ESL Business Teacher Articles: Daily Standups

In the world of agile, the scrum methodology has taken a top position. One of the components in this methodology is the daily stand up. These meeting contains some rules that must be followed in order to ensure the success. Though many people or organizations do not apply agile project management, this meeting style has taken a place in their environment as it is quick and effective.

In this lesson, we discuss with the client about:

  • What is a daily standup
  • Why should we consider this
  • What can we do also to be more effective in a meeting
  • Discuss the article – takeaways, agree/disagree, and etc.

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ESL Business Teacher Articles: Great Teams

 

What is the anatomy of a great team? A it seems this is another one of those million dollar questions that if you should have the answer, all the glory of success will come your way. Managing people is no easy task and cultivating creativity within your team is no easier. However, there are some people who are able do this.

In this lesson, we discuss with the client about:

  • What makes a great team
  • Why should these ideas work
  • What can we do to be more creative
  • Discuss the article – takeaways, agree/disagree, and etc.

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ESL Business Teacher Articles: Eyeglass Monopoly

Eyeglasses are essential for many people today but the price for the prescription and a pair are growing at a rapid pace causing concern for many. Why should a piece of plastic cost nearly as much as an iPhone or a Chromebook. Would we not think that with science and technology, the cost for such a product would go down in price and not up? What is the force running behind these driving prices and what are we doing to change this? There is one small company who is putting up a fight.

In this lesson, we discuss with the client about:

  • Why are eye glasses so expensive
  • Who is running the eyeglass industry
  • Who is battling this giant
  • Discuss the article – takeaways, agree/disagree, and etc.

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ESL Business Teacher Articles: Google

Originally known as BackRub, Google is a search engine that started development in 1996 by Sergey Brin and Larry Page as a research project at Stanford University to find files on the Internet. Larry and Sergey later decided the name of their search engine needed to change and decide upon Google, which is inspired from the term googol.

In this lesson, we discuss with the client about:

  • Why do we love google
  • How does google work
  • What can we learn from the founders
  • Discuss the article – takeaways, agree/disagree, and etc.

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ESL Business Teacher Articles: Amazon

 

Amazon is a well known brand today. It has grown tremendously over the years and has expanded its business into many different areas and parts of the world becoming quite a global business empire. This giant continues to grow its products and redesign how we do things in the world. Could people imagine what the world would be like if Amazon simply disappeared?

In this lesson, we discuss with the client about:

  • What Amazon is about
  • Why is it where it is today
  • What is the future and impact of this company
  • Discuss the article – takeaways, agree/disagree, and etc.

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ESL Business Teacher Articles: Smart Homes

Smart Homes is becoming hotter and hotter as technology advance and prices come down. Only a few years ago we heard Bill Gates shelled out  millions of dollars to make his home smart but now any owner can spend less than a $1,000 to have a decent basic setup.

Any device in your home that uses electricity can be put on your home network and at your command. Whether you give that command by voice, remote control, tablet or smartphone, the home reacts. Most applications relate to lighting, home security, home theater and entertainment, and thermostat regulation.

In this lesson, we discuss with the client about:

  • What is a smart home
  • Why should we consider this
  • What can we do with these devices
  • Discuss the article – takeaways, agree/disagree, and etc.

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ESL Business Teacher – People: Magellan

Ferdinand Magellan was born in Portugal, circa 1480. As a boy, he studied map making and navigation. By his mid-20s, he was sailing in large fleets and was engaged in combat. In 1519, with the support of Holy Roman Emperor Charles V, Magellan set out to find a better route to the Spice Islands. He assembled a fleet of ships which, despite huge setbacks and Magellan’s death, circumnavigated the world in a single voyage.

In this lesson, we discuss with the client about:

  • Who was Magellan
  • What impact he had on society
  • What can we learn from him that we can apply in our own life
  • Discuss the article – takeaways, agree/disagree, and etc.

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ESL Business Teacher – People: Sun Tzu

Sun Tzu was born in the late Spring and Autumn Period of China (722–481 BC), where he was a general and strategist, serving under the king of Wu, King Helü. His victories at the wars inspired Sun Tzu to write “The Art of War”, which we will discuss in this session.

In this lesson, we discuss with the client about:

  • Who was Sun Tzu
  • What impact he had on society
  • What can we learn from him that we can apply in our own life
  • Discuss the article – takeaways, agree/disagree, and etc.

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ESL Business Teacher Articles: Shu Ha Ri

Shuhari (Kanji: 守破離 Hiragana: しゅはり) is a Japanese martial art concept, and describes the stages of learning to mastery. It is sometimes applied to other Japanese disciplines, such as Go.

Shuhari roughly translates to “first learn, then detach, and finally transcend.”
shu (守) “protect”, “obey” — traditional wisdom — learning fundamentals, techniques, heuristics, proverbs
ha (破) “detach”, “digress” — breaking with tradition — detachment from the illusions of self
ri (離) “leave”, “separate” — transcendence — there are no techniques or proverbs, all moves are natural, becoming one with spirit alone without clinging to forms; transcending the physical

In this lesson, we discuss with the client about:

  • What is Shu Ha Ri
  • Why should we practice this
  • What are other models we can follow
  • Discuss the article – takeaways, agree/disagree, and etc.

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ESL Business Teacher – People: Henry Hudson

Henry Hudson was believed to have been born in the late 16th century, English explorer Henry Hudson made two unsuccessful sailing voyages in search of an ice-free passage to Asia. In 1609, he embarked on a third voyage funded by the Dutch East India Company that took him to the New World and the river that would be given his name. On his fourth voyage, Hudson came upon the body of water that would later be called the Hudson Bay.

In this lesson, we discuss with the client about:

  • Who was Henry Hudson
  • What impact he had on society
  • What can we learn from him that we can apply in our own life
  • Discuss the article – takeaways, agree/disagree, and etc.

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