December 11, 2005

Goals v. Dreams

There is a great difference between a goal and a dream. I think this added to some confusion when we fist discussed goal setting. When we did the exercise where we wrote down specific goals on post-it notes, I noticed at the end that I had included some things that would be considered dreams, not goals. It can be hard to distinguish between the two. In my opinion, the easiest way to tell whether something is a goal and not a dream is that it should be measurable and attainable. Most dreams people have are things they would do/have if they had certain resources, not things they think they can get based on what is actually possible.

Goal Setting and Action Plan

What we learned about goal setting and forming an actiona plan was helpful, especially in finishing our learning plans, but I think it was a little too broad. There are many different goals one can make, and thus different ways they can be measured. Because of this it can be hard to distinguish which measurements apply to which goals. When Prof Powely placed an example of a goal and its corresponding action plan on projection screen, there was a wide variety of suggestions given.

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HR Simulation Final Report Extension

Unfortunately Case's e-mail server is not the most reliable form of communication. The server went down the night before the HR simulation final report was due. Because of this inconvienence, the due date for the report was extended 24 hours. I understand that a lack of e-mail access can hinder a group's performance, but the extension is a little unfair to those who took either the precation of preparing their report ahead of time or made extra efforts to use other forms of communication.

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Tom Mendola Case

When we discussed the Tom Mendola case in class, Prof. Polinski took a different approach than he did with the other cases. For the other cases we split into small groups and came to our own conclusions about the case and the questions asked. This time he divided the class in two and told us what side we would be taking. This proved to be quite difficult for me. I was in favor of firing Tom, but I was on the side which was against firing him. This forced me to look at the argument from a different stance.

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Benefits of Opposing Views

On the last day of class we were asked to talk about our favorite part of the class. My favorite parts were all the times we had debates in class. Sometimes the debates got a little heated, but that is to be exected sometimes. Debate is a valuable aspect in learning. When a student makes a comment and is confronted by an opposing argument, he/she is forced to defend his/her view. This causes the student to put real thought into his/her arguments and not just simply regurgitate what it said in the book. Classes lacking the opportunity for debate often do not have as great of an impact on the students' learning.

November 06, 2005

MGMT 250 - a 4 credit hour class?

Many students, myself included, feel that this course should be worth four credit hours instead of three. If you think about it, this makes perfect sense.
Most four credit hour courses occur due to labs or recitations. No, this class does not have either, but it's possible that our HR simulation could be counted as a lab.

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Ethics

Business ethics was one topic brought up in our debate on Jonah Creighton. It was suggested that there are certain laws which are habitally broken due to societal laws. Equal opportunit laws was one examples given in class. If a society as a whole does not follow these laws, are they really laws, and should they be followed by all?
It is true that if you go against the societal norm of a culture you may be committing business suicide. The question is whether or not you put you business above such issues. This is how the whole concept of business ethics came about.

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