March 24, 2016

Do you believe in the power of 4I to bring brighter future for firms?

In case the company facing the crisis, do you believe the transformational leadership will help?

Transformational Leadership display the fourfold distinct characteristics which has been identified as 4 I :

Individulaised Consideration, leaders who care individual employee as well as their needs.

Intellectual Stimulation, leaders who provide approaches and response for subordinate to challenge their belief eventually, followers develop their own capabilities t solve the facing problems.

Inspirational Motivation, leaders who remain optimistic in time of crisis and act as the role model to inspire people.

Idealised Influence, leaders who convince their subordinate through achieving their full potential. This charater is often described as "ideal".

The research shows the 4I are the key ingredients to the success in organization, do you think this statement is valid?

March 13, 2016

RDM group working reflective

What do I learn from the group working?

My group took four days of working on the presentation, it was the good learning experience especially on the decision making. Although, from my angle, in some points were not robust decision judging, I had learned to negotiate, brainstorm and critical analyzed through the case study.

The first day of group meeting, we have made a clear understanding of the objectives of this given case but we faced many unclear issues. We first assumed based on our own understanding for example, the date of possible staring production. Then, as the group we had consensus to go back and ask our module leader, Jeff. From this point, I am truly appreciated that we had ask to get the clear instruction. In the real life when we face the unclear situation and it is possible to ask. Then we are better to do so rather than just doubt and keep doing without the clear direction.

The second day, we had constructed the outline presentation and analyzed the techniques and tools that we could use. We had produced as many ideas as possible. All ideas are carefully listened since we are all come from different backgrounds. Besides, we had a deep discussion about the tools, for example SMART and decision tree. I found both techniques are powerful, particularly when we have various alternatives on hand. In SMART, I recognize the importance of interrelationship between the value and the cost. Furthermore, this tools also guided us to see the sensitivity which can confirm the level of our robust decision making. However, the challenge which I found was the consideration of criteria. For myself, in the future if I apply these tools I would more carefully about the chosen criteria as well as the weight graded.

The third day was finalized the presentation, we decided to apply tools as listed: Rich pictures, decision tree, AHP, SWOT, and PESTEL. Cleary, since we had been discussing all these tools and techniques I understand more and not be afraid if I have to use it again. Nevertheless, through this process it was not the challenge to use the tools but it was about the founded information and critical analyzed. We were not sure to what extent we should rely on the information, so the group consensus was very helpful to summarize the task and made it done. In brief, I have learned to evaluate the tools as well as the founded information.

The final day, we were going through the whole presentation together with the aim to analyzed and double checked the result once again. As the group working I have found that we gain more board perspective and made healthier judgment rather than individual. Nevertheless, we diagnose the group pitfalls were the limitation of risk taking and the minority of in depth information. To improve this areas, personally, I prefer to spend more time finding and justifying information.

All in all, the group assignment is obvious advantages since it is allowed us to practice the robust decision making through the simulation of real life situation.

March 10, 2016

What would you do?

Having read the leadership theory, the book guides that to lead people, leaders should start with expanding their leadereship skills for example, communication skills, setting a direction, inspiring followers and motivational skills. Then, adapt their leadership style to the needs of followers. Give latitude to those who can handle delegation; provide coaching to those whose skills and confidence need a boost; give explicit directions to those who need close supervision. From this, I therefore summarize to one main idea that effective leaders master their action into particular situations. What do you think?

March 09, 2016

Back to the future

Good leaders are future-focused

" Be the change you want to bring about- model you are trying to encourage ".

For the brigther future not only organization but individual, I have traced back the leadership theory. Here is some useful sugestions. Research shows that ,in general, leaders who are effective now and in the futire have learn how to be:

  • future-focused, they create the vision and articulate into their group and stick with it.
  • comfortable with ambiguity, they are willing to take calculated risks.
  • persistent, they can maintain a positive
  • excellent communication, they know how to write cleary, listen actively well negtiate.
  • level-headed, they know how to stay calm in the midst of turmoil.
  • self-aware, they know themself how their own patterns of behavior affect others.
  • caring, they have a demonstrated ability to empathize with other people's needs.
All above, effective leaders are not born with the gift of knowing how to lead rather they gain experience and absorb knowledge they see and listen around them. This tips may be useful foe those who want to be leaders.

March 08, 2016

Where are we going?

Practicing to be a leaders, perhaps it can be started with the purpose, what is the vision? Where are we trying to achieve?.

This sounds so simple, but it is worth spending time think about it. An effective leaders have the clear picture in their mind what they are trying to achieve, so that they can lead the team to achieve the goal. However, if someone always say, "If only they would tell me where we are going, i would know what to do". This simply tell us the speaker is not the leader but the follower who waiting for someone to lead. Then, I soon be aware that the journey of this master, I'm no longer wait for what will bring me, instade I will lead my way trying to reach my goal.

March 05, 2016

Robust decisionmaking– imodule week

Robust Decision Making- In module week.

