Posted by: henriquesampaio | December 28, 2010

Scholarships from Fundación Carolina

Eu, como ex-bolsista, me sinto quase na obrigação de divulgar esse tipo de notícia!

Em 21 de Dezembro de 2010, a Fundación Carolina abriu mais uma edição de sua Convocatoria de Bolsas de estudo, e neste caso correspondente ao período de 2011-2012.

Nesta 11º edição são oferecidos um total de 1.420 bolsas das quais 910 são de posgraduação, 248 de doutorado e curta estancias pos-doutorados,
232 de formação permanente e intercambio de profesorado brasileiro.

Realmente recomendo, pois se trata de uma excelente oportunidade de viabilizar um grande intercambio de conhecimento acadêmico, profissional e cultural, além de ser uma experiência de vida.

Mais informações: http://www.fundacioncarlina.es

Posted by: henriquesampaio | September 30, 2010

Business Planning

The reasons that lead people to create their own business are many. However, today, the most prominent is the high unemployment rate, leading people to a single alternative: The self-employment. So the output is set up your own business.
But what to do to accomplish this project? How can we know if the business is viable or not? Where to start? What are the risks? These are some of the questions that most people do to themselves when deciding to build your own business.

Planning, is the key!!!
Building any kind of business is a risk, some more, some less. Planning is the best way to minimize the risk of deploying. Planning a business is a branch of study in which it intends to act, in which formalizes the idea, it raises the market opportunities, sizing up the investment and estimate the risks. These are the minimum information needed to assess the viability of any business. It is therefore a detailed roadmap, which can detect potential problems and contingencies that may arise after the implementation of the company.
Today it is inconceivable not to plan, because the competition is quite fierce.

Under this scenario, improvisation, adventure, the speculations are left behind, there is no room for amateurism.

The market is highly competitive with consumers becoming more demanding and better informed because of the variety of products and services offered on the market. So, be always alert. Expire one that holds more information!

Being successful in business is not an easy task, it requires sacrifices, including personal. Moreover, it is necessary above all to love the branch on which it will act. You must have the technical knowledge of the business, and still be steadfast, optimistic, creative, not afraid to take risks, be confident, have a great vision and willingness to work.

Posted by: henriquesampaio | August 11, 2010

Education on social media and Twitter

Notoriously there is a lot of resistance from teachers to the use of social media as a form of education, but we see a tremendous source of opportunities to turn something that many consider problems in real innovations. I can tell, for example, using Skype to boost the learning of foreign languages, connecting students directly with colleagues from other countries, or even to hold meetings of working groups and with teachers but also for debates up discussion groups.
Mobile phones, great torment for teachers in the classroom could be better utilized, for example, to send SMS with questions for teachers and colleagues, to access the blogs of the theme that you are studying, to participate with comments worth grade, stimulating interaction, to take pictures of framework to study later, to make and share notes, or make the cell phone as important as a pencil or a pen. Twitter, for example, instead of being forbidden in schools and colleges should be encouraged and shown its educational side.
Me, for example, use Twitter as my source of research, following people and vehicles of reference in my area and keep me updated every second with relevant news and information, besides being a venue for discussing academic affairs, replacing the old forums. These are only some examples of how we can make use of everyday digital way of students as educational.
The Com8s (meaning colleagues) is the name of a collaborative partner network, developed by Brazilians for teachers and students. In this environment, teachers and students can share documents, create study groups, video conferencing, creates calendars of events and participate in discussions on topics of common interest, in real time. All with free access (free of charges). Among the benefits of the tool, are the incentives for content generation, sharing ideas and interests, mutual collaboration, enrichment of communication, the optimization of time and ease the learning process.

Posted by: henriquesampaio | July 28, 2010

How You Became an Underachiever

Interesting article that i would like to share!!!

How You Became an Underachiever

No judgments. Just a few words about why so many of us coast laterally through our careers, chugging along on the path of least resistance

By Jeff Schmitt

Here you are. Every morning, you reluctantly return to the same 6×6 cube. You grab a coffee, surf a news site, and chitchat with a peer. Then it’s onto that onslaught of calls and e-mails coming your way. But the workload doesn’t bother you. Staying busy saves you from something worse.

And that something worse happens each month when the promotion announcements come out. You read what your peers have accomplished, here and elsewhere. Reflecting on what you did during that same time, you realize how far you’ve fallen behind. Sometimes you whisper, “That should’ve been me.”

