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  • Carolyn Spencer’s Olympic blog continued…

    By Carolyn Spencer · July 31 2012 · Events

    Friday – Opening Ceremony Day I arrived at Stratford early on Friday to meet the Indonesian officials and some athletes. They really are so very friendly and were so appreciative of my arrival. First task was to drive my CDM (Chief de Mission) to the Indonesian London Ambassador’s residence in Knightsbridge, opposite Harrods. First real…

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  • MSI’s London Employee and IAM Carolyn Spencer volunteers at 2012 Olympic Games – Days 3 and 4

    By Carolyn Spencer · July 27 2012 · Events

    Games Maker Journey – Thursday 26th July Thursday Update on Olympic Journey – All Change!!! Well what a difference a day makes, this morning I was happy in the knowledge that I was looking after oarsman in the rowing events for Estonia, by this evening I am now looking after 29 athletes from Indonesia based…

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  • MSI’s London Employee and IAM Carolyn Spencer volunteers at 2012 Olympic Games

    By Carolyn Spencer · July 26 2012 · Events

    This is part of  a series of blogs (unedited) about Carolyn Spencer’s Olympic experiences… As I expected Wednesday was the busiest day for me so far. I arrived at the village and set about sorting out the recreation area for the teams arrival. My team are in one block they have one floor to themselves…

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  • How to Keep Your Cool when Relocating a Pet

    By Caitlin Moore · July 25 2012 · Domestic Relocation,Global Mobility Management

    With so much going on during relocation, it’s tough to maintain a true sense of calm. Doing things like packing and making major plans doesn’t exactly cultivate inner peace, but that doesn’t mean transferees can’t (for the most part) stay in control of their sanity. Traveling with pets will make it even trickier to stay…

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  • Housing in Ukraine

    By Jaya Parmar · July 24 2012 · Global Mobility Management

    After the collapse of the Soviet Union in 1991 Ukraine has gained independence and is integrating more with Western Europe. The capital of Ukraine, Kiev, (also spelt Kyiv) is fast developing into a cosmopolitan center attracting the business world to its countless opportunities, transforming this ancient city. Properties in the rural areas are very reasonable…

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  • China to introduce new ‘talent visa’ to attract foreigners

    By Renata Inokomis · July 23 2012 · Global Mobility Management,Relocation Policy & Trends

    China plans to introduce a new visa regime titled “talent introduction” in an effort to attract more skilled professionals from abroad. A draft law in this regard has been submitted to the Standing Committee of the National People’s Congress, China’s top legislature, for its second reading on February 14, 2012. Ordinary visas will be granted…

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  • Seven Effective Habits of Highly Effective People

    By Melissa Graber · July 19 2012 · Business

    “I am personally convinced that one person can be a change catalyst, a “transformer” in any situation, any organization. Such an individual is yeast that can leaven an entire loaf. It requires vision, initiative, patience, respect, persistence, courage, and faith to be a transforming leader.” Steven Covey    It is with great sadness that we…

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  • Retaining and rewarding employees in the Asia Pacific Market

    Workforce engagement helps businesses continue to be productive and competitive. However, Asia-Pacific businesses face a significant problem specifically in terms of high levels of turnover.  The factors include poaching from competitors and lack of loyalty. Resignations are around double that of the United States and Western Europe. Also, according to the market surveys, high-performer resignation…

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  • Moving and need help?

    By Valerie Dean · July 6 2012 · Domestic Relocation

    There are several companies out in the industry who do a stellar job with handling smaller shipments, often called POD or container moves.  The challenge then becomes what to do when someone is single, or a single parent, and does not have anyone available to help them move the couch, bed and other heavy or…

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  • New Law to Toughen Enforcement Against Unlawful Entry, Stay and Work

    By Nick Royle · July 6 2012 · Global Mobility Management,Global Talent Management

    Executive Summary The legislation will increase penalties for noncompliance and introduce new compliance duties for employers and individuals, effective July 1, 2013. Immigration authorities are expected to increase enforcement under existing laws before the new law is implemented. China’s highest legislative body, the National People’s Congress Standing Committee, passed legislation on June 30 that will…

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  • Zambia Immigration: Room for one more

    By Tracy Rigney · July 2 2012 · Global Mobility Management,Relocation Policy & Trends

    As companies start to move into developing countries, new challenges are beginning to emerge. One that I have experienced recently is immigration into Zambia. Here is a sample of such challenges that await anyone looking to move assignees into Zambia: PACE: Things can move very slowly within the Zambian authorities with no sense of urgency….

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  • Tips for Moving in Summer

    By Nick Royle · July 2 2012 · Domestic Relocation

    Extreme temperatures can make any time spent outdoors difficult to endure. Throughout the U.S. this year we will experience record-breaking heat. The heat may be overwhelming and can cause problems for anyone who is outdoors for an extended period of time. For individuals or families that need to move to a new home during this…

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