The first day of RDM, normally when we first have module class, it begins by explanation of objectives but this module started with a briefly of details following by the individual test. Personally, this is suitable for this kind of subject because the test result shows how poor of decision making we made. Therefore, we recognize the importance of this module since it is not purely business or academic study but it is also useful for our daily life. Then we have introduced to how our brain work through the system one and two. It is easy for me to understand that human’s nature is easily falling into biases, for instance, anchoring bias and framing bias. Consequently, I am now being aware of biases and also much more interest to the bias avoidance strategy. I, therefore, will practice theses presented strategies into my routine practice to improve my judgement.

The second day, RDM introduced us about the tools and methods that would help us to make more robust decision making. Although it is briefly since the time constraint and the designed module, in my opinion it is enough for guiding us to go further explore. Turning to the detail, the first section was the decision making basics which allow me to understand about the type of decision making, assumption of simple decision theory, organizational making and so on. This section provided me the big picture of the decision making process in organization. Hence, I could imply into the real situation in the future. Subsequently, the methodologies which would help us to make the decision for example, grid analysis, trade off, cost benefit analysis, risk analysis, AHP, SSM and the rest have been taught. My understanding is all tools and techniques have various benefits and limitations, it is our accountable to consider and apply which one is more suitable to adopt in the various situations. The last section, seminar, the brought examples showed us in reallity practice. This section encourages me to go further exploring the exists practice in today's business.

In addition, it is important to mention here that the decision making does not relate to the result, it means good decision making does not always come with good result. However, the healthy decision making has more chance to have the good results. Hence, we just try our best to gather information and use the appropriate tools and techniques to support our decision making. Individually, I do believe that it is right or wrong answer but it is suitable or not to the various faced situations.

All in all, from my viewpoint, this module week is the window which introduced us the exist of methodologies and techniques. It is our own interesting which one that we prefer to explore more, and or any tools and technique can be used in real life. The most imporatant is how we make the decision to pick up the tools and technique and be able to apply in the near future, the group assigned project as the typical example with the aim to have the robust decision making.

February 28, 2016

Can leadership skills be trained?

Can leadership skills be trained?

After we finished LE class, I have been thinking about whether this module trained us to be a good leaders or enhanced us to think about leaders? I come up with my own answer that the module just guide us to see the various viewpoints of leadership. We, therefore, have own ideas which leadership style that fit with ourself. Moreover, if we want to be an effective leaders, we have to practice day by day until it has been embeded in ourself. The reasons, to this to lead in the normal situation, it seem to be easy but oncce we experience under pressure, leaders seem to be more difficult. Another point is leaders is not super hero so it is not necessary to put everything on their shoulders instead should delegate the tasks to followers because good leaders is to build another leaaders. I, therefore will start my leadership practice skill by thinking which way that suit to me to be able to lead in the next future.

February 26, 2016

Expecting something different then why we keep doing the same?

Leadership is about leading change.

One point that i pick up from the last section in LE class is making change in organization with the aim of improvement.

With the goal to develop company's performance, one thing that we may consider is whether the process is right or need to be fixed. For instance, many companies have set the standard practice, and continuously have been performing. Consequently, the outcome should be quite similar, but when we expect different results. Is it logical to go back to the process, review it, improve it and make change of the process? Organaization, nevetheless, seeem to bear with it. The reasons to this, they are too busy to review the process and make change or they are are too afraid to make change or no one cares enough. Many possible reasons to this, however, for our generation, what we can do diffrent??

Again, it is our choice.

February 25, 2016

Happiness is the choice

Happiness is the choice whether we decide to take it or leave it for later. Some people decide to tide their happiness with the task, for example if i finish my master i will be happy. Asking yourself, will you be really happy in those time or you will have other tasks comes up like, get the job, earn high salary and so on. Why dont we be happy now and enjoy every day? One may say, so what! how this link to leadership?. Personally, i have seen many leaders who are very sucessful in job but not in personal life. The reason to this, they have worked so hard but forget their family and themself. if we want to effective leader in work place then we should also be effective leader in our life as well. it's all our choices.

February 24, 2016

Word is matter

Word is matter.

The powerful of word. This is about how to use the appropriate words because we get the response from what words that we have used. The typical example is, when we provide the feedback we have to be aware which words should be used in order to provide the genuine feed back but in the same time not hurt people feeling. Besides, I also pick up some point from the first excercise form the leadership excellence class, The task is to find the definition of leadership; we have provided the definition 3-4 line long. However, the given definition from our module tutor is only one sentence but covers all the meaning that the whole class have given. From this, I soon realise that not to be wordy, be precise and using the appropriate words. Another point is that, if we all agree diffrent word has diffrent mening. Then we should be aware the way we use them, otherwise we will end up with this " i did not mean that". The last one is leaders should not promise anything that they cannot do it, this mean they should keep their words. If they do not, then their words will become no meaning.

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