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Lean management

19 Jun

Many people want to achieve much through little effort and there is nothing wrong with it. Because time is valuable and you have to use the time efficiently. Through small changes in the everyday life, we get much more than by radical changes. For example: people who have no time to exercise, but really want it can make use of interval training.

“High-intensity interval training is twice as effective as normal exercise,” said Jan Helgerud. It also saves a lot of time because it is much shorter than the normal training.

And for successful companies lean management is the right thing.

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“It’s a job trying to get a job!”

18 Jun

Last week I got an email with the following sentence: “We are sorry, but unfortunately we already chose somebody else for this job!” Who does not know this kind of emails? Sometimes I think it is so hard to apply for a job and to actually get the job.

As students we have to apply a lot. We apply for internships, side jobs and later after finishing college we have to apply for our final job.

However, often when we get letter of refusal we do not know why? What did we wrong? We spent so much time on writing such a (what we think) good application and the only thing, what we get back is a “NO”. This can be very frustrating.

But what would you think about a solution for this problem? I think there are some myths about the recruiting process itself, which have to be corrected.

After a very impressive interview with Mr. John C. Davis, a Human Resources Management teacher, I want to show you what we, as the job candidates, really have to do in our applications and what key factors we have to consider to get the job we want.

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Green Industry from many points of view

15 Jun

First of all, what exactly is “green industry”?

On many blogs, you can find a lot of definitions that define “green industry” mainly as any activity or service that performs at least one of the following:

· Generating renewable energy

· Recycling existing materials

· Energy efficient product manufacturing, construction, installation, and maintenance

· Education, compliance and awareness

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He didn´t walk over to the east side of campus…

8 Jun

Criticism on the “Limits to Growth”

In my last post, I wrote about the shift of industry to “green products” and sustainable growth, as a reaction on the publication “The Limits to Growth” in 1972.

However, this book has not only been praised, it was also criticized strongly and provoked a big debate on the topics like limitations, scarce resources and the overshooting growth.

One of the main arguments of the opponents was that the publication was not scientific and detailed enough and therefore not accurate, because of the ignorance of other economic models and assumptions. As a consequence, opponents argued that the computer model, that the author used to run the scenarios of possible future developments, was misleading. Continue reading

JUST MARRIED, but BROKE?

28 May

Just married, but broke?

Last weekend I went to a wedding and I have to admit it was one of the most wonderful weddings I have been to: beautiful bride, emotional ceremony and just an amazing wedding. The bridal couple really can say that this was the most important and beautiful day in their life. However, the whole time I thought about how much money they invested for this day and if such an investment pays off?

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How about some CHANGE?

21 May

Last week we discussed in class change management. How important this is in our lives, in our businesses and actually almost everywhere. We had two examples, Soutwest Airlines and 7-Eleven Japan, which showed that change management is very crucial and successful. 

However not just in business change is a fundamental part, also in our lives change is even more necessary than important. For example after school we go to college and therefore we live in a different city, we have a new flat, new surroundings and a new time lapse. All those changes make us more self-consistent and give us more experience and that is why they are necessary. However in the beginning it is probably not easy, actually it is very hard to change.

So we can see that change management is very important in our lives and also in businesses, but I still questioned myself: why? Why is change so important in businesses?

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Economic cooperation and development: Everyone can help to improve the situation!

19 May

After leaving my secondary school, I was wondering what to do with my future life. To get to know another life, culture and reality I decided to do a gap year in Nicaragua. When working in the social organization IMC (Instituto Mujer y Comunidad), I got to know a lot of people living in very poor conditions. One of them was Maria Francis Rodriguez Jose who told me about her life full of problems. Continue reading