Wednesday, October 25, 2017

Ballerina: Dreams and Goals

If a person gives up on his or her dream, all that will surely follow is sadness and depression. You need to team up with someone who will encourage you to “never, ever give up”.

I. Discuss these questions:
1. What were your dreams when you were a child? What did you want to do for the rest of your life?
2. Did you pursue your dream? Why (not)?
3. What are your goals now? How do you plan to achieve them?
4. Are you persistent? Give examples of your persistence (or lack of it).
5. How do you think someone should act not to give up on their dreams and goals?
6. Do you agree with the statement in the beginning of the post?
Inspired by the awesome inspiring site:  

II. Work with a partner:
Here are 10 ways to help you achieve your dream. Check 5 items you consider to be the most important ones. Which ones would  you  NOT do?

Have a family/friend meeting. Explain how important this goal is to you and ask your family’s indulgence to allow you the time or money (or both) that you need to work on it.

Ask your family (or friends) what they believe would be fair in regards to time and money you need to spend on your project.

Once you’ve agreed on time and money, stick to the bargain. Take the time and money you need and that have been agreed to and diligently work to the maximum to achieve your goal.

Do not cheat yourself or your family/friend by not pursuing your dream, especially after they have “given you permission” to go for it.

Learn everything you possibly can. Spend a minimum of 1/3 your allotted time and money learning more about the subject you are pursuing. Become an expert in your field.

Commit to goals, short term and long term. Start with the end in mind – long term goal – and work backward when writing goals. (That’s another whole subject in itself!)

Work on your dream every day of your life. Fill all the minutes and hours you’ve allotted with serious determination one day at a time.

Give it all you can.  There will be days when you don’t feel like giving it your best. Give it your best anyway for that day. True, it might not be your “greatest” day, but give it all you have every day.

Keep a journal. Write down what you accomplish every day. Just a few words will do, or else you will create yet another job, which you don’t need.

Celebrate your achievements! Reward yourself with pre-determined gifts. Even a little bag of jellybeans would be a worthy reward for a short term goal! For your ultimate goals, give yourself the greatest reward. And then set new goals. You CAN achieve more!

III. Watch the movie segment and describe the girls dreams and goals. What are her major
 difficulties to achieve them? What advice would you give her?


Tuesday, October 10, 2017

The Founder: Innovative Ideas

I love t his movie and the way it shows how hard it is to innovate a brand. Leaders should watch it.

Activity inspired by the awesome sites:

Talk to a partner:

1. Do you consider yourself creative? Think of examples that shows you are (not) creative.
2. Think about the items below. What innovations do you remember that have taken happened to them until the version we have nowadays.

- Video games
- Cell phones
- Cars
- Fast food restaurants
- Computers
- Fashion

3. Read four crucial steps managers must have in mind when implementing a new idea in a company. Then explain their meaning in your own words.


Without step-by-step planning, change in an organization is likely to fall apart or cause more problems than benefits. You need to understand exactly what changes will take place and how those changes will occur. You also need to assign roles to individuals who are responsible for the change so all duties are covered.

Lack of Consensus

If you fail to get everyone on board with the corporate changes, you are likely to face barriers during the process. The decision to implement changes should come from the top level of the organization. All management level staff needs to be on board and able to deal with the changes or you may face dissension within the staff.


Failing to communicate with all employees invites rumors and fear into the workplace. Employees want to know what's going on, whether it is positive or negative news. The feeling of uncertainty when management doesn't communicate disrupts work and makes employees feel as if they aren't a part of the decision. Involve all employees as much as possible through meetings or brainstorming sessions to help during the planning phase.

Employee Resistance

In some cases, employees resist change. They become comfortable with the way the business is run. They know the expectations and their role within the company. When a major change disrupts their familiarity, some employees become upset. They don't want to relearn their jobs or change the way they do things.

4. Watch the movie segment and identify how McDonald's innovated the concept of fast food restaurants. Then talk about: