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March 23, 2012

proper planning as a leader

Plan might occupy major part in being a successful leader. Currently, I am struggling on my own project and other assignments. Undoubtedly, the project is much difficult and different from the assignments. Although the words just equal to around 4-5 PMA, it is totally dissimilar situation. The project is expected more critical analysis than previous writing. Certainly, that should consider some methodology in the content. Why does this method be applied in the research? How do I guarantee this approach achieving the target? Last but not least, the critical point should be arranged in discussion part. There are so many researches completed in the field in which I am interested. How do I propose distinct viewpoint and find the gap between the previous studying and mine? I think that leaders might be a little similar to this. Planning, choosing, and implementing all the tasks within the limited time, the only thought I should equip with full confidence and face all the challenges. Hopefully, I will complete them all and submit the satisfied results at the end.


March 04, 2012

lead changes

Leadership always needs courage to make some changes. Rather than simply waiting for chances, leader had better to change the situation proactively. I read some article about the comparison between transaction and transition leaders this week. Many researches intended that the former type of leader is much willing to pay more attention on each individual and to take care about his/ her improvement. Sometime, they are much more willing to lead the modification in the organization.

We always read the stories about the enterprise just staying in their position without noticing the change around the world. Kodak is an ordinary example for this kind of story. It once had been equal to film. Now it has to face the destiny of bankruptcy. Therefore, business owners have always to be aware the change around the world. This is beneficial to keep the competitive on the market and also helpful to make long-term prospection for the enterprise. The result is heavily relying on the leadership. It is not only keeps competitive currently but also leads proper changes to fit the world.


February 12, 2012

module review

Reviewing this module, I was impressive in the first class about building tower this week. Each leader drew his/ her personality and I got autocratic type which was totally out of my image. At the first beginning, I tried to pretend autocratic leader, but I gave up this role just after 3mins from start. Honestly, I was completely lost in the game. I didn’t know how to lead a team and even more how to build a tall/ attractive tower within short time. Nevertheless, my teammates lost their chance to cooperate with an autocratic leader, but we still had fun in this process. After this simulation, my teammates encouraged my performance and highlighted many advantages in my role.

At least, I learned that it is not easy to be an autocratic leader. The autocratic leader is supposed to be fully confident in his/ her decision. Even though I just need to pretend this role for 30mins, I feel very difficult to persuade my teammates without confidence. Additionally, I can’t complete the task without support from my members. Although I got a little frustrated in being a leader, my teammates were fully supportive in all the conditions.

Basically, the atmosphere is very positive in this module. Several opportunities make classmates leading in mini-projects or exercises. As Paul mentioned, this is safe environment. I cherished the experience of being a leader. Furthermore, I learned points of leadership and also followership.


February 09, 2012

CSR presentation

Originally, I thought that CSR is only an unrealistic concept in modern societies. Undeniably, majority of companies are created for material benefit, so it is hard to connect those unprofitable affairs with business running. However, through this session, I changed some ideas about CSR. Firstly, CSR has some positive effects to societies and corrects general ideas which business put money as its first priority. Based on benefit to societies, business coined some positive image for the civilians. This might help to hire more outstanding people or attract some employees with similar thought. Furthermore, as Zoe said last week, CSR can create more opportunities for business. Unilever is a very impressive case for promoting CSR. We also learned a lot through preparing this presentation. Although some defects were in these slides, it still brought us to see the different aspects in enterprise.

My personal experience might be a little negative in implementing CSR, because sometime I was asked to do extra work without pay. After this class, I got new recognition about my previous effort and recognized the value of those works. Back to reality, even if those works are very meaningful, honestly, I’m much willing to do some jobs with material parts.


Performance appraisal

Performance appraisal is accessed to evaluate employees’ performance. Through this presentation, I have more realization in this system. Generally, everyone wants to perform well in his/ her job and certainly anticipate some rewards from his/ her achievement.

However, it is complex task to establish the really unbiased system. Supervisor easily has results from the periodic review, but the challenge is how to convince people the fairness of the evaluation. If someone has doubts in this system, the performance appraisal is hardly to sustain for a long time. Based on our conclusion, it’s almost impossible to eliminate preconception in any organization. Thus, companies should try to seek all kinds of approaches and to keep the balance within the performance appraisal system. According to the evaluation, managers can make reliable judgment to encourage all the employees’ improvement.

Besides, I am very appreciating that the teammates give me the chance being a leader in this mini project. Honestly, I’m not qualified leader in this mini project, because I think that my teammates did much more effort than me. Due to their hard work, I feel much confident to complete this job. Thank for this precious experience and my excellent teammates.


February 01, 2012

stereotype of leaders

Yesterday, we mentioned about stereotype of leaders. Obviously, everyone is easy persuaded by others’ outfit. It is hard to image the chairman without formal dress while sitting in the meeting room. Personally, I believed that the first impression plays a vital role for attending some occasions.

However, being a leader should follow the stereotype or challenge this ordinary idea? We have seen many examples which demonstrating their leadership without material stuff. The personality is the reason why we recognized they are extraordinary. In other words, the internal characters are much more important than those equipments. I’m forward to seeing the leadership in the following weeks. Hopefully, I would have chance to realize more about this abstract concept.


January 30, 2012

leadership introduction

Paul addressed we are in safe environment again. In this safe circumstance, we are going to simulate leadership in the coming weeks. Based on leadership, team leaders will be trusted by the other members even though he is not given the position power. As result of leadership, team leader has chance to motivate colleagues’ potential. Therefore, efficiency can be expected on their works. However, it is a critical task to learn how to share the vision with colleagues. Furthermore, managers have to establish the trust which the target is achievable.

We took a trial for selecting leader and deputy for a life boat. After demonstrating the result, we got some discussion in the class. Although I was a little bit surprised at the different results under the same condition, I indeed enjoyed listening to different opinions from the colleagues. If we are aiming at the leader position, we cannot avoid similar discussion happening. That's reminding me 'understand before being understood'. Listening is the first lesson of leadership. Personally, the introduction was interesting to me. Hopefully, these characters will be further investigated in the near future.


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