Will Blogging Too Openly Hurt My Future Business Relationships????

In social media by Michael Michelini5 Comments

Blogging that I’m closing my first e-commerce business was a little hard, and as an active blogger I had a few choices: I could have either not bloggeed about it, hoped no one would ask Transferred it to someone else and maybe said it was sold for something big, or merged. And then have to train / transfer the new …

Great Experience At China Merchants Bank! (yes, seriously!)

In china business by Michael Michelini0 Comments

No, I am not being sarcastic. And no, I did not receive any bribe or Red Envelopes or endorsements to say good things about a Chinese state operated bank! I was an idiot, when I was paying my Dave Ho monthly rent, I turned back to pass him the cash and walked away from the ATM! In China, the card …

Latest on the Philippines Drama…

In philippines business by Michael Michelini2 Comments

As a followup to the post opening up about staff problem in the Philippines where it was rumored a staff, the scholar, was hiding her pregnancy from us….and she has been missing a few weeks now, and while there aren’t any comments on the post, I received a lot of private feedback from business associates, other staff, friends, and mentors. …

Why Chinese Don’t Reply To Many Emails…

In china business by Michael Michelini10 Comments

I remember being “on the other side”, the American in USA, not having been to China and not really understanding the daily life of a Chinese businessperson, in a Chinese office. I would get sooo annoyed when people wouldn’t reply to my emails. And I’ll admit it, I had that common misunderstanding that China was still rice fields and farmland….maybe …

Single Moms In The Philippines

In philippines business by Michael Michelini51 Comments

As I bounce around Philippines, Hong Kong, and China, I so constantly run into single Filipino mothers working to support their children and family. I think its the biggest problem in the Philippines, and its a deep rooted problem that I wonder if I am even qualified enough to blog about…I will try my best to explain my perspective. During …

Blog Like No One Is Watching

In family friends, motivation by Michael Michelini7 Comments

I have been behind on my blogging. A bit discouraged, in a transitional state of business and life. To top that off, overwhelmingly getting people and articles telling me to focus and that this blogging is sucking up too much time and not worth the effort. But I enjoy to blog, so who cares what others may think. Maybe its …

But Mike, You Cannot Live Like Them, You Were Not Born Chinese

In china business by Michael Michelini2 Comments

I talk a lot, I am open about my life and let others give input to help me make decisions, and the blog title today “But Mike, You Cannot Live Like Them, You Were Not Born Chinese” comes from a recent meeting with my friend, who i will hold back on revealing their identity. And yes, living in China (Asia) …

Factory Power Outages, A Reality Of Chinese Factories

In china business by Michael Michelini5 Comments

Just another struggle with Chinese factory life…not sure if people here know, but due to high energy consumption and limited capacity of factories in China – they turn off power in certain factories. This is not the choice of the factory, but instead the local or province government forcing this to happen in order to prevent power outages (blackouts, brownouts) …

Happy Mothers Day! Miss Mom and Nana!

In family friends by Michael Michelini4 Comments

You know whats the hardest things you sacrifice when doing business overseas? Some may think the hardest things about doing business overseas would be language, culture shock, risks of not knowing people as well as your hometown / country…..nope, by far its the separation from your family, especially your mom and dad. The connection you have with your mom – …

Return of the Geeks, Have Their Fun Later in Life

In usa by Michael Michelini0 Comments

I consider myself always as semi geek, semi cool…..I played on both sides when in high school, and learned to be flexible and deal with many personalities. I am not afraid to make fun of myself, maybe its a sign I’m getting old! I also blogged about how us “social media” online people are a bunch of nerds! There have …

Managing When Everyone Wants to be a Freelancer!

In business by Michael Michelini14 Comments

Seriously today’s world is changing so quickly world is flat, technology is moving at lightening speed with tablets and mobile technology replacing the need for laptops (never mind archaic desktops!), coworking is the new modern office, and everyone is a independent contractor and freelancer! I have always wondered this since my day job at Deutsche Bank…so many people were not …

Example of Miscommunication & Culture Differences in America & China

In china business by Michael Michelini3 Comments

So the roadtrip yesterday was fun….up until about 1 hour before I had to arrive at the VIP dinner for speakers and guests….We were so late, so lost, and under pressure, it took from 9:30am to 8:30pm (almost 12 hours!) to drive from Dongguan, China to Xiamen, China! Unreal…… Well, I documented it while on my mobile phone last night, …