Years ago, you marched into this cube dreaming of being a big shot. You didn’t plan to stay here long; it was a place to learn the ropes and build your reputation. Early on, the higher-ups raved about your natural talent and upside. But those qualities only take you so far.

Now, you hold a ceremonial “Senior” title. Your place is secure and you make a decent living. Still, you feel trapped and restless. You follow the same tired routines. And you wonder if you’ve settled, if this is all there is and all you’ll ever be. You once lived like you had all the time in the world. Then you lost track of it as years passed. Now, you feel its weight and passing more intimately, knowing how much you’ve squandered.

Destiny Diverted

We want to believe our careers will unfold logically. We see ourselves as special, possessing a manifest destiny to someday create, change, and lead. So we put our lives on hold and sacrifice for the greater good at work, certain our efforts will eventually be rewarded. We imagine climbing the proverbial ladder, not wandering through a maze.

So what happened? You’d like to believe it was one moment—a major oversight or missed opportunity—that led you here. Deep inside, you know the truth. You wrote lists and plans, knowing you’d never put them into motion. You waited for something to happen to you…and got left behind. Despite the grueling hours, you went through the motions, subconsciously knowing your path was welcome scenery and exercise. But led nowhere.

In our personal narratives, we naturally make ourselves the heroes. We seek out villains and scapegoats to justify why our lives haven’t panned out. Unfortunately, the truth is far less melodramatic. It is usually a series of evasions, bad habits, fears, compromises, and mentalities that have led us to this point. Sure, you can spend time reflecting on the past, questioning your path, and figuring out what’s missing. But are you really being honest with yourself? If you’re ready to come to terms, here are 30 reasons you’ve fallen off track.

Jeff Schmitt has spent 17 years in sales, marketing, project management, training, legal compliance, and recruiting. A former online columnist for Sales & Marketing Management, Schmitt lives in Dubuque, Iowa.

Clearly companies continuously confront various challenges on a daily basis, especially in today’s global market where they are continuously dealing with different cultures and demands. These challenges come both internally, from within the organization, as well as externally and can be made up of administrative, technological, macro and microeconomic, social, political, cultural, as well as numerous other factors. I believe the greatest challenge facing companies today comes from the fact that these various challenges are not static, and need to be continuously managed while they are in constant state of change.

Today, change has become a daily part of an organization’s life. At every moment it challenges the very soul of companies, forcing them to adapt to new conditions be them day to day issues as simple as changing a flat tire to elaborate and complex issues such as how to confront a worldwide economic crisis. Companies also live in constant change due to the fact that humans’ preferences and even their very necessities are ever changing.

In order to quickly manage change, companies must anticipate potential issues with internal processes, suppliers, clients, and employees. Being prepared for change, and having the ability to change seamlessly, and faster than competitors, is what will differentiate the winning companies from the rest, and also help create sustainable growth.

In other words, today’s global market is dynamic with constant change, and the great challenge is for companies to anticipate these changes and prepare for the world’s new realities.

In order to be prepared and be able to quickly react to change, companies need to have a firm strategy and know where they want to go. By being focused on optimization of processes, systems, and people, and knowing their markets well, companies can be ready for the varying number of changes necessary everyday.

Posted by: henriquesampaio | March 2, 2010

MBA?

Everyone has always heard about MBAs and the positive values that it can give a resume, but many people still don’t know what those three letters mean, some of them know what it is, but do not have references to choose the best MBA, where or at what cost.

MBA is the acronym in English for Master in Business Administration, in other words it is a training course for executives in the various disciplines of management, such as, marketing, finance and People Management. The rewards for the life and career of one who does an MBA are valid. And I can tell you that I have never met anyone who had repented of having done a MBA. The rewards for the career vary greatly from professional to professional, but an MBA degree opens doors to the life of any executive, in general.

An MBA abroad is even more special. Because you gain experience in another culture and make friends from all over the world. Actually, it is often described as the best year of that person’s life.

According to recent research with some of the best schools in the world, the number of Brazilians studying MBA grew more that 900% in the last 15 years.

But who should get an MBA is a professional who, regardless of the area, want to learn how to manage a company, (a multinational or own business). Or simply want to improve your skills and enlarge your network.

