Saturday, May 30, 2020

Almost there My penultimate class at business school

At the end of July, I was fortunate enough to take Hult’s Corporate Diplomacy and Managing Geopolitical Risk course in San Francisco, with the inspiring Cari Guittard. The chance to take this class was the main reason I chose to come back to San Francisco after my Asian traveling adventure. And I am so, SO glad I did. Not only was I truly inspired by the passionate people around me, but in the current political and social climate we live in globally, I think it’s vitally important to discuss world issues head on and form opinions about the things that really matter. The goals of the class: Gain a foundational knowledge of corporate diplomacy and the processes, frameworks, and landscapes by which we operate Form an understanding of the political risk landscape and how people can and should operate in these ever-changing times Develop a global-leadership toolkit for how we can best use our influence to create a better world for all Well, that all sounded a bit daunting. And it was at first! But we were eased into it over the course of the weekend, duly helped by hearing from six (yes, SIX) industry-leading guest speakers from Cari’s network on how to navigate todays geopolitical climate. We were also able to debate freely and openly with students from over 30 different countries, all with their own amazing back stories and opinions. It didn’t feel so daunting by the end, and none of us wanted the class to be over. We were able to debate freely and openly with students from over 30 different countries. None of us wanted the class to be over. Our final day was mainly taken up with both group and individual presentations. The group assignment was to create a Corporate Diplomacy Plan for Facebook in a country chosen by Cari. Our group was assigned India. We set out to present a plan for how Facebook can become a more trusted partner in India by providing mobile healthcare units. Our idea had two key pillars: a partnership between Oculus and an Indian private healthcare provider to offer VR diagnosis in rural areas. We proposed to utilize this partnership to bring on government support for more healthcare and physical infrastructure in rural India. We were fortunate enough to receive the prize for the best idea and were awarded a 10lb chocolate bar! It was huge! Thanks, Cari! Chocolate bribery really does work. As good as this all was, it was not the most inspiring part of the day. Our individual presentations really encapsulated what we all would take away from the class, forcing us to focus on how we can be better global citizens. Individually, Cari set us the challenge of finding a UN Sustainable Development Goal  (SDG) that we were passionate about and asked us to present why this was important to us and what we will we do in our careers to help meet it. Some of my classmates   volunteered to share their stories as part of my blog, and I hope you are as inspired by them as I am: Rohini Robello-D’Souza Indian/American MBA Class of 2018 I am passionate about gender equality (SDG 5) and I have a strong sense of equity. I grew up in a male-dominated country with fiercely feminist parents. In my perfect world, a girl born today would not have to contend with a lack of education, employment discrimination, pay inequity, physical safety concerns, and a lack of representation in leadership. Therefore, I want to be more involved with: Impact investing that has women as the beneficiaries of the social component Creating alliances with governmental and non-governmental organizations to express my interest and intent in the field of advocacy for gender equality Researching and articulating the fiscal and societal benefits of having gender equality in an organization or country I will do this going forward by supporting and amplifying the message of entities who are on the right track with their goal of achieving gender equity. Also, I will refine my social capital with a view towards these goals and, most importantly, walk the talk!' ___ Yoshihito Ono Japanese EMBA Class of 2018 To me,  quality education (SDG 4)  is something worth living for. The reason for this is quite simple: education can change lives, just as it has for me! My grandfather lost all his assets just after the WWII, even though he was a family member of the first prime minister of Japan. My mother faced difficulties after her divorce when I was two years old, but fortunately my adoptive father provided us opportunities to study and a comfortable living environment. I have lots of human networks in Japan, thanks to linkages with some of the top schools as well as a number of politicians, business leaders of listed companies, and investors. I enjoy my life, my job, and my journey of the Executive MBA at Hult with my amazing cohort from all over the world. I have so much gratitude for those people who have motivated me throughout my life and contributed to the education of the next generation. Hence, I’d like to change the world positively in the education field, even just a bit, with Hultians and all of my network! ___ Anna Podolskaya Russian MBA Class of 2018 I would like to focus on economic development (SDG 8), particularly in Russia. One of the main issues in my country is that people do not feel that they need a healthy working environment, or they think that theirs is healthy when it isn’t. I truly believe that, by improving this, the amount of alcoholism would decrease, which is connected to unsatisfactory work. I would really like to help people not see work as something to do to survive, but as something enjoyable, so they can return happy to their families. Being at business school in the U.S., I want to gather best practices from working in the West, particularly about the things that make people happy to come to work, and how I can positively influence the working environment. I understand that my impact might not be right now when I am 27, it might be in 10 years time. But I know that I want to learn all that I can here so that I can take it back to my country and truly make a difference. I also want to change the perception of Russia in the rest of the world. We don’t always have a good name because of political situations. I believe that the government doesn’t have much in common with the general population who are open and friendly. Therefore, it is important for me to bring that good side of Russia into everything I undertake to ensure people get a proper, balanced view. ___ Melina Luz Baeza American MBA Class of 2018 As the third generation in a family who has dedicated themselves to helping others, I feel it is my privilege and duty to lift up those who do not have the same accessibility as I do. Also, as a woman of color with a lifelong history of Major Depressive Disorder and ADHD, I understand what it is like to be so stifled that you are incapable of helping yourself. I wish to empower those who desperately need the equity they deserve. Therefore, I am passionate about achieving gender equality (SDG 4) and empowering all women and girls. When women support women, and when we engage earnest men in the conversation about gender equality, we create a space for us to discuss how best to empower women. However, we