Homework and Opening Day Notes – September 8th, 2017

The first day of Hope Life Skills 2017 was about introductions;

class goals, Hope student expectations of Mr Cronin and his class, Mr Cronin’s expectations of the students and stories about his wife’s cooking and his 3 children’s quest for success.   Mr Cronin identified the following Hope Life Skills objectives:

  1.  build student confidence and self esteem;
  2.  introduce and develop Skills for life time success:
    • personal brand development
    • networking
    • written, verbal and body language communication
    • collaboration
    • creativity

Mr Cronin also instructed students to

check out the homework assignment at the end of this blog.

Finally, Mr Cronin extended

invitations to BIF 2017 at the Trinity Theatre in Providence

this Wednesday (September 13) and Thursday (September 14) starting each day at 7:30am with breakfast and lunch provided and dismissal around 4:30pm.  First 2o Hope Life Skills students who request attendance at BIF 2017 will be accepted.  Students are asked to pick one of the days (Wednesday or Thursday) to attend.

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One of the 12 daily story tellers sharing their personal story of challenges and success to the Trinity Theatre audience at BIF

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Hope Life Skills students ‘networking’ at BIF during lunch

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Hope Life Skills students Fernando Garcia (right) and Gisabel Salcedo (left) with one of the BIF storytellers during lunch.

 

HOMEWORK:

  1. each student to email Mr Cronin either asking for a ticket to either this Wednesday or Thursday at BIF 2017 at the Trinity Theatre in Providence OR informing Mr Cronin you are unable or not interested in attending BIF 2017. First to email Mr Cronin will be the first students to be given tickets to attend.  Please send your request to attend to Mr Cronin by Sunday, September 10 at 5pm.  On Monday, September 11th before 12pm, Mr Cronin will send an email to students interested in BIF 2017 the day they can attend.  Students should email Mr Cronin –  scronin@signatureprinters.com – with any questions.
  2. each student to fill out their business card information on the sheet of paper distributed in class and hand in to Mr Cronin next class (September 15).
  3. Next week’s class will be in Room 112.

 

 

Today’ Homework: May 26th, 2017

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Manny Rivas during today’s Life Skills class

1.  Please be candid and honest with your response to this homework assignment:  please send your perception of the Manny Rivas brand in a well written statement to my email address by Thursday, June 1st before 11:59pm.  Please make sure your candid, honest description of Manny’s brand has good grammar, no spelling mistakes, short, well constructed sentences and good punctuation.   And, finally, tell me if you would hire the Manny Rivas for YOUR company and why.  Thank you.

 

Today’ Homework: April 28, 2017

1.  Part of our visit to CVS Health on May 5th will be small group meetings with employees in a variety of jobs.   Your meetings with CVS employees in different departments will be called “Department Immersions.   Department immersions will enable you to speak with CVS employees in a small group to find out what their job is like.   Here’s a list of Department Immersion choices:  Supply Chain Management; Graphic Design; Pharmacy; Promotional MarketingInformational Technology (IT); Email Marketing; Performance Analytics (measuring success); Financial Reporting.

  Please identify the department immersion you would like to participate in.   Please send your choice to my email address in a well written statement by Thursday, May 4th, 4am.  Thank you.

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One Department Immersion opportunity from last year’s visit to CVS.   Fernando Perez ( in the brown suit) and Juan Corona (dark hoodie) listen to a CVS employee on CVS’ Information Technology (IT) team.

2. Here’s the full agenda for our visit to CVS Health on May 5th, 2017.

9:30 – 9:45                           Introductions and opening exercise
9:45 – 10:00                        About CVS Health
10:00 – 10:30                      Key note address
10:30 – 10:45                      Questions & Session Wrap-up                  
10:45 – 11:00                      Travel to departments
11:00 -12:30                        Department Immersion
12:45 – 1:45                        Lunch and review of opening exercise work
1:45 – 2:00                           Final Q & A and closing

3.  Finish last week’s assignment on the reading of “The Future” textbook.  This assignment is important because of May 17th’s Future Forum.  You will be involved in a collaborative activity with at least 2 LaSalle students and a corporate futurist trying to identify a career opportunity in this evolving age artificial intelligence.   The LaSalle students will be prepared from their reading of “The Future”.    To be a well prepared, responsible, contributing member of your collaborative group, you need to read “The Future“. Thank you.

