As you may be aware from earlier postings (here) one of my former Unitec New Zealand students, Aroha Vause, is engaged in teaching business studies to a class of Year 9 through 13 students at Nga Kakano School in Te Atatu South. Her new initiative has been a great success with the children developing two innovative and exciting ‘Young Enterprise’.
One of these enterprise, Nga Puawaitanga, is currently composing an eight-track album to be sold to the New Zealand and international market.
Nga Puawaitanga specialise in Maori, Soul, and Reggae. The theme of their first album is based on their beloved homeland ‘Aotearoa’. Their lyrics inspire youth to be proud in their own skin.
Please support this talented group by purchasing their first single ‘People’ from http://www.reverbnation.com/store/store_for_song/13240088
Help ensure the album ‘goes viral’ …please remember to reblog, Tweet, and Like on your facebook pages!
Postscript: I understand the two Nga Kakano School YES teams have each succeeded in reaching the semi-finals stage of the Young Enterprise Scheme competition.
- Advancing educational outcomes through Education for Enterprise in a Maori/Pacifika school: The case of Nga Kakano Christian Reo Rua Kura Part ONE: Strategic development issues (pogus.tumblr.com)
- The March meeting of West Auckland Young Enterprise Scheme (YES)… (pogus.tumblr.com)
- Education for Enterprise at Nga Kakano Christian Reo Rua… (pogus.tumblr.com)
- New Zealand Music Month (serato.com)
- Educating our Tamariki (worldview.co.nz)
- Maori comedienne takes to stage (radionz.co.nz)
- Young Enterprise speed coaching event at Trusts Stadium, Henderson (thedomm.com)
“Any fool can learn from his own mistakes. It takes genius to learn from the mistakes of others” (Albert Einstein)
A cautionary tale inspired by TWO of my students having their computers stolen over the last four weeks.
Imagine this scenario. Tomorrow you have an assignment due for submission. You have been collecting research for the last six weeks, making notes on your computer. You have a satisfactory draft almost ready for submission. Tonight you intend to polish the draft expecting to raise your anticipated grade from a B to an A grade.
You return home to your apartment. To your horror, your computer has been stolen. The backup drive you hid under the bed has been stolen. Even the TV and hair-drier have been stolen!
Tomorrow you face a bad hair day. But wait … there is worse. If you fail to submit the assignment you will fail the course as a whole. You will require to enrol in the course the next semester. You have wasted a semester of effort and a semester of study fees. If you are fortunate, your tutor MIGHT grant you a Special Assessment Circumstance (SAC) allowing you to submit your assignment a week later…. However, you must provide your tutor with evidence of having completed some work towards the assignment.
The good news is you kept an off-site hard-drive backup in addition to your on-site backup … the drive you thought you had hidden cleverly under the bed. The bad news is that you rotate the on-site and off-site backup on a weekly basis. That means your backup and notes for your assignment are one week out of date. Good news: at least you can prove to your tutor that you had completed some work towards the assignment. Furthermore, you can probably recover your writing over the forthcoming week… as long as you can remember those brilliant creative insights you had last week…. But you won’t get that A grade you expected, just a C grade pass,or ‘eligible to complete’ status and NO grade for the assignment!
The better good news is that you also kept your working draft ‘in the cloud’ on a remote server somewhere on the interweb!. You used DropBox or Google docs to save your draft. Having that ‘cloud’ backup means you can access your draft from ANY computer in the world. That is very good news….
But what about all those references that you have not yet cited correctly in your assignment? What about all those little scruffy notes you made about each of the research papers and web pages your read?
Fortunately, you save a reference to everything you read into your Zotero database. And Zotero is where you save copies of documents, notes, quotes, and ideas for your assignments. Like DropBox, all your Zotero records are stored ‘in the cloud’.
Unfortunately, the two students I mentioned that gave me inspiration to write this warning had NO off-site drives, NO DropBox, and NO Zotero. They lost EVERYTHING! They have no means to recover the semester of work they have completed … for ALL their courses.
