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Phew! Finally, exams are over…

What a Trimester it has been! It was actually honestly kind of unbelievable to me that after my first trimester in which I took FIVE subjects, including my first Japanese courses, and got FIVE High Distinctions, that this trimester with just FOUR courses could have actually felt more intense somehow!

But anyway, exams are over finally! Though funnily enough, at this stage I only have a week to go before my classes for third Trimester begin…

I was Encouraged to Do Some Tutoring

It was interesting how the tutoring that I ended up getting requests for all ended up being that dreaded subject – Business Data Analysis! Thankfully, I actually don’t mind maths, and mostly it didn’t take too much revision of the material to jog my memory on most of the material – everything except hypothesis testing, which was always a bit of a trip!

Business Data Analysis happens to be a core course for a Business degree, and I would presume for Commerce too. So it is understandable that there was such a demand for that.

Feeling Pretty Smashed to Be Honest!

How is everybody else doing, now that exams are over? I honestly have felt pretty smashed! My first results have actually come back, which is pretty encouraging! In spite of the Japanese exam being super difficult, I actually managed to get 72% which will most likely end up landing me a Distinction! All things considered, I’ll be pretty happy with that. Just waiting back for my Business Ethics and Negotiation exams, and then there is the dreaded Digital Marketing Campaign Plan – worth 50% of the course. In spite of the fact that nothing can change what’s done, still it is difficult to just forget all of that and completely relax! Oh, the life of a student – especially when you’re looking to really achieve…

A Few Events in My Life This Week

So tonight, I’m meant to be attending the Annual Celebration event for the Industry Mentoring Program at the Brisbane Convention & Exhibition Center. It sounds like it’s going to be a pretty major opportunity for networking, but honestly, got to seriously psych myself up! Its “business attire” and the event starts with some kind of “speed networking” activity, which basically amounts to giving a ton of people an elevator pitch of who you are and what you’re up to and what you’re looking to achieve, and giving out a bunch of your business cards.

Tomorrow night, I have a special Congregational Meeting with my Church at West End. I’m actually pretty happy for that. Compared to the energy outlay of a major networking event with a huge crowd of strangers, it will be nice to meet up with people who are basically my family here in Brisbane, hear some about our future direction.

Then Thursday morning, I’m heading to the Gold Coast for the Leadership Transition for the Golden Key International Honour Society Griffith University Chapter. I previously reported (if I remember rightly) about my appointment to the Committee as Public Relations Officer for Brisbane. It will hopefully be a bit of a nice adventure to head down the Coast.

Future Direction

Well, at this point, next Trimester, I’ll just be taking one course – Self-Marketing – which is basically a lot about self-discovery and personal branding. My first class is on October 30, next Tuesday. I’ll most likely write a post for this blog giving a bit of a report on that. It is run as an 8-week intensive course, so I’ll be basically free after Christmas until late February.

Hopefully, in early November, I’ll hear back about my potential participation in the P.A.S.S. program at Uni, as a P.A.S.S. Leader, helping to facilitate sessions of collaborative learning. This could be in any number of core business courses, but of course, the one I hope to participate mostly in would be Introduction to Business Law.

Actually, I think most of my friends know, but it is now official, and I’ve put in my enrollments for first trimester next year courses! I’ve chosen an internal transfer from just Bachelor of Business to start a double-degree, Bachelor of Business and Law from next year! So I’ll be around Griffith for a while longer, I imagine! I actually really love being a student at Griffith.

Long Time, No Post

Well, it’s been a little while since my last post, especially with the hectic nature of the last month – final major assessments and exams! But at least now, this is a bit of an update for those who have been following along. Really appreciate all of my friends, and especially those who have mentioned to me in person that they follow my blog and social media and have been inspired by me to become better students, ultimately better contributors all round. When my energy is low, as it is currently, remembering your kind words helps me to carry on.

Till later, hopefully I’ll be back to writing more regularly soon – especially as I work through the next few months Self-Marketing and personal branding.

Steven

 

 

 

 

#3DSGriffith 2018 – 3 Day Startup Workshop Weekend – Highly Recommended!

Just thought I’d throw up a gallery of a few of the highlights from #3DSGriffith 2018

A Big Weekend: 3 Day Startup Development & Lean Canvas

Phew, its already week nine of second trimester, and exams are definitely looming! The pace of life at Uni is reaching fever-pitch, though for some of us, maybe our major assessment tasks for the trimester have been submitted? It might be the eye of the storm for a little bit? Well, this weekend I was involved with the 3-Day Startup Workshop Weekend, and I really wanted to share a bit about it, and my experience of it.

