All entries for March 2016

March 28, 2016

Leadership and profound knowledge

The conversed triangle.

The role of leader is to create an environment in which the aims of the organization and individual needs are simultaneously met. Steven covey labelled this behaviours as "win - win" but the organizations today usually get used to with "lose-win". I find it as the challenge for new leaders to make it better...

Another major role of leader is to provide the clear direction, it is also important to make it clear not only word but also perspective.


March 26, 2016

Toxic Leadership

The term " toxic leadership" refers to those individuals who destroy those whom they are responsible for managing to their organizations for personal gain and self-aggrandisement. Most of us would agree to minimize such a toxic leadership but in reality we seem to ignore. The question is raised into my mind "why" ? We cannot identify who is the toxic leadership or we just decide to overlook it. Personally, we often mind only our own benefits not for public.

Are there any tools or tecnique to eliminate such the toxic...?

March 25, 2016

Is the age–gap matter?

At present, transformational leadership has been hailed an important as leaders can induce followers to perform beyond expectation. It can be implied that the major result is from the influencial form leaders. Is then transformational leadership more effective when it is provided by team leaders who are older than team members?? First reading this article I suddenly have the question that if the result is positive then no matter adopted theory it would be work as same as transformational leadership theory. The research result turned out that there is no significant relationship between the age difference and lesdership perrformance. From this i can interpret that acting is more imortant than charateristics.

Is it the good news for new generation to be the leader and keen on applying this theory?

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.

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