Honest Inquiry Interview: Zheng Bing

Honest Inquiry Interview: Zheng Bing

Madame Zheng Bing was voted as one of the top 10 rural entrepreneurs in China in 2008 for her visionary leadership of the Puhan Cooperative and the notable socio-economic benefits realised by its members.

Madame Zheng was a primary school teacher in Zhaizhi village, Puzhou township, Yongji, Shanxi Province in China before she started organising farmers’ training in 1998. Deeply committed to promoting the intrinsic value of rural communities, under her leadership, Puhan developed into a service oriented multi-functional cooperative with a strong focus on rural regeneration to creating liveable villages.

This Honest Inquiry Interview highlights much of Madame Zheng Bing’s leadership in practice and contains gems of wisdom highly relevant not just to rural entrepreneurs but to leaders of business, government and civil sector organisations as well.

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Honest Inquiry Interview: Po Chung (Part 2 of 2): Hong Kong, China & the wider region

Honest Inquiry Interview: Po Chung (Part 2 of 2): Hong Kong, China & the wider region

The Honest Inquiry Interview Series: A conversation with Po Chung, Part Two: "Hong Kong, China and the wider region". China has focused on doing things right – getting things done effectively, efficiently, and cheaply. As we’ve seen from the “Made in China” phenomenon, this doesn’t yet mean that they are leading in the more valuable, services-driven upstream and downstream activities, like R&D, brand-building, and advertising. Recall that Hong Kong is still one of the pillars of the financial and service economy – it is part of the New York, London and Hong Kong trio that provides 24 hours of continuous services. Hong Kong is home to over 1000 regional headquarters, overseeing an eight-hour time zone stretch between New York and London.

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Honest Inquiry Interview: Po Chung (Part 1 of 2): On Leadership

Honest Inquiry Interview: Po Chung (Part 1 of 2): On Leadership

This Honest Inquiry Interview features the legendary Hong Kong business leader and co-founder of DHL International, Po-yang Chung (a.k.a Po Chung).

In 1972, Mr Chung founded DHL Hong Kong, which was the territory’s first international air express company. He remained as Chairman until 2001, following the acquisition of DHL by Deutsche Post.

As Chairman of Hong Kong Institute of Service Leadership & Management, Mr Chung has been dedicated in large part to advocating and promoting a service leadership mindset applicable to the 21st Century, which has evolved from manufacturing to service-dominated economies, by nurturing and educating leaders and young generations to lead with Care, Character and Competence.

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Honest Inquiry Interview: Jean-Pierre Lehmann (Part 2 of 2): On Global Awareness

Honest Inquiry Interview: Jean-Pierre Lehmann (Part 2 of 2): On Global Awareness

The Honest Inquiry Interview Series: A conversation with Jean-Pierre Lehmann

Part Two – On Global Awareness

If you want to make a short-term killing in a particular market, global awareness and understanding are NOT necessary.

If however, you see a business not just as a short-term profit-making operation, but as a living organism composed of and dealing with human beings, it is vital to understand societies, to be able to empathise with what drives people, and thereby to enrich not only your bottom line, but your culture and humanity.

There are other fundamental shifts, including geopolitical, environmental and digital, but the thread that is intimately linked to all of them are the radical unprecedented demographic transformations.

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Honest Inquiry Interview: Jean-Pierre Lehmann (Part 1 of 2): Leadership Learning

Honest Inquiry Interview: Jean-Pierre Lehmann (Part 1 of 2): Leadership Learning

The Honest Inquiry Interview Series is a new feature on the GIFT Blog. Interviews showcase fresh, external perspectives on leadership learning, breakthrough business thinking and global change-drivers.

The inaugural Interview features long-time GIFT supporter and founding member of our Global Advisory Council, Professor Jean-Pierre Lehmann. Jean-Pierre is emeritus professor at IMD, Lausanne, Switzerland, where he was appointed to the chair of international political economy in 1997.

He has worked intensively and extensively across Asia for 50 years. He is founder of the Evian Group, an international coalition of corporate, government and opinion leaders united by a vision of enhancing global prosperity for the benefit of all. He is a visiting professor at the University of Hong Kong and at NIIT University in Neemrana, Rajasthan, India. (photo courtesy of Bright Hong Kong )

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