have to ensure the corporate male population understands that participating in the conversation and contributing to the gender equality effort truly benefits men and the business itself. I plan to make a concerted effort to always inform others where, how, and who helped me accomplish my achievements, especially amplifying females. We have a responsibility to pull each other up. ___ A diverse and inspiring class with professor Cari. Personal reflection and responsibility These stories have inspired me and remind me of the positive impact humanity can have on this earth, should we want to. It is up to me now to be a good global citizen, and focus on my own sustainability goals: innovation (SDG 9), by making incremental or dramatic changes for the good of the world, and partnerships (SDG 17), by ensuring that I find the right alliances and collaborators who have a shared interest in improving the world to ensure things happen. This class has reminded me of my duty and will certainly be something I encourage others to think about over the coming weeks, months, and years. Political issues aren’t just something that others will take care of, and I believe that we should have the courage to discuss, have an open dialogue, and disagree with each other in order to move the world in the right direction together. I believe that we should have the courage to discuss, have an open dialogue, and disagree with each other in order to move the world in the right direction together. Be the change you want to see in the world. To find out more about how Hult empowers students to channel business for social good,  download a brochure. Kickstart your career right next door to Silicon Valley by studying at Hults San Francisco business school. To find out more, take a look at our blog Top 10 questions to ask when looking at business schools. Download a brochure or get in touch today to find out how Hult can help you to learn about the business world, the future, and yourself. Hult Rotation offers you a chance to study in a truly global way. Our rotation program allows you to study and be immersed in some of the finest cities in the world. 📠¸: @jasminmanzano . Hult Rotation offers you a chance to study in a truly global way. Our rotation program allows you to study and be immersed in some of the finest cities in the world. 📠¸: @jasminmanzano . Each year, Hult seeks to enroll a talented and ambitious incoming class from all over the world. We look for diverse students with a wide range of experiences, perspectives, and interests—students who will thrive in our unique educational atmosphere. Are you ready for a truly global experience? 📠¸: @iambrunadiniz . Each year, Hult seeks to enroll a talented and ambitious incoming class from all over the world. We look for diverse students with a wide range of experiences, perspectives, and interests—students who will thrive in our unique educational atmosphere. Are you ready for a truly global experience? 📠¸: @iambrunadiniz . We’re excited to start 2020 on a ranking high! Hult is proud to have been placed #28 in Poets Quants 2020 rankings for Best Undergraduate Business Schools in the US. Taking a huge leap of 32 places from our 2019 position, we’re also very happy to have secured top positions in key categories like: life-changing experience, practicality of the degree, and global immersion. . With five global campuses, a student body of over 130 nationalities, and a learn-by-doing approach—Hult offers a student experience like no other. . We’re excited to start 2020 on a ranking high! Hult is proud to have been placed #28 in Poets Quants 2020 rankings for Best Undergraduate Business Schools in the US. Taking a huge leap of 32 places from our 2019 position, we’re also very happy to have secured top positions in key categories like: life-changing experience, practicality of the degree, and global immersion. . With five global campuses, a student body of over 130 nationalities, and a learn-by-doing approach—Hult offers a student experience like no other. . â€Å"I’m from an engineering background and needed a whole new skill set for the industry I wanted to switch to. I learned a lot about myself and how I deal with being out of my comfort zone. I learned both soft and hard skills, from how to work in very diverse teams to key accounting metrics and strategy. I was surprised by how weak I was at certain tasks in English or how strong I actually was in other areas. Hult gave me opportunities to try new things and meet people from places I never thought I would have friends. . My internship experiences gave me the chance to broaden my view of different cultures and different companies. I had the opportunity to work and live with people whose values differed from people in my home country. I thought that this would be difficult, but it gave me the chance to reflect on my own values and assess if they were a result of my home country environment or if they were intrinsically mine. . Diederick ter Kulve (@diederick.terkulve) Netherlands Masters in International Business . â€Å"I’m from an engineering background and needed a whole new skill set for the industry I wanted to switch to. I learned a lot about myself and how I deal with being out of my comfort zone. I learned both soft and hard skills, from how to work in very diverse teams to key accounting metrics and strategy. I was surprised by how weak I was at certain tasks in English or how strong I actually was in other areas. Hult gave me opportunities to try new things and meet people from places I never thought I would have friends. . My internship experiences gave me the chance to broaden my view of different cultures and different companies. I had the opportunity to work and live with people whose values differed from people in my home country. I thought that this would be difficult, but it gave me the chance to reflect on my own values and assess if they were a result of my home country environment or if they were intrinsically mine. . Diederick ter Kulve (@diederick.terkulve) Netherlands Masters in International Business . Say a big hello to our Bachelor of Business Administration program cover star, Elisa Orus Plana âÅ" ¨ . â€Å"I’m excited for the future—especially that I cant predict whats going to happen. Maybe Ill end up in Mexico working for a trading company or maybe in Africa, developing my own business. Everything is possible, and the options are constantly changing. I love the idea that Im never going to be stuck doing the same job until the end of my life if I dont want it to be like this. . Hult really supports me and my ambitions and truly believes that we deserve to be considered as professionals as well as students. Here, I get to express not just my opinions but all elements of myself. From my creative side with the Fashion Society to my finance and business sides in Trading Club and the Management Consulting Club. We get a different type of learning here. Not just essential knowledge and theory, but practical skills and mindset. The school is always evolving. We’re encouraged to innovate and to always look for new ways of doing traditional things. We learn how to be more confident and become aware of how we can impact our environment. The school aims to help you become a better version of yourself and to stand out from the crowd.