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Understanding Cultural Differences in Personality: The Route to a Global Mindset

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SINGAPORE, July 30, 2012 /PRNewswire-Asia/ — Global corporations nowadays report talent shortages despite growing unemployment. Talents become one of the major challenges Human Resources (HR) professionals face. With increasing globalisation and pan-geographical operations by many of today’s companies, assessment has become increasingly international. To have a truly global workforce, it becomes vital to understand cultural differences and their impact on behaviour. Consequently, SHL looked at the personality profile of candidates from different countries and recommended some best practices for conducting global assessments.

The findings were derived from reviewing the personality profiles of our Occupational Personality Questionnaire (OPQ) of over 337,000 individuals across 19 countries and 15 different languages. Owing to the growing dominance of Asian economies, the focus is on Asia-Pacific (ASP) countries.

There are some unique personality traits reported by candidates from different countries, thus highlighting the importance of acknowledging cultural differences in global assessments. Key findings are listed below:

Key finding 1: Asian countries share 3 common traits with consistent deviations from the international benchmark

Asian candidates tend to prefer a more steady pace of work rather than thrive on activity.
They tend to feel less comfortable with building initial rapport and need more time to establish a relationship with people.
They are likely to focus more on the longer term than the immediate situation.
Key finding 2: Thailand, Japan and Korean candidates have a similar profile with 3 common traits, which distinguish them from other ASP countries

They tend to get more nervous before important events and worry about things going wrong.
They prefer a more flexible working environment and tend to change their behaviours to suit the situation.
They also tend to follow their own approach rather than go with the majority.
Key finding 3: Chinese typically show large deviations from the international benchmark

Chinese candidates tend to take a distinctly longer term view and focus more on the future.
They are also more likely to dislike bureaucracy and excessive work demands.
Although they tend to hold strong views and be independent minded, they are less likely than most to express those views or openly criticise.
Key finding 4: Chinese and Indians report a higher competitive nature than others, which is not commonly seen in other ASP countries

Chinese and Indian candidates enjoy more competitive activities, dislike losing and have a stronger need to win.
Best practices SHL recommends:

Be aware of cultural differences and the impact on behaviours of others
Reduce biased decisions by using objective assessments
Consider the behaviour observed and what it means rather than making immediate evaluation
Sense check and calibrate with fellow assessors
Note to editors

About Occupational Personality Questionnaire (OPQ)

Designed to provide businesses with information on the aspects of an individual’s behavioural style that will impact on their performance of competencies at work. Underpinning performance on job competencies are 32 specific personality characteristics.

About SHL

SHL is the global leader in talent measurement solutions, driving better business results for clients through superior people intelligence and decisions – from hiring and recruiting, to employee development and succession planning. With a presence in over 50 countries, SHL delivers more than 25 million assessments annually in over 30 languages – allowing over 10,000 business customers to benefit from both global expertise and local insight. Along with its world-class consulting practices and 24-hour support centre, SHL clients can access over 1,000 assessments through an easy-to-use technology platform. Headquartered in London, UK, the company has offices in North and South America, Europe, the Middle East, Africa, Asia and Australia/New Zealand. For more information, please visit


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July 30, 2012 at 3:02 pm

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Netcomm Wireless Wins the 2012 ACOMMS Award for Innovation

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SYDNEY, July 27, 2012 /PRNewswire-Asia/ — NetComm Wireless Limited (ASX: NTC),a leading developer of wireless broadband products, has won the award for innovation in the SME category at the 6th Annual Communications Day and Communications Alliance (ACOMMS) Awards last night in Sydney.

The prestigious award was presented to NetComm Wireless for its advanced NTC-6000 Series 3G M2M (Machine-to-Machine) routers. Designed to increase efficiency and significantly reduce costs, the NTC-6000 series can operate in a virtually limitless range of applications such as smart metering, transport, surveillance, health, mining and enable live monitoring and control of remote equipment, assets and complex site processes from any computer, at any location, using the speed and coverage of 3G networks.

“Companies worldwide are positioning themselves for the mass-scale adoption of wireless M2M communications as the extraordinary benefits are realised. We are pleased to have been recognised as a pioneer of product innovation in a market that is advancing at a phenomenal pace,” said David Stewart, CEO and Managing Director, NetComm Wireless.

Attended by industry leaders, the ACOMMS Awards recognise outstanding achievement across eleven categories representing the industry’s transformation from traditional fixed communications to advanced available-anywhere services and applications. Finalists for the Innovation – SME category included Symbio Networks and Vertel.

“This acknowledgement is a testament to our team’s solid committed to delivering innovative market leading wireless technologies designed to optimise M2M communications across countless industries and applications,” said Mr Stewart.

