The Chinese Secrets for Success with YuKong Zhao
YuKong Zhao the author of The Chinese Secrets for Success: Five Inspiring Confucian Values and an expert in China business and strategic development at Siemens Corporation joins Enterprise Radio.
Listen to host Eric Dye & guest YuKong Zhao discuss the following:
- Today, we have two important phenomena. Internationally, we have the “rise of China.” China has achieved a rapid economic growth over the last three decades and its economy is expected to surpass the US in a decade or so. In the US, in 2012 Pew Research Center issues the report “The Rise of Asian Americans,” which applauded Asian Americans as “the highest-income, best-educated and fastest growing racial group in the US.” Your book is the first one to link the two successes and explains the cultural factors/secrets behind these successes. Can you tell us more?
- When people talk about a book regarding Confucian values, Confucianism, people tend to think it is a book about religion or philosophy. How did you handle this topic differently so a mainstream audience could understand these cultural values and benefit from them?
- In your book, you introduce five inspiring Confucian values, as the Chinese success secrets? What are they? How are they related to our modern society?
- I know entrepreneurship has been booming in China after Deng Xiaoping implemented the Open and Reform Policy. Can you give me a few other examples of Chinese entrepreneurs in the US and around the world?
- Sounds like a lot of Chinese have benefited from the Confucian values. Can you let our audience know how entrepreneurs can apply the five Confucian values to make them successful?
- You have bi-cultural living experience across China and the US. If I ask you to pick the strengths from both American culture and Confucian values, what would you pick?
- Can you give a tip to our audience, our entrepreneurs and families?
YuKong Zhao is an expert in China business and strategic development at Siemens Corporation. He was the Director of China Business Development from October 2007 to March 2013, and the Director of Strategic Planning and Business Development of Siemens Power Generation Group in China from May 2005 to September 2007. Currently, he is the Director of Global Planning at Siemens Energy Inc.
Before moving to US in 1992, Zhao was an industrial strategist at Institute of Management & Policy, the Chinese Academy of Sciences (CAS) in Beijing. He received the honorable “Science & Technology Progress Award” from CAS, and published one book: Mining Cities in China: Structural Reform and Sustainable Development, which was selected into the preeminent Young Scientists Series in China.
As a renowned expert, Zhao was invited by the Foreign Expert Administration of China, Peking University, Southern USA Federation of Chinese Professional Associations, and various Chinese and US organizations to provide management consulting, and to give speeches in various conferences. In 2001 he was interviewed by Mr. Wen Jiabao, then the Deputy Premier of China, and was interviewed by the Chinese Central Radio Station in 2004 as a successful overseas Chinese.
He received an international MBA Degree from the University of South Carolina in 1996 as the best foreign student of the top ranked program in the US. In 1986 he received a Bachelor of Science Degree in Nuclear Electronics from the University of Science & Technology of China.
Zhao grew up in a Confucianism-influenced family in China. He was particularly influenced by his grandfather, a former elementary school principal who practiced Confucian teachings. During his 17-year stay in the US, Zhao participated in many US-China activities. His experience and the social circle in which he lived provided him with great insights into the successful elements of Chinese and American cultural values.