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December 03, 2008

A book related to CBE assignment: " The Fifth Discipline

As I am doing CBE PMA, I found a book very useful, now I am reading it which is called the <The Fifth Discipline>, written by Peter Senge. Nowadays, quite a few enterprises are using theories from "The Fifth Discipline" to establish their learning organization.

<The Fifth Discipline> has set a firm foundation of studying on L.O., after which, a new wave of transformation towards L.O. has been set off. It developed wide range of interests from people and make them to study and practice on it.

The reason of publication of this book is because Senge saw that excellent western enterprises (most of western enterprise are more advanced) step into a new stage after experienced rapid development. The concept is about taking full consideration on problem of how to improve organizational competitiveness, especially recognizes that the recent management systems are nice and strict, but lack of flexibility. This is because the most important factor in the organization that potential of human capital has not been fully developed. Therefore organization trends of culture change and transformation towards L.O. come into being.

<The Fifth Discipline> treats human capital as main resource of productivity. It requires development and nurturing on human resources in order to mobilize the enthusiasm and initiative of employees, to help to align individuals and the organization. It is worthy to have a read.


December 02, 2008

One point review about Coaching

Picking up the idea about what we have this afternoon on Coaching, I found this point is interesting.

For coaching to be occur, we need to have a safe environment, as people are going to explore their weaknesses or failures to others, normally it makes people feel embarrassing.

Cover and ShXt

People are kind of animal that sometimes want to cover themselves to let everyone looks they are good, but in fact they are facing a lot of problems maybe life is in a mess(or probably what they think are in a mess). Just as the graph shows, a person in the middle but with shXt surround him (sorry about language but it is an exact example), as he can see around him is full of shXt, he need to cover himself by a shinny shell, so that everyone else looks he is a shinny person. The job for coaching is to break a hole through that shinny shell to improve what's inside, no wonder we need a safe environment as coaching, in this degree, is trying to break the self-protection layer.

On the other hand it makes me think about the real circumstances and help me to build confidence, as people always feel how good others are and how bad themselves are, but in fact everyone has a shinny cover which they can't see whilst what they can see is only the layer inside the cover which is shXt. As confidence is an important factor of leadership, I think this example would make you think and develop your confidence.


December 01, 2008

Learn how to be a good leader from President Bush

Writing about web page http://uk.youtube.com/watch?v=MoPpmiO3dYM&feature=related

Maybe President Bush's world of mouth is not good in most of your opinions; however, if one has bad sides he must also has good sides, some of his actions set a very good example for leadership which makes me associate how to be a good leader.

1.   Do it when it is supposed be done, do not panic during unexpected events.

When 9.11 event happen, Bush was having lesson with pupils and teacher in a primary school. After he has been told the message, he remained calm, continue reading text book with pupils until finished, then started to solve the problem.

As a leader or even normal people we need to have a thoughtful plan before doing things, strictly according to the plan, as a book of him talking about leadership said, "If it is in the afternoon, I must be running for exercise". Only we have enough planning, we won't be panic when something happens. Especially as a leader, if he panics and getting nervous, others will getting more unconscious and don't know what to do.

2.   Leadership with consistence of purpose

This is what EFQM model also asks to do. The war against terrorism and still remain troops when war has finished are controversial action in the world. I am not evaluating the action is good or bad here, but anyway, it is very difficult for doing a thing when pressures come out from every direction, but Bush keep his strategy in order to achieve goals of counter terrorism. That's the reason why his support rate was keep as high as 80-90% during the period, although it then went down to less than 40% which was the lowest rate in American history.


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