Friday, July 10, 2015

The story behind a photograph

What do you think about social media?

Do you think it is a positive or negative addition to modern times?

What can you say about these photographs?
What can you see? 
Why do you think the boy is there? 
What is he doing?

Do you think there´s a story behind it?

After A Photo Of A Boy Studying Outside Went Viral, His Life Was Changed

Joyce Torrefranca, a student in Mandaue City, posted the photos of the boy to Facebook on June 23, and they soon went viral in the country and spread across the world. “I got inspired by a kid,” she wrote.  

After the photo blew up, the Philippine news stationABS-CBN reported that it found the boy at a restaurant near where the picture was taken. The boy was identified by the station as a third-grader named Daniel Cabrera. Daniel’s mom, Christina Espinosa, who is a widow, and his sibling work at the restaurant. 

The station reported that the family doesn’t have a permanent place to live after their home was destroyed in a fire, and Daniel’s mother is struggling to make ends meet. The family is temporarily living at the restaurant. Espinosa makes 80 Philippine pesos a day, which is equal to about $1.77. The boy and his mom appeared on a local radio station, and Daniel said he hopes to one day become a police officer. He said his dream was inspired by his father. As Daniel’s story spread across the web, donations began to pour in for his family.  

A local politician, Rep. Samuel Pagdilao, has given Daniel a scholarship, and Espinosa has been given grants from sponsors to start her own business, ABS-CBN reported. The family have also received donations of money and food from local law enforcement and are working with a social worker to see how else they can be helped, according to the TV station. 

Torrefranca wrote on Facebook she was amazed by the power of a simple photo.  Facebook: joyce.torrefranca

“I didn’t think that a simple photo can make a huge difference,” she wrote. “Thank you guys for sharing the photo. With that, we were able to help Daniel in reaching his dreams. I hope Daniel’s story will continue touching our hearts so that we will always be inspired and motivated in every situation we face in life.”


Wednesday, April 8, 2015

First things first

"If you don't know where you're going, then sure as anything you won't get there."
by Vadim Kotelnikov, Founder,

Setting Goals
The major outcome of strategic road-mapping and strategic planning, after gathering all necessary information, is the setting of goals for the organization based on its vision and mission statement. A goal is a long-range aim for a specific period. It must be specific and realistic. Long-range goals set through strategic planning are translated into activities that will ensure reaching the goal through operational planning.

Setting Objectives 
Setting objectives involves a continuous process of research and decision-making. Knowledge of yourself and your unit is a vital starting point in setting objectives.
Strategic planning takes place at the highest levels. The first step in operational planning is defining objectives - the result expected by the end of the cycle.
The objectives must be:

Wednesday, March 4, 2015

We have new material!!!

Have a look at all the new resources we have!! 
I´ve made a short presentation you can check below. 

BTW if you are wondering about the SMS Generator, you can make your own here 

Tuesday, November 18, 2014

Communicating: Non verbal language

Body language is a part of nonverbal language. It includes things like stance, gestures, facial expressions, and even small things that are barely perceptible like a brief shrug of the shoulder or nod of the head. We frequently communicate both bodily and verbally and an estimated 70% of what we communicate may be nonverbal. Nonverbal language is an even bigger category, which includes things like tone of voice.
There are many ways to learn to interpret body language but it must be understood that these are frequently specific to a culture. For instance in the US people wave good bye with the palm facing the person they’re waving to, and the fingers may open and close. In other cultures, waving goodbye may occur with the hand palm up to the sky, and the fingers opening and closing. To people in the US, this might look like a gesture asking someone to approach rather than a wave goodbye.
Still, since most of us live in one area where body language may be similar among people, it’s important to know that you can communicate a lot by how you gesture, what you do with your arms when you’re sitting or standing and talking to someone else, and even what your posture may say. A person in much of the US who sits with hands crossed over the chest, and with legs crossed, may be sending an unintended message that they’re really not open to talking. Some people are excellent at reading these kinds of messages, and we do have to be careful what we may be conveying, especially when we’re being judged, particularly in things like dating or job interviews.

Have you considered what type of message you are sending through your gestures and face expressions?
When are these important? Can you think of different situations when you should pay attention to what you are communicating?

What about job interviews?
Let´s have a look at these suggestions.
9 simple body language tips for your next job interview

Monday, October 20, 2014

Positive Psychology.

What is Positive Psychology?
Positive Psychology is one of the newest branches of psychology to emerge. This particular area of psychology focuses on how to help human beings prosper and lead healthy, happy lives. While many other branches of psychology tend to focus on dysfunction and abnormal behavior, positive psychology is centered on helping people become happier.
Martin Seligman and Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi describe positive psychology in the following way: "We believe that a psychology of positive human functioning will arise that achieves a scientific understanding and effective interventions to build thriving in individuals, families, and communities."

                           Want to give it a try?


Today´s topic is.....

Have a look at these phrases. 
Who do you think they belong to?

Have a look at these names: 
ARISTOTLE                                                          MAHATMA GANDHI 
DALAI LAMA                                                        BUDDHA  
RABINDRANATH TAGORE                                     WINNIE THE POOH    

Wednesday, August 27, 2014

What makes a Leader?

What´s the topic?

If you could give a name to this image what would it be?

Who is this person?

Do you know what EI is?

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 others claim it is an inborn characteristic.


Let´s read an analyze the following article:

12 Elements of Emotional Intelligence By Marcia Sirota MD

Would you like to read some more?
Here´s an article written in 1998 regarding Leaders and Emotional Intelligence

What Makes a Leader?    by Daniel Goleman

OM Times:

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