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Leigh Wedell

Visualize Your Day To Unlock Your Career

Visualize Your Day To Unlock Your Career

Visualize Your Day To Unlock Your Career

Visualize Your Day To Unlock Your Career

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Leigh Wedell

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October 11, 2018

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One normal day, as I was getting ready for the daily grind and bemoaning my unhappy lot at a job I didn’t like, it dawned on me that maybe I should question my overall career trajectory. We have all been there. So, like the good consultant that I am, I decided to outsource expertise and hire a life coach. Actually, I just googled “life coaches” and found someone with great reviews. Most importantly, I knew I needed a fresh perspective and some decision-making tools.

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Why Chinese Tourists Deserve Your Attention

Why Chinese Tourists Deserve Your Attention

Why Chinese Tourists Deserve Your Attention

Why Chinese Tourists Deserve Your Attention

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Leigh Wedell

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September 20, 2018

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For more than 20 years, I've worked with clients entering and expanding in the China market across all major business sectors and mainly Fortune 500 companies. Lately, there's been a major uptick in interest in capturing the China tourism market, and we have been working with new clients on how to tap into this formidable market

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New business rules for China's new era

New business rules for China's new era

New business rules for China's new era

New business rules for China's new era

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Leigh Wedell

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August 17, 2018

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President Xi Jinping is China’s great disruptor. Emboldened by decades of breakneck economic growth and fresh off a consolidation of power, President Xi’s vision for the “new era” is upending domestic and international norms to reshape how business is done in China.

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China's "green teams" wrap up two-year, nationwide inspection

China's "green teams" wrap up two-year, nationwide inspection

China's "green teams" wrap up two-year, nationwide inspection

China's "green teams" wrap up two-year, nationwide inspection

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Leigh Wedell

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February 9, 2018

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After two years traversing the country, China's green inspection teams are back in Beijing and the results are in: 2,900 businesses and more than 18,000 people have been held accountable for violating central-level edicts to clean up the environment. How did the "green teams" hit these staggering numbers?

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China’s green capacity challenge

China’s green capacity challenge

China’s green capacity challenge

China’s green capacity challenge

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Leigh Wedell

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December 20, 2017

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Last month I was asked by my former employer, the Paulson Institute (PI), to write a paper on how to build out Chinese capacity in green finance. PI launched a new series of papers tackling a number of key issues that if addressed could unlock the potential of green finance – which could be a game changer in China’s war on pollution.

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Poverty alleviation In China

Poverty alleviation In China

Poverty alleviation In China

Poverty alleviation In China

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Leigh Wedell

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November 13, 2017

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At the historic 19th Party Congress meeting earlier this month, Chinese President Xi Jinping talked about how China is entering a “new era” and can serve as a model for the developing world. In his sweeping three and a half hour address to the nation, he heralded their progress on achieving a “moderately prosperous society” and reaffirmed 2020 as the deadline for finally eradicating poverty.

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Xi Jinping tackles center-provincial relations

Xi Jinping tackles center-provincial relations

Xi Jinping tackles center-provincial relations

Xi Jinping tackles center-provincial relations

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Leigh Wedell

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November 7, 2017

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The officials serving in China’s provinces have a saying to characterize their relationship with Beijing: “The sky is high and the emperor is far away.” This ancient adage means that officials customarily have plenty of leeway to conduct their business and implement the policies that are passed down from on high.

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Xi and his leading small groups

Xi and his leading small groups

Xi and his leading small groups

Xi and his leading small groups

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Leigh Wedell

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October 26, 2017

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President Xi is building out his preferred policy making platform: the leading small groups. During this week’s historic 19th Party Congress, Mr. Xi added four new leading groups to his current roster of 26, of which he presides over eight, more than any of his predecessors.

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Auspicious 8: A primer on how the chinese system really works

Auspicious 8: A primer on how the chinese system really works

Auspicious 8: A primer on how the chinese system really works

Auspicious 8: A primer on how the chinese system really works

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Leigh Wedell

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August 29, 2017

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Chinese President Xi Jinping may be disrupting many of China’s old rules in order to solidify his power in advance of all-important 19th National Congress of the Communist Party of China coming up this October, but the fundamentals of how the Chinese system functions in practice (rather than in theory) remain intact.

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Cities and the environment anchor the U.S.-China relationship

Cities and the environment anchor the U.S.-China relationship

Cities and the environment anchor the U.S.-China relationship

Cities and the environment anchor the U.S.-China relationship

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Leigh Wedell

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October 15, 2015

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The U.S.-China relationship remains bogged down by a host of intractable issues, ranging from cyber security and the South China Sea to currency devaluation and China’s economic slowdown.

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Building a “Sustainable Eco-Edge District” outside Beijing

Building a “Sustainable Eco-Edge District” outside Beijing

Building a “Sustainable Eco-Edge District” outside Beijing

Building a “Sustainable Eco-Edge District” outside Beijing

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Leigh Wedell

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February 5, 2015

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China’s mayors are on the front lines of the country’s ambitious drive to move more than 100 million people into cities over the next six years. Their challenge is to try to make sure that those people will have a cleaner environment and more livable communities.

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Chinese mayors’ surprising lesson in Miami: Governance

Chinese mayors’ surprising lesson in Miami: Governance

Chinese mayors’ surprising lesson in Miami: Governance

Chinese mayors’ surprising lesson in Miami: Governance

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Leigh Wedell

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September 4, 2014

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The 12 Chinese mayors and vice mayors hosted recently by the Paulson Institute for a crash course on urban sustainability with experts in Chicago and Miami began their trip to the United States with a very practical focus: How could they bring green technologies and sustainable approaches in successful US cities to their districts back home?

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