But there are some basics prerequisites: Experience of at least three years, fluency in English and Spanish, take a GMAT (most asked), especially for those who want to do an MBA outside of Brazil, and also to convince the school, through an interview and analysis of the resume that you are a great candidate.

Most interesting is that there are many “variations” of “MBA” where students can focus their studies in executive fields closest to their professional activities. Such as Master International Management, Master in Finance, Master of Law, etc., in addition are executives MBA (Part time) and MBA 100% online, such as The Master in Sports Management Online, offered by some of the best schools in the world.

The price varies according to the chosen course, with the school, the duration and quality of the course. For example, a two-year MBA in Marketing or Financial Management, held outside of Brazil, costs about USD 120 mil. This value decreases in Brazilian schools. And this process of decision and choice is long. The best way is to research what each school offers, compare them and see which one has the best program in accordance with the your needs. There are a variety of MBAs in Brazil and outside Brazil and is difficult to know which one is right for every professional. What I recommend for those who will do an MBA outside of Brazil is to check the rankings published in the press (Business Week and Financial Times, for example) and try to get into top schools.

Posted by: henriquesampaio | February 12, 2010

Personal Finance: The love and money connection

I saw this interesting article at Reuters.com: Enjoy it!

Ah, love and money — you’d think they have nothing to do with each other. There’s the whole “money can’t buy you love; the best things in life are free” creed that most of us hold dear.

But in fact, finances can rend a couple asunder quicker than just about anything else. This may be more true now than ever before, with many households having financial problems; men and women redefining who (and what) a “breadwinner” is, and credit problems dooming some couples before they fully connect.

Here, for Valentine’s Day, is a review of some of these current financial/love issues, and some advice for the lovelorn (or monetarily challenged) about how to handle them.

— You’re dating someone new and you have a bad credit history. Spill it, the sooner the better. Perhaps not on the first or second date, but as soon as you know the relationship is moving in a serious direction. “If you’re going to tell them about every relationship you ever had and your deepest darkest secrets,” there’s no reason not to share the sordid details of your financial life early on, says Adam Levin of Credit.com. How you tell them — over dinner or at your computer, or by handing over your credit file — matters less than that it becomes part of the discussion. It’s good if you’ve already arrested the problem on your own, and can present your pay-down plan at the same time as you confess your debts. It’s even better if this just becomes one more issue for the two of you to confront together. But “if it doesn’t build a better relationship, it’s better that you know now,” says Levin.

— Job loss is wrecking the mood. Household stress is always elevated when there’s not enough money coming in to pay the bills, but when one spouse feels like the other is spending too much time on the sofa wallowing in self-pity and not enough time hunting for a job, that’s when things can get really bad, says Marie Hartwell-Walker, an Amherst, Massachusetts, therapist. It’s key, in that situation, to keep blame and attacks out of the conversation, and to approach the joblessness and its accompanying depression as a problem to be solved together by the couple as a unit. “Find a way to talk about it that keeps the relationship safe,” she says. “How are we together going to be a good team and keep our family afloat during hard times?” It also helps to confine those discussions about money and work to specific times and places, so they don’t take over your whole life. Agree, for example, to discuss the family budget or the job hunt on Tuesday mornings over coffee.

— The woman of the house has become the main breadwinner. This isn’t a problem, especially for younger couples who may have different expectations about gender roles in the family, observes Hartwell-Walker. And it’s certainly more common. Wives now outearn their husbands in one of every five marriages, according to new research from the Pew Research Center. But older couples may feel it’s a role reversal that makes them uncomfortable or resentful. If that’s the case, she suggests that you consider yourselves pioneers in a new situation. You may be reinventing how your household works, how marriage works, and how your family does things. You can get rid of some of the stress simply by doing a chore calendar so that household partners feel they each are contributing their fair share. Separate the issue of money from the workload issues that are sure to arise, she suggests. Work on making sure that the careers and jobs of both partners are respected, even if they earn sharply disparate salaries.

— You’re not on the same page. One of you is a spender, the other is a saver. One is a talker, the other doesn’t like to give voice to money issues. Couples polarize about money, and often, the longer they are together, the more polarized they will be. This isn’t so bad; without realizing it you are checking each other. The saver may be keeping a lid on the spender’s debts, while the spender may be making sure the saver enjoys herself once in a while. But to manage dissimilar money styles, it’s important to identify them and draw parameters for how to manage the differences. The best solutions are ones where each partner allows the other to influence them a little bit. Sometimes, you can simply create specific-dollar amount rules to take care of touchy situations. Plan ahead to have actual money and budget meetings, instead of catching each other on the fly, or when you’re tired, cranky, or upset about other things.

