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Duane Lefevre
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Professional speaker, trainer, professor. Passionately travelling the world. Helping students understand other cultures and prepare their own global careers.
Professional speaker, trainer, professor. Passionately travelling the world. Helping students understand other cultures and prepare their own global careers.

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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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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.
http://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/10.1111/j.1467-9485.2011.00568.x/abstract

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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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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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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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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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