8 Weeks, 8 Fun Facts

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It is finally almost break- did anyone else feel like this short week took a century to get through? Maybe it was just me…bottom line I am really glad it is break- I haven’t been home since January so I could really use my bed and my mom’s food (or any non-campus food for that matter).

So if you haven’t caught on to the theme of Wednesday posts- let me clue you in. I am doing a countdown until the beginning of SBI and since we are at 8 weeks, I decided to make today’s post 8 fun facts about some businesses that you might not know and I found really cool. I have attached the link to where I found these at the bottom because there are 49 other fun facts. They are all really cool- so it’s kind of a shame we aren’t 57 weeks away. Anyway, read, enjoy, and apply!

1. Wal-Mart averages a profit of $1.8 million every hour.

2.  The red and white Coca-Cola logo is recognized by 94% of the world’s population.

3. Adding “/4” to the end of Facebook’s URL will take you to Mark Zuckerberg’s profile. (It’s true- I tried it!)

4. The most productive day of the workweek is Tuesday.

5. Steve Jobs is credited as an executive producer on Toy Story.

6. More than 80 million “mouse ears” have been sold at Walt Disney World to date.

7. Amazon.com employees spend two days every two years working at the customer service desk — even the CEO — in order to help all workers understand the customer service process.

8. Cereal is the second-largest advertiser on television today, behind automobiles.

Have a great break!!

http://www.buzzfeed.com/jessicamisener/57-fascinating-business-facts-that-will-blow-your-mind#.am4lqawmR

TED Talk Thursday

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Hello Readers! Today’s TED talk is really cool. I’m going to backtrack a bit to explain why I chose it- but I know you’ll love it. So first of all, I am a big Grey’s Anatomy fan and a few episodes ago, one of the surgeons did a superman pose before this life or death surgery and said that is scientifically proven to increase chances of success. I was intrigued so I did some research and it is most definitely a thing. If you stand with your feet shoulder width apart, hand on your hips, and look in the upward direction, it stimulates cortisol release which basically stimulates that feel-good, indestructible feeling.

Now, I had a really hectic week last week- including 4 tests in 48 hours and an interview. So I did the pose for five minutes (that’s how long you are supposed to do it for) before each thing and was very successful for each one. Now- I don’t mean to say I rolled into these tests without studying, did the pose and just kind of hoped for the best. Rather, I did it to get me in the I can do this mind set and that is exactly what it did.

This video talks about the phenomena and I found it to be really interesting. It talks, in general, about a few other tricks that affect our emotions with respects to body language. So watch, enjoy, and do it before your next big thing and see how successful you are!

9 Weeks, 9 Songs

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Hello readers- we are officially halfway through the week! It’s seems to be an awful week for everyone with tests and papers and things-so good luck with everything!

So I’m writing this on the gross day that is getting more gray and rainy by the second. How I wanted to spice up the day is by giving you all a new themed playlist that is all songs money and business. And well, since it nine weeks until the start of SBI (don’t forget to apply) I decided to make a list of 9 songs! They are all pretty catchy and just what you need to switch it up on this dreary Wednesday.

1. I’ll Make a Man Out of You (this seemed like an obvious choice) Mulan

 

2. 9 to 5 Dolly Parton

3. Money, Money, Money ABBA

4. Billionaire Bruno Mars

5. She Works Hard  for the Money  Donna Summer

6. Taking Care of Business Bachman-Turner Overdrive

7. Take the Money and Run Steve Miller Band

8. Baby Girl  Sugarland

9. Working for the Weekend Loverboy

TED Talk Thursday

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One. More. Day. Until. The. Weekend. Counting  down the seconds until I can sleep in- that’s super lame I know, but sleep has been a very foreign concept for me this week.

I found this TED talk while I was snooping around the web this week and I thought it was pretty interesting. It looks at the disconnect between what science knows about motivation and how this differs from the results the business world sees. It looks at what the big motivators are now. A big thing they notice is that rather than using rewards to motivate people, intrinsic drive motivates people more consistently. Check it out, it’s pretty cool and is also a good study break.