â€Å" . Elisa Orus Plana French Bachelor of Business Administration Class of 2021 Say a big hello to our Bachelor of Business Administration program cover star, Elisa Orus Plana âÅ" ¨ . â€Å"I’m excited for the future—especially that I cant predict whats going to happen. Maybe Ill end up in Mexico working for a trading company or maybe in Africa, developing my own business. Everything is possible, and the options are constantly changing. I love the idea that Im never going to be stuck doing the same job until the end of my life if I dont want it to be like this. . Hult really supports me and my ambitions and truly believes that we deserve to be considered as professionals as well as students. Here, I get to express not just my opinions but all elements of myself. From my creative side with the Fashion Society to my finance and business sides in Trading Club and the Management Consulting Club. We get a different type of learning here. Not just essential knowledge and theory, but practical skills and mindset. The school is always evolving. We’re encouraged to innovate and to always look for new ways of doing traditional things. We learn how to be more confident and become aware of how we can impact our environment. The school aims to help you become a better version of yourself and to stand out from the crowd.â€Å" . Elisa Orus Plana French Bachelor of Business Administration Class of 2021"> During the final days of 2019, you probably reflected on what you’ve accomplished this year—and even this decade—and what you’d like to achieve in 2020. Let us know in the comments below. During the final days of 2019, you probably reflected on what you’ve accomplished this year—and even this decade—and what you’d like to achieve in 2020. Let us know in the comments below. â€Å"The first time we did group work on the program, I went head-to-head with a colleague. It taught me a lot about how I see people, how people see me, and how conflict can be resolved in a kind and productive way. The best feedback you get, when delivered constructively, is the most critical because it really feeds into how you lead. I’ve completely reversed my leadership style—the result is so much richer and more powerful when you lead from behind and lead with strength. . Studying in tandem with working, whilst challenging, gave me the perfect platform to directly apply learning concepts into my business environment, the competitive landscape, and the real-estate industry as a whole. When I started the program, I was very happy in my corporate role. But my courage and aspirations grew to the point that I took on a whole new direction. Having my career coach, Joanna, as a sounding board allowed me to really be strategic and get to know myself. She coached me thro ugh all the interviews, the research, and the questions. It went in parallel with what I was doing academically and after six months everything just clicked. . I went into the EMBA knowing I had nothing to lose and I’ve come out with everything. Great strength, global friends, amazing learning, mentors from professors, a job I love, and the knowledge that I can set my mind to achieve anything and with the right support and resources I’ll get there.† . Kashani Wijetunga British, New Zealand Sri Lankan Associate Director Senior Strategy Consultant CBRE EMBA Class of 2019 . â€Å"The first time we did group work on the program, I went head-to-head with a colleague. It taught me a lot about how I see people, how people see me, and how conflict can be resolved in a kind and productive way. The best feedback you get, when delivered constructively, is the most critical because it really feeds into how you lead. I’ve completely reversed my leadership style—the result is so much richer and more powerful when you lead from behind and lead with strength. . Studying in tandem with working, whilst challenging, gave me the perfect platform to directly apply learning concepts into my business environment, the competitive landscape, and the real-estate industry as a whole. When I started the program, I was very happy in my corporate role. But my courage and aspirations grew to the point that I took on a whole new direction. Having my career coach, Joanna, as a sounding board allowed me to really be strategic and get to know myself. She coached me thro ugh all the interviews, the research, and the questions. It went in parallel with what I was doing academically and after six months everything just clicked. . I went into the EMBA knowing I had nothing to lose and I’ve come out with everything. Great strength, global friends, amazing learning, mentors from professors, a job I love, and the knowledge that I can set my mind to achieve anything and with the right support and resources I’ll get there.† . Kashani Wijetunga British, New Zealand Sri Lankan Associate Director Senior Strategy Consultant CBRE EMBA Class of 2019 . â€Å"It was now or never. I knew that I’d have likely stayed in my neighborhood for years to come if I didn’t take this opportunity. I’d not lived or studied outside of the U.S. before. So I left my job as a global strategist at an advertising agency and moved halfway around the world. I’ve come back a more culturally aware, well-versed person. I’ve realized that everything is a learning experience and an opportunity for growth. Ill definitely carry this mindset with me into the future. Technology and social media allow us to be different people in several places at once. Im excited to see how I can establish myself in whatever city Ill be lucky enough to call home and still maintain deep connections with people all over the world. I’m inspired by my classmates every day. Hearing some of their life stories and how getting this degree fits into their greater mission has been very humbling. My biggest challenge has been finding the ‘right’ path for me. There have been rooms Ive felt like I shouldnt be in, but now Im proud to feel as though I truly belong, wherever I am.† . Dwayne Logan, Jnr. American MBA Class of 2019 . â€Å"It was now or never. I knew that I’d have likely stayed in my neighborhood for years to come if I didn’t take this opportunity. I’d not lived or studied outside of the U.S. before. So I left my job as a global strategist at an advertising agency and moved halfway around the world. I’ve come back a more culturally aware, well-versed person. I’ve realized that everything is a learning experience and an opportunity for growth. Ill definitely carry this mindset with me into the future. Technology and social media allow us to be different people in several places at once. Im excited to see how I can establish myself in whatever city Ill be lucky enough to call home and still maintain deep connections with people all over the world. I’m inspired by my classmates every day. Hearing some of their life stories and how getting this degree fits into their greater mission has been very humbling. My biggest challenge has been finding the ‘right’ path for me. There have been rooms Ive felt like I shouldnt be in, but now Im proud to feel as though I truly belong, wherever I am.† . Dwayne Logan, Jnr. American MBA Class of 2019 . Happy New Year, Hultians! . Happy New Year, Hultians! .