— You’re getting married. Congratulations! But before you walk down the aisle, talk about how your family will manage money. The American Bankers Association Education Foundation advises couples to nail down all of the specifics, such who will physically write the check (or click the link) that pays each bill, who will monitor investments and whether you’ll attack any debts that you have as a couple, or as two individuals. Set a rule for how much each of you can spend without having to check with your mate. One early way to test how well you work together and how well your financial styles mesh is to work as a team as you wrestle that wedding budget into shape.

(Original editing by Gunna Dickson)

Posted by: henriquesampaio | February 8, 2010

Small Business Opportunities (The World Cup and The Olympics) Part II

The Brazilian economy, especially in Rio de Janeiro already begin to be impacted by major sporting events that happen in the next years. The 2014 World Cup and the Olympics in 2016 will open many opportunities for new businesses. The Institute Imprendere did a survey of consultants and entrepreneurs about ten small businesses with prospects of success in the face of future demands and not requiring large amount of investment (Starting with R$100 thousand).
The analysis took also into account the prospect of success taking, risks and turnaround time.

Top one in the list is the language courses. According to research, this is the business of higher prospect of success, with less risk and with faster return on investment. You can start a business of this nature without spending anything. The initial focus should be to sell company programs, which are offered to employees within the company. The demand for this type of service will be great, since many companies need to empower their employees to serve foreign tourists.

View in descending order, the ten most promising business to be undertaken during 2016.

* LANGUAGE COURSE
* FAST GRAPHICS
* CLOTHING / STAMPING
* ADVISORY / CONSULTING
* REPRESENTATIONS
* FAST-FOOD
* LODGING / INNS / HOSTELS
* TRANSPORT SERVICES
* PROMOTION AGENCIES
* GYMN / FITNESS

Download the results and read more about each of the ten businesses in the survey. (www.imprendere.org.br).

Posted by: henriquesampaio | January 27, 2010

Small Business Opportunities. (World Cup 2014 and Olympic Games 2016)

As everyone knows, Brazil is going to host 2 important global events, The World Cup 2014 and The Olympics 2016 and I have heard a lot of people talking about business opportunities that will be created by those amazing events.

Some of them are easy to guess, such as investments in infrastructure (stadiums, highways, airports, hotels etc), but there are some others opportunities that I haven’t heard very much and that’s exactly about some of those ideas that I would like to share with you.

Brazilian economy has managed to react against the impacts of the largest financial turbulence ever since the New York Stock Exchange crash in1929. A year after the Lehman Brothers crash Brazil is surprising skeptics by being one of the first countries to emerge from the crisis and to pick the development cycle it had been exhibiting for the last few years up again.

 Also because of that, Brazil became even more a reliable place for international investments. Turning the Word Cup and the Olympic games into great opportunities to exchange experiences, to expand the network and explore business opportunities that will arise in coming years in our country

 In the next few posts I will write about how big events (such as, Olympic games and the World Cup) can change a city or even a Country, and of course, some small business opportunities that will be created.

Posted by: henriquesampaio | January 18, 2010

Emotional Intelligence

What is Emotional Intelligence:

“Emotional intelligence (EI) refers to the ability to perceive, control, and evaluate emotions. Some researchers suggest that emotional intelligence can be learned and strengthened, while other claim it is an inborn characteristic.” (From about.com)

Like everyone else, many executives have to deal with Emotional Intelligence every day, but in a different way.

Business no longer functions in silos, in a global economy, everything is interdependent, and one cannot succeed without mastering the arts of networking and communication. In every step you take, you either affect or are influenced by others, and the secret is how to manage relationships and transmit a message.

In fact, when you have to manage relationships is exactly when the “EI” is most important, specially in a global environment.

According to a Harvard PhD, the main feelings that executives need to manage are linked to feelings of pride, autonomy, affiliation, status and importance within the company and I agree 100%!!!

So, lets think for a while about what we feel when we are working and how we manage those feeling, especially regarding “relationships and transmitting a message”.

“All learning has an emotional base.” ( Plato)

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