Today’s Homework: April 7th, 2017

1.  Please indicate  one of the quotes appearing on page 4 through 9  of our “The Future” textbook that most resonates with you.   Please send your answer in a well written statement with perfect spelling and short, well constructed sentences, to my email address no later than 11:59pm, Friday, April 21.

2.   Please indicate something you read on one of the pages between 10 to 25 in your “The Future” textbook that surprised youpossibly something you never realized or did not think possible.  The information you reference could be in the text or a caption beneath a picture.  Please send your answer in a well written statement with perfect spelling and short, well constructed sentences, to my email address no later than 11:59pm, Friday, April 21.

3.  A ‘trend’ is a phenomenon or series of events that will continue to occur into the future.  After reading pages 29 through 45 in your “The Future” textbook, please identify a ‘trend’ which you believe will extend through your lifetime that you might exploit for a future career opportunity.  This career opportunity could either be in a job at an existing company for OR for your own entrepreneurial opportunity with your own company.  The information you base your ‘trend’ on could be found in the text of the textbook or found in a caption beneath a picture. Please send your answer in a well written statement with perfect spelling and short, well constructed sentences, to my email address no later than 11:59pm, Friday, April 21.

Today’s Homework: March 17, 2017

1.  Please send me a message through your LinkedIn site.  If you have trouble connecting with me on LinkedIn, please reach out to Mohamadou, Aimon, Felicia, Deyreni, Yael, Imani, Sara, Justin, or Jorge (and tell Jorge I miss him in class!!!) for advice.  They are very proficient on LinkedIn.  Please do so before Thursday, March 23rd, 11:59pm.

2.  Please read the story “9 Things Successful People Won’t Do!” I distributed in class today.    Which behavior of the 9 listed do you believe is most important?  And, please explain “why” you believe this behavior is so important.  Please send your well written statement with perfect spelling, good grammar and PUNCTUATION and SHORT SENTENCES to my email address no later than Thursday, March 23rd, at 11:59pm.   You all made me very proud today.  You all should be proud of yourself.  Your brands are getting stronger every day and your networking skills are impressive.    I feel you all can be very successful in life.  Stay focused!

Today’s Homework: March 10, 2017

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Networking event. People meeting new people looking to expand their networks with successful people

1.  Please read the article I passed out in class today entitled “8 Small Things People Use To Judge Your Personality” by Dr Travis Bradberry.  Dr Bradberry is the author of the best selling book “Emotional Intellligence 2.0″.    Identify what you believe to be the 2 MOST IMPORTANT behaviors listed by Dr Bradberry you should exhibit to impress and strengthen your brand when meeting people.   Please identify these behaviors in 2 well written sentences with perfect spelling, good grammar and punctuation and send them to my email address by Thursday morning at 3:45am.   Thank you.

2.  Please tell me what impressed you the most about Neil’s personal story today.  Please tell me your observation in a well written sentence with perfect spelling, good grammar and punctuation and send it to my email address by Thursday morning at 3:45am.   Thank you.

Today’s Homework: February 24th, 2017

1.  Please watch this video about BODY LANGUAGE.   The article I gave you to read ties into this short presentation by an expert on BODY LANGUAGE.   It attempts to impress upon you the importance of BODY LANGUAGE.    You can have the best ideas.  You can network tirelessly.   You can try to build the best brand and safeguard it from negative perceptions.   Yet, your best efforts can be unintentionally negated by your body language.  If you’re interested in getting a great internship, a great job, an interview for admission to a college that you believe will maximize your potential, a date with a person you admire, your BODY LANGUAGE may be the key ingredient for achieving this goal.

2. After reading the article I gave you on BODY LANGUAGE, please tell me one BODY LANGUAGE tendency you believe you can improve upon. As always, please express your assessment in a well written statement with perfect spelling, good grammar and punctuation and SHORT SENTENCES sent to my email address no later than Thursday, March 2nd, 2017, 3:45am. Thank you.