NTC-6000 – M2M Router

For more information on NetComm Wireless’ NTC-6000 Series, please visit

About NetComm Wireless

NetComm Wireless Limited (ASX: NTC) is a leading developer of innovative broadband products sold globally to major telecommunications carriers, core network providers and system integrators. For 30 years, NetComm has developed a portfolio of world first data communication products, and is arespected global providerof 3G and 4G wireless devices servicing the major telecommunications carrier, Machine-to-Machine (M2M) and Rural Broadband markets. NetComm’s products are designed to meet the growing needs of today’s data-intensive home, business and industrial broadband applications and customized to optimize performance in line with global network advancements. Headquartered in Sydney, Australia, NetComm has offices in New Zealand, North America and the Middle East. For more information about NetComm, visit:

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Source: NetComm Wireless

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July 30, 2012 at 10:29 am

mig33 Focuses on Being a Top Social Gaming Choice Outside of East Asia

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SHANGHAI and SINGAPORE, July 27, 2012 /PRNewswire-Asia/ — The co-founder and CEOof mig33 — the world’s largest mobile-first community – is elaborating on the company’s progress and plans at this week’s ChinaJoy 2012, one of Asia’s top game expos.

“For Social Game developers, the choice of Social Networking Platforms outside of East Asia is limited,” said mig33’s Steven Goh. “We’re out to provide a great and engaging alternative in South and South East Asia.”

mig33 – which has launched over three dozen social games in the past 12 months – has delivered up to several hundred thousand daily unique users to each game. It plans to increasingly tie its games more closely into its ecosystem and monetisation engines.

“Everyday, we learn more about engagement and the finite details that really matter,” continued Goh. “We launched a miniblog product earlier this year to improve the mig33 experience, and we’re currently rewiring mig33 based on the feedback we’re getting.”

That miniblog has centered the mig33 community on a fast, fun and highly social experience. The miniblog is gradually being integrated with mig33’s third-party games, chat, profiles and avatars, making mig33 a unique proposition compared with the emerging market-offerings of other social internet services such as Facebook, Twitter, Sina’s Weibo, and Tumblr. Unlike the others, mig33 is focused on delivering a fun, fast and social service and includes features such as levels, badges, labels, virtual gifts, avatars, emoticons, games and more, directly within the miniblog itself.

Later this quarter, mig33 plans updates to its user identity and reputation systems.

mig33 has successfully modeled itself on popular East Asian social networking services such as China’s multi-billion Tencent QQ (QQ). In 2011, mig33 delivered over 300 billion messages and over 185 million virtual gifts. Aside from a robust developer program, mig33 holds partnerships with handset manufacturers, telcos, mobile content providers and a vast network of mig33 merchants.

About mig33 mig33 is one of the world’s largest mobile-first social entertainment services, connecting over 65 million registered members around the world with chat and entertainment everyday, and hosting a fast-growing virtual economy. Launched in late 2005, mig33 is headquartered in Singapore with strong consumer presence in Indonesia, South Asia, the Middle East, and Africa. For more information, visit


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July 30, 2012 at 10:25 am

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NYSE Euronext Appoints Hiroshi Nomoto as Chief Representative of the Tokyo Office

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TOKYO, July 27, 2012 /PRNewswire-Asia/ — NYSE Euronext (NYX) today announced the appointment of Hiroshi Nomoto as its Chief Representative of the Tokyo office. Mr. Nomoto will be responsible for leading NYSE Euronext’s sales and client coverage teams for Japan and the wider Japanese financial community in the Asia-Pacific region.

Lee Hodgkinson, Head of Sales and Client Coverage – EMEA and APAC, NYSE Euronext, said: “We are delighted to welcome Hiroshi to our senior team. He is a respected market veteran and his wealth of experience will play a pivotal role in growing our regional footprint. With responsibility across all of our markets and services, Hiroshi will be well positioned to address the holistic needs of our Japanese customers and deepen their connections with the capital markets community through our global offerings.”

Mr. Nomoto added: “I am delighted to join NYSE Euronext at such an exciting time. The Exchange has an impressive presence worldwide; and I look forward to leveraging NYSE Euronext’s global solutions, across different asset classes and functions, to better serve the Japanese financial community.”

Mr. Nomoto has more than 20 years experience within the derivatives industry and has previously worked for Societe Generale (FIMAT), Mizuho Securities and Barclays. He holds a Bachelor of Laws from Meijigakuin University.

About NYSE Euronext

NYSE Euronext (NYX) is a leading global operator of financial markets and provider of innovative trading technologies. The company’s exchanges in Europe and the United States trade equities, futures, options, fixed-income and exchange-traded products. With approximately 8,000 listed issues (excluding European Structured Products), NYSE Euronext’s equities markets – the New York Stock Exchange, NYSE Euronext, NYSE MKT, NYSE Alternext and NYSE Arca – represent one-third of the world’s equities trading, the most liquidity of any global exchange group. NYSE Euronext also operates NYSE Liffe, one of the leading European derivatives businesses and the world’s second-largest derivatives business by value of trading. The company offers comprehensive commercial technology, connectivity and market data products and services through NYSE Technologies. NYSE Euronext is in the S&P 500 index. For more information, please visit:

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Source: NYSE Euronext

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July 30, 2012 at 9:47 am

Posted in Business & Finance