First of all I’d like to thank those of you who have already given me some names of great IB teachers. If you’d like to add a nomination, please do that here.
I’m on the lookout for some of the really great IB teachers in the world. I want to connect with them, talk with them and help them spread their best insights.
Maybe you have a really good IB Biology teacher at your school. Students just love this woman. I could talk with her and then write about one of her exam tips or an insight about how she approaches the course.
I want to learn from great people, so I can make hard things easier for other great people. That’s my mission.
I’m hoping a bi-product of this is that I can bring a lot of recognition to a lot of teachers who work really hard, but maybe haven’t gotten a lot of positive attention before. Teaching can be a solitary job sometimes, so it couldn’t hurt to make your favourite teacher internet-famous.
Teachers are welcome to nominate other teachers too. Please do.
I’m hoping a bi-product of this is that I can bring a lot of recognition to a lot of teachers who work really hard, but maybe haven’t gotten a lot of positive attention before. Teaching can be a solitary job sometimes, so it couldn’t hurt to make your teacher internet-famous.
If there’s someone you think deserves a bigger audience, please let me know a bit about them.
Here’s that link again. It takes 60 seconds and your teacher will love you forever.
Life is full of complicated trade-offs, but when you make the decision to be the best at something you’re saying no to almost everything else.
Only when we commit to being the best can we focus completely and do the necessary work.
That kind of commitment takes courage and most people aren’t willing to act with that kind of courage.
Most people never really commit to ambitious goals. They mention things that they’d like to achieve, but they never actually DECIDE to achieve them. So they don’t. And this results in lower self-confidence and confirmation that they should also aim for less next time around.
Making a real decision cuts off all other possibilities. If you decide to be the fastest runner, you don’t have to decide which days you’re going to train. You’re going to train every day. A lot of little decisions have already been made, so you can get on with it. You can do the work and become the best.
If you decide half-way you might never get anywhere.
So, it’s not easy to become the best, but it’s a simple thing. That decision makes everything simple.
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10 years ago my wife and I shared a house in London with a guy who worked at a major bank. I’ll call him Jack, but that’s not his real name.
Jack was hired as a writer. He wrote reports. He had credentials from several impressive colleges and he knew almost everything about finance. Unfortunately, Jack was actually not a great writer. He spoke so many languages that he was always making mistakes.
What Jack could do was speak to anyone and make them love him, almost instantly. He was just that kind of guy. He was always authentic and always comfortable. With a CEO, a well-known politician or a little kid he was always the same: comfortable and completely genuine.
But he still had this problem: he wasn’t great at his job.
The thing I learned from Jack is that you need to go with your strengths.
It’s easy to feel like we can’t do the things we want to do. We’ve got obligations filling up the day. But, really successful people find a way to do the things they love anyway.
Jack made sure to take time to meet every client who walked through the office, even though that was not part of his job. He knew that he was great with people and he enjoyed doing it.
Fast forward 10 years. Jack is now in charge of keeping in contact with the bank’s most important clients and important government officials, around the world. He’s perfect for the job because he is someone anyone would be happy to pick up the phone and call and he understands people so well.
The lesson: As busy as you might get, still take time do the things you’re great at. You’ll become even better at them with more practice. And eventually the world will find a place for you at the top.
If you’re an IB student and you’d like some extra support, IBMastery can help.
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I know there are a lot of you (IB Business Management students) who haven’t yet gotten the full CUEGIS video course, so here is part of it that I know will help you as you prepare for the new concepts of exam question (Paper 2, Part C).
This is my step-by-step method for answering these questions, to make sure you get full marks on the exam.
Remember, this one question can easily bring you up an ENTIRE GRADE level, if you do it right. It’s worth 10% of the whole course.
In this step-by-step CUEGIS-answer method I’m going to be as succinct as possible. I want to give you a simple model you can use and then I’ll show you can example of a perfect answer. (That’s the sample perfect answer in the online course — which is available for a free trial, as part of the IB Business Mastery pack).
First, know that you will have about 34 minutes for this question. And basically we have to follow an Introduction-Body-Conclusion approach. Nothing too hard so far.
The CUEGIS method
The body will address each concept, but mostly just one concept at a time.
The basic model you’ll follow will be CL + CO + CT + CT.
CL = Case link. Give a fact about your chosen company and the first concept.
CO = Concept link. Tell us something interesting about this concept.
CT = Course theory. Use a keyword or idea from the course to develop your insight.
