So having moved back to Asia … we proceeded to do the normal things that people do when the return to the region they love:
- we found a house to rent and then we moved in.
- we moved in
- we started unpacking
- we started telling our friends that we were back in the region
About a week after we started telling people we were back, one of my good friends in Asia – James Treanor – called me explaining that he’d found “the perfect job for me” and it was in Guangzhou, China.
I thought, obviously, that if it were truly the perfect job, it would be down the street from me in Taichung.
I agreed, mostly due to his persistence, to do a phone interview. After a three hour phone interview with the owner, I agreed to fly to Hong Kong to do an in-person interview.
I spent essentially two days discussing concept, process, and desired outcomes with the owner. While the position put me in Guangzhou for great periods of time, I discussed it with Charlene. We both agreed that it is a fantastic opportunity… as it provides me all of the things that I personally seek to do:
- help other people in their professional careers
- help grow a company that is at a plateau
- help the reputation & future of industry in China
- provide top quality professional services
- travel to new, cool places and work with the local populace
I started work in early October – and tried to work to the plan which I’ve used in the past:
- First 30 days = Don’t Rock The Boat –> Analyze, Ask Positive Focused Questions, Observe. Don’t hire / fire anyone
- Second 30 days = Collaborative Shifts –> Work with Small teams on implementation of items which improve the existence of current employees
- Third 30 days = Roll Out the First 1 Year Plan
I’m not sure how I’m doing – but I assume okay. As I’m working / living in China, I certainly don’t want to be known as a maverick / loose canon.
As to work, I truly feel a passion for what we’re doing –> it’s not everyday that one can work in the social responsibility industry (meaning you’re paid to make sure that capitalistic relationships result in not only profits, but in the worker’s enabling the relationship receive their fair of the deal).
The only down side is that my family is in Taiwan while I’m in PRC.