Review: Little Mix – DNA: The Deluxe Edition (Album)

1. Wings
2. DNA
3. Change Your Life
4. Always Be Together
5. Stereo Soldier
6. Pretend It’s OK
7. Turn Your Face
8. We Are Who We Are
9. How Ya Doin’?
10. Red Planet – Little Mix feat. T
11. Going Nowhere
12. Madhouse
13. Love Drunk
14. Make You Believe
15. Case Closed
16. DNA (Unplugged)

Little Mix’s album lands a year after they won the X Factor, something groups just didn’t do until last year! It was considered that a year maybe too long for the band and that this album would go unnoticed, but that certainly won’t be the case with this album.

Packed with killer harmonies, and catchy lyrics, what’s not to like! The style of the album is a very ‘now’ 90’s band which is great for the industry today! – Is it possible that these girls could be the new, fresher girls aloud? I think so, they definitely have the potential to have that success and much more, especially if they build upon what they have brought to their fans with this album.

If you like pop, 90’s R&B and a bit of rap mixed together then this album is for you.

– Esjae

Poem: Deadbeat Dad

He gives you a beating
Telling you it’s the best thing
For you to be black and blue
His word’s aren’t true
But you stay because your afraid
Not of the life you could have instead
But of the one you have led
Trying to get the courage to leave
The one who has made you grieve
Over the love you thought you had
For this deadbeat dad
It’s driving you mad
It’s time that you left
Before you make a u turn
This is a lesson learnt
You deserve more
Than the future he has in store
For him and you
Living black and blue

– Esjae

Business Notes: Management – Characteristics of Good Management

What is management? Management is the person or persons controlling and directing the affairs of a business, or other institution. It can also be described as the or manner of managing: handling, direction or control.

Where does the word ‘manage’ come from? The word manage comes from the Italian word maneggiare and also from the Latin manu agere which means ‘to lead by the hand’, this in turn has been derived from the Latin word manus meaning hand.

So what does a manager do? According to Henri Fayol (1841-1925), the first person to identify elements or functions of management in his classic 1916 book ‘Administration Industrielle et Generole’, management consists of planning, organizing, command, coordination and control.

However according to Peter Drucker (1955), ‘The manager is the dynamic, life giving element in every business’. In 1955 he said that a manager has only 3 jobs:

  1. Managing a business
  2. Managing managers
  3. Managing workers and work
What does a good manager look like? The CMI (Chartered Management Institute) claim that Chartered Manager (CMgr)  is the ultimate accolade. However what process would a CMgr candidate have to follow in order to receive this award. Therefore according to them a good manager will be qualified, have impact and CPD (Continuing professional development).
What are the entry requirements from CMgr? According to the CMI in 2008 “In order to ensure minimum standards of knowledge and understanding of management among Chartered Managers, a management qualification at degree level or above (e.g. NVQ 4 or Diploma in Management) is a minimum qualification requirement”.
It is also important for a manager to implement the 6 management skills:
  1. Leading People
  2. Managing Change (Change is constant!)
  3. Meeting Customer Needs
  4. Managing Information & Knowledge
  5. Managing Activities and Resources
  6. Managing Yourself
– Esjae 

Business Notes: Management – Self Awareness

What is self awareness:

  • Being aware of people
  • Knowing we exist as an individual
  • Recognising other people’s beliefs
  • Being aware of your own individuality
Self awareness is having a balanced and honest view of your own personality, and often and ability to interact with others frankly and confidently. As well as being aware of your own individuality.
It’s a recognition of:
  • Our personality
  • Our strengths and weaknesses
  • Our likes and dislikes
  • Helps us to recognise when we’re stressed or under pressure
  • A prerequisite for effective communication and interpersonal relations
  • Helps us to develop empathy for others
Everyone is unique therefore it is important to harness your strengths and weaknesses.
– Esjae 

Business Notes: Management – 6 Management Skills

There are six management skills, these are:

  1. Leading People – a leader knows where they want to go. A manager knows how to get there. It is unusual to find both in one person.
  2. Managing Change – Change is constant & people don’t like change
  3. Meeting Customer Needs – This is arguably one of the most important skills as the customer pays for the product/ serviceso it is important to satisfy them
  4. Managing Information and Knowledge – This helps you to make decisions and plan for the future
  5. Managing Activities and Resources – This makes sure people know what to do, what they need and where to be
  6. Managing Yourself

– Esjae 

Business Notes: International Awareness & Ethics – Culture

What is culture? It was said by Kramsch in 1996 that culture is the attitudes and beliefs, ways of thinking, behaving and remembering shared by members of that community.

There are three primary ways of describing culture – these are:
  • Anthropological culture which is the ways that people of a certain group behave/live among themselves
  • High culture which includes the art, music, theatre, and literature created by culture
  • Popular culture which includes contemporary music, films and trends
It comes down to universal acceptance as to why one piece of music is high culture and another is popular culture.
There are also two further types of culture these are surface culture and deep culture.
Surface culture includes:
  • How you dress
  • Clothing
  • Gestures
  • Music
  • Art
  • Architecture
Deep culture includes:
  • Worldview – this is the orientation towards religion, humanity, nature and the universe
  • Language – this is the medium to transmit culture
  • Kinship System – this is the importance of different family roles and the relationships between family members
  • Social Organisation – this is the importance of relationships among group members.
Culture has a huge focus on values this is because cultural values identify behavioural characteristics that members of the society consider important and valuable. They also help to serve as a mechanism of social control by determining how members of a culture should behave.
As a result of the dynamics of culture systems in one main culture individual members of one culture may differ in the values and adopt several sub-cultures. Due to this boundaries are only loosely defined and therefore culture can be shared by people from different geographical locations.Values and systems can change over time.
– Esjae 

Business Notes: Presentation Tips

Throughout your life you will have to write and present presentations therefore you need to be able to ensure you do this successfully.

A well prepared presentation will succeed!

Key issues when it comes to presentations are:

  • Preparation
  • Rehearsal
  • Visual Aids
Prepare

Before you begin you work it is important that you:
  1. Know what you want to say
  2. Understand and focus upon the key points that you wish to emphasise
  3. Work out who your audience is
  4. Find out who much prior knowledge they have of the particular subject
  5. How much factual data will you need to research
  6. Make sure that you check the room in which you will be giving your presentation from 15-20 minutes (minimum) before the presentation to check that it is laid out correctly and that the equipment works.
  7. If you are giving the presentation in a group make sure you delegate tasks according to the expertise and skills within the group
Rehearse – Before you give your presentation
  1. If a group presentation is required make sure that you rehearse as a group
  2. If it is an individual presentation make sure you get someone to watch you rehearse so that they can give you feedback
  3. When rehearsing out loud, check the volume of your voice
  4. Make sure you check you presentation timings (REMEMBER you will speak faster in the real event)
  5. If you need them use prompt cards – but don’t rely on them too much
  6. Try and rehearse where the presentation is going to take place if it is at all possible
  7. Try and anticipate the questions that will be asked and if you are asked a question which you cannot answer it is important that you are honest and polite – you could even offer to look it up and give them the information at a later point
Visual Aids
  1. Use a mixture of powerpoint, flip chart, whiteboard
  2. Visual aids deflect the attention from you – this is helpful if you are nervous and or don’t like to be the focus of the attention
  3. Use desktop publishing software to product handouts as this will help to make them look more professional
  4. It’s important to note that if everything looks good, you feel good
– Esjae