I first came to Hong Kong on a secondment with PricewaterhouseCoopers and am now into my second period working in Asia.
Working in HR across global regions is exciting because of the market growth opportunity, broad cultural canvas and what you can learn from it.
Some of the HR challenges here are the same as those experienced by all HR leaders – understanding business needs and priorities, building trusted advisor relationships with leaders and working strategically to help define and lead business change. The special challenge of working in Asia comes from the complexity of dealing with markets at different stages of maturity and opportunity.
Hong Kong is an exciting place to live and work. As a mature but adaptable market, it has a key central role within the greater China region. To work here you need to adopt the best HR practices from the West to fit an Asian cultural context. You must also have the humility to realise what you don’t know and be able to build local relationships that can help to reduce this knowledge gap.