This article was written in China by CEO Philip Lew during a recent visit to the XBOSoft facilities there.

I was out for a fun evening with friends and co-workers for some karaoke and a traditional Chinese meal of pizza and beer in Beijing the other night. Just a group of us winding down after a hard day. But like many things, it turned into something else: a serious discussion of trade policies.


We ran into a university professor, Russell Leu, who also is part of a digital media company, ThinkTech. The program focuses on technology issues related to Hawaii. As the evening progressed, between renditions of “Proud Mary” and “Ain’t That a Lotta Love,” he talked me into being a guest on his show this week. The interview was focused on the new administration and recent visit to China by the US Secretary of State, as well as the upcoming visit of President Xi Jinping to the USA.

I shared my thoughts on the subject of changing relations between the U.S. and China under the new administration in Washington. International trade policies are under scrutiny by the Trump Administration, which has suggested it might raise trade barriers between the U.S. and China. It seems that people in Hawaii as well as in many parts of the U.S. are concerned with what will happen to the relationship between the U.S. and China, in terms of trade, and how that will impact all of us. XBOSoft, as a company that provides software testing services, with a branch office in Beijing, could be affected by any policy that impacts ‘stuff’ sold from China to the United States. Especially if ‘stuff’ includes products and services.

Although we are an American-owned enterprise in China, I’m not sure that any policies implemented would be fine-grained enough to exclude or include companies like XBOSoft. In any case, I’m hoping that things are not disturbed or altered too much. We have enjoyed 10 years in business in Beijing and have built up a loyal team. And that loyal team has loyal clients around the world.

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After the interview, I started to think about how I’ve met so many people in the different places I’ve traveled around the world. It’s so important to be open and willing to try things, like singing in public☺. Even if you don’t know how or think you’re no good, it’s important to try.

Learning new skills and trying new things can be a lot of fun if you’re doing it with fun people. After the evening was over, it reminded me of my upcoming talks on agile where I’ll be discussing teamwork, collaboration and trust.

Maybe singing should be an exercise that agile teams should take part in!