Saturday, May 16, 2020

Standardized Testing And A Grading System - 1629 Words

As a student I never really thought much about the grading system used by our public education system. As long as I passed I really did not care too much unless my parents put pressure on me to do better. I was an indifferent student who was fairly smart and did the minimum to get by. But that was then and this is now. Going into the field of education has opened my eyes to the competitive world in which modern day students are pressured to succeed. At the heart of this is the push for Common Core Standards, standardized testing and a grading system that is little changed since I was a student. However, it is not only the students who are being graded anymore. In order to improve academic performance teachers are now being targeted with grades on their performance. But is this really the best system we have for measuring success? In order to better understand how education has evolved we need to understand how we ended up where we are today. 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Wednesday, May 6, 2020

A comparison of two types of renewable energies in China...

Today it is the imperative of each country supply own citizens by water, food, energy, infrastructure. If country want to improve own economic, politic situations in the World, it should, first of all, advance the citizen’s level of living, because the main value of any country is the countries civilians. Therefore, one of the majorities of factors which could improve living level ipso facto improves industrial and economic situation of a country is the energy sustainability. Nowadays, China is the World’s leader in population, according to the Central Intelligence Agency (2010) it supply about 1.33 billion people. It is seen that China needs gigantic supplies of energy, because of large energy consumption. At the present, there are many†¦show more content†¦Role and meanings of these energy types in China As mentioned by Feng and other researchers (2007, 188) China is the World’s leader in biomass technology and its consumption. Biomass energy defines as energy that obtains by producing it from organic matters, such as crop residues, firewood, foul, industrial and bio wastes (Zhang et al. 2007, 440). So, to attain this energy there is a great deal of distinct types of contraction biomass energy: direct burning, co-firing, biomass gasification, repowering, and other types (How Biomass Energy Works 2010). The easiest and common way of converting organic matters to the energy is the direct burning: biomasses should be burned to produce a steam; consequently this steam runs turbines which generate electricity (How Biomass Energy Works 2010). Another widespread example of bio energy is biomass gasification – a production of syngas by combination a heated biomass with oxygen under pressure, which could easily produce electricity by transforming it into steam, which goes throug h the electricity generation turbines (ibid.). Especially, China utilizes direct burning and biomass gasification (biogas) as the main forms

