always reaching for bigger and better

We moved our class blog, made it fancy, and even included videos and photo galleries!

I noticed that everyone was very excited

“just a sneaky way of assigning more homework”

Yeah, we love you too… (!)

If you’re a student in Sao Paulo or Belo Horizonte, you should have your username and password by now. Check in with your section teacher if you don’t, or if you have any administrative questions.

This space becomes a vintage memorial for our first school’s classes, and will be a good reference point as we pop up in other cities and countries.

Be well. Um forte abraço,

Teresa

Play-Making!

Middle of Month Surprise! 

Yes, we’ve been warning you…

We’re working on Public Speaking this week!

Step #1. Read this: http://www.newyorker.com/magazine/2014/10/13/tales-trash

Step #2. Get ready to move around in class, and bring your dramatic game face.

End-of-Year Plans (yes, even though it’s only October)

Question of the year: What skills do I need to go where I want to be?

Draw road maps, design a presentation, or just talk about your personal expectations for 2015.

Remember – this is NOT to scare you !!

NOT WHAT WE WANT

We just thought you’d enjoy talking about your own selves for a bit. Doesn’t everyone? 😉

See you next time!

A little bit more political economy than business development, but…

..this makes everyone laugh.

Institutions On My Mind

                                 Institutions On My Mind

What are we sure of in this world? aka HOW DO WE SURVIVE WITH THE GREAT INFLUX OF INFORMATION?

Today let’s discuss what business statistics can tell us about the state of our firms, and how certain we feel about the data that can make our product and outreach better.

3 practices that help us all handle the in-flow of information that we have on how our businesses are doing

= 3 EASY PRACTICES THAT HELP US SURVIVE

1. Rank all incoming data according to:

[VERY HELPFUL and FULLY CERTAIN]

[GOOD TO KNOW AND PROBABLY TRUE]

[NOT ACTIONABLE BECAUSE WE CAN NEVER JUDGE IF TRUE OR TESTABLE]

2. Do long term planning once a month and medium term planning once a week.

No, really. I stick to this 80% of the time.

When I falter, it’s because I prioritized going to dance class or running at the gym.

OR

When I falter, it’s because I punished myself by going to run at the gym.

3. When overwhelmed, I gather the group and say:

BASED ON ALL THE INFORMATION WE HAVE GATHERED THUS FAR…. WE DON’T KNOW.

We’ll talk about your best practices next time. 🙂

Happy Monday!

Rio made the list of 10 Most Dangerous Cities in the World to Travel?

Rio came in at #7. Here’s the reason why, according to the website:

Many cities in Brazil have very high crime rates, and some are more dangerous than Rio de Janeiro. Yet since Rio is by far the most popular tourist destination in Brazil, it’s worth focusing on here. Rio is actually safer than it was a decade ago, but street crimes are still common in many areas, especially at night. It’s possible to enjoy the resorts and beaches of this city, but common sense precautions should be taken.

To see who came in at #1, click here:

http://www.escapehere.com/destination/10-most-dangerous-cities-in-the-world-to-travel

What do immigrant entrepreneurs need when starting in a new place?

At first, everyone quiet, fidgety. Maybe no one knew where to start.

But once we opened the proverbial box, the flow of suggested needs didn’t stop:

Access to cash, credit

Familial support

Support network of friends, peers, colleagues and mentors

Translators

Guides to bureaucratic systems

Information on supply chains

Information on transportation options

Information on industry

Information on everything

…and so on.

We’re thinking about what we can do to help more. Open to ideas from everyone!

Sending everyone good thoughts this weekend! 🙂