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20 financial lessons for any age, with age-appropriate materials.
soupsoup stuns with:
If you’ve got a charge card, the card company already knows what you do, where you go, how you spend your money, what your debt is like. If you use a cell phone or a computer, someone upstream already has access to where you go, what you buy, what you type, and on and on.
No, you don’t really have a privacy.
What you care about, I’m guessing, is being surprised. You don’t want to be surprised to discover that the card company is sending you gift certificates for VD testing because you’ve been staying at hourly motels. You don’t want to be surprised that a site you’ve never visited seems to know an awful lot about your buying habits.
Start with seltzer and syrup from a local bottling company. Add Advanced Placement chemistry students. Let them compete to create a drink that looks, tastes and smells good. Mix in marketing students to name the beverage, design the label, publicize the product and build awareness of the brand.
“What’s cool about this is that it’s really college-level stuff,” said Michael Burden, Oak Creek’s marketing teacher. “It was a great learning experience for students to develop a product from scratch, do taste tests and then hand if off to others to do the marketing aspect.”
Proceeds from the sales will support one or several scholarships for students.
Our school had discussions 2 years ago about changing our business department curriculum. Last year our required elective discussion centered around personal finance. It’s not just a good idea for at-risk students, with college debt strangling our young workforce - it should be a requirement for life-work.
Video from The Economist that highlight women’s economic opportunities worldwide. It is based on the results of an economic index ranking of 113 nations, focusing on issues such as workplace policies (for instance, access to paid maternity leave), education, access to the financial system, and the legal and social status of women in the economy (such as the right to work and social attitudes about women working for pay). The index also attempts to differentiate between official policy and actual practice to provide a better idea of the actual economic environment facing women in each country. The analysis is necessarily limited by the inclusion of only 113 countries (especially for Oceania, where only Australia and New Zealand were included), but it’s a worthwhile watch for a general overview.
The struggles of fictional paper company Dunder Mifflin to compete with real-life office-supply chains like Staples Inc. are a running joke on NBC’s “The Office.” Now, an online outlet owned by Staples is using the Dunder Mifflin name to try to sell more copy paper.
Staples’ Quill.com, based in Lincolnshire, has struck a licensing deal with NBC’s parent company to launch a Dunder Mifflin brand. Priced largely above private-label copy paper, the Dunder Mifflin packages will be emblazoned with slogans such as “Our motto is, ‘Quabity First’” and “Get Your Scrant on,” well-known phrases from the comedy series.
Many companies extol the value of work-life balance for their employees, but the reality for senior executives? There isn’t any. Frequently, stressed and harried managers look up the organization hierarchy and assume that they’ll have greater control of their time when they advance to the C-suite. What they don’t understand is that modern-day telecommunications, the hair-trigger requirements of financial markets, and the pace of global organizations create 24 x 7 work lives for most executives. So, forget work-life balance and think personal organization and finding ways to relax.
“If you don’t think that there’s going to be a lot more art discovered and purchased online, then you don’t need to talk to us. But if you believe that the world is changing, then you shouldn’t miss out.” Cleveland calls Art.sy “a Pandora for art,” and in fact, Pandora’s Joe Kennedy—whose Music Genome underpins the radio-style online service—advised in the creation of the Art Genome.
It is super unprofessional to send an email that ends with the tag “Sent from my iPhone.”
Gotta disagree here…I see the context of your situation. While it would be a perfect world that I could devote attention at my desk to carefully craft a response to every email I get I can’t. Here’s how I assess email I get on my phone:
- Does this require my immediate attention?
- If yes, does it require a phone call?
If it’s requiring an immediate response and doesn’t require a call I’ll answer that email from my phone. And to let that person know I’m not at my desk, along with my grammer/auto-spelling being less than stellar, I make sure that email has my patented “proudly thumb-typed from my mobile device” signature. It succinctly conveys important facts and a courtesy:
- I am not at my desk.
- I determined your email is important and I’m responding as best I can now.
- Despite my best efforts there will be typos, please excuse my thumbs.
- If I’m asking for a response back quickly, please don’t make it really long.
How is that unprofessional?
Shop small: Small Business Saturday
Support local small businesses in your area on Saturday, Nov. 26.
How much do college students really study? According to the annual National Survey of Student Engagement, the average college senior hits the books for about 15 hours a week. But the amount they devote to reading, reviewing notes, or participating in study groups varies significantly depending on their major.
A local school has used the Halloween holiday to give themselves a jolt of cash. They created a haunted maze, running for 12 nights and staffed by 1,000 volunteers. With tickets at $15, they’re hoping to raise $100,000 this year for the district’s special projects.
I thought this was an interesting idea, though I don’t think it would work in my environment. Would this kind of event work for your school?