All entries for May 2010
May 23, 2010
Thanks Wajid, You give me really useful comment. Yes, most of time we cannot choose our followers, we can only choose our actions.
I think I forgot something in my previous entries, belief and responsibility. We know that, every great leader give up many things. For example, comfortable life. What courage and fortitude they need!! So , what make them do this? Love? Honour? Belief? Responsibility? When they face a problem, what will come to their mind first? What make them strong and give them power? I know the answer maybe various,but , can I say that that is something they cannot give up and believe it must be done which make them keeping up?
Nick said, while he is doing presentation, he will think he is representing the whole team, and he can lose , but the team cannot ! Therefore, he tyr to do his best every time. No one is superior to others, after followers 120% efforts to the work, what should a leader do for followers? It is leaders' Responsibility
May 22, 2010
Today,while I write down " A leader should not better than all the followers " I remenber a chinese story.
A king asks his general "how many soldiers you can control in a war?" the general says " the more the better" . Then the king asks " how about me ?" The general says " no more than 10,000 , but you can control numberless generals like me , which I cannot."
2 points: 1.There is different skills in leading different teams. 2.We are no need to better than the followers we lead, but we have to good at leading them. Some one said something like that, I employ who is better than me" I think, it should be " I employ some one who I can not do better in their job". Besides, I think find out some who is better in some areas is a very very hard job. There are genius every where, but it is real hard to recognize them. This not only requires knowledge, but also experience . So, I am considering is it a good idea to have a travel? To meet or talk to many people, many different types of people ? :)
That is not the end, it is another start....(never end..)
"life is about making chooses" " If you don't want to be a leader, no one can make you become you leader" Therefore, what you thinks make where you are.
Here is a little review of what I learn. What is leadership? It is quite hard to answer, i try to answer in another way. What is different between a group having a leader and a group without a leader? A team have a leader is expected to be more efficient , productive and objective. So what the leader is some one influence the team toward the goal and efficient (maybe everyone work 120% efforts). How does a leader do this. Comunication,behaviour, influence. And what is the relationship between a leader and excellence?Organization needs good leaders using some tools to achieve excellence. Balance scorcard, Hoshin Kanri and Re-engineering is good methods deploy leaders strategies.
Thanks Paul thanks everyone ~! It is really a wonderful experience studying with u~I love u all!!!:)
May 20, 2010
Team exercise, I am in a very very very good team today~we are so close to the victory, what we need is just a little luck...Not only everyone in our team have a real good performance, but also the leader style is suitable to the followers~and Wajid is much better than last time...so did i :)
"Our next generation will consider 'green' more" these words make me think that, to maximum the profit, we should do the right thing at the right place in the right time. So is it good for WaveRider using CSR now? 1.Who are our main customers? Do they consider "green" before using our product? 2. If we implement CSR, how to make them know we are vigorous social responsibility?And make it become our Competitive advantage?
Tomorrow is the last day for leadership & excellent module, but there are still many things we should learn before leaders ~ fighting~!
May 19, 2010
Thanks Dr. Roberts, I had requested that book :)
Just small interesting finding, in the "coaching", the " bad things" and " good things" are two different types word. I means "Bad things" looks like some bad behaviors, but the " good things" seems a relaxed environment (for example,XX individual. XX personal). So, as Dr. Knowles said, there isn't any omnipotent way to coach everyone.
Yesterday, Julia mention that, Lukasz is a good listener in our group, but is a dominate leader in the "Hotel" Game.Lukasz argued that, during the "Hotel " game, he lead a very total different team, everyone is positive and he need to be dominate to control the team. "Need to be", quite interesting point, if you cannot change your team member, you have to change yourself to adapte them:)
Just receive our final PPT...I found my slides are very very very conciseness..shall i add some words on it ?>_<
May 18, 2010
Many works! I have to hurry up. It seems leaders shoul work harder than followers to set up a good example...>_<
There are always some person late for class. If these happen in chinese, three things may happen: 1.Teacher tell everyone the class may start at 8:30, then while he come to class at 9 next day,everyone is siting in the class. 2.Set a rule,everyone who later for class will lose 2 marks for pma. 3.option2 + if no one later for class, everyone will get 1 extra marks for pma. Obviously , Option 1 cannot work if it use too many. Option 2 will make some student hates teacher, and option reduce this adverse effect. However, option 2 use most in china....It seems teachers do not need to motivate students?