Tuesday, May 5, 2020

Material Selection For Automotive Spaceframes Essay Example For Students

Material Selection For Automotive Spaceframes Essay Material Selection For Automotive Spaceframes Essay Aluminum usage in automobiles and light trucks has been climbing steadily. Even more important, auto manufacturers are beginning to see aluminum the way aircraft manufacturers do as the basic structural material for their vehicles. Increasingly, in the case of carmakers, that thinking begins with an aluminum body structure such as the spaceframe. Its a new and potentially powerful trend. As recently as 1990, there were no aluminum-structured passenger cars in production anywhere in the world. The closest thing was the HMMV (Hummer), at that time strictly a military vehicle. As of 1997, there were seven aluminum-structured passenger cars in production. For three of them Audi A8, Plymouth Prowler, and GM EV-1 Alcoa has been the principal partner in designing, engineering and manufacturing aluminum components, subassemblies, and in the case of the Prowler the frame itself. And thats just the beginning. A concept car with a modular spaceframe in technology reviews held for Ford and Chrysler, Alcoa unveiled a vehicle concept embodying ideas for future cars and light trucks. The design is based on a spaceframe structure comparable to those Alcoa has helped to develop for the Audi A8 and Plymouth Prowler. The closest thing was the HMMV (Hummer), at that time strictly a military vehicle. As of 1997, there were seven aluminum-structured passenger cars in production. For three of them Audi A8, Plymouth Prowler, and GM EV-1 Alcoa has been the principal partner in designing, engineering and manufacturing aluminum components, subassemblies, and in the case of the Prowler the frame itself. And thats just the beginning. A concept car with a modular spaceframe in technology reviews held for Ford and Chrysler, Alcoa unveiled a vehicle concept embodying ideas for future cars and light trucks. The design is based on a spaceframe structure comparable to those Alcoa has helped to develop for the Audi A8 and Plymouth Prowler. But in the concept vehicle, the spaceframe is modular, a step toward using such structures in a broad range of future vehicles. By changing modules, a carmaker could produce a sedan, a sport utility vehicle, and a pickup truck, all from a single production platform. New programs with Daimler-Benz and Chrysler Alcoa is producing the front energy management structure for the new Mercedes-Benz A-class car (above) now selling in Europe. This 11-piece structure was designed by Alcoa and is robotically assembled at Alcoas plant in Soest, Germany. Production volume is expected to reach 1,000 units per day. For Chrysler, an aluminum rear crossmember designed and manufactured by Alcoa improves the handling and noise-vibration-harshness performance of the all-new 1998 Dodge Intrepid and Chrysler Concorde as well as the 1999 Chrysler LHS and 300M models. AAS will manufacture 270,000 units per year at its Northwood, Ohio plant. Something new around the windshield. A key advance incorporated in the 1997 Corvette is a first-of-its-kind windshield surround developed in a design and engineering collaboration of General Motors and Alcoa. An effective combination of aluminum cast and extruded products makes this an extremely stiff structure, helping the new Corvette to earn excellent reviews for its stiffness and superior handling. Northwood will produce 25,000 windshield surrounds annually. . Design tools to aid in product development New guidelines for use in designing automotive components have been installed at AAS operations in Esslingen, Germany; Southfield, Mich; and Alcoa Technical Center (ATC) near Pittsburgh. Developed by AAS and ATC, the guidelines will assist automotive engineers in evaluating product design and fabrication options. Objectives: Improve design quality and cut development time by 30%. Audi A8 is picked as a technological winner In December, the Audi A8 was named one of the top 25 Winning Technologies by Industry Week (IW) magazine in the U.S. The editors report: The 1997 Audi A8 with its aluminum spaceframe body technology indicates what is possible when the status quo in materials is challenged in automotive design. The luxury sedan delivers a new standard in weight savings, structural integrity, safety, performance and comfort. IW traces the origins of the Audi spaceframe to an early 1980s RD initiative that became a joint-venture with Alcoa. The spaceframe took 10 years to develop, the editors note, and is the result of 40 new patents, seven new aircraft-grade aluminum alloys, and extensive design analysis via supercomputers. Alloy A substance with metallic properties, composed of two or more chemical elements of which at least one is a metal. 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It is a white powdery material that looks like granulated sugar. Alumina is an intermediate step in the production of aluminum from bauxite and is also a valuable chemical on its own. Aluminum Spaceframe An integrated structure of aluminum castings and extruded parts that forms the primary body frame of a new generation of automobiles. Bauxite An ore from which alumina is extracted and from which aluminum is eventually smelted. Bauxite usually contains at least 45% alumina. About four pounds of bauxite .

