December 13, 2006

Hahahahah it's over

I can't believe I've yet to use the word "flog" in the same sentence as the word "blog".

Glad I got that out of the way.

Professor Piderit, Meredith and Professor Poonamallee,

Thank you for all the time and effort that was put into the class and simulation this semester. I usually enjoy going to my classes, but I looked forward to this one. Yes, I said a lot of stupid comments, but that's kind of my thing. I took a lot from this class, especially the HR Simulation. A lot of the people in the class are going to be in our classes for the remainder of our tenure at Case. I think that the simulation and the stress on class participation really allows us to gauge one another, to become familiar with our peers. Short run, this is one of the best things the class had to offer. For the next several years, when we're made to do a lot of group work, we'll have an idea of who we want to work with and who we're comfortable working with.

I'm looking forward to 251. All of you, professors, teaching assistants, classmates and random readers,

Have a great winter break,

Chris Lambert
Dean of CLU

P.S. Dean of CLU doesn't sound good.

P.S.S. I tried posting this around 11:50 PM, but our router went out around 11:45 PM...I had to drive the hour back to Case before I could post (I just got back to my room).

December 12, 2006

2 more?

I'm taking a course next semester. If it pans out how it should, it will be the best class ever. I really believe this.

Create-a-College.

I'm going to create the best college the world's ever seen. I've already put a lot of thought into what my curriculum is going to be, the campus layout, etc. Name-wise...I'm not so sure...Maybe something like CLU: Chris Lambert University. Sadly, when CLU is said outloud it comes out "Clue". People would associate it with the board game. I don't want that.

I think HR techniques will big a huge asset. I need to be able to draw students in and keep them (turnover). I'll need to make sure campus and safe and that I have a well-trained staff. Basically, everything I learned in class, I need to use. The happier faculty is, the better the teaching. The better the teaching, the better learning environment. The better the learning environment, the better the students that come to the university. The better the students, the more money the university makes.

I don't know what else to write

Dear Pizza Hut and Domino's,

Your commercials are terrible. Every single one of your marketing campaigns for the last several years have been atrocious. I actually discuss this with people. Everyone I talk to has agreed with me: stop it.

I don't know if it's because management doesn't care about the commercials because people will buy pizza anyway or if those really are the best ideas, but something is wrong. Are you not budgeting enough to advertising/marketing? Do you have a screening process before the commercials run? Maybe there is high turnover in the advertising/marketing departments and you hire really incompetent people for cheap?

Whatever it is, I think both companies' head quarters need to look into this. When I was young, I used to love Pizza Hut commercials. Now, I change the channel.

Drew Mazzola

Final Thoughts: HR Simulation

Some of my earlier blog entries very obviously displayed the frustration I felt towards the HR Simulation. Despite the impression those blogs may have given, I enjoyed the simulation.

While a lot of what we discussed in class wasn't applicable to the simulation itself, it could be used in building and maintaining team morale. The lectures on feedback, motivation, and evalauations were especially relative.

I liked the end of the semester sha-bang Professor/CEO Poonamallee did as well. It was good to see how the other teams did and how we compared.

Overall, I believe I gained a lot of information about team building, motivation and maintenance. This summer, I hope to be on the executive planning board for Case's orientation. If I do get the job, I'm sure what I learned will be an asset.

How's this for a change of pace, Meredith

The Tom Mendola situation reminded me of a lady I worked with at Subway. Mary isn't a high school drop out; she's in her mid-seventies and still very much kicking. I'm not trying to compare their characters. The comparison lies in the predicament the respective managers found themselves in.

(The present tense in being used because she still works at Subway)

Mary, while vibrant, isn't always...composed. She tends to mishear orders, to deposit the wrong items atop sandwiches, to forget what it was she's doing, among other things. She's distracting, and whoever works with her has to keep constant watch on her. She's not allowed to work the cash register either.

Despite her handicaps, she's worked at Subway for at least 4 years and outlasted at least 4 different managers. I was there through three of the managers, and each one mentioned firing her. None could ever bring themselves to do it though.

I guess the main difference between Mary and Tommy-Boy (besdies their sex and age and job), is that Mary's job isn't as demanding. It doesn't hurt the managers or the rest of the employees to keep her.

November 10, 2006

Is this my last one, already, but they're all so much fun to write

The title is inappropriate, but I'm bored of writing blogs. I know we get graded on relating back to class but, I find that boring too. Most of what we learn in class isn't ground breaking enough, or so previously unknown that I feel enlightened after hearing about it, for me to write an actual response.

If I tried, it'd be a cheesy, we-all-know-this-is-B.S. post. I could write a boring but honest okay-so-what-do-you-want-me-to-say-about-this post, but that isn't fun.

I end up torn among writing what "I should" write to get the grade, writing my honest opinion which probably wouldn't score me any points, babbling, or writing a mixture of the three along with the creative, personal flare that blogs are supposed to incorporate.

Yes, this is prep work for the "real world", but if the real world can't handle words like "nope", I don't want to write for it.

(Here comes my relating to class. Nothing concrete, but it talks about class.)

The grading for this class has been harsh, but not for the sake of harshness. We're graded this way because the people with experience, that are teaching and preparing us, feel we need to understand how proper and strict the profession is.

For me, it's been deflating. I don't want to be a machine. Yes, the assignment says relate to class, but what if I don't want to? The grade isn't enough to motivate me. If it was "write blog entries and try to relate them to class, but the more important thing is to be writing professionally in terms of grammar and word choice, so if you don't talk about class, it's no big deal, just remember your audience and what we're looking for" I wouldn't have a problem. Even if only one entry had to relate to class, I'd accept that. I just hate the rigidness, the constraint, of it.

I hope the business world isn't as terminator-esque as it's been made to seem at times.

Bloggin'

I think it'd be nice if the blogging assignment didn't have to deal just with what we learn in class or talk about in class. If I could write a faux-letter to a company about a business proposal, or a memo to a boss about an idea, or anything else that is a fake business thing but business related, that'd be amazing. Only writing about class or in response to something we went over in class, I feel, is limiting and, after a while, boring. Yes, I can write a nice, fake letter to Jonah Creighton as a change of pace, but why? As it is, I wrote about Jonah enough.

Maybe I'm unaware and I could write a letter to the editor of Maxim asking him to publish an article I write, and Meredith would grade it and give me feedback on structure and diction.

I guess after writing this, I'll find out.