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The Lenovo Way: Managing a Diverse Global Company for Optimal Performance by Yolanda Conyers, Gina Qiao

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Yolanda’s Story

Gateway to China

I’d just returned to my home in Austin, Texas, after yet another long-haul flight from Beijing, and I was thrilled to be back in the warm embrace of my husband, Chris, and my two younger sons, Cameron and Colton. The previous three months had been a whirlwind of meetings in Asia that left me in a seemingly permanent state of jet lag. Ever since I first joined Lenovo, I’d been on a steep learning curve that was as exhausting as it was overwhelming. But it was also exhilarating, and I couldn’t wait to see what would happen next.

After its acquisition of IBM’s PC Division in 2005, it was clear that Lenovo was serious about being a global company. In my entire career, I’d never encountered a more diverse and multicultural ...

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