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I recently found myself in a game of pick up sticks with my husband.  Interesting to think how people from different cultures, speaking different languages play the same game – even with a few slight rule differences. 

However, I had an interesting thought when we were playing.  My husband seldom uses stick to help to flick other sticks, instead he prefers to use his hand picking the one that on the top of other sticks.  That makes me realize that we actually have different thinking style and structure to solve problems because we have different cultures and social norms. 

A lot of employers, from innovative startups to decades old multinationals, should consider this point to actively hire foreign people as a way to help their company think through strategies, approaches, services, and products outside of the “American” box. Nowadays, new ideas are the money.  The more dynamic employees a company has, the more they can think differently and meet different niche market needs. 

If you want to be on the edge, don’t reject foreign talents… Now all we need is help from legislation reform and startup visas!





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