11 Weeks, 11 Reasons Why

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Well, well we are only 11 weeks out from the beginning of SBI (that’s 76 days to be exact). So for those of you who have applied- well done. For those of you who still need to- you have time don’t worry, here’s the link so you can apply as soon as possible.

For today’s post, I decided to ask around to some previous “SBI-ers” (if that’s a word) and figure out eleven reasons, one for each week until the program begins, why its a good idea to complete SBI. Basically you have no reason to not apply at the end of this, right?

1. Business makes you well rounded as a non-business major because any job has to deal with some sort of business.

2. For nurses or engineers with strict course requirements, the only time to get this intensive of a minor is summer time.

3. You’ll learn a ton. And learning is pretty cool.

4. You don’t have to worry about anything else- other classes, clubs, or commitments- and can be very successful.

5. You’ll learn necessary life skills like teamwork and problem solving which is always good to have more of.

6. “I’m a ___ major with a business minor” makes you different  and unique to future employers.

7. You’ll actually understand the difference between debit and credit.

8. It’s a good readier for the real world- you learn a lot about business, jobs, being professional. Basically all skills needed to be a functioning, working adult.

9. You learn about a lot of career resources that you might never have found- so it really helpful in developing you job search tactics.

10. The professors are flat out amazing and always there to help you if you need it.

11. It’s fun! You get really close to your class and everyone is always willing to help and work through the material together.

Everything You Want to Know: Part 5

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It’s been a while- but it is time for the final post of the things that everyone wants to know about SBI. These are the  final three questions that I had found that people wanted to know about SBI- but if there is any other pressing questions that you have about the program- let me know and the answers are all yours.

1. “So this might be a stupid question- but what do you wear to class?”

There is never a stupid question! Basically people wear what they wear to any class- and it’s summer and campus does get pretty hot so keep that in mind. But Barltey is also a tad on the chilly side- so plan accordingly. Just an insider tip. Also- you will need some business causal attire for the networking event, meeting the client, and for the presentation. So make sure to pack a few nice outfits for occasions like that.

2.  “How easy is it to go home on the weekends?”

It definitely depends where you live- classes end at 4 typically (sometimes 12 if there aren’t afternoon classes) so if you want to go home it is definitely possible. On most weekends, people are studying, doing work, or hanging out around campus. Students mostly chose to go home one or twice a month, and sometimes not even that many because home is just too far. But there is always something to do on campus- so you won’t feel the need to go home just to have something to do.

3. “I know that you have classes and the group project towards the end of the program- how time consuming are both because I feel like that is a ton of work?”

It definitely is a fair amount of work- but during the last week, the Applied Economics class is finished and it is just Competitive Effectiveness.  And even when they are both going, the majority of the homework for both classes is team work so a lot of it is allocation proper time to each class in the group setting. When Economics is done, we had that just in the morning, and then would work on the project in the afternoon. It is very manageable, just make sure you stay on top of timing and it will all get done!

Joke of the day:

Q: What type of shoes do thieves wear?

A: Sneakers

TED Talk Thursday

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I have been getting a lot of questions about specifics of the Competitive Effectiveness groups and the major project that you do during SBI. How it works is that students are assigned to a group and in that group you each choose a role to execute for the duration of the project. Positions vary from group to group, but the major and fairly consistent positions are someone to lead the group, someone to maintain the well-being of the group, someone in charge of technology, someone in charge of editing and writing and a few other positions. Each position is equally vital to the overall productivity and success of the group.

One thing that is really necessary for any and every role of the groups is leadership. Everyone has a different style, but each style inspire something to get done. With that in mind, I found this TED talk in which Simon Sinek identifies how leaders can inspire cooperation, trust and change, all of which are very important and necessary factors for the CE project.

Joke of the Day

Q:  What time is it when you have to go to the dentist?

A: Tooth-hurtie.