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Gabor Holch

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Intercultural leadership coach, consultant, author and speaker specialised in East-West expat assignments and business. An expat since age 4, a former diplomat and China-based since 2002, he has advised, coached and trained leaders for 100+ clients in 25+ countries.

Professional background

Intercultural leadership expert & East-West expat coach

How I work

Whether your office (home-office couch) is in Stockholm, Shanghai or Seattle, some of your expertise will get lost in translation as soon as you start doing business with foreigners. For the last 20 years, I have helped executives, entrepreneurs, academics and artists build intercultural self-awareness, skills and successful new habits.


  • Global Leadership Basics (assessment + 2 hours coaching)
  • Intercultural Business Basics (assessment + 1 hour coaching)


Today’s executives must manage crises they never expected

The past few years drastically rewrote the job descriptions of mid- to high-level managers at multinational firms.

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What can the 2020 census reveal about foreigners in China?

What will the recently completed 2020 National Census find about foreigners living in China?

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Leaders in 2021 must be daring agents between safe havens

For leaders in business, healthcare, government, education and more, 2020 was both a dream and a nightmare.

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How culture makes or breaks business plans

For business leaders running multinational firms in China, the first half of 2020 was a surreal time.

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Preparing foreign businesses for old and new challenges in China

For business leaders running multinational firms in China, the first half of 2020 was a surreal time...

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Why diversity is the ‘immune system’ of management teams

COVID19 spawned brilliant stories of adaptation and innovation. None of the key decisions to support such success stories...

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East-West leadership: Who manages your China business?

2020 stood for 'vision' at most multinational leadership teams I advised, coached or trained last year....

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Coronavirus: Expert tips for productive confinement

The lonesome masked figures of security guards in empty streets have become an eloquent social media meme in China’s cities

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The 2020 guide to intercultural leadership

Global people skills aren't optional any more - 2019 made this message clear. Global business reached managers even if they

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Can they figure you out in 5 minutes?

What first impressions will clients or business partners have about you in the first five minutes of meeting you?

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Foreign business in China in 7 questions

Those who have ever been foreigners in China know how easy it is to trample onto the country’s countless taboos, and how ..

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Leading millennials: A million-year dilemma returns

Research on millennials makes fascinating reading. Never before have we dedicated so much time and effort to understanding..

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Demystifying China's leadership culture

By the time Dave took up his post as the Shanghai branch’s General Manager, he had done his homework on Confucian leader...

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The real DNA of great intercultural teams

“They are quite polite and indirect,” the new project manager describes her local colleagues. “When they communicate...

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Three expert tips for successful networking in China

The non-extroverted majority of ambitious business leaders consider networking, similarly to public speaking, a dreadful and

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Expats behind China’s triple great wall

Foreign experts and businesses in China are a discriminated minority and a privileged elite at the same time.

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Expat managers lost (and found) in cultural mazes

What are culture maps, and how can managers use them to succeed in a new business location?

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Global people skills aren’t optional any more

Globalisation in business, management and leadership often disorients the very people who are supposed to provide orientation to others. Take, for instance, a typical European automotive CEO placed in charge of a major Asian market. This vibrant man or wo

Gabor Holch  | 10 found this helpful

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