Exactly what did the fixer say to the businessman that turned the things around? What were those magic words that did the trick?
Later on, my friend found out. Boss, give me facethats what the fixer had told the entrepreneur in Chinese.
It turns out that this phrase carries a great weight in the Chinese business circles. Based on the ethics of trust and loyalty, this phrase is almost magical and seems to work quite well in China. Almost everywhere. Even in the bars.
Next time you go to Shangahi and visit a bar and a bevy of bar girls pester you to buy them drinks, you know what to tell the lead girl. Perhaps you will buy drinks for the girls once, and then the lead girl will whisper those magical words to her friends and they will all stop irritating you for as long as you stay.
After listening to this story, I kept scratching my head for an Indian or Singaporean equivalent of this magical phraseBoss, give me face. I could not think of any. Can you?
Zafar Anjum is the online editor of the MIS Asia portal.
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