It was definitely an experience that I highly recommend everyone take part in! There were certainly elements of it that were pretty grueling! But it was an amazing learning experience over all – and there’s free food and a great chance to network and make new friends!

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Why I Chose to Cage My Night Owl and Become An Early Bird

There are so many things that I know have been of great benefit to me of late, different choices that I’ve made to finally embrace some basic common sense notions of life and wisdom that actually work. One of the key things that I knew that I needed to put into place early if I was ever going to succeed in achieving my ultimate goals was to adjust my whole sleeping routine. It seems kind of appropriate for a Pidgeon to be teaching you about Owls and Early Birds, right?

Well, ever since I was a baby (my mum told me) I was never one for sleep or eating for that matter. I always wanted to be doing stuff, always wanted to be where the action was. Well, combine that with a student lifestyle that doesn’t really require much discipline if I don’t want it to, and that can spell trouble! I’m definitely more naturally a night owl. I love to stay up late reading, playing games, watching movies. So it took a very concerted effort (and still does, to be honest, to some degree) for me to become an early bird! But I know that there are so many good reasons why I wanted to make the change – and why I reckon you should consider it too. Continue reading

Without Direction, Information Alone is Worthless (A Parable)

Imagine for a moment, you arrive in Paris airport. You’re all really excited, a bit nervous. It’s your first time in Europe, let alone France – and you don’t really speak much French, except a little you learned in high school.

So where to from there? You try to get some help. You manage to get a map. Great! This big map of Paris – its got the whole city mapped out. It’s got everything you’d want to know, right? It tells you the whole story… But where am I on this map? And where am I wanting to get to? Hmm, see how a map by itself is pretty useless. That’s what it’s like with information. Information alone is worthless without direction.

They are very different concepts, though obviously they both have their place. Continue reading

My Unexpected Revolutionary Tipping Point

Every one has those moments in their life where the crisis hits, that watershed moment where you have a choice that must be made, and which way you decide to go with determine so much of what is ahead. Often the powerful thing about such moments is that your past doesn’t automatically have to be your reference point for where you go from there. It can be a moment of revival, redirection.

The past few years of my life especially actually feel like a journey from one such point to another really. But this morning, I wanted to share with you what must be one of the latest ones for me. It was definitely unexpected and unplanned for, but how I embraced it made it truly a revolutionary tipping point – a key to unlocking my personal development towards so many deep desires that I have had for a long time.

My hope in sharing a bit of my story is that when that moment comes for you, that you could embrace it and make the choice that could set your path on so much a more awesome trajectory that you could have hoped for or imagined! Sounds too good to be true? Well, read on and see. This is me! Continue reading

My easy routine for morning exercise (and other updates)

Well, it’s Wednesday morning here now, and I’ve my second two-hour Japanese workshop for my week this afternoon. So I just finished up my homework. Part of my homework was a second time that I’ve had to ask some questions to a Japanese friend (which thankfully I have a really nice one who is willing to help me out) and then rewrite her responses into a certain grammatical form for reporting something that someone has said (-γ¨θ¨€γ£γ¦γ„γΎγ—γŸ). So now that I’ve got that out of the way, just having my morning coffee, and decided that I wanted to share a few new things that I’ve got going in the past week or so.

One thing that I’ve really wanted to figure out was a really workable morning routine as far as exercise. I have my apple cider vinegar that I drink first thing, and I have my green breakfast smoothies (now with rolled oats, thanks to a suggestion from a really good friend of mine). But I hadn’t really had anything going as far as exercise.

Well, the other week I discovered an App for my phone – called “ManFIT” and it is a really well-designed app! I can set up notifications, and it has a “full-body fat-burning workout,” which I’ve been using as my easy routine for morning exercise every day now. It is just 20 minutes, and has a bit of stretching and a few cardio things (like jumping jacks). But mostly what I really love about it is the helpful notifications – and that is has some motivational music and a voice that helps you know what you’re doing, and counts down the last 5 seconds before you have a break, and then it congratulates you when you finish!

