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Forgetful or inattentive of everyday details or duties, possibly due to a preoccupation with other thoughts. My absent-minded housemate is always lost in composing new poems and never remembers to clean the house or take out the trash!

absent-minded professor

An otherwise intelligent person who often lacks common sense or forgets or overlooks important details. Louis is brilliant, but he's such an absent-minded professor when it comes to remembering to attend important meetings.

bloody minded

slang Petulant and argumentative in nature. Primarily heard in UK, Australia. I hate spending time with bloody minded people who have a pessimistic response to all of my ideas. Don't listen to him—he's just bloody minded, and his argument doesn't even make sense.
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mind (one's) p's and q's

To be polite and display good manners. Be sure to mind your p's and q's when you visit your aunt this weekend! The mother reminded her young children to mind their p's and q's when they went over to their friends' houses for play dates.
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mind (one's) own business

To not interfere in someone else's affairs; to not pry or be nosy. Often used as an imperative. Mind your own business, will you? I can take care of my problems just fine. I really wish she would mind her own business and stop asking me about my finances. So there I was, minding my own business, when the security guard comes over and starts asking me all kinds of questions.
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mind the store

To monitor a particular place or situation, usually while someone is away. Will you mind the store while I'm in this meeting?
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mind the shop

To monitor a particular place or situation, usually while someone is away. Will you mind the shop while I'm in this meeting? One of the suspects remained at the entranceway to mind the shop while the other two began loading the stolen goods into the truck.
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absent-minded professor

a bumbling professor who overlooks everyday things. Fred is such an absent-minded professor. He'd forget his head if it wasn't screwed on.

mind the store

 and watch the store
Fig. to take care of local matters. Please stay here in the office and mind the store while I go to the conference. I had to stay home and watch the store when Ann went to Boston.
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mind the store

Attend to local or family matters, as in Ask Dad for permission; he's minding the store while Mom's away. This expression transfers looking after an actual business to more general activities. [Colloquial; second half of 1900s]
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mind the shop

be temporarily in charge of affairs.
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mind the ˈshop

(British English) (American English mind the ˈstore) be in charge of something for a short time while somebody is away: Who’s minding the shop while the boss is abroad?
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mod. having a tendency to see the lewd or obscene aspects of anything; having a tendency to place an obscene interpretation on the words and actions of others. Sam is sort of dirty-minded, but he wouldn’t do anything really vile.
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There are two causation paths incurring high-level value co-creation service exchange: Path 1 shows that the logical condition set of low-level leadership & authorization, high-level open mindedness, high-level shared visions, low-level knowledge creation, and high-level knowledge integration triggers high-level value co-creation service exchange (consistency=0.
This paper regards organization learning as an enabler of knowledge resource set composed of three resource elements: leadership & authorization, open mindedness and a shared vision.
And, members with high-level open mindedness may tend to have divergent thinking but instead fail to meet the demand for learning efficiency.
In terms of the construction condition for high-level value co-creation resource integration, high-level open mindedness and high-level knowledge integration are its necessary but not sufficient condition.
In terms of the construction condition for high-level value co-creation service exchange, different from the antecedent variables constituting value co-creation resource integration, high-level knowledge creation displaces high-level open mindedness and high-level knowledge integration and becomes the necessary condition for high-level value co-creation service exchange.
Table 1--Configurations for achieving high levels of the outcome conditions Knowledge creation Knowledge integration variables 1 2 1 2 Leadership & authorization * () (x) () Open mindedness (x) () * * * Shared visions * () * () Knowledge creation Knowledge integration consistency 0.
We also wanted to explore the IBDP's official, more idealist aims of educating the whole person and particularly that of fostering international mindedness, an aim of increasing import in a globalizing world.
In the end, our data collection centered upon understanding the perceptions of IBDP students, graduates and teachers at IBCSS along three dimensions: (1) students' perceptions on the benefits and drawbacks of the IBDP; (2) how well the IBDP prepares students for future academics; and (3) the degree to which the IBDP fosters international mindedness.
Beyond the aim of supporting students' academic competencies, the other key aim of IB of fostering international mindedness was more variable for students.
In groups of 4 or 5, students took turns sharing their experiences of IB and its impact on their academic progress, readiness for university, and their international mindedness.
Even in the interview setting, probing students on international mindedness produced diverse responses and was methodologically tricky.
Finally, the interviews shed little light on the degree to which the IBDP is fostering 'international mindedness,' although some students recognized certain elements being fostered in particular courses, especially in TOK.
As to how well the IBDP 'achieved the goal of international mindedness for you,' there was a similar normal distribution from 'not at all' to 'very well.
One possibility is that students are more engaged in extra-curricular activities in university that relate to international mindedness.
Given our own lack of determining how well international mindedness is realized through the IBDP at IBCSS, this quote from an IB grad on the 2011 e-survey is a provocative entry point.