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July 07, 2014

KBAM PMA Reflection – Logic about environmental management

When I search about the boat manufacturing, I found out that there are different kinds of environmental problems. However, some small manufacturers, especially in developing countries like China, they don’t have enough resources to invest in dealing with these problems. Therefore, there are a lot of conflicts or even lawsuit about this. But what more happen in the rural and less developed area is that residents have no way to complain and solve these pollution and local government have to care about other more important thing. Some people got ill and died. This does not only happen in China. There are also London frog and other pollution in the world.

I don’t think I can change this. Because this is a rather fair logic to deal with problems – always focus on the most important one. We cannot blame a country too much when they focus on development. But at the same time, it is not acceptable to harm those innocent people. I think, until now, my way is to try enhancing their management. When they have more knowledge and awareness about environmental problems, they can try to diminish the pollution since the very beginning. I think this can suitable for those small companies, even though it may take so long time to change their logic, but I think it is rather useful especially when they have no resource but a good heart.

KBAM PMA Reflection – knowledge management and mine

After research a lot baout knowledge management and especially tacit knowledge management, I would like to say the tacit knowledge management is just like a mining processes.

In terms of the tacit knowledge, there are two occassions always happen: 1) we try to find the answer but we dont know the one who know the answer is just around us. 2) but when we have interview and chat wiht these people, we can have many useful suggestions then we expected.

I always want to figure out what makes this happen. I think a big part is the character and other factors influence it. It also tells me that we need to trust people and empower to them. Sometimes they dont have a chance to show that, but they really can do things more than we expected.

KBAM PMA Reflection – innovation in lessons learned

The lessons learned is a rather simple but also difficult topic. It is simple because it happens to everyoen in everyday. It is not like supply chain management that if you have no work experience you only can try to imagine it. But it is also difficult because people are getting together but they dont really trust and share things. There are so many philosophies are at the back of the communicaiton.

However, I myslef may support the peoson to person knowledge managemnt rather than a system. I recommend the waceriders to use the system, which I think is useful and effective. However, in my heart I think the perospn to person coaching can provide much more information than one could imagine. It is like the differences between learn one questiona and answer another or just kind a parent to teach you how to solve this particular problem.

I personally recomend the person to person training based on the LL system. I interned a lot but I dont really think if any company have this. I recommend that 1) people can tag others in the internal system. Nowadays, most big companies have theri internal intranet, but no sufficient information you can find on it. If people can tag each other, the image of each employees are active and vivid on the internet. 2) after finding people they need, one can send description of one;s problem for the simple preparation for the 'teacher' 3) finally they can meet and with better understanding of the situations, the 'teacher' can provide more related information the person need.

I hope there is oneday I can make this internet 2.0 system online and use it to help people find the right 'teacher' and gain more info than they expect.

KBAM PMA Reflection – Trust culture

After the whole year, knowledge management is not strange to us anymore. However, how to deal with people to form a sharing and trust knowledge still bothers me. Today, I read a story about how to makes people trust you, and this story is writen by a mckinsey partner.

Trust = Credibility (懂行、有料)x Reliability (可靠、说到做到)x Intimacy(亲密感)/ Self-Orientation(从自己利益考虑)

I think what we dont really always realize is the realiability and self-orientation. I was always thinking that being late or forget something is just careless. However, sometime later I found that this will give others an impression that you are not realiable, which is a awful start. After I realize this, I always try to prevent this happens. In this fast and colorful age, it is hard to remember everything, so the reliability seems even more important than before. Everything are start from reliablity, therefore I will alway try to be reliable.

Also, self-orientation. I think what I learnd in this year is not only about the knowledge, it is about life. Dont be self centerd. I was that kind of girl my firends say very self-centered. But I dont realize what is wrong with it. When I come to UK, it is harder for us to make friends and enjoy here, I start to realize how important is to care about others. Caring can show people that you care and reliable, so that people may later all come back to you. In the long-term, those who care others always have better outcomes.

KBAM PMA Reflection – Environmental management

I have already wrote about why the environmental management is really important. Besides to change the way manufacturers think and behave, I also think this change should be start from very small places with everyone. When you are a student, you dont really face the world, you dont know that why people do the environmental related thing.

I always thought this is because of money and public image. However, after I found out how the Coca cola or Uniliver changes their technology or design can help the world to save so much resources. I then realize the environmental thing is not just about the big companies (even with theri helps we can do better), but it is about everyone.

Realizing this is imporant because when people can realize this, they can change thier daily behaviours: segmentate the waste and save energy. I think we really need more probono advertisement and activities, and also training for young children to let more people have the awareness and knowledge to conduct it. I dont know how but I really hope that more and more people can understand how we can help the world in the young age.

March 28, 2014

LE PMA Reflection – Situational leadership theory 2

At that time i feel so frustrated and dont know what to do. This theory tell me then. If im the D2 or D3, I may need s2 or s3.

