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How to Stop Being Just Another Corporate Extraction

We all have a vision of the corporate road warrior, an executive that hops from one place to another to lend some direction or expertise from the point of view of the home office. Of course, effectiveness is dependent mostly on the skills of the executive, but it’s usually an uphill battle. Few managers are humble enough to enjoy an outsider coming in with their viewpoints. Now imagine how much more uphill that battle is when the road warrior is in a different country, working with people with whom they might have a significant communication divide. There are ways to…

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The Language of Healthy Labor Relations

The days of “our way or the highway” are over. If businesses want to compete on a level playing field, they need to embrace the United States’ growing international population. More than 40 million people five years of age or older speak a language other than English at home now. Those are workers, students, and neighborhood leaders—all of whom might eventually be coming to your company to work. Although the dominant language in the organization might be English, meeting these employees in the middle has benefits that are both tangible and not. Making a difference in workplace safety First, the…

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Celebrating Diversity at Work

May 21st is World Day for Cultural Diversity for Dialogue and Development. The United Nations established this day in the wake of the September 11th attacks as a way to draw awareness to the possibilities held in the world’s diverse cultures, as well as opportunities in the developing world. Cultural diversity is increasingly important to the business landscape, where teams could be made up of managers in the US, customer service in India, and manufacturing in China. Here are some ideas on ways you can recognize this important day and what it stands for. Multicultural potluck – Everyone loves potlucks.…

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The ROI of International Business and Languages

We all have the nebulous and sometimes daunting idea that the road to business growth lies overseas. Organizations spend millions of dollars to establish a presence in emerging markets. They hire employees from around the world. But do we really have an idea of how well this is working? What is the return on investment? Last year, we commissioned a survey of 500 executives of companies with more than 500 employees in offices all over the world. The results have been made available in a handy infographic entitled Business Value in Language. We sought to break down the language needs…

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What High Performing Companies Are Doing in Language Learning

Last year, we commissioned a survey of 500 executives of companies with more than 500 employees in offices all over the world. The results have been made available in a handy infographic entitled Business Value in Language. We sought to break down the language needs of organizations as detailed as possible. Perhaps the best function of the infographic is that it allows organizations to peek over the fence and see how other businesses are leveraging language learning to make big differences in their performance. First, a sobering fact. Companies that have embraced the combination of online learning with on-the-job training…

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Which Languages Lead the Way in Business?

It’s no surprise that the languages most in demand change over the course of a career. These changes are due to economics, politics, geography, or a combination of factors. The point is that businesses need to remain nimble when considering their language needs. The winds can shift. Last year, we commissioned a survey of 500 executives of companies with more than 500 employees in offices all over the world. The results have been made available in a handy infographic entitled Business Value in Language. We sought to break down the language needs of organizations as detailed as possible, including which…

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The Businesses with the Most Language Need

When we think of multinational companies, we often think of behemoths that, instead of focusing on one sector or vertical, have their hands in a little of everything. They are household names around the world with presences everywhere, including emerging markets that you didn’t even know were emerging. The truth is that in today’s multinational economy, businesses of all shapes and sizes have a need to compete globally. And that requires language skills other than your company’s native tongue. You think that you can’t compete with those multinational conglomerates, but your sales proposition might be in the fact that you…

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You Don’t Need to be a Tech Wizard for Blended Learning

The right blended-learning model has the potential to revolutionize your language-learning program. An obstacle that many schools and districts face is fear. Teachers worry that they have to be technology wizards in order for blended learning to be successful for them. That couldn’t be further from the truth, especially when it comes to language-learning solutions. There’s nothing to be afraid of The first thing to remember is that blended-learning applications, including those in the Rosetta Stone® Language Learning Suite, were designed with the end user in mind. That end-user base includes young children. Even the back-end operations of these systems,…

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Multinational Means Multilingual

The classic example of multilingualism in business is the road warrior, the go-to employee that is sent to establish offices in far-flung places and open emerging markets for the business. Although that employee still exists, in today’s multinational economy the need for multilingual employees is far greater than just your expatriates. Fewer and fewer companies can survive operating only in the American market. If they haven’t already, they will soon realize that the path to revenue growth lies overseas. That might mean establishing offices in emerging markets, onboarding employees from other lands, or simply finding new sources of materials. What…

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The First Steps in Blended Language Learning

You’ve heard colleagues talking about it. You think you understand the benefits. You’re finally ready to take the plunge into blended learning. But how do you make it happen? It helps to first have a picture in your head of how you want your language-learning classroom to function with the new technology. You’ll want to ask yourself: What are my available resources? How much interaction do I want with the kids? How comfortable am I with letting programs and apps instruct the students? Where do grades come from? Do I even need grades? Available resources will determine a lot about…

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