that leaders need. Those seeking promotions must practice it as well. Though this may seem obvious, it requires constant discipline and diligence.

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Cover Story 2 - Jack of Four Trades, Master of All?

Dreamstime - Simon Kucher

Four Qualities that Future Managers Need to Lead

by PROF. DR. HERMANN SIMON and FAN CHEN

Leadership is undoubtedly one of the most important factors to make a company sustainably competitive: leaders are the source of a company’s success. Their skills enable their companies to climb to the top of their markets.

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Cover Story 3 - Coach for Success

Dreamstime - Koehler

How Coaching Helps to Bridge Cultural Boarders

by ROLF H. KOEHLER

German companies operate in China with great success. Well-known global players, medium and small sized enterprises have brought about German success stories in China.

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Cover Story 4 - A Good Hire is Hard to Find

What Western Companies Should Know About Recruiting in China

by JIM NELSON

Recruiting enterprise leaders in China is not easy. There are difficulties for both companies and candidates. However, though there are areas where caution is needed, there are also some secrets to turning this problem into an asset.

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Cover Story 5 - Theory and Practice

Educating Tomorrow's Leaders

by BRITTA BUSCHFELD

A shortage of fully trained and skilled personnel leads to a decline in the productivity, innovation capacity, and competitive ability of companies. The quality of education has a direct influence on a country’s economic success, because education is essential for companies and economies worldwide to develop and retain fully trained employees.

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Cover Story 6 - Worth Their Weight in Gold?

Is Chinese Productivity Keeping up with Wage Growth?

by JULIA WOLFFSON

Human resource related issues continue to be among the biggest challenges for German companies in China. Labor costs have been rapidly increasing, and companies continue to struggle to find and retain qualified staff.

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Cover Story 7 - Leading with Passion and Courage

Prof. Katherine Xin on Business Leaders

by ANNIKA BEIFUSS

Solving problems and making decisions, setting strategies, enhancing business skills and knowledge, demonstrating ethics and integrity; communicating effectively, developing others, valuing diversity and difference; these are just some of the things that we expect leaders to be capable of.

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In the Spotlight - Training, Learning and Growing - Interview with Mr. Klaus Dierkes, General Representative of HR Volkswagen Region China, amd Dr. Niels Bosse, Senior Director of Human Resources and Administration at Volkswagen Group China

Training , Learning and Growing

Interview with Mr. Klaus Dierkes, General Representative of HR Volkswagen Region China, Executive Vice President for HR, Organization & ITP, Volkswagen Group China, and Dr. Niels Bosse, Senior Director of Human Resources and Administration, Volkswagen Group China.

by ANNIKA BEIFUSS

Volkswagen Group China is the largest German carmaker in China, commanding an impressive slice of the Chinese automotive market with a 20.49% market share of all brands in 2013. The group has 18 companies in the country, undertaking parts delivery and service provision in addition to vehicle production, and currently employs approximately 84,000 people in 13 locations.

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Feature 1 - Shanghai FTZ - Legal Update FTZ - One Year On

One Year On

by DR. ULRIKE GLUECK and ADA TONG

On 29th September 2014, the Shanghai FTZ marked its first anniversary. According to the Shanghai Administration for Industry and Commerce, as of the middle of September 2014, around 12,000 enterprises had been newly established in the FTZ, around 14% of which are foreign invested enterprises (“FIEs”). 90% of the FIEs were established through recordal procedures.

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Feature 2 - Playing in the Big Leagues

China to Become World's Biggest Gaming Market in 2016

by WYBE SCHUTTE

The global video games market is likely to reach USD 108.5bn in 2017, expanding at a compound growth rate of 9.5% annually. During this period, the Chinese games market will continue to grow at an unprecedented rate, driven by online connectivity, economic growth, and surging consumer demand.

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Feature 3 - Sharing the Future: Perspectives on the Chinese Car Sharing Market

Perspectives on the Chinese Car Sharing Market

by ANDREAS MAENNEL

Innovative mobility concepts such as car sharing have disrupted the status quo of car ownership and car rental worldwide. As an exciting area of the growing "sharing economy," the interest in car sharing demonstrates a fundamental shift in consumer attitudes.

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Feature 4 - I, Kuka

Mr. Kong Bing on the Future of Robotics in China

by CAITLIN WAGGONER

From his start as a robot service engineer in a Nanjing automobile factory more than 20 years ago, to his position today as CEO of KUKA Robotics China, Mr. Kong Bing’s career has developed apace with one of China’s fastest growing industries.

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