S1. Directing: high directive/ low supportive.

S2. Coaching: high directive/ high supportive.

S3. Supporting: low directive/ high supportive.

S4. Delegating: low directive/ low supportive.

and this is exactly what I feel in life but cannot describe them. I want someone who can give me direction more than supportive. I even thought why my parent cannot provide me some direction, i really need them. But now i know it's not their problem, I just have different needs in different develomental levels.

What I guess I need to do are 1) keep on going. this model tells me that no matter which industry i enter, people always experience this thing from d1 to d4. there is no reason to run away just after i know the industry 2) i need to find a perople who can give me direction and tell me suggestion. 3) always be positive and motivate myself!! think about if i could always motivated and commit to the job i can definately fly over the d2 d3. this is so important.

LE PMA Reflection – Situational leadership theory 1

accourding to situational theory, there are 4 development levels of employees.

D1. Enthusiastic Beginner: a learner with low competence and high commitment.

D2. Disillusioned learner: some competence but low commitment. They start to learn the job but lost some motivation about it as well.

D3. Capable but cautions performer: growing competence and low commitment.

D4. Self-reliant achiever: both high competence and commitment.

This remind me about how I met new jobs. the process is just like how the levels go up. firstly, I may find one industry is interesting so i come with low competence and high commitment. later i learn some basic from the job and also lost motivation because experiecnes. just like when I ended my internship in the pr agency, i start to feel like i dont want this industry anymore, because the salary is not good in china and you dont imagine to be in top management- they are all white or sigapore. Then I keep on doing it, i may be more capable but still have low commitment.

March 27, 2014

LE PMA Reflection – leadership history

After reading three leadership books, I feel like I become understand leadership and it is not general and useless but it happens in every day life. No matter you will be a leader or not, it helps you become a better person and understand yourself better.

Leadership studies 1) first started from great man theory, when people view leaders as a special group of people and found them mysterious. 2) researchers become to study traits of leaders. learning this part helps me realize who I am and how far I am from a successful leader. 3) behavior theory then followed. It is like after you understand one's characteristic, behavior is also important. 4) contigensy theory then come to light. that is because researchers then realize there are other factors affect leadership. 5)influence theory. if you factors can affect leadership, how? influence learn about how leaders influence followers. 6) relationship theory. the influence is not a one way process.

This research process is just like how we enter the society and get to know about ourselves. I dont know others, but for me it is. I first know there are good leaders, and then want to know why they are good (trait), then disseninate their trait into behaviors and then realize there are more factors influence everyone. So this learning process is like meeting myself and answer quesitons I had. It is so interesting.

What I also like is that, by learning leadership, people can know themselves better. I always believe leadership is not only in companies, but also in daily life. I found that the friends I met after I came to UK are always those reationship-oriented people. I then learn how to deal with people from them. But, at the same time, I also feel like we are not same kind of people. if i force myself to be like them, I may feel hard and lost. So what I learn is, there is not one really good leadership style, they hace to suit for enviorment. So for me, there is no need to change myself for others. just find the right enviorment for myself and appreciate those different from me and learn from them.

March 26, 2014

LE PMA Reflection – To to treat others

Actually, for me, I think learning Leadership is more than just learning those theories or learning how to do in work place. I think what I get most is how to treat others in real life, not only work life. I am a peroson who is not that flexible and always have high standards for myself and others (of cource, I have to admit I broke down some times, so I cannot match my goals).

After learning traits, and different leadership style and what factors may influence a leader, I realize a lot of drawbacks in my daily communication with others. I was always asking people to give me accurate and comprehensive requirements when we want me to help, if they cannot, I may say they are so bad and cannot do this little thing. However, now I think this is what always happen, 1) I need you learn those good traits, to behave good 2) so many leaders in the world meet those people, but they not complain, they solve it. That is what i really learnt.

Be come flexible and work! :)

March 25, 2014

LE PMA Reflection – Learning & experience

When I try to understand some detail of each leadership theory, I encountered some difficulties. Then I start to think about relationship between learning and experience. That is because, I found some theories are really simple because I can recall some memories about my expeiences. However, towards someone I never ever experienced, the theories and contents seem soooo general and hard to put into practice. Of cource, I know this is not the truth, the truth is that I never experience these so it seems hard to be understand.

I guess this tell me two things. 1) why there is the existance of mba and it requires work experiences. I understood that experience is important when I read something and suddenly realize the answer of my former questions in expeiences. But I dont understant if there is no expeience, understing these is sooo difficult. Imagination is not that powerful, experience is the key. So that is so reasonable for mba to require expeiences. 2) Learning is a life long thing. We cannot always stop and go back to school when we work. But we really need to learning new knowledge or review some theories we have learnt. I guess reading is soo important here and also those learing skills we learnt in schools are important!! Those skills enable us to read and understand critically and thinking as blogging now encorage us to think the linkage between theories and reality. Unluckily,,,,, I still dont think I may one day review what I


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