The most important thing in "Hotel"exercise is TIME! Wajid is good leader, but he read the material for us , which wast many time. And Faisal pretend to be a senior staff who is not promoted within the firm. I think the most important thing is collect as much imformation as soon as possible to understand the game:)
2 little things:1."first impression" is really important, I means Faisal create a excellent ppt yesterday( we collect data and make some slides , he combine them:)), so we all agree to let him create tomorrow' ppt.2.These days, every morning, when I wake up the thing it tell my self," they will not eat you , they will not kill you, just open your mouth vic...."( I don't know why when I using English, I will lost confident) And these words seems works, I talk much today....
May 17, 2010
After one week team study, we will have class this week. Obviously, many classmate do many research and gave us many interesing thinking today.
"Do you have to be a follower before become a good leader?" Actually, I don't think there will be a 100% correct answer to this question. Some one consider, after being a follower, you will have skills, have experience and knows what a follower needs.So , I have to ask "Do you have to be a leader before become a good follower?" Without being a leader, you will never know what a leader want follower to do..Quite funny right?
And some one consider, everyone follows somebody else after he was born. A baby follows his dad after he was born. So , everyone follows others in different level. I assume this situation, a baby feel hungry, and cry ,what make a nurse hurry to milk him. So, can I say the baby's target is making the nurse give him some food and he "cry "make the nurse toward his target, so he is leading a nurse, he is a leader? everyone is leading others!? Quite interesting.
I have to mention that,Fasial is a good leader, he put forward 3 options after everyone state his idea. These 3 options not only stop the potential conflict but also make him control the meeting's direction. But i also consider that, if he do not have such nice team menbers( just like me) , someone may against all these options,and there will be some conflits yet...
May 16, 2010
Finally, I finish the brief idea about how the strategy deploy using Hoshin Kanri.
At the first time, I think the deployment must be a very detailed plan, have many rules and formulates. But I found I have not engouht information about the company. WaveRiders seens not a real company( at least cannot found in google). We only have very rough information about it. For example, we have no idea about the Leisure sales team, how can we reorganize it? But we have to do this ,it is listed in our strategy.
And now, I only using some tools to mesure the performance( for example milestone ) and setting some steps to design the catchball process. Is it enough? Of course not, I am considering combining the balanced scorecard into our deployment. it will be better.
Any way, I think next week is real a hard week . Are u ready?
May 06, 2010
Everyone who knows how to reply a comment just under it?like Facebook..>_< Please let me know, thanks:)
I found that some comments are really useful for me. I really like Elvis's word, position must be earned. But I think Elvis and Wu misunderstand my opinion about "authority",( maybe due to I haven't made a clear explanation) I saw some journals use " authority" to describe the leadership ,which is similar to my idea so I wrote it down. In my opinion, Authority is not only the position you are. I had used an example while talking to Wu, there are 2 guys talking in the street, and the one who leads the talking direction is the leader in these two guys,at least in this talk. So , Authority is something that make you different from others and make them believe you , do something what you want. Some times it is behavior and actions,sometimes it is special skills and experience,of course, in some case , it is position .
And , I totally agree with Mohammed. We are not describing how to be a good leader, just imagine what's core of leadership. We cannot be a good leader only taken this module.:)
Everyone can paint , but not everyone is a painter.That is what I learn in the class:)
May 05, 2010
Today we used the Analysis Matrix summarise the most important characters in the given leadership definition and chose the suitable leadership function wrote down our leadership definition.
But , I am thinking that, the definition is only a summarise work, is it accurate ? Or there are a better way to define a leadership ? Besides, we know nothing about these given definitions, how did the author define these, what methods they use, just count how many times they mention about the characters in the definition, it seems not good.
And glad to talk to Julia, we share some ideas about the leadership. I think, in julia opinion, Leadership means "service" and influence others to work for him. And, I think authority maybe the pre-condition to a leader, no one can be a leader without the right to make a desicion. These two points are not included in the definitions which are given.
At last, we all agree there maybe different understands about "Leadership" base on different backgroud, so more discuss maybe good for us to expand our visions.