3. Here’s another interesting video on BODY LANGUAGE: How to begin a conversation in a networking situation.

Today’s Homework: February 17th, 2017

1.  Please answer ‘yes’ or ‘no’.   Are you interested in applying for one of the CVS Health paid summer internships?   Please state your answer in a complete sentence with perfect spelling, good grammar, correct punctuation and short sentences to my email address by Thursday, February 23rd at 3:45am.  For instance, “Yes, I will apply for the CVS Health paid summer internship.”  Thank you.

2.  Please answer ‘yes’ or ‘no’.  Are you interested in applying for a sponsorship to this summer’s National Youth Leadership Forum on CSI and Law in Washington, D.C.?  Please state your answer in a complete sentence with perfect spelling, good grammar, correct punctuation and short sentences to my email address by Thursday, February 23rd at 3:45am.  Thank you.

3.  Please answer ‘yes’ or ‘no’.   Do you feel your brand has improved, become more positive, since September of last year?  Please state your answer in a complete sentence with perfect spelling, good grammar, correct punctuation and short sentences to my email address by Thursday, February 23rd at 3:45am.  Thank you.

 

Today’s Homework: February 3rd, 2017

1.  You, the Life Skills students, identified and listed a number of important skills a person would need to be hired on Adam Rojek’s Lifespan team.  The skills we identified are often called ‘soft skills‘ or ‘human skills‘.  Many companies focus, as much and sometimes more, on a person’s ‘soft skills‘ than ‘hard skills‘ like computer programming, marketing, accounting, math, pharmacy, etc.  Identify 2 of the skills listed on our classroom white Board that you already possess.  Then, explain why a company should believe you already posses these skills.  This question brings us back to a former class lesson on ‘story telling’.  Your answer will reflect how well you tell your personal story during a job interview and how convincing your story telling abilities are.  Companies will not automatically accept you have these skills you claim you possess.  Companies want examples where you’ve exhibited these skills.  Please send your well expressed, convincing statement with perfect spelling and well constructed, short sentences to my email address by Thursday, 2/9, 3:45am.  Thank you.

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Here is your list of important skills needed to be successful in a job. Please note, there are NO hard skills listed. Examples of hard skills are computer programming, accounting, graphic design, etc. Instead, many companies are looking for people with the human skills (also called ‘soft skills’) you listed today. Companies believe they can teach ‘hard skills‘ to the people who already have these ‘soft skills‘.

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President Obama greeting Jack Ma at a Business Expo.

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Former Professional basketball superstar and now entrepreneur, Kobe Bryant (left) and Alibaba Founder and President Jack Ma at a Business Chamber event.

2.  Read the story of Jack Ma in our “Change” textbook from pages 30 to page 34 posted on this web site.  Please  identify, in a well expressed statement, the ‘soft skills’ Jack Ma possesses which have enabled him to become one of the most successful business people in the world today.  You may identify ‘soft skills’  which we didn’t list on our classroom white board today but you believe have been critical to Jack Ma’s success. Please send your well expressed, convincing statement with perfect spelling and well constructed, short sentences to my email address by Thursday, 2/9, 3:45am.  Thank you.

3.  Our next guest for our Life Skills class will be Don Mays, the Director of the Intercultural Center at Roger Williams University.  Get to class early.

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Don Mays (right) speaking to students at the Roger Williams University campus Intercultural Center.

Today’s homework: January 27, 2017

1.  After reading the New York Times article entitled “Graduate of the Year“, please state what you believe to be the key reasons Tay Thi Nguyen was able to overcome her family’s resistance and incredible challenges to persevere to get her elementary, middle, high school and college education.  Please send your answer in a well written statement with good grammar, short sentences and perfect spelling to my email address by Thursday, February 2nd, 2017.

2.  Please tell me what impressed you the most about today’s guest, Olivia Rodrigues.  Please send your answer in a well written statement with good grammar, short sentences and perfect spelling to my email address by Thursday, February 2nd, 2017.

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Olivia Rodrigues