So if you were looking for something like that, I highly recommend it! Continue reading

Writing a ILAC Answer for Business Law

I’ve been thinking that I want to write a brief guide for some more academic content, to share things that I’ve learned – and one of the biggest subjects where I really learned a lot was in the course “Legal Issues for Managers” (which has been revamped as Introduction to Business Law from this trimester, and now includes more content, if it really wasn’t already enough to pack into twelve weeks already). Well, it was one of the most stimulating courses that I’ve taken so far. Not only was it really interesting to learn about the Law, Contracts, Corporations Law and Agency, Employment Relations law and Anti-Discrimination legislation in the workplace. Due to the nature of the course’s exam (being open book) I was MORE organized than ever with my study notes! I also managed to achieve 98.5% in the course, which was reported as being the highest result in the course ever! So I definitely feel on that basis alone I have a bit of weight in offering some advice in writing an ILAC answer for Business Law.

So I could presume that you already know what ILAC means, but just in case, just a brief introduction. ILAC is an acronym for a certain structure used in writing up legal advice. We were told that it was industry professionals that were behind this methodology being taught to us in the course, and really I can see why. It really sets things out nicely.

  1. I – Issues – Where you state the particular issues that are involved in your hypothetical response, formed as questions to be answered by the end of your response.
  2. L – Law – Where you outline the legislation and case law involved in your response, with a brief label for each as to the basic legal principle drawn from it.
  3. A – Application – This is the biggest part of the answer, where, in essay form, you work your way, step by step, through the Law mentioned above, and explain the principles that they contain, and then apply the principles of the Law directly to the facts of your hypothetical.
  4. C – Conclusion – Here is where you go back and provide in brief an answer to your issues, including whatever procedures should be followed and available remedies.

So that’s the form in brief. Obviously, different types of Law will have a little different approach in terms of what kinds of issues you address and even what logical order you would follow. (In our course, we were given a Template to follow for Agency and Anti-Discrimination, as these were the main ILACs to be written in our final exam. So obviously pay attention to these, and then key your notes into these templates.) Continue reading

Cultivating a Growth Mindset – A Pun on Words

Well, this afternoon I’m back at Garden City, and checking out the new Library’s “quiet area”. It really is quite nice! I’ve got a seat at a desk facing the internal windows, and the library is quite a buzz right now. It really has a positive vibe here, fresh and new and local community space.

Anyway, as I was saying in the title, I was going to write about a few of the things that I’m doing in my life, “cultivating a growth mindset” – definitely, with a pun very much intended.

Those of you who have been following my blog would have read my post about getting involved in your local community garden. Well, earlier this afternoon I dropped by Salisbury Community Garden.

First Visit to My Local Community Garden

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The Beginning of My Journey in Exploring Business Ethics

Today was a great day, and the end of a great week of studying. Already arrived at week four of my current trimester. (Here at Griffith University we study in blocks of twelve weeks, so that’s basically a quarter of the way to the end of another course of new learning.) So, this trimester I’m studying Digital & Social Media Marketing, Negotiation, Business Ethics & Corporate Governance, and Japanese 1B. As you could imagine, student life is already picking up towards those first major mid-semester assessments. Just finished my first online quiz for Japanese yesterday. On Sunday I have my Negotiation Plan for a negotiation between the management of a dairy company (that I have been assigned to represent) and the Union, looking to create a first-time Enterprise Bargaining Agreement. Then at the end of next week, before our mid-semester break, I’ve got my Research component (Situation Analysis, SWOT Analysis, Personas and Digital Challenge Assessment) as the basis for my Digital Marketing Campaign plan due at the end of my Digital Marketing course! Phew, so yeah, I’m a busy boy right now!

Well, getting back to today! Our workshop in Business Ethics and Corporate Governance was putting the finishing touches on the first module of our studies, looking at the basic theoretical frameworks of ethical decision-making. It is pretty philosophical, but I’m really glad for what I’m learning. It is definitely laying a good foundation from which I can begin exploring business ethics over the rest of the course, looking at various case studies. We’re going to be begin our investigation with the “AWB & Iraqi Oil for Food Scandal”. Honestly, its way more interesting than it might sound!

Why Business Ethics?

To some, the concept of “business ethics” is a contradiction in terms. However, as in any area of life, there are ways to conduct business while keeping ethical considerations in mind – and not just the money. Ethics itself is the study of morality, and delves into the realm of philosophy, considering what is the best rationale for determining what is right and wrong, what is the best decision to be made in any particular situation. Similar to the pluralist society that we live in, where there are many interests represented and power is to some extent decentralized, so there are many ethical perspectives that should be taken into account when making a decision in business that could impact on the society in which we live. Continue reading

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