March 10, 2009

kBAMMMMM me please~~

Blogging!!! *sigh* First and foremost, I would like to announce that i have 4 PMAs + 1 project in hand!! *SHOOT ME SHOOOOT MEEEEE* PIUSS due on monday... OPP the monday after~~ =( that aside~~

In my opinion, seminars were okay as usual. The process of creating mind maps through all the post-its keeps me awake coz i know i HAVE to do some reading before hand. BIG plus is that I get to walk around and talk quite a bit (keeps me awake). But somehow i feel that the knowledge that i gain from other groups overlap most of the time. Hence, i feel that I have not gained something extra. Perhaps its just a matter of mentality.

Im SOOO used to having spoon-fed information (Lectures) from people with labeled EXPERIENCED consultants, PROFESSORS, etc.  which would make me go "WOW i-didnt-know-that-and-wouldnt-have-know-that-if-it-wasnt-for-you". It could be because the ideas generated are from people who are like me, beginners/amateurs in this particular module. But like i said it could b a matter of my own mentality. I guess geniuses and people with high self-esteem will prefer this approach because they are certain that they've got the right explanations to the right answers. *Winks* Anyway good job people!

As part of the KBAM mini project, I have chosen to do some research on Facilities Management. We got to pick our own topics. Hurray!!. The reason i chose FM was because i heard a little bell ringing at the back of my head. Subtopics like outsourcing, fleet management, space mgmt was quite appealing to me because i wanted to learn more about these topics given my very basic knowledge about those terms (FYI i did a logistics & scm degree). In our last group meeting, we managed to come up with some assumptions and prioritize KM & AM.

Very well missy, what have you learned?

*Shy away* FM consists of many lil sub sub topics which links to the other aspects of AM (e.g. environmental, H & S mgmt,etc). In my opinion, FM takes into consideration the many little little details that we take for granted in our everyday life e.g. cleaning, mailing. How many of us actually go through all the trouble of calling up another dept/company to find out the time and the routes that the mailman have to take in order to deliver our letters? or how often the electrician check if the light bulb is working? UNTILwe need the important documents to determine whether or not we will fail our project, UNTIL the electricity cuts off when our assigment is due in a few hours, we do NOT usually care, do we? Same goes to organizations. 

I learned that in reality, we often overlook these little insignificant things. Whenever i see big red BUY 3 FOR 2 stickers on fruits or crisps, most of the time ill pick up 3 packs and put it into my shopping basket. When i try to fit my groceries into the fridge, i find that it is ALMOST IMPOSSIBLE to refrigerate all of em coz the fridge wasnt big enough to store 8 people's grocery. Hoping that the weather is cold enough, ill put the fruits at the window pane. With 3 packs of fruits ill try with all my might to stuff myself before they go bad. At the end of the week, i find that:

-i have to throw away the over-ripe fruits left

-i feel FAT

-i couldve saved the money and buy myself something else

Sounds familiar? *BIG GRIN* Same for organizations, they build bigger factories than they actually need, buy more raw materials to get cheaper discounts, produce more than actual demand to achieve economies of scale. All these equates to.....storing obsolete products; increase costs of building, producing, storing, and getting rid of em. Agree? *Nods head* very well.. u might wanna take back the "u-dont-have-to-repeat-coz-i-know-it look" coz u know that u, like me, would still be tempted to grab more whenever we see a BUY 3 for 2!!! *Winks* hehehe... ^.^ Nitie nite~~ sweet dreams....


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  1. Paul Roberts

    Hi Amanda,

    I recognize the challenge that Management for Business Excellence presents to participants, most of whom are, like you, used to being spoon fed information. Even if you have had really great tutors, are they the only source of cutting edge knowledge that exists? There is a world of knowledge out there that is increasingly easy to tap into thanks to the ever developing capability of our library resources. No matter how good a speaker may be surely there is a far greater sense of achievement and greater likelihood of retention if you found this knowledge for yourself.

    The other point that I’d like to raise is who is going to spoon feed you when you leave education? I suspect that all spoon feeding will stop when you take up your next appointment. If you think that it is challenging not to be spoon fed here, just consider how much more challenging it will be if the first time that you experience having to fend for yourself is when you are employed. Here you can tackle the challenge in a safe environment with your tutors and friends to support you.

    So, stick with it and I am sure that as with everything, the more you practise, the more you will develop your capability to think autonomously and deeply :-)

    11 Mar 2009, 19:34

  2. Maybe this is the biggest difference between bachelor and master degree. Used to being spoon fed information is not bad and sometimes efficient, but with more chanllenges, we may have to decide and choose what we are interested and really want to learn ourselves now. It maybe one of the meanings we come here. Hopefully we will become better and better.

    12 Mar 2009, 01:07

  3. I do agree that in the real world, we’ll have to be more independent… Like what Paul said before… “the only thing that doesnt change is change itself”.... I guess i m like some others… who prefer to stick to the safe side of everything… and fellow mates… let’s embrace the art of independence!! hehehe….Yes paul i will definitely make the most out of it!! Thanks for the advise… .

    16 Mar 2009, 08:34


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