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Learning Languages Boosted My Career Opportunities

The Huffington Post – Steve Kaufmann

“As someone who speaks 16 languages and has had a successful business career, language learners often ask me: if I learn another language, what can I do with it? What is the relationship between languages and work or a career? The biggest benefit of speaking languages I’ve seen in my career is that it increased the opportunities that came my way. You do have to have other things working for you too, of course. You have to have other skills, like knowledge of a specific sector or market, the ability to do business and the ability to be a reliable, energetic person in any number of fields…It increases your opportunity to connect with people and understand them better. You never know which languages are going to come in handy and when.”(more)

Standing meetings may improve group productivity

NEW YORK – SHEREEN LEHMAN

“(Reuters Health) – Walking while working, usually on a treadmill, has been gaining popularity in recent years, but the next office innovation should be standing while meeting, according to a new study.Researchers at Washington University in St. Louis, Missouri, report that groups working together on a project while standing are measurably more engaged and less territorial than while seated.“A workspace that encourages people to stand up is going to lead to more collaborative and more creative outputs,” Andrew Knight told Reuters Health in an email”(more)

What’s wrong with education for education’s sake?

The Telegraph – Kieran McLaughlin, Michael Mercieca

“In the last few years, much has been said about preparing young people and children for the world of work. With various business groups, including the British Chambers of Commerce, calling on schools and employers to work together to make sure pupils understand and are prepared for what awaits them after education, the purpose of schooling has increasingly become a point of debate. Are schools and universities meant to be making sure their students have the skills to succeed in an increasingly competitive jobs market, or is the purpose of schooling slightly more open ended? Does it need to have a purpose at all, beyond instilling knowledge – and a passion to keep learning – into pupils? Should learning be about education for education’s sake? Or should the focus be employability? Maybe you think it should be a mix of both? Read the arguments…”(more)

The most important leadership quality for CEOS? Creativity

Fast Company & Inc – AUSTIN CARR

“For CEOs, creativity is now the most important leadership quality for success in business, outweighing even integrity and global thinking, according to a new study by IBM. The study is the largest known sample of one-on-one CEO interviews, with over 1,500 corporate heads and public sector leaders across 60 nations and 33 industries polled on what drives them in managing their companies in today’s world.”(more)