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Expat to Repat: Where the Rubber Meets the Runway

Sending an employee on a long term overseas assignment is a big decision for an organization, one made with the future of the company in mind. It’s anticipated that the employee will come back with a wealth of new knowledge and ready to take an expanded role in the company. What turns out to be the case for 38 percent of repatriated employees is that they leave their company within a year of returning from their assignment. There are many possible reasons for this, including culture shock and lack of a position at the home office that reflects their new…

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3 Reasons to Learn Mandarin Chinese

Guest post by The Chairman’s Bao. I know what you’re thinking… it makes so much more sense for me to stick to learning Latin-based languages. Why would I ever consider learning a language as extreme as Mandarin Chinese? And, where would I even start? Hold that thought! There has never been a better time to start learning Mandarin Chinese. Fact! What’s more, it might not even be as difficult as you first thought… let me explain: Mandarin Chinese isn’t difficult, it’s just different Firstly, Chinese vocabulary just makes sense. Words are constructed from a set of roots, called radicals. With…

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Aligning Global Mobility to Talent Strategy

As you might have guessed, with the convergence of technology and the global economy, businesses are increasingly interested in sending their employees abroad. According to an Ernst & Young report, 72 percent of executives said their need for globally mobile employees will increase within the next three years. Today’s Millennial employee is more than happy to fill that need. Most Millennials believe an overseas assignment will occur sometime in their career. For the forward-thinking business leader, there is an opportunity to harness both of these forces that can not only open the business to new markets, but also makes employee…

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St. Patrick’s Day: La Fiesta de Orgullo Irlandés

En los Estados Unidos, el 17 de marzo es un día de celebración en el que la gente se la pasa tomando cerveza y pellizcando el uno al otro por no haberse puesto algo verde. Se llama St. Patrick’s Day, y empezó como una observancia religiosa y solemne en Irlanda. Se convirtió en algo secular cuando los inmigrantes irlandeses llegaron a los Estados Unidos. Hoy se celebra como un día de orgullo irlandés, pero no habría ninguna fiesta en este día de no haber sido por el célebre San Patricio. ¿Quién fue San Patricio? Irónicamente, San Patricio ni siquiera fue…

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After the Plan: Keeping Employee Development on Track

The single biggest fault in employee development is that once the plan is written, nothing happens. Everyone got together, wrote something actionable, and then went about their normal business. Progress is not made under that scenario. So how do we make sure that the steps outlined in the plan are actually followed through? Some of that is the fault of the plan itself, but a lot of the success of the plan just requires some tenacity and focus. Employee development as a group People are more successful when following through on an exercise plan if they work out with a…

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7 Lucky Charms from Around The World

St. Paddy’s Day is right around the corner, and you’re probably seeing green decorations, clothing, and food everywhere. The colors of Ireland’s flag are green, white, and orange, but green won out as the color we associate with St. Patrick’s Day and Ireland in general, probably due in part to the significance of the green shamrock, or three-leaf clover. Legend has it that St. Patrick used it to teach converts to Christianity about the Trinity, so it has long been the de facto symbol of all things Irish. It’s important to remember, however, that a shamrock is not the same…

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After the Plan: What Could Derail an Employee Development Plan?

The meeting(s) have all been attended. Drafts were passed back and forth. Finally, pen was set to paper. An employee’s development plan for the upcoming period has been set up. The hard part is over, right? That might be the hard part, but the game isn’t over. Now you and the employee need to make that plan a reality. What could go wrong? Plenty. Lack of follow through This is the most obvious cause of plans going awry. The manager formulated the development plan just because they had to. The employee contributed just because they had to. Neither one has…

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More Insights from the Rosetta Stone “Challenges and Opportunities for English Learners in the Common Core State Standards” Report

We previously discussed “Challenges and Opportunities for English Learners in the Common Core State Standards” and its broader takes on melding the CCSS with English language learner instruction. Let’s dig a little deeper into the actionable steps the report recommends. Teacher preparation Teacher preparation programs in many states already have stringent ELL guidelines. These states tend to be those that already have considerable experience in English language services, like California and Texas. The influx of ELL students that the country is currently seeing is not limited to those states. Teacher preparation programs need to reflect the country’s current and future…

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Celebrating the Irish Limerick

No one really knows exactly where or how limericks got their start, but it’s estimated that this form of poetry has been around since the eleventh century. In the 1800s, an explosion of limerick writing occurred in England and Ireland, in large part thanks to the nonsensical English writer Edward Lear, who published a book of limericks called A Book of Nonsense in 1846. While the most famous writer of limericks was English, we associate limericks with Ireland because the name for these poems came from a word game played in pubs in Limerick, Ireland. The game always included the…

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4 Myths about Learning a Language, Debunked

If you’re hesitant about learning a new language, it might be because you’ve bought into the idea that it’s too hard or simply unnecessary or impractical. Maybe it’s time to take a fresh look, so here are four misconceptions about language study that often hold back would-be language learners. Myth #1: You don’t need to learn a language because everybody already speaks English. It’s really hard to pin down exactly how many people on the planet speak English, but know this: It’s not even close to being the majority of humans, much less everyone. According to the Ethnologue, there are…

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