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    Week 12: Human Resources Management & Organizational Behavior

       Hello again! since I fell in love with how I wrote last week’s blog I decided to continue it this week in the same format! Wish me luck!    This week we were taught chapters 9 and 10. I took away something good from each of the main activities they conducted. However, I want to focus on the activity from chapter 10 since to me it had the best reasoning for the how, what, and why. The group for chapter 10 split us up into two teams and had us debate against each other in pairs of two. I liked this exercise because it was fast pace and involved…

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    Week 11: Organizing, Delegating Work, and Managing Teamwork

        This week I wanted to go back to the basics in terms of how my blog reads. While I do think the format I had before was fairly good, it was unnecessarily long and involved lots of time that I needed to put towards my interpretations of what I learned, instead of droning on and on about the assessments from the book. I realized you don’t have to write a super long and detailed blog to get across your point. Sometimes you just need to focus on what you think is important and run with it when given the chance. So, today I will try this and hopefully,…

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    Week 10: Managing Change, Innovation, and Entrepreneurship

    Management Fundamentals Chapter 6: Management Change, Innovation, and Entrepreneurship Skill Builders & Self-Assessments SA 6-1: Entrepreneurial Qualities This test showed me that I have the mindset of an entrepreneur with a score of 52 out of 60. This was satisfying to see because one day I would like to open up my own event planning or art training center business in the future. SB 6-1: Identifying Resistance To Change I learned from this experience that resistance can be a ubiquitous and tough factor to overcome in the workplace. There are ways to overcome it if you are willing to find them and work at it.   SB 6-2: Managing Change…

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    Week 9: Blink

          Looking back over what the group presenting about the book Blink said and the book itself, I found that the book ties back into a lot of the discussions/books that we have had in class previously. Nonetheless, I thought it was a great I idea to repeat it again to make sure we really understood it. The book showed us other ways to think about this material than we have seen in previous books, while still grabbing our attention and holding it throughout. I felt that this book was overall, a good read, but could have did more to include more perspectives and ideas on some of the…

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    Week 8: Strategic and Operational Planning

    Management Fundamentals Chapter 5: Strategic & Operational Planning Skill Builders & Self-Assessments SA 5-1: Effective Planning I scored a 69 out of 75 possible points on this self assessment. This means I am showing strong behavior of being an effective planner. This result reigns true in my life. I am always planning my weeks and days to fit all the things I need to do. I carry around an extensive agenda and even a sheet of notebook paper with a list of homework on it every week to keep myself in order. These results happened to reflect myself. However, from our in class discussion on this assessment, I learned that…

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    Week 7: Giving & Receiving Feedback

     This week we were given two articles to read on giving feedback and receiving constructive criticism. We were also challenged to find our own article or video on the same topic. All three of these articles expressed the same base ideals of the topic. I want to highlight these ideals next since to me they were the most important things you should remember to do when giving or receiving feedback.    1. Take a deep breath and stop your first reaction.  2. Listen. 3. Feedback works both ways. It is not just for managers and leaders, for employers and followers as well. 4. Personalize your comments. 5. Ask questions and…

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    Week 6: Managing Diversity in a Global Environment & Creative Problem Solving and Decision Making

    Management Fundamentals Chapter 3: Managing Diversity in a Global Environment Skill Builders & Self-Assessments SA 3-1: Country of Origin Ownership of Products This self-assessment made me feel very American. What I mean by this is that Americans are kind of stereotyped as thinking we own everything and that we are so great. I am ashamed to say that I only got three right and that many I guessed as being American, Canadian, or UK owned. I was going to stick a chart of what I guessed here but after I read the results… well I think its better left in my notebook.  SA 3-2: Attitudes About Women & Minorities Advancing…

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    Week 5: Management, Its History, and The Environment

          To start off, I would like to finish up with Carnegie’s How To Win Friends and Influence People. This week I continued to apply Carnegie’s methods into my own life by challenging  myself to listen to my friends, peers, and family more. I give them a line to let out their personal troubles by letting them talk to me about whatever it is bothering them. In addition, I continued on with my personal challenge of looking at people in the eye and smiling at strangers as I walk to class.  My final takeaway from this book is: Think about what you are saying and doing to people.…

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    Week 4: Ted Talks, Choices, Happiness, & Spaghetti Sauce

          This week we took a different approach to our in-class learning by watching a few Ted-Talks. These talks mainly focused on how choices effect our lives and happiness.       There were three things that I want to highlight from the videos that really resonated with me. First, the theme from the first video, “By embracing the diversity of humans, that creates happiness,”.  The second part is a direct quote from the video, “The mind not knows what the tongue wants,”.  The third part comes from the second video, “Life is a matter of choice,”.  Reflecting on what these pieces mean, I see how our current world…

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    Week 3: How To Win Friends & Influence People

         This week we started reading Dale Carnegie’s 80-year-old success, How To Win Friends and Influence People. Not only did this book grab my interest the very first page with the story about “Two Gun” Crowley, but it also forced me to see that a lot of problems in our society could be solved fairly easily. This book seemed mainly like common sense. However, I realized after reflecting on the book for a while that while Carnegie’s advice is common knowledge, it is not common sense. This is because most human beings fail to do these things daily.      This book encouraged me to observe my daily behaviors…