The August edition of Centered on Taipei magazine is now out, and in it is my latest Ask Taiwanxifu article. This one was a little controversial. At least I think so. I addressed an issue of why some (foreign) managers sometimes believe that their Taiwanese staff lack initiative.
There are probably many managers — in Taiwan and elsewhere — who complain that their staff don’t show initiative. But the controversial thing is that many foreign managers in Taiwan complain about this in relation to their Taiwanese staff, and in particular note that almost every little decision is delegated upwards for approval. And I also believe that most Taiwanese staff themselves feel stuck in a hierarchical and bureaucratic cycle, and long to be able to approach their work with greater autonomy.
The solution? Read my article on page 32 for some suggestions to enhance communication.
Have you experienced this cross-cultural issue? And have you tried any of these strategies? What works?