CT = Course theory. Use another keyword or idea from the course to develop your insight further.
Before you start
You need to carefully read the question and decide how you’re going to approach it. You’ve got basically three choices. Each of these basic approaches help you to look at the concepts and your chosen business from two sides.
If you take IB Business Management (HL or SL), you’re probably a bit nervous about the new CUEGIS questions.
The CUEGIS question (Part C, in your final Paper 2 Examination) will be worth 10% of your mark in the course. The difference between a 4 and a 6 in IB Business is 11%, so this one essay could have a huge affect on how well you do.
But people are finding it challenging to prepare for because it’s completely new to the IB. And it’s a very different type of assessment than we’ve had before in IB Business Management. Your teachers haven’t seen these questions before either, so it’s new to everyone.
I’ve created this mini-course, which will teach you everything you need to know about this question in 3 hours or less.
Almost everyone starts kindergarten full of curiosity, enthusiasm and big opinions about things. And very few graduate that way.
Why is that?
Modern schools make pragmatists of all of us.
As an educator, I consider my primary responsibilities to be building students’ enthusiasm for learning and building their ability to learn on their own. I don’t like thinking that schools themselves are somehow acting against their own aims.
So what would a school look like that was designed by students and run by students? Honestly, I fear it would end up looking a lot like the schools we have already. Because we all, so easily get so used to the way things are already. It becomes hard to imagine successful alternatives. We need not only fresh eyes, but also the insights of geniuses.
The tide is turning though. Ken Robinson’s Ted Talk about school’s killing creativity is the most popular Ted Talk ever. He’s bold, admonishing and hard to disagree with.
Those of us who really believe in the potential of education to empower people need to do as much as we can to make schools places much more about freedom, confidence-building and fun. And perhaps less about pragmatism and assessment.
I’d like my own sons to graduate even more curious, more enthusiastic, more confident and more opinionated than they were going in. And hilarious –I’d like school to make my boys as funny as possible.
Motivated people find a way. They don’t need everything to be perfect before they can work. They just do it. They push through with what’s available.
Motivated people can handle discomfort for the moment, because they know that what’s coming is worth it.
Is there a way to become motivated if you aren’t motivated already? Yes.
If you’d like to do this, we’re going to go positive and then go negative. We’re going to heighten your positive and negative emotions around one of your goals.
I want to warn you that this exercise can be quite powerful. It takes about 10 minutes and it will definitely increase your motivation. Maybe dramatically.
Here we go.
Write down the answers to these questions or say the answers out loud to really lock in the experience. It’s not enough to simply read the questions. The power comes from you really thinking through your answers in a personal way. Take at least a full minute for each question.
What is a very specific goal you care about achieving?
What will it mean to you to achieve your goal?
What else will be great about achieving your target?
How will that make you feel?
What will other people think about you when you achieve your goal?
What else will be possible for you and for the people you care about when you reach your target?
In what ways would your life be worse if you didn’t achieve your goal?
What is the worst thing that could happen if you didn’t reach your target?
How would that make you feel?
What else could go wrong if you didn’t achieve your goal?
How would that affect you and the people around you?
Everyone knows that creativity is important. Parents know the value of play for their kids and our most innovative companies know it too.
If it works for our children and for the most-skilled among us, what’s stopping the rest of us?
In a massive IBM survey, 1,500 CEO’s from 60 countries chose creativity as the #1 skill required by leaders. Personally, I was surprised that the managers didn’t choose something like intelligence or the ability to communicate. (The managers I know often talk about feeling pressured to focus on achieving very-specific, narrowly-defined targets.) But they chose creativity.
Creativity, like memory, is a muscle. It won’t grow stronger if we don’t really use it. But as we spend more time with it, it can allow us to smash-through problems our earlier less-creative selves never could have.
It can seem hard to justify taking time-out to journal, to doodle or to go for a walk and ask ourselves some really unusual What-If questions, because we’re busier than ever. And we’re trying to be responsible. But building the habit of exploring all the possibilities in a situation, letting the subconscious mind weigh-in, can help us find the breakthroughs we need.
[blockquote cite=”Roger Von Oech” type=”left, center, right”]Life is ambiguous; there are many right answers — all depending on what you are looking for. But if you think there’s only one right answer, then you’ll stop looking as soon as you find one.[/blockquote]
Success is more a function of the quality of the decisions we make, rather than the resources we have available. It’s not what we have, but what we do with what we have. And it’s hard to find the best answers if we don’t take time to ask the questions.
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