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January 21, 2006
First: I have finished my LE assignment. Not having received Paul’s feedback on my first work (PPE if someone forgot), I have been limited in terms of understanding of his expectations and requirements. It could extremely useful during completing this work. I suppose everyone EEE student can express some regrets about it. Anyway, the positive side is that two submitted PMW are only my job without any even tiny interference, so the results I will eventually receive will be only my results and will have no one to share either success or sadness (that is more likely, to be honest).
Second. In Warwick Library I suddenly found the book I have been looking for almost 15 years (since I was a first year student of Physics Department) – The Tao of physics by Fritjof Capra. He says that almost all the concepts of modern (the book was published in 1975 but nothing serious happened since then) physics may be found in Eastern religious philosophies. Some parallels are quite interesting … Anyone who wants to read is supposed to wait until I have finished it – 10–15 days I hope, because I almost do not have spare time to read it. It is of interest that this gay was a physicists, but in 90s decided to focus on some business issues, among the others is organizational learning …..
Final. I started to realize something about 6S – not much but enough to understand how powerful it can be. I seem the main concept is to divide all the activities of a company into processes and their interrelationships, choose some processes and apply to them different statistical tools in order to improve them. One thing is a bit mysterious for me – why it is so important to maximize the formalities of it. I mean all this structure with various Belts people. To my mind all this staff can be used without any belts …. You only need to explain to people some basic concepts of it and they, probably, will do it themselves … Am I wrong?
P.S. An interesting link The BBC radio program whose one issue is closely connected with the subject we are studying. I think it is worth listening …
November 29, 2005
I have been thinking about the sessions we are having this week. We decide by ourselves what topics, related to the module structure, we would like to discuss. We discuss only the things we are really interested in. This is a huge advantage of this approach. Moreover, it worked perfectly well for me at the first module – PPE.
However, during this module I started to think that, probably, this approach has some drawbacks. First of all, it has become clear that having chosen the topic we tend to discuss it using our previous knowledge, our common sense, but not the knowledge specifically gained for this particular discussion. But we are not the only one who has tried to understand it since the beginning of the Earth. We have to understand there are lots of things that have been done in every area, including the areas we chose to discuss. Relying only on our own common sense, knowledge and experience we limit ourselves and limit very shortly.
Paul provides us with the absolutely necessary academic input, but I feel that is not enough. Ideally we all have to do some readings and researches before going to these seminars, but it is quite far from the reality. A bit more realistic approach is that the people who are interested in the topic they proposed should prepare some additional material to it. I feel that the discussion should be after some people present a brief review of what have been done in this area before we decided to discuss it. As an alternative way we may try to invite someone who is an expert in this field. However, it requires pre-planning and more difficult to implement.
I feel that this way (with some preparation) could be more efficient that the current one. It became especially clear for me today, when we were discussing Hoshin Kanri and after 2 presentations Paul described his view supported by his practical experience. That was an open-minded event for me!
I tried to understand why I have changed my mind about this type of learning. The reason, as I think, is that at the very beginning it was a great way to initiate thinking, it was a really good start, but by now we have moved several steps forward and there is a need for a bit more focused and intensive approach.
However, it is only my feelings about it and if for everyone else it still works perfectly, I am ready to follow.
November 23, 2005
It is not easy to start blogging after more than a month of silence. The silence actually does not mean that I have been doing nothing this time, but the main reason of being quiet is that the majority of the things I could have published are so negligible to other people and are not worth revealing at all. It could have been like this ‘Today I realized how apply two-way ANOVA! What A clever person I am!’. It is funny – isn’t it? However, I do think that blogging is a good way to formalize my thoughts and to track the road I have been going. So, I’ll try to make this page alive …
This week we have been discussing the issue of leadership which became quite important in a business environment quite recently (15–20 years ago I think). The reason is that the world started to change so fast that it required a new type of management thinking and abilities. The thinking that should have combined many different things: ability to create a strategic vision, accompanied by number of tactic solutions, and ability to implement this ideas, to reach the strategic purpose by influencing people, convincing them and justifying their expectations. To my mind, the issue of leadership is equally contains from ability to create a vision and abilities to make it true, to implement it. That is why my own definition of leadership so important for me. Here it is:
Leadership is the art/ability to create the vision basing on the moral principles, people's expectations and the leader’s own feelings/experience and to achieve this vision by setting goals/targets, gaining people's commitment and by motivating/convincing/encouraging them with the help of communication/personal traits on the way how the leader is supposed to do it within the context of the specific situation and the specific people
In this form this definition sounds to me quite practical.
Will be continued …
November 07, 2005
I have not put anything to my blog for about a month and I started to feel some pricks of conscious. However, having looked at my EEE peers' blogs, I realized that I am not the only one person who is not blogging regularly. I would not say that this is a big relief for me but I feel a bit better …
Anyway, I am going to start using my blog very soon. At least I hope to do it.
September 29, 2005
Time management is crucial, yes, I've learnt it.
However, what I am thinking about the time management at the moment is that I really need lots of time to think about it – to realize what are the most valuable task are, to organize my working time an so on…
Anyway, the time management is crucial, so I am going to spend some time to tune my time management sytem properly.
September 28, 2005
This is my first entry and it won't be a big one. I'm just trying to realize how it works and what is possible here.
Anyway, as it was supposed, I can't help posting some impressions I have already had during my first week in Warwick Uni. I came here to study the MSc course Engineering Enterprise Excellence, or Triple E, that was my more than conscious choice – judging by the course structure, this is what I really would like to study. Having attended a first session with the course leader, I am even more encouraged than before coming here. The things he was saying really appeal to me, that is almost I was prone to think about what the learning process is.
The only one awkward thing, at least at the current moment, is how many different "techie" matters are involved in the process. Truth be told, I like it, but am affraid it a bit. However, hope everything will be ok after a while. I've been here only a week!