Friday, April 17, 2020

Online role-playing games Essay Example

Online role-playing games Essay Online role-playing games facilitate communication with fellow players to encourage players to talk and establish social networks. The most popular online games such as World of Warcraft and EverQuest impede group efforts such as guilds and group quests, so that players make several online friends and communicate for a significant part of the time, working together for team battle and competition purposes. Online computer game players that used to bring their friends to their rooms to be able to play together no longer have to do so. All they have to do now is create an account in an online game and log in to talk to people who they are close to or people who theyve never even seen before. The online communication factor is particularly attractive because online players already all share a common feeling: they all love online games very much. This shared feeling gives other players a sense of ease in their communication with other players because they share a common interest. Since so many players can be found online at any given time, other players will not get lonely and can always socialize with other online players if they cannot find their usual acquaintances. We will write a custom essay sample on Online role-playing games specifically for you for only $16.38 $13.9/page Order now We will write a custom essay sample on Online role-playing games specifically for you FOR ONLY $16.38 $13.9/page Hire Writer We will write a custom essay sample on Online role-playing games specifically for you FOR ONLY $16.38 $13.9/page Hire Writer This ongoing socialization between other players is one aspect of the game that makes it so immersive for players. Players can ignore their real lives and concentrate on their online characters and his social relations instead of their own. This is one of the many reasons why online game players that build social networks inside the game would extend their subscriptions to the game and play longer. Players that are part of guilds or other social gatherings play to be part of their group. Since they do not want to fall behind in their status, they would be required to play for longer periods of time to advance in level and catch up to the other players in their group. Guild leaders, especially, would have a large amount of pressure to play because of their numerous responsibilities. One female player says, I worry about my game life as much as I worry about my real life. If I am late getting on, I feel like people will be disappointed with me. As a guild leader, when conflicts arise people come to me to resolve them. People look to you to have events, help them get things, quest, etc I try to please everyone, but it is unrealistic to think you can be everywhere for everyone, keeping them all happy. It gets to be a heavy burden to bear, and sometimes I end up in tears out of frustration. I am an addict. Will I quit? No. Why? Because I love it. 4 Females, especially, have been found to be interested in a game mostly because of the social interactions between players. 5 Males, on the other hand, mostly seemed to be interested in popular MMORPGs because of the attraction of a status of high power. The leveling of their players to become more powerful drove males to play for longer periods of time. Extensive online gaming is only recently being seen as a serious issue. Because of some extreme cases involved in players who play extensively, China has implemented control regulations of the time that players can remain online in their games. 7 Chinese players can now remain online for three hours before their in-game benefits will be cut down. In terms of the games, this would mean reducing the value of equipment found within the game, or lowering the power of the players character. After five hours, players will be warned that their in-game benefits will be cut down to zero and their avatars health will be damaged if they continue to remain online. The most popular online games agreed to the playing curbs; although they did not have much choice as they need the governments support to offer online games. However, many critics and moderate online players feel that the system is not enough. This is because of the significant loopholes in the regulations. Players can just play until their time is up and then switch characters to another profile. This is feasible for the large number of addicted Chinese players. Control of online video game addiction is essential for many caught up in the games. Many extreme cases of violence have occurred because the players were addicted to the games. For example, one child whose gameplay was interrupted by his little brother proceeded to kill his younger sibling with a hammer because he had interrupted his game play. 9 One man, Shawn Woolley, shot himself to death after a tragic loss occurred in his game. 10 These are not isolated cases. Reports of video game violence are frequent and are far from over. There are many reasons why players may resort to such extremes. Online games, perhaps, in their violent gameplay, may confuse players about the consequences of killing and death. Since addicted players tend to spend so much time away from reality and their friends and family, they may begin to forget about how important these people are to them, and when they become isolated from their games they lose sight of what to do and how to respond to others. One psychologist from Stockton became so wrapped up in the game in trying to study it, that he frequently entered all-night sessions with the game before forcing himself to quit. 11 He says, Here I was in a good position to understand the problem and yet I really did have to struggle to beat this thing I can imagine that somebody with less knowledge of these kinds of issues would really have a hard time understanding what was happening to them. Many players would become confused at the priority shift brought into by the games, and some react by ignoring their real lives and instead focus solely on the game. Many online video game players find themselves unable to lead the rest of their lives, even if they have made the changes necessary to rid themselves of the game. This is because of many reasons. Players who have become immersed in the games find themselves experiencing withdrawal symptoms when they are away from their games. Also, players have poor health and little to no social skills. It becomes very hard for gamers to lead social lives and develop platonic and romantic relationships outside of their online games. Players who have a history of extensive gaming find it hard to react to what others say to them and usually have little confidence. Most are unable or unwilling to develop romantic relationships because of commitment issues or a poor sense of self-worth. These gamers find it difficult to confront people face-to-face because they have not done so for such a long time. Gamers find it hard to attract others of the opposite sex because they do not feel confident talking to others if they are not on their computers. Some may even lose the ability to speak practically, because they have become so accustomed to speaking in terms of the game and with other online gamers who speak in the same style. Additionally, players in high school may lose the rest of their lives because their extensive gaming has ruined their chances to enter university or college. Some players lose the drive to do well academically and essentially squander their future by playing video games. One adult player explains the trouble that his addiction to the game has cause for his profession and life, I am addicted to EQ and I hate it and myself for it. When I play I sit down and play for a minimum of 12 hours at a time, and I inevitably feel guilty about it, thinking there a large number of things I should be doing instead, like reading or furthering my education or pursuing my career. But I cant seem to help myself; it draws me in every time. I have been out of work now for over a month and now find myself in a stressful, depressed state that is only quelled when I am playing EQ, because its easy to forget about real world troubles and problems, but the problem is when you get back to the real world, problems and troubles have become bigger, and its a bad, bad cycle. 12 This is another significant reason why so many players feel that their online games have ruined their lives. Some players may not get the chance to redo their years of high school and end up with a mediocre job. Others may not even attain to that level. Because so many players are able to immerse themselves in their games without other distractions, they tend to forget about the importance of their real lives. Players tend to neglect their friends and family, just so they can play their games for a few more hours. It is undeniable that online games have ruined millions of peoples lives and something must be done about it. However, the attitudes and behavior of the player prior to introduction to the game must also be analyzed. Players that suffer from ADHD and other psychological disorders may tend to become more involved in these kinds of games because it allows them to escape from their real lives. Players with poor self-image and low self esteem also react the same way. For some of the addicted players, the game may not be entirely at fault. This is the main reason why so many psychologists and addiction experts refuse to classify online video game addiction as the real thing. Many still believe it to be a joke that only happens in extreme cases. For now at least, they may be right. However, it is also important to consider the gaming culture of many countries. South Korea and China are two of the most heavily gaming countries in the world. China alone had a video gaming revenue of $633 million in 2005. 13 For many technology-oriented countries such as China and South Korea, gaming is a way of life. Thus, it seems obvious that most of the severe cases of online video game addiction would occur in these countries. In China, for example, skipping school to go to Internet Cafes is a regular habit for thousands of high-schoolers. 14 This kind of behavior starts social trends that escalate into bad habits for other students. It is not uncommon for adults to go to Internet Cafes after work to play online games. It may be even more unacceptable for adults and especially parents to be gaming online excessively. Parents may introduce their children or spouse to the game, creating a family-friendly environment for the child and spouse to play online together. This is especially dangerous for the child because then the child feels safe playing online, and feels that it is the right thing to do. Children at a young age can become easily addicted to online games because it is new and exciting to them. Children of a young age fantasize about being in charge, and having superhuman powers. Therefore, when the child gets both from a video game, the child generally becomes enthralled and wants to continually play the game instead of focusing on their life. This leads to bad habits later in life. If the child gets used to gaming on a regular basis, he will usually want to continue to do so later in life as his priorities change and his responsibilities increase. Given the issues at hand as a cause of extensive video game play, possible solutions should be considered as well. In the case of the Chinese effort to decrease addiction in online game players, a good effort was made. However, other countries have not fared so well in their attempts, if any, at facing this problem. One possible solution could be to change the dynamics of the online games slightly, so that the player finds it less rewarding or engaging. One way to follow through with this idea would be to decrease the value or number of rewards given to players, similar to the efforts made in China. According to an extensive study conducted by Nicholas Yee in 2001, the second most popular reason why Ever Quest (an extremely popular MMORPG) appealed to the player was because they were able to achieve goals. 15 Perhaps the game could alter their time structure such that players are not required to spend as much time to achieve goals or to gain items. This solution would be very effective, providing the player with the same rewarding experience within a shorter period of play, however, the player may simply choose to play even longer because they find it so rewarding. Therefore, an effective solution must include a way to restrain the time a player spends online. A more direct way of dealing with the threat of game addiction would be to involve parents or close family that could be educated about the game and how they can prevent the consequences of spending too much time online. This solution would coerce the player to spend more time in social interactions outside of the game. According to Nicholas Yees The Norrathian Scrolls: A Study of EverQuest, the third most satisfying experience for players of EverQuest was to establish a friendship with other online players. 16 A significant reason why players choose to play their game for so long is because they are lonely and want to make friends but do not have the self-confidence or social skills from real life so they would do so online, where it is much easier. Social interactions with family members and friends would improve their social skills and boost their self-esteem, giving them the chance to participate in activities with friends in real life. A solution that could be implemented through online gaming companies would be the monitoring of the activity of a computer, identified through its Internet Protocol address. In this way, the online gaming activity of each computer could be tracked by gaming companies, and used to limit the time to which players can stay online. This idea would not work for all players, because some may have more than one computer, or may change computers after their time is up for one computer. However, this would likely work for the majority of players, as the chance that a single person would own more than one computer is relatively small. This solution could help the Chinese government in lowering the online play time because addicted players in China would just log off their character and sign on through another account. One addicted Chinese player said, I have mixed feelings about the curbs. They might help me find different ways of passing the time. But you can get around the rules. When my time is up playing as one character, I can just continue playing as another character. So these rules wont affect the addicts. 17 Since this method involves tracking a computers IP sentence, it does not matter how many characters the player has, because the tracking of the IP address will identify the computer instead of the players current profile. After extensive research and analysis of the roles, attitudes, behaviors, and motivations of teenage online video gamers, a conclusion has been reached. The main social and ethical issues with respect to online computer gaming and teenagers are the players mental and physical health, reduced mental and physical stimulation due to addiction, financial insecurity and lack of social interaction. However, on reaching this conclusion, many unresolved questions have arose throughout the research. It is still unknown, for example, whether online gaming can be classified as a clinical addiction. Also, the debate of whether or not online gaming can be directly attributed to the game was not resolved. This is because it is undecided whether the player or the game itself has the larger role in the addiction.

