I remember arriving fashionably late to class on the morning of 12th October, a few minutes before the morning session was about to end, and raising my hand up as soon as I had arrived. The class was discussing seminar topics for next week, so I asked Paul if we could have a seminar on the similarities and differences between High Performance Work System and The EFQM Excellence Model. Paul looked rather confused, and asked me what I meant by HPWS. Once I had offered the brief explanation, Paul added the topic to the list on the board. Since not many people in the class had come across the term HPWS before, I was not too sure if we would have a seminar on it, but to my surprise, it was one of the topics to receive the most votes. I was looking forward to delivering the presentation on HPWS in the seminar in the upcoming week, which went very well.
I have to admit that I was pleasantly surprised, and quite pleased in fact, when Paul told us that he has made a recent change, which is adding HPWS to the list of questions for the PMA. For me, this was a sense of contentment that not only I had managed to deliver the seminar well, but also that the topic significantly appealed to Paul, and he believed it was important enough to be studied. I instantly knew which question I was going to do. In a way, I felt obliged to do the question on HPWS since I am the one who proposed this topic, but irrespective of that, I am aware that the decision is entirely up to us.
I have issued a chunk of books from the library on Business Process Reengineering, Best Practice, Organizational Behaviour and Performance, etc. For now, I am focusing on the reading materials. Once I have drafted the relevant notes from the books, journals and online papers, I will start writing the formal essay. The stress levels are increasing as the deadline for submission is approaching, but I believe we should keep going. Once we have ensured that we have included all the key points in our essay and have thoroughly reviewed it, we should hope for the best, but also be prepared for any feeback - positive or negative and accept it constructively for our next piece of work. Since this is our first formal post module assignment for MBE, it is absolutely understandable why anyone would be nervous, but here's wishing everyone all the very best! :)
It is important to remember that hard work, effective time management and perseverance are the key to success - as I have mentioned in my previous blogs as well.
Ps. I was excused for being late on the 12th as it was my birthday that day, and Paul was very understanding. However, punctuality can never be emphasised enough - a reminder for myself first and foremost!