December 10, 2006

Blogs

Overall, I very much liked this blogging experience. It's helped me muse over what I learn in Management class, and verbally express my opinions of my development or progress in the passing weeks.

I must say, before I sit down to write an entry, I tend to think I haven't much to say. In actuality, there are a lot of aspects to managing people that I can talk about. There are a lot of things I never covered. (I never talked about the Simulation, for one thing, nor hiring or firing discriminations.) Even so, I have gotten a lot more insight to MGMT250 because of maintaining a blog.

And that, dear reader, is a very good thing.

Feedbacks

If I don't know them well enough, I've often found it difficult to give feedbacks to others. Would you feel awkward asking people if they wanted feedback? What happens when you feel that the feedback you get is unhelpful, if not useless? You might thank them for the commentary, anyway, but you wouldn't mean it--not really. Doesn't that leave you with a strange, sour taste in your mouth?

Perhaps it's just me. I learned about how I should give and take feedbacks in class. Hopefully I can utilize it.

End of the Semester!

What have I learned this semester?

I certainly know a lot more about management than I did before. I've learned how to better manage others, as well as a bit about managing myself. Aside from that, I learned about the importance of networking and of genuinely working with coworkers in an organization.

I also often find myself reflecting more on how to better handle situations. The thought never occurred to me how important that is; I'm usually a scathingly straight-forward person.

Somehow, I'm not sure if that's a good or bad thing. Now, I know how to handle conversations and team-communications in the future. Unfortunately, that doesn't change the fact that I still manage things poorly in the present.

Learning Plan completed!

I ended up writing four goals, rather than just two. The first was to get an internship. The second was to learn more about entreprenuership and business management. Then I talked about more personal goals. I need to learn how to properly manage my time. I also want to improve my story-writing skills.

The entire Learning Plan took 25 pages or so, including the title page. It was a close call, but I did indeed manage to finish everything before noon. I turned it in around 11:50, actually. I still feel happy about it, today.

Has anyone else managed to get the extra credit?

December 07, 2006

Learning Plans and things

I feel productive because I started my Learning Plan part 2 ahead of time. (crickets chirp in the audience)

For my personal goal, I've been debating about whether I should write about Time Management or about improving my skills in writing. Technically, I could do both, but I'd rather not. The time management section alone has taken nearly four pages, double spaced, and unedited. I also wonder how extenisvely I should be writing.

I'm trying to get this thing finished by Friday, so I can get extra credit. It still seems plausible, right now.

November 03, 2006

Equal Opportunity Rights

If a company gets sued for not hiring an applicant, how do you prove that the choice of hiring adheres to equal opportunity laws? Consider a company looking for a newspaper journalist. If the company hired a writer that writes novels, rather than a writer that writes articles, would that be a suable offence? Would it be a suable offence if the person not hired was a minority? How would you know that the reason of not hiring the applicant is because that applicant was a minority?

There seems to be a very fine line between what works and what doesn't work in hiring people.

ethics, again

After talking about that bit in ethics, I started thinking about my experiences with work ethics in my previous internship community. Now, I won't say where I worked, but that it was a fairly laid back organization. Workers would spend hours of time in the break room; interns had the opportunity to essentially sit and wait for their boss to come and leisurely inform them what to do.

In short, I was very bored, and the people there had a limited incentive to do their jobs. While I've heard often enough that that sort of job is a good thing to have, I would argue that I was really wasting a lot of time.

Should my ethics be at fault, or the company's work ethics?