I am fortunate that I have NOT had my computer, hard-drives, or hair-drier (?!) stolen. However, in the last 24 months:
- The hard drive of one of my computers failed, the data being unrecoverable … but I fortunately had a backup drive;
- Two supposedly-top quality, German designed portable hard drives, bought expressly for the purpose of managing my off-site/on-site rotation system failed within 8 months of purchase;
- The power supply on my permanent TimeMachine hardrive backup drive failed twice. But fortunately the data was recoverable …. the second time.
- Thefts happen
- Hardware fails
- Hardware gets mislaid
- … cloud-based data-storage providers get shut down by ‘the Fed’, the government of China, etc, etc
The lessons I hope you take from these TRUE cautionary tales are:
- Ensure you have multiple backup and data recovery strategies.
- Use ‘the cloud’, AND hour-by-hour incremental backups, AND rotate your backup drives between your home and an off-site location.
- Use high-quality server-grade disk drives for your hour-by-hour incremental backups. Reason: the drives get a LOT of use!
- Use SEVERAL cloud-based data storage services to store (a) Assignments and projects that you are working on a daily basis (b) References, and notes (c) Critical ‘must have anywhere’ documents (Course syllabuses, assignment specifications).
- Storing data in cloud-based services costs you fees above a small ‘freemium’ level. But those fees are INSIGNIFICANT when compared with the cost of repeating just ONE university course…. or giving up your part-time job whilst you rush to reswrite your assignments.
I recently installed an Apple TimeCapsule to provide hour-by-hour incremental backups for the two Macintosh computers we have in our home. The Timecapsule is located remote from the two computers, but I need to really, really hide the TimeCapsule from the possibility of thieves. Of course, a house-fire is still a possibility, hence the need for cloud storage AND an off-site/on-site rotation system.
Selecting cloud based services
The two cloud-based services I mentioned earlier are fit for overlapping, but different purposes. If I had to choose just one, it would be Zotero. However, I use FOUR cloud based services:
DropBox - I use mostly for current working documents, such as course syllabuses, student gradebooks, research papers I am writing, and travel documents. DropBox also has a full sync capability, so that I can choose to carry selected documents from my DropBox on my iPad. Plus I can ‘send’ documents to other people merely by emailing a URL link to the document (picture, or spreadsheet, etc). VERY easy to use, just like a folder of files that rests on your computer desktop. As I mentioned earlier, you can access the folders and files in your DropBox cloud from any internet-connected com puter anywhere…. provided you remember your login id and passoword.
Dropbox App (Photo credit: Funkbreaks)
Zotero - I use for recording the bibliographic details of EVERYTHING I read, whether online or offline. I store working notes, documents, pdfs, and images associated with the documents as required, plus my finished publications and blog postings. When I wish to create a bibliography section for an article, I just ‘drag-and-drop’ the selected bibliographic items from the Zotero user-interface window into the document. Zotero formats the bibliography in APA style, or whatever preference you set… And sorts the list alphabetically. There are many advanced Zotero features, such as being able to share a bibliographic collection with a private or open group of users. All members of the group can add to the collection, and make notes. An excellent collaborative tool for working jointly on a publication or research project. My Zotero profile is here: http://www.zotero.org/pmellalieu
For a quick video outlining the tremendous capability of Zotero, watch: http://www.zotero.org/support/screencast_tutorials/zotero_tour
Zotero 2.b07 Beta interface & Mock-ups (Photo credit: Emre Ayca)
Zenfolio - I use for presenting and sharing photographs. This is a specialist site providing a range of services from freemium to the demanding needs of top-end professional photographers. You can make your albums public, private, or password protected. You can choose to limit the quality of photograph downloads and make available a quality print service. There are very convenient extensions to iPhoto and Aperture for uploading photos to Zenfolio. Plus convenient facilities for creating embeddable slideshows on blogs, websites and Facebook. A very convenient iPad app makes it easy to show, edit, and delete photos. My public Zenfolio site is here: http://petermellalieu.zenfolio.com
Academia.edu - A ‘Facebook for Academics!’ This is where I place every publication I have produced in my academic life since 1972! Academia.edu provides the ability to present an abstract, quickly-viewable article, and tag for each of my articles. Since placing my articles on Academia.edu, my publications have become very visible in Google searches, which is a satisfying for an academic to learn. For every article, I know how many times the article has been identified and viewed from a search, and who has viewed it. My scholastic papers http://unitec.academia.edu/PeterMellalieu/Papers
- Scrivener and Zotero (everythingscrivener.wordpress.com)
- Zotero 3 (pcmag.com)
- File Loss and Data Corruption (webroot.com)
- Google Drive: The Cloud Backup I want to see (zdnet.com)
