December 10, 2005

MGMT250 In The Real World

I was recently talking with my sister, a saleswoman for Lion Brand Yarn Company, about my MGMT250 class. The aspect she found most interesting was the MBTI and LSI. The last company she worked for had her take the MBTI and examine her results. I thought it was really inetersting that a company would its employees take the same test we took in class. She said she wishes she could take it again and reapply it to her current organization. I explained the LSI to her and she was very interested in that test, as well. This displays the importance of these tests in the real world. The very tests we took in class are tools used by big businesses to assess their employees and help them grow. The conversation I had with my sister strenghtened my enthusiasm for the test we took and our class in general. This shows that what we're learning in class really can be applied to our life-after-college and how we will interact in the workplace.

The MGMT250 Blog

I think our blog site is one of the most useful, helpful tools I have ever used for a class. I actually enjoyed writing blogs incorporating my opinions on the class and the subjects we discussed. I think the most positive aspect of blogging has been the opportunity to further examine what we discussed in class. Sometimes, while in class, I don't have enough time to fully think about what we have discussed and form an opinion regarding the topics. Having to write a blog several days afterwards, however, forced me to revisit the subject and relate it to other areas of my life. I think the tool is really great way to aid in students fully understanding and applying what we learned in class. I also really enjoy reading the opinions of my classmates, especially those who keep quieter in class.

Learning Plan

The Learning Plan is one of the most interesting assignments I've ever had. Part II, however, caused me a lot of stress. While I normally am a very organized, schedule-oriented person (shown through my Judging classification on the MBTI), it was rather difficult to develop specific, long-term goals. I think that my initial problems developing goals came from the fear the MBTI placed on me. It forced me to think about my future and realize how close I am to finding an internship this summer, graduating, going to grad school, finding a job, etc, and, quite frankly, that was kind of scary at first. The more I worked on my plan, though, the more comfortable I became with accepting that my future was approaching fast. After writing the Learning Plan, I feel relatively confident in my future and the paths I have chosen to take and will choose in the future.

MGMT 250 Wrap-Up

I found our MGMT 250 class to be extremely informative and inspiring. The presentations by the career center and our special sessions and guest speakers provided tons of useful information regarding practical skills that we should all develop such as: interviewing, networking, and resume writing. I especially enjoyed the hands on experiences we were able to partake in. In addition, I found several of the Xanedu articles to be very interesting as well, and they were a great supplement to the class. I also really enjoyed the open discussion atmosphere of the classroom. I felt comfortable expressing my ideas and enjoyed listening to others as well. While I already have credit for the 251 class, I almost wish I would have registered for it anyway. I am very interested in how it will act as a follow up to 250 and would love to continue developing what I learned this semester. Keep me updated on how 251 goes, everyone!!

HR Simulation Wrap-Up

The HR Simulation was one of my favorite aspects of this course. While I was nervous initially entering into the team environment, working with my team was an amazing learning experience. Especially being team leader, I felt the team atmosphere was an opportunity to practice some of the skills I have learned through manangement courses. I was able to practice the "art of feedback" we learned this year through developing a performance appraisal for with my team and also approaching team members who may not have been performing up to standard. Freshman year I took a class which focused partially on developing the skill of facilitating a meeting. I initially found myself putting those skills to practice automatically while conducting team meetings. After I recognized this, I was able to continue to develop those skills through team meetings. This was an amazing experience becuase it was one of the first times I was able to use those skills outside of the classroom.

November 02, 2005

Motivation and Management

The role motivation plays within the concept of management is crucial, however, it is also a fine line to walk. A manager's ability to motivate their workers stems from the influence they have over them which often comes from the types of power they hold. French and Raven identified five types of power: Coercive, Reward, Legitimate, Referent, and Expert. At the base level of their taxonomy is coercive power, which is power gained through the threat of punishment. This power that managers can hold motivates employees to do their job because they fear being fired. Another example of the connection between power and motivation is reward power. Managers often hold the power to reward their employees for a job well done through bonuses, etc. This power motivates employees to perform their job in the hopes they will receive a reward. I find it very interesting how the concept of motivation among employees stems from the power that managers hold over them. In this sense, managers must be trusted not to abuse the powers that they hold.

Social Responsibility

I thought the introduction in class of the concept of social responsibility among corporations was very interesting. I believe it is important for all organizations to be involved in their community, especially large corporations that are main players in the local communities in which they are located. Large corporations often have the resources and influence to make positive changes in their surrounding communities and should put those resources to good use. I think the idea of social responsibility is a vital part of maintaining good ethics within an organization. I believe that ethics is more than just "not doing the bad things." Ethics also incorporates the idea of knowing when to reach out and initiate the good things.