All entries for Tuesday 29 March 2011
March 29, 2011
It¡¯s the time for a new module, and of course, for a new project. There are many materials about KBAM, which implies KBAM is definitely a difficult process. Take asset management as the example. Firstly, the scope of asset is quite broad, which includes both tangible and intangible assets. Secondly, so many factors need to be taken into consideration in AM. In my opinion, it is more difficult to manage intangible asset than the tangible one. Tangible asset is easy to identify while sometimes intangible asset may be overlooked. Also, the outcomes of tangible asset are easier to calculate but it is hard to identify the results of intangible asset. Therefore, perhaps people would prefer to manage tangible asset because the contribution of it can always be seen directly and thus motivate people. In addition, I can see there are a lot of interactions among different kinds of AM, so maybe it is easier to apply AM in small companies than in large companies. For example, it is likely that there is a conflict between environment management and maintenance management. When the number of assets increases, the conflict may grow, so more effort should be paid in order to balance it. What¡¯s more, in a large company, most of the time each department is only responsible for itself assets, therefore, many sub-optimizations will appear. More concerns should be paid either so as to reduce these shortages.
We did a lot of practices during leadership module, even though I realized a leader should do something to change himself/herself, however, my focus at that time was how can a leader influence others. For example, when we were working on the leadership definition presentation, ¡¡ãinfluence¡¡À was the word that we all identified it at the beginning. Also, during the class, I always concentrated to whether the leader motivated others, did he/her develop the teamwork effectively, etc. But after some reading for the pma, I found that most of the authors stress much on the quality of the leader him/herself. For instance, Dubrin uses about 4 or 5 chapters to discuss the necessary quality of a leader, such as traits, motives, attitudes, behaviors. I paid much attention to identify the influence of a leader but overlook that a leader should change him/herself first, and then it is possible for he/her to become more effective. Just as the words in Westminster Abbey, change yourself, and then change the world.