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One afternoon, as he stepped onto the elevator to return to his office after lunch, Brinker International CIO, Johnny Earl, joined the twenty-something man already inside. Not knowing each other more than by name, they exchanged a quick pleasantry and shared the short ride together. Johnny couldn’t help but notice that the young man seemed very upbeat; as though he… More…

Shared Experiences: Bala Thillainathan

Bala Thillainathan, originally from India, is a Technical Lead at Stinger Ghaffarian Technologies. He’s been in the U.S. for 20 years now, having initially come here for work. “It just kind of happened!”, he says. Bala most enjoys the speed of access and efficiency of getting things done here, versus things that might take longer in his home country. The… More…

Close Enough Isn’t Good Enough

My Dad was an immigrant. He was a 23-year old Freedom Fighter during the Hungarian Revolution of ’56 when an opportunity to escape the country presented itself. Not long after, he found himself in the U.S. as a refugee, starting over in a new land. He didn’t speak a word of English, had nothing but the clothes on his body,… More…

Shared Experiences: Yegor Filonov

Yegor Filonov came to the U.S. from Russia 13 years ago in the aftermath of perestroika, a political reformation movement within the Communist Party of the Soviet Union. He’s now a Business Systems Analyst in the Greater Boston area. When asked what he enjoys most about being in the U.S., Yegor says, “Ethnic diversity. I meet people from all corners… More…

What time is On-time?

One thing we all have in common, no matter where we come from on this planet, is that we have only 24 hours to each day. There’s no getting around it. Yet, when looking at different cultures and the ways in which they hold time, it can seem as though, sometimes, that’s not the case. Several years ago, a couple… More…

Shared Experiences: Shalini Mohan

Shalini Mohan, originally from India, has been in the US for 7 years and she’s an Implementation Lead living in Massachusetts. When asked what she enjoys most about being here, she says “the people and the work culture”, and having never experienced four seasons before, she “found the weather most surprising!” I asked her if she had any suggestions for… More…

Would You Want To Know You?

While revisiting some of my favorite TED Talks the other day, I was reminded of how important it is to make an intentional first impression, one that says a little bit about who we are when we meet someone for the first time. Whether we like it or not, within the first 5-10 seconds of meeting someone, they’ve already decided… More…