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Why Every Office Needs an Outsider 81 81

Research has shown that having an oddball team member not only gives you someone to make fun of, but also leads to better decision making. Researcher Katie Liljenquist, says having "socially distinct newcomers" on a team can help it perform at a higher level. Team tension is crucial, and shaking up the same old crowd is the way to create it. "You can imagine if you work in an office and you've got this outsider like Dwight Schrute who walks in and a lot of his ideas resonate with you. Your fellow in-group members are hearing this and thinking, 'Wait, you agree with Dwight?' That can be really uncomfortable and socially threatening," she says.


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  • by Swizec (978239) on Tuesday April 07, 2009 @04:34PM (#27495179) Homepage
    But Austrians do speak Austrian. Just like americans don't actually speak real english.

    This will of course get modded flamebait because american mods like to think they speak real english.
  • by Grishnakh (216268) on Tuesday April 07, 2009 @06:02PM (#27496487)

    Or maybe, instead of inane nitpicking about "real english" we can just recognize it for what it is, a regional accent.

    It's not a "regional accent", it's a dialect. An "accent" is how you pronounce words. A "dialect" is a different version of a language, such as Castillian Spanish, used in Spain, compared to Mexican Spanish, used in Mexico. Accents and dialects frequently go together, but not always. Southern Americans speak standard American English (with a little regional variation in words, but not enough to be called a separate dialect), but with a Southern accent.

  • by KanSer (558891) on Tuesday April 07, 2009 @08:31PM (#27497933)

    No kidding. One can jury rig a steady-cam (Stick + Counterweight = steady-cam) for like $15.00. Even if you only shoot video casually for shits and giggles you should have one. If you intend to publish it to a real audience then for god's sake make one.

    Or spend $850 on a Merlin and honestly get your money's worth on the first shoot if you're a "professional".

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