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Duane Lefevre
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Researchers for Google's HR department have found that the wait for lunch in the cafeteria should be about 3 or 4 minutes—no more, no less. That's just long enough for employees to meet new people but still short enough not to be a time-waster, according to Slate. And lunch tables should be long, so workers who don't know each other are forced to chat. This and other things that the PEOPLE OPS group at Google measure. A fun read.
http://www.slate.com/articles/technology/technology/2013/01/google_people_operations_the_secrets_of_the_world_s_most_scientific_human.html
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Younger Consumers Constantly Switch Sources When Using Media

When they're reading online articles or consuming other types of media products, people in their twenties tend to switch from source to source much more often than older people do, according to an Advertising Age report of recent research. The digital natives in the study switched "media venues" about 27 times per nonworking hour, compared with just 17 times for people who grew up reading articles on newsprint and using knobs to change channels. Consumers' media hopping undermines the value of the traditional storytelling structure of beginning-middle-end, the study suggests.
http://adage.com/article/news/study-young-consumers-switch-media-27-times-hour/234008/?utm_source=daily_email&utm_medium=newsletter&utm_campaign=adage
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Moderate Background Noise Makes You More Creative
Research participants were more creative when they were exposed to background noise of 70 decibels, comparable to the sound of a moving car 10 meters away, than when they were in a low-noise environment, say Ravi Mehta of the University of Illinois, Rui (Juliet) Zhu of the University of British Columbia, and Amar Cheema of the University of Virginia. The noise makes mental processing more difficult, which activates abstract cognition and thus enhances creative performance, the researchers say.
http://blogs.wsj.com/ideas-market/2012/02/22/a-creative-buzz/
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One of the things I love about travel are the little quirks of a culture. Or perhaps just the humor of the individual. I loved this (“Stand” “Sit”) description of the Mens and Ladies Room on the doors at this Hong Kong coffee shop on our ‘Ring In 2012’ trip
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Love that these parents are choosing public schools for their cultural diversity! http://nyti.ms/zu4KTr
Affluent foreign-born parents in New York City are sending their children to public schools in much greater proportion than native-born parents with the same incomes.
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Children of risk-averse parents have lower test scores and are 1.34 percentage points less likely to attend college than offspring of parents with more tolerant attitudes toward risk, says a team led by Sarah Brown of the University of Sheffield in the UK. Aversion to risk may prevent parents from making inherently uncertain investments in their children's human capital; it's also possible that risk attitudes reflect cognitive ability, the researchers say.
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"Companies consistently underestimate how long it takes new hires to be effective in a job, especially when it comes to building relationships". It takes time to adapt to a new corporate culture. Even more so if it's a global culture.
http://www.nytimes.com/2012/04/22/jobs/hiring-outsiders-has-pros-and-cons-for-employers.html?_r=1
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So glad we finally made it to Hong Kong. The view from Victoria Peak is amazing. Such a contrast. Finding Bubba Gump at the top was a smaller surprise; but a surprise nonetheless.
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Kind of interesting that we're still a bunch of villages. Just connected via social media. I wouldn't have guessed this but in many ways it makes sense. http://n.pr/xJhIBt
Twitter is supposed to have turned the world into a global village. But new research shows that our Twitter ties are considerably more parochial than most of us imagine. People no longer define their ...
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Student Orientations prepare international students for success

Xiaoming came to the U.S. from China with high hopes and a certain nervousness. He had been studying English for years and had spent endless hours on the web preparing himself for his summer in America. He had chosen a large East Coast University that had a diverse student body. He wanted to learn the ways of America.

He left four months later with mixed emotions. He had learned a lot in his two courses and social interactions, but overall it had been a frustrating experience. He was frustrated that his classmates –especially those who were on project teams with him- didn’t understand him. And he was as frustrated with their work style.

Culturally diverse student bodies offer additional learning opportunities to both the international and domestic students. Teams comprised of a culturally diverse group can solve problems more readily especially when they are shown how the others in the group or team communicate, make decisions and whether they are more task or relationship oriented. Some cultures emphasize memorization and a very structured learning style. Those students bring an amazing focus and thoroughness to their work. That is in contrast to students from other cultures who are more schooled in critical thinking and reasoning. They bring a fresh approach and insight to problems. Put them together AND show them how the other has been trained culturally and they can then leverage those differences and put them to work for the team.

Universities need to make this cultural training an active part of their orientations.

All the learning that follows is that much greater when the students are leveraging their cultural diversity. Xiaoming and his fellow students (and faculty) were quite diverse. But they didn’t get to leverage their diversity nearly enough. Only a quarter of colleges and universities incorporate leveraging cross cultural diversity in their programs, instead focusing on showing foreign students about the host culture. Call or email us if we can help your college add diversity to its orientation program.
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Professional speaker, trainer, professor. Passionately travelling the world. Helping students understand other cultures and prepare their own global careers.
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    1994 - 1996
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