- How to Use Zotero (ntinterpretation.wordpress.com)
- Cloud Backup Reviews: Mozy Vs DropBox, which is the better service? (boldstate.com)
- Taking care of your digital data is mission critical (ernietheattorney.net)
- Book Review: Zotero by Jason Puckett (web2learning.net)
- Rich Mackey (onlinestorage.org)
- Disaster Recovery & Business Intelligence in the Cloud |Webroot (webroot.com)
- Online cloud based Data storage and Backup solutions for personal, business and enterprise use (ceoworld.biz)
- 4 Ways to Backup Your Music Files (webroot.com)
- Cloud Storage Free-As-In-Beer Options (brizoma.wordpress.com)
- Google Drive Launches (areweconnected.com)
Kong, Y. (n.d.). Young, Asian and Unemployed? Know thyself. Jolt Challenge. Retrieved May 14, 2012, from http://www.joltchallenge.com/blog/young-asian-and-unemployed-know-thyself-1/
Lion dancers surrounded by onlookers at the Auckland lantern festival. A child peers inside one lion’s costume. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)
I highly recommend Yin Kong’s article to my students and colleagues. I endorse in particular the importance of both networking, and understanding one’s interpersonal talents - to ‘know thyself’.
Let me also share a personal anecdote that might help readers understand why they might be pigeon-holed into back-office technical jobs, rather than positioned in higher-earning front-line jobs.
An Asian student of mine was undertaking a work placement in a financial services company. During the placement, the student’s manager remarked that if the student’s formal English writing and speaking met a New Zealand business English standard, then the student could be placed and trusted in a front-line position. The consequence would be a doubling in salary from, say $40,000 to $80,000. The company would then no longer need to double-check his work and writing.
To his credit, the next time I met the student he had enrolled in a Toastmasters programme, presenting a speech on his first night’s attendance. I note that the student’s manager was ethnic Chinese, Malaysian born, and had worked in New Zealand for about 15 years. I also note that the student had filled his entire three-year qualification in accounting and business studies with technical subjects. Only at the very end of his qualification did he receive the foregoing advice that he would have better invested his study taking a selection of courses to develop explicitly his formal English Language writing and spoken performance.
As an aside, any student of mine who fails to meet a professional business English standard is required to rewrite until they meet the standard. They receive no grade credit until they meet the standard. About 35 to 45 per cent of my students fall into this category.
International English Institute Basketball Game (Photo credit: www.english.school.nz)
Learning business English
Global English - Improving business English communication skills of global companies. (n.d.). Retrieved May 19, 2010, from http://www.globalenglish.com/m/
McAlpine, R. (1997). Global English: A secret code. Global English for Global Business (pp. 5–15). Longman.
McAlpine, R. (n.d.). From Plain English to Global English. Quality Web Content. Retrieved August 12, 2009, from http://www.webpagecontent.com/arc_archive/139/5/
Mellalieu, P. J. (2007, June 3). Let’s all learn and teach Global English in our business schools! Peter Mellalieu - Teacher. Retrieved April 21, 2010, from http://web.me.com/petermellalieu/Teacher/Blog/Entries/2007/7/3_Let%E2%80%99s_all_learn_and_teach_Global_English_in_our_business_schools!.html
Mellalieu, P. J. (2009). Writing to learn argument and persuasion: A “Trojan Horse” for promoting the adoption of “Writing Across the Curriculum” (WAC) principles. Presented at the Unitec Teaching and Learning Symposium, Auckland, NZ: Unitec Institute of Technology. Retrieved from http://preview.tinyurl.com/wactrojan
Peter Mellalieu. (2010). Oh, why can’t the students learn to write. Retrieved from http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sYf3_eXoWJg&feature=youtube_gdata_player
Mellalieu, P. J. (2010). Engaging a student-directed “living curricula”: Progress results and reflections from introducing strengths-based professional development in an international business school. Presented at the Unitec Learning, Teaching, and Research Symposium, Auckland, NZ: Unitec Institute of Technology. Retrieved from http://web.me.com/petermellalieu/Teacher/Examples/Entries/2010/10/1_Strengths-based_professional_development_in_an_international_business_school_.html
Mellalieu, P. J., Hovgaard, N., & Pedersen, L. (2010a, June 9). Engaging a student-directed living curricula: Progress results and reflections from introducing strengths-based professional development in an international business school (Audio recording). Internet Archive. Retrieved August 27, 2010, from http://www.archive.org/details/EngagingAStudent-directedLivingCurriculaProgressResultsAndReflections
Mellalieu, P. J., Hovgaard, N., & Pedersen, L. (2010c, July). Engaging the “living curricula”: Reflections from strengths-based professional development in an international business school. Presented at the Research Seminar - Department of Management & Marketing, Auckland: Unitec Institute of Technology. Retrieved from http://pogus.tumblr.com/post/668196903/engaging-the-living-curricula-reflections-from
Buckingham, M., & Clifton, D. O. (2001). Now, Discover Your Strengths (1st ed.). Free Press.
