- * Speaking a second language can delay dementia onset for years. (The Independent)
Researchers in Toronto report a 4-5 year delay in onset of symptoms, better than can be achieved with any drug, if you go through the “mental gymnasium” of becoming bilingual. I would expect that much the same would hold for expatriate experiences generally: exercising the brain at any level, throughout life, is good for you.
- Emotional intelligence correlates of the four-factor model of cultural intelligence. (Moon)
Cultural intelligence (CQ) is defined as an individual’s capability in adjusting to a new cultural context and by their ability to work with people who have dissimilar cultural backgrounds and understandings.
Emotional intelligence (EQ) enables individuals to monitor the motions of others and their own emotional status, to discriminate among these emotions and to use this information to guide thinking and actions.
Moon showed that the two are related to each other and that both predict expat success. The four EI skills (self-awareness, self-management, social awareness, and relationship management) complement the four CQ skills (Perceiving, understanding, adapting, and accepting cultural differences), and all are important in assessing fitness for international assignments.
- Self-initiated foreign expatriates versus assigned expatriates. (Biemann)
Self-initiated Expats start their international careers at a younger age, have a higher organizational mobility, and expect higher benefits from international experiences for their future careers. Moreover, career orientation remains relatively stable in Self-initiated Expats over different age groups, whereas it declines for Assigned Expats with increasing age.
Companies often complain that there is a lack of truly international managers and that traditional expatriate managers are more like “accidental tourists” than a group of employees that enjoys being relocated to many different places. This characteristic applies particularly to Assigned Expats.
While Self-Initiated Expats can be seen as truly global managers with a high willingness to move to other countries throughout their careers, this apparent advantage fades because they are also willing to change organizations regularly.
- What makes a good employer? (Kelllaway)
Not strictly an expat note, but it made me smile.
A good employer provides four basic things. First, it makes sure that everyone has a proper job to do. Second, it pays them fairly. Third, it makes employees feel that their efforts are recognised. And fourth, it gives them nice people to work with.