February 01, 2017

CBE

This was actually my very first reflective writitng piece.

The module was amazing becasue it gave me an insight to what the rest of the year was going to be like. From different team exrcises to presentations, the module moulded us in a way that we needed to work together as well as reflect on what we learn on a daily.

While studying the module creating business excellence, certain things have come to make a lot of sense for instance why organisations do the things the way they do, why are standards or models put in place, how different organisations approach different challenges and so many others.

Given the fact that my course is based on the excellence model, a lot has been said about it and honestly it makes a lot of sense. The model is based on 9 criteria’s that comprise of enablers and results. Given the fact that enablers are accounted for in this model would help an organisation understand its results better and know where their running short as well the areas that need improvement. While studying about this model, I reflected upon my home country Uganda where so many organisations would scarcely put in effort to understand the cause of the results but would still rather focus on increasing them. Maybe it’s because of set targets which they focus on more or others follow standards set for them by their clients, regardless of the situation, for one to gain better results, one needs to understand the how the enablers are working.

I found benchmarking quite an interesting topic as well. This is because it seemed to be more applicable in organisations back in my country and so many others too. Who wouldn’t want to compare themselves with the best, or be like the best, or actually be the best? It makes sense until ones’ organisation doesn’t succeed or improve as one would expect after following everything that the best person is doing, something I would term as selection bias. Failures like these are the reasons why organisations should not only look at the best but at those that have not succeeded either, that way you have more knowledge and understanding of what exactly you want to benchmark on. Different organisations have different amounts of resources which might not be enough for a growing company to invest in the certain software or equipment that the company uses therefore organisations should be aware of such situations before landing into bankruptcy but then again, everyone is trying to stay ahead of competition.

The concept of profound knowledge, yet another interesting theory. My favourite matter is the appreciation of a system which is very essential in an organisation. Many organisations tend to pay more attention to a given department probably because it has more promising sales or customers however this might not work in favour of the organisation as a whole.


OPP

OMGGGG....... OPP, its with no doubt that people and perfomance are so critical in organisations because the amount of information to grasp was tremendously a lot.........

With my little but growing knowledge about business and management, I never imagined the aspect of employees weighing so much in regards to the success of organisations. However, this module, OPP has opened my mind to a whole new spectrum of ideas in relation to business strategy, human resource and strategic human resource management.

The module ran throughout the course of a week which involved a FISH exercise that helped us understand what was being taught in class and making it more practical with using current companies such as Jaguar, Disney and Singapore airlines

We based on a strategic framework to understand the concepts of business strategy and HRM strategy. Almost all organisations have business strategies whether modelled, written down or not, the strategy basically outlines what businesses what to achieve, there goals and vision as well how they plan on achieving these goals which also led us to competitive business strategies.

A number of theories and models have been created by researchers however several of them agreed on some common strategies that companies follow and that is either cost leadership, product/service differentiation and focus (niche market). These were bases on Porters model, however the other model that helped me understand competitive strategy was Snows model that has the prospector, defender and analyser.

Through the course of the module, I got to appreciate the fact that in order to produce an efficient and competitive workforce, organisations need to do much more for employees rather than pay their salaries for example trainings in order to improve their skill set, offering packages such as health insurance, rewarding or recognising exceptional individuals or teams, team building events and so many other things in order to keep employee spirits high and motivate them in whatever they do.

Dealing with different kinds of people sometimes from different cultures could be challenging. Therefore managing human resources comes with some challenges such as recruiting the right people into the organisation, retaining the talent, creating a work environment that suits different cultures and personnel, types of work contract and so on.

With all this put into account, we come to appreciate the human resource department which is commonly ignored in many organisations yet plays such an important role in the growth and success of organisations.


Just for the record

It happens that I actually always have a lot to say about modules everytime they come to an end but all those thoughts unfortunately stay in the mighty word files as pieces of reflective writing on my little cracked up laptop.

However, today came with a rush of excitement about updating my blog after an amazing workshop to do with understaing your personality. But just before we get there, let me share a few reflective pieces on my past modules as well as some amazing workshops to do with my dissertation which always come as a breakthrough and baby step forward towards the final goal.


November 28, 2016

Blogging

I never thought that I would have a blog of my own since writing has never been one of my passions. However, I was not left with much of a choice when I decided to take on an MBE. I must say that I enjoy the reflection sessions after class or once i get home when I sit down, ponder and digets the new things learnt and connect to how applicable they are in real life.


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