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What Your Language Reveals About Your Attitude to Work

What Your Language Reveals About Your Attitude to Work

The language that is commonly used in and outside workplaces helps reinforce working culture in everyday life, revealing cultural attitudes to how we work.

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Reaching People Who Don’t Exist: Bringing the Undocumented Onboard

Reaching People Who Don’t Exist: Bringing the Undocumented Onboard

Millions of people globally still remain undocumented which is a major concern for individuals who wish to access social security, education and healthcare.

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Wearable Technology Breaking Down Language Barriers

Wearable Technology Breaking Down Language Barriers

It's predicted that the number of connected wearable devices worldwide will reach 929 million by 2021 - that’s an increase of over 185% from 2016 figures.

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Managing Ethics Consistently in a Global Organisation

Managing Ethics Consistently in a Global Organisation

It’s particularly challenging for large global organisations to install a cohesive house culture across all of its areas of operation.

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Understanding the World’s Most Controversial Languages

Understanding the World’s Most Controversial Languages

It seems humans are most willing to pick up a weapon over language than over other issues. Perhaps language is the most cherished element of our identity?

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Are Women Really the Key Innovators of Language Change?

Are Women Really the Key Innovators of Language Change?

One theory of linguistics considers marginalised groups to be the key drivers of language innovation. Could women be key to influencing language too?

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How the Evolution of Language and Diet Are Connected

How the Evolution of Language and Diet Are Connected

Anthropologists believe at some point in time our ancestors changed what they which helped the brain evolve its capabilities, including language abilities.

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How Language Affects Decision-Making

How Language Affects Decision-Making

Research has shown that when people worked in a less familiar language they tended to choose outcomes that favoured the common good.

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The Art of Negotiating and Dealing with Chinese Business Partners

The Art of Negotiating and Dealing with Chinese Business Partners

It’s important to take the right stance from the outset when negotiating with Chinese contacts, in order to achieve a workable deal.

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How Millennials Talk Differently to Older Generations

How Millennials Talk Differently to Older Generations

Millennials are communicating successfully on their own terms. But are older generations trying to impose linguistic control over younger ones?

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How Product Development Teams Can Benefit from Continuous Localisation

How Product Development Teams Can Benefit from Continuous Localisation

Companies that follow agile development workflows are increasing turning to continuous localisation to release multilingual versions of their products.

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Measuring Your Company Culture to See How it Enables or Hinders Your Strategy

Measuring Your Company Culture to See How it Enables or Hinders Your Strategy

Some leaders still don’t grasp the importance of organisational culture in helping achieve corporate goals. Research by Geert Hofstede may have the answers.

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Why the Language Proficiency of Your Employees Could be Key to Your Competitiveness

Why the Language Proficiency of Your Employees Could be Key to Your Competitiveness

Language Proficiency is deemed so important that some companies are investing in language training for existing staff, and seeing their reputations improve.

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Understanding the Delicate Matter of Self-Promotion

Understanding the Delicate Matter of Self-Promotion

It's easy to feel like your bragging rather than self-promoting if you’re from a country that values modesty. Here's how to understand the difference

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Understanding the 6 Dimensions of UK Culture

Understanding the 6 Dimensions of UK Culture

Hofstede's cultural dimensions theory is a framework for cross-cultural communication and is still used today despite being published in the late 1970's

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How Agile Development Took the World By Storm

How Agile Development Took the World By Storm

Once upon a time in the world of programming, years could pass between the identification of a business need and the launch of the software to meet it. In the interim period, it’s highly likely that the original business case would have evolved, meaning the software was already obsolete at launch.

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How the Physics of Topography Explains Language Diversity

How the Physics of Topography Explains Language Diversity

It’s not only linguists that are permitted to study language. A recent investigation by a physicist and mathematician has shown how the physical landscape affects the spread of dialect. The new model of language diversity and spread indicates how geography and population density play an important role in influencing the spread of dialects – and it can all be explained mathematically.

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Beyond Diversity: Is Your Company Culturally Competent?

Beyond Diversity: Is Your Company Culturally Competent?

Cultural competence is the ability to understand, communicate with and effectively interact with people across cultures. It isn’t necessarily an ability to understand a multitude of cultures – humans are so varied that it just isn’t possible for anyone to be able to pass seamlessly across all cultural barriers.

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How to Give Feedback in Different Parts of the World

How to Give Feedback in Different Parts of the World

British people are notorious for understatement. In one Korean War encounter, many British soldiers died unnecessarily when their CO’s description of the situation as "a bit sticky" failed to communicate to their US allies the seriousness of their problems.

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How Businesses Can Properly Value Information

How Businesses Can Properly Value Information

Time was, we made value in factories. In the industrial age, businesses created wealth through the output of newly-invented machinery. But we’re now in the information age – one where value is created via information and computerisation rather than at the lathe or loom. Data can be used to improve decision making, refine processes, develop better products and services, or sold to create value for the company. But we’re terrible at calculating its value.

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