Rath, T., & Conchie, B. (2009). Strengths-Based Leadership - Great leaders, teams, and why people follow (1st ed.). Gallup Press.
- Ying Kong: Young, gifted and Asian? Take heart (nzherald.co.nz)
- Hello world! (financialfreedomtravel.wordpress.com)
- Endesa, One of the World’s Largest Power Companies, Launches Strategic Global Communications Plan and Selects GlobalEnglish to Help Establish One Language of Business Across the Enterprise (sys-con.com)
- PH: World’s best country in business English (newsph.org)
- When Global Enterprises Go English-Only (globalenglishblog.com)
- Why “Business English” and “English” Aren’t Synonymous (globalenglishblog.com)
- More support urged for Asian-born business graduates (radionz.co.nz)
- Social Collaboration in the Global Workplace (globalenglishblog.com)
A delicious morning tea hosted by staff of the Unitec Department of Management and Marketing welcomed their new Head of Department, Sukesh SUKAMARAN today. Colleagues from associated departments from the Faculty of Creative Industries and Business also joined in the celebration and welcome.
Sukesh has a Bachelor of Applied Science (Geophysics) (Hons) and a from Otago University, Master of Business Administration. Originally employed as an oil and gas geophysicist in his homeland of Malaysia, Sukesh has worked in 12 countries across four continents, in various international business development, sales and marketing, management and leadership roles in a wide range of organisations and companies.
In New Zealand, Sukesh has worked in large businesses including Crown Minerals, Telecom NZ and KPMG Consulting, and more recently at Auckland Tourism Events and Economic Development (ATEED). Sukesh has also had leadership and management roles in smaller innovation-driven companies such as The Web Company, winner of Waitakere “Best Mid-Sized Business Award” in 2009, and is well connected with local businesses in and around Auckland. He has also been working in a mentor role over the past seven years, providing online/web/social media insight and expertise to help grow businesses that appreciate the opportunities to be had online.
Over the past year, Sukesh has triggered several initiatives with business such as the West Business Leaders Forum, bringing public and private sector together to discuss and evolve local socio-economic issues and opportunities, often having Deputy Mayor Penny Hulse as a guest member. He is an Advisory Group member of the West Auckland Business Club (formerly Waitakere Business Club) and was the host of their Business After 5 networking events. He is also connected with city council initiatives such at the Ultra Fast Broadband project, and its rollout priorities in collaboration with Local Board Chairs. At ATEED, Sukesh championed a values-based approach to engaging local business and local economic development, and at the last Westpac Auckland West Business Awards, he pioneered a social media-driven People’s Choice Award, which over three weeks garnered 4500 winning votes from 20 different countries.
Sukesh’s move to Unitec, he says, represents his next leg of his career and passion to create and add value to Auckland businesses and therefore NZ’s economy. “Unitec has clearly stepped outside traditional academia, in its objective to make a difference to people’s lives. I know I can help to add value here”, he says. “DoMM is one of the largest department at Unitec, and therefore the opportunity to lead Unitec’s vision and values is one that DoMM can own”.
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