Saturday, March 14, 2020

Dadaist movement Essays

Dadaist movement Essays Dadaist movement Essay Dadaist movement Essay Endgame is the term used to describe the ending of chess match where the outcome is known before the check mate move is made. Beckett recognises the parallel between endgames in chess and the final stages of life; no matter how you live your life, you will die. Endgame by Samuel Beckett has been called a despairing play about despair. Even the title alone, once analysed, gives the whole play deep resonance and meaning. There is plenty of room for argument that if you take the dialogues out of context and analyse them, they are meaningless.Even if ones interpretation of Endgame is that it is meaningless, they can still enjoy it; in that respect Endgame is like a piece of abstract art it moves before it means. The fact that nothing happens in the play is irrelevant. Endgame has been likened to work created in the Dadaist movement. This was a movement that rejected conventionally thinking, writing literature and making art which had no specific meaning but transgressed an impression of travesty or nihilism.However, just the relationships between the four characters, in my mind, immediately inspired inquisition. The two main characters in this play, Hamm and Clov are constantly bickering with each other. Their relationship alternates between master/slave and father/son. Hamm provides the food, by remembering the combination to the lock that seals the food; Clov, in turn, retrieves the food using his legs and eyesight.The relationship is both mutually beneficial and vital, as without one the other would die Beckett makes this point very clear by having Clov say about Hamm If I could kill him Id die happy This is the reason that Clovs continual threats of leaving Hamm do not get trivial. Every time Clov threatens to leave he is questioning his desire to carry on living. Beckett paints the audience of the play a portrait of desolation, lovelessness, boredom, ruthlessness, sorrow and nothingness.The extent of their isolation is made very apparent by Clov when he is reporting what he sees out through the telescope when looking out the window Zero, Zero and Zero. The setting of their house/bunker is not the only thing that is baron and arid about the lives of the four characters. The characters, it seems, go through the same routines day in day out. The opening actions of the play when Clov is moving the ladder to see out the window has a very rehearsed feel.It seems that the characters have said and done everything they do in the same order every day. Hence it is not surprising that both Nell and Clov ask, Why this farce, day after day? The question then immediately arises, why do they carry on? This is the question that Beckett wants the audience to ask themselves why carry on with life? One critic said the characters perform these rituals in order to satisfy their own need to affirm their existence If this is valid it could also provide Becketts answer to the question of why people carry on with life.

Wednesday, February 26, 2020

Leadership dyad outline Essay Example | Topics and Well Written Essays - 500 words

Leadership dyad outline - Essay Example Bringing changes in the organizations is a basic need to expand the business activities by adopting new ways and strategies. An effective leader is also an innovative leader. Some researchers suggest that the Consideration structure of the leadership styles should be strong by comparing to the initiative structures. The consideration is strongly correlated to the job satisfaction criteria. Walter and Humphrey conducted a research on emotional intelligence and leadership styles to know the effective and performance based leaders’ emergence within the organizations. The result of the research shows that the emergence leadership style 100% effects on the emotional intelligence of the leaders. The effective behavior of the leaders influences 81% on the emotional intelligence. The effectiveness of the leadership influence 87.5% to the emotional intelligence. The research findings present a true picture of the emotional intelligent and its impacts on other variables. It is also included that the role of emotional competencies is important for leadership emergences to perform efficiently through effective strategies implementations. All the leaders are hardworking to perform efficiently. The leaders who have a few skills or not well educated, are called ineffective leaders. The qualities of decision-making choices differentiate the types of ineffective to effective leaders. The effective leaders are sensors, intuitivists, thinkers, feelers, extraverts, introverts, judgers, and the