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January 31, 2010

Leadership Challenge; Strategy 2

In this exercise I have tried another strategy which is more involved a leader style. In this task the different situation was leaders is not allowed to take briefs paper with them to the team.

This situation was just like the real. In the real business life as a leader you get the information and explain to your team. If you don’t understand what are you going to do or you are confused there is no possibility to understand by team members as well. The time was also limited as we could decide the result.

I have used about 20 minutes to understand the information that has been given and then backed to team members to brief them but actually I was confused which means I was not too sure about what I am going to do. Therefore I could not inform them effectively and they have also confused. They always came with question that wanted me the answer. This gave me a lot of pressure and this reflected to the team members as well. I have tried to solve problems by myself with focusing team works unduly. I gave some duties to the team members but I couldn’t observe them if they are doing properly. I could not use time management because I was no time to measure it. In short, as a leader I have messed up everything.

This experience made me realised that as a leader whatever task is given to you it must be understood very well and then brief to team members. Confusion gives you and your team damage with time, money, and the important one is wrong direction. You cannot set a goal and vision in that situation. Secondly, if you involved too much to processes you are not able to observe around that what’s going on. Even if you delivered duties to each team member you are not be able to observe them and control them in appropriate direction to achieve the goal. This gives them lots of pressure to each member and they just expect you to solve problems and wait answers. Therefore we couldn’t use our time and we’ve lost but I have learnt a lot key points as been mentioned.

Especially this exercise provides me a ground to observe how easy a leader can make a mistake and go to different direction without a vision. After analyse those points and write some blogs I can deeply see the situations very clear. These key points will help me to find out my personnel leadership style in terms of my future career.

Hotel Challenge; Strategy 1

In this exercise as a Leader I have decided to apply Paul’s strategy to observe what does going to happen. Time was given to understand Hotel situation and first I have tried to understand the system. Otherwise I knew that no one in team will understand anything at all.

When I backed to my group I have explain the situation and separated all team members in different positions and gave them duties. Thus, every team members knew their duties. After I did all briefing I have set our goals and vision for our group and then step back and observed them. I didn’t work before in any project with people in my team that’s why I didn’t know their psychology as well as their strengths and weaknesses. The observation would give me some clue to see that.

The other issue which happened naturally that team members come to me with question but also with some answers as well. I was expecting opposite way actually but it didn’t happened that way. I realised that if team members comes to you with appropriate possible solutions first you gain time which is very important, second you give them chance to use their brain to think about it, and third they will feel that their thought is valuable. This also give chance to understand their capacity in different situations and how they are using their knowledge to predict future.

As a Leader I have also motivated them and encourage them to provide far from pressure environment. Because I knew that everything will be messed up. If in every decision they made I go and judge them I could lost their potential. In that time I could only give them stress but not joy. This would affect the variations in our strategy and either way we will lose.

Finally I have learnt lots of learning points from this exercise and at the end of the day I had felt that something changes in my leadership concept. System of Profound Knowledge also helped me to analyse situation and see my vision clearly. I can see better how Leader should be now. This change opened my vision and I can see now something much more well. I had outstanding chance to observe my potential with this exercise as well. Therefore I would like to thank to Paul to give me this opportunity.

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