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I don’t think so.
I have participated in FGIs, Focus Group Interviews, as both an owner of projects and an attendant.
The recent one was yesterday. My company is doing an FGI for an internal training program for our local office. I did not know how did they pick participants but it turned out I was one of the 12 of our company of around 200 employees.
Since I knew it should be about training programs, so I prepared a little bit for what skills I would like my team or my coworkers to possess and what would be great for our environment and our company as a whole. I listed out in a separate note though.
Of course they are mainly hard and soft skills. Most of the time people would think that we lack only soft skills. But I would say to an extent, one might unfortunately lack of hard skills…even with numerous years of working experiences in the same industry.
Anyway, the leader of the focus group asked only about soft skills though. I then realized the future training program would be a lot about those soft skills which in the past were specifically for the leads’ training sessions. So, each different teams will need to continue coaching on hard skills to our team members by ourselves even for the fundamentals.
Whats were we being asked:
– Teamwork: Why our team succeeds? Why our team fails? What make it so?
– Conflict management: What we do when we have conflicts or difficulties working with others?
– International diversity: What are our experiences working with the diverse office? Positives and negatives.
– Communication: What is constructive communication? What is influential/persuasive communicaion?
– Employee loyalty: How to make employee be loyal to the company?
These questions are actually included in many job interview sessions and, of course, MBA admission applications.
So, let’s see what would the result be. I’ll come back and update after I get an update.
我先说第一吧。关于我的看法。来北京以前我不喜欢中国，中国人，和汉语。都不喜欢。可以说，我对中国有偏见。我不看不听有关中国的新闻。不知道为什么。我知道我是一个没有原因的人，所以我想改变那个不好的看法。 还有我想住在我不太喜欢的地方，我知道终于我应该改变我的感觉 。
第三， 现在中国经济和世界经济关系很紧。 如果你想知道现在世界经济怎么样？那知道中国经济是免不了的。既然有的人说中国的 生产总值不是真正的，但是我觉得那是不应忽视的。 不知何故, 现在我喜欢 共产主义。面试工作的时候，我说我希望泰国也是这样。因为在中国，当总统以前，有系统。
第一原因，我的看法变了，我在北京大概六七个月了， 我还觉得学习汉语不太容易，但是我越来越喜欢汉字，对它有感兴趣，因为除了汉字，别的字 不能表示这么多意思。我的意思是只有两个字，就明白了，就够了，譬如，饮食，英文是 food and drink。这么长啊。那样的。
- Can-do attitude: the first thing before you started to do anything is that you need to believe that it can be done!
- 80/20 rule: 80% of the outcomes come from 20% of the causes. So, don’t spend more time to cover the rest of 20% of the work especially if it will need others to review/approve/consider etc.
- Big picture: always step back and question: What is the final result we all want? Is this discussion leading to that direction? (pretty much are we wasting our time?)
- Answering to yourself: try to answer/find solutions for your questions first before asking seniors/others for comments/supports
- Ownership of the job: you need to be responsible for the tasks you are handling. You need to really find the way to improve (or make revenue)
- Being omniscient (know everything): Be open-minded, open-eared and open-eyed. Just be open to know everything bit by bit
- Asking why?: if this then that. Just always ask why, especially to things that we thought they are the solutions because they are probably not.
What's it like to study Chinese at Tsinghua University? by Pitchaya Tun
Answer by Pitchaya Tun:
So my answer is "It depends."
It depends on
1 which level you take – different materials and kinds of classes
2 what class (of that level) you were assigned to – different teachera
I studied at ICLCC (Tsinghua University International Chinese Language and Culture Center) for one semester and two months.
I was in a 'Beginner I' class for my first semester here, then I was in an 'Intermediate I' class for the next semester.
As far as I know, the levels start from Beginner I, then Beginner II, Pre-Intermediate, Intermediate I, Intermediate II, the rest is probably Advanced I and II, I'm not quite sure.
Classes and Subjects:
The maximum number of students in my levels are 20. (The afternoon session is less crowded than this, since many students want to take a morning class)
The Beginner I class has 3 subjects: General (or grammar), Speaking, and Listening.
The Intermediate I class has 4 subjects: General, Speaking, Listening, Reading.
I like the grammar class the most because I think I gained a lot from those classes. Most likely due to weekly dictations, homeworks, and quizzes.
While I think the class size were too big for the speaking sessions, so we would be divided in to pairs or small groups for practicing or discussing about topics. Of course it cannot be like one-on-one study that you have the whole opportunity to talk with a teacher and get he or she corrects your mistakes.
The materials used for the beginner level were all kinds of things that can make you get used to or make you like Chinese language, such as textbooks, audio CD, flashcards, songs, slides, etc.
On the other hand, they assume students who take an intermediate class would have some kind of idea what Chinese language is like and how to keep pace on stydying, so the material is sole textbook (and you can also count audio CD for listening class). Since the book for Reading class is difficult, the teacher provides us an extra sheet of each topic for us.
It’s the first day of the year and the first day of this whereismap.com : )
It took me some time to come up with this name since the domain that I initially wanted was already taken *sob*
I reviewed the stat of my blog last year, the number was surprising! Though I had posted not so many.
Thank you for your interest, random reading, and support.
Hopefully, I will keep posting religiously ….who knows?
By the way, Map is one of my nicknames if you have ever wondered 😉
1.Photos developed from films look attractive to me.
2. Timing and Time to wait
I have not been an entrepreneur myself. I know I want to be one. Another person who also know this is ….my boss.
So when he came back from his long personal leave, he introduced me this book, All In Startup: Launching a New Idea When Everything Is on the Line. (Background: he is always reading books but has never recommended me any, oh thought of Hook by Niel, never mind. Let’s say this is his first recommendation to me hehe.)
It’s a fiction for a reason that the author believes this is the best way for readers to remember! Which is true. I normally forget what I read even a recent chapter. But it doesn’t occur to this one.
The book is embedded a story of an entrepreneur in a fun and easy-to-follow way paralleled with poker competition. Since in real life, we have like working world, romantic relationship world, family world, and so on. How to manage those then? I don’t know. I know only the followings key points are actually just 4 pages in the beginning of the book. The rest of the book is that entrepreneur-poker story, though.
Here are 4 Key notes for successful startups: