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Monday, November 18, 2019

Aligning the Vision and Mission Statements of a Company


Aligning the mission and vision of an organization with the individual employees or departmental goals is a difficult task that the first-line managers face in their day to day activities. This is mainly due failure to seek opinions from all the parties involved in the organization. Just like the executive management, the employees in different departments play a big role in the organization, and therefore, when crafting a vision or mission, their contribution is necessary (Ayers, 2015). My brother and I helped out my father in his store as managers during holidays. So one time my brother and I had decided with all the staff that we should increase the variety of dishes offered and slightly reduce the prices. My father on the other hand, had decided that the hotel should improve the quality of the dishes and increase the prices of meals without involving any of us. This led to a great collision between the owner of the store who is my father and the rest of us.
​Every business that wants to succeed must have tools in place which make the management of the 3 Ps simple and more efficient. The three Ps represent the people, profit and planet, the people includes all the individuals that involved in the business both directly and indirectly, and profit means the financial gain, specifically the difference between the total revenue and total expenditure and the planet how the business is environmentally responsible to the society (Burritt, 2012). 
​To ensure the mission of the organization is in line with the mission, the management must take the three Ps into account. This is because by putting the people, profits and the planet into consideration while crafting the mission and vision statement, all the departments in the firm will be aware of the objectives of the business and will align their activities in a way that seeks to achieve these objectives (Ayers, 2015).
References
Ayers, R. S. (2015). Aligning individual and organizational performance: Goal alignment in federal government agency performance appraisal programs. Public Personnel Management, 44(2), 169-191. 
Burritt, R. L. (2012). Environmental performance accountability: Planet, people, profits. Accounting, Auditing & Accountability Journal, 25(2), 370-405. 

Sunday, November 17, 2019

Walt Disney the leader


He was born in Illinois and grew up in his childhood in Missouri. That’s how he started to doing drawing, painting, and selling pictures to neighbors and family friends.  “He and his brother Roy co-founded Walt Disney Productions, which became one of the best-known motion-picture production companies in the world. Disney was an innovative animator and created the cartoon character Mickey Mouse. He won 22 Academy Awards during his lifetime, and was the founder of theme parks Disneyland and Walt Disney World” (biography.com).  I choose Walt Disney because he is an entrepreneur and his company is great for families to go amusement park and watch the movies that Disney produced which I think that is a great idea to sell while everyone enjoys riding at Disney World, the amusement park. I adore his movies and still do which I think he have a skill to get people to love his products. I went to Walt Disney World in Florida and I had fallen in love with that place.
Leadership style:
Five characteristics are honesty, enthusiasm, confidence, courage, and persistence. Disney have a great integrity, enthusiasm with his products through motivated and encouraged his employees, ability to have confident in himself, his courage was focus on products and goals, and persistence with his company which rejections will not stop him.  “Above all, what truly makes a great leader is someone who is willing to serve. Walt served in countless ways” (Pahl, 2015, blog.certain.isu.edu). He served such as a father figure he was to his secretary so he gave her away at her wedding, told the producer to respect the gardener since he works longer for Disney, and was a server and defender for his employees.
I know integrity is a common which it is important to have honesty in leadership skill. Motivated is another word in leadership skill because it’s good to motivate the employees to engage them in his company, and courage because when you are the leader and you need the courage to feel confident.
The business dilemma: 
“In December 1939, a new campus for Walt Disney Studios was opened in Burbank. A setback for the company occurred in 1941, however, when there was a strike by Disney animators. Many of them resigned, and it would be years before the company fully recovered.”
It was a challenge because it was a strike which it takes a whole team to agree and went back to work as a team.  Once there is a strike and everyone in a team support each other to make a decision and it was a problem for Walt Disney to make a decision-making after the situation with strike and recovered for the company.
Opportunity: “Disney experienced many failures — including filing for bankruptcy — before he became a hugely successful animator and amusement park creator.” The reason I said it is an opportunity because he moved on with the failures he had then one day, he succeed with his dreams that came true after fail with other things. I believe it is ok to fail because you can learn from your mistakes and don’t’ do that by next time.
Thesis statement:
Walt Disney admitted that he went through failures to became success and it tells me that nobody is perfect and we had to be persistence with our mistakes to learn how to avoid them and have the confident to be strong and grab a dream to complete it. My favorite quote is, “anything is possible.”
My opinion on this part which it is part of leadership and not management decision-making because he motivated the employees, made sure that everyone involved with his goal of the company, and the company still stands strong after he was passed away because of his leadership skills motivated them.


Reference:
 (2017). Walt Disney Biography. A&E Television Networks. https://www.biography.com/people/walt-disney-9275533
Pahl, J. (2015). Five leadership qualities we learned from walt disney. https://blog.cetrain.isu.edu/blog/5-leadership-qualities-we-learned-from-walt-disney

Saturday, November 16, 2019

Emotional Intelligence is Important


Over the last few years, I have learned the importance of professional competencies and how they play a part of being a leader and making decisions. It is important that as a leader one is able to exhibit many of these different competencies as they all play important roles in the decision-making process. A few that I have found to be important are emotional intelligence, time management, and ethical behavior.
     Emotional Intelligence is being able to understand your emotions and how your emotions affect people around you. If someone has strong emotional intelligence they are able to accept criticism and able to use that to improve themselves. Emotional Intelligence means one has self-awareness, self-regulation, motivation, empathy and social skills Emotional Intelligence, 2018). In my professional career I have started to be more aware of each of these characteristics to improve myself so when I do get a leadership position I am able to have strong emotional intelligence. As a human being criticism is always hard to accept but being able to take it and use it to improve yourself is what can set one apart in being a good leader. For this group project I have used emotional intelligence to be able to take criticism from those I asked to assist me in reviewing my powerpoint and tell me where I needed to make adjustments. It is never easy to hear when people do not like something you have worked very hard on, but when your grade reflects that hard work and those changes it is definitely worth it and shows that it is important.
    
     Time management is being able to organize and plan your time among different activities. Being able to manage one’s time presents a lot of benefits such as increased productivity an less stress which can lead to better career opportunities. If one is not able to manage their time they could run into issues such as poor quality of work, missed deadlines, and higher stress levels. I worked on the group project on my own this term and because of this I had to make some adjustments to my time management skills. I completed this class during my wedding and honey moon while also preparing to apply for a new position at work and working 40+ hours a week. It is crucial to be able to manage your time when taking classes while working full time. This also brings in my personal life and professional life because I am also going to school I try to stay as close to 40 hours a week at work as I can although I am a salaried employee. In order to do so I make sure to manage the 8 hours of my day accordingly.
     Ethical behavior is an important part of being a leader in all parts of one’s life. Ethical behavior is determined by what is right and what is wrong and as a leader you need to display behavior that aligns with those ideas. By a leader having positive ethical behavior it can lead to positive employees and organizational growth (Huddleston, 2017). As a senior member of my team at work newer employees look to me for guidance on a day to day basis; because of this it is important that I am displaying ethical behavior. In our work environment our managers are in meetings most of the day, so we do a lot of collaboration between peers and it is important for us to remember that our teammates are looking to us for direction.






References:

Emotional Intelligence (2018) Emotional Intelligence: Developing Strong “People Skills”. Retrieved from: https://www.mindtools.com/pages/article/newCDV_59.htm

Huddleston, K. (2017) How to define ethical behavior & why it’s important in the workplace. Retreived from: https://workinstitute.com/resources/workplace-wisdom-blog/articleid/2248/how%20to%20define%20ethical%20behavior%20&%20why%20it's%20important%20in%20the%20workplace

Time Management (2018). What is time management? Working smarter to enhance productivity. Retrieved from: https://www.mindtools.com/pages/article/newHTE_00.htm

Friday, November 15, 2019

Reflections of my personal life


I am satisfied with educations that I received because I always want to accomplish and feel good about myself. I always knew since I graduated from high school that I wants to complete college and received a degree. I never thought that I became a chef and works in different place to gain my skills. My family and friends support me all the way to receive my educations. Also, I want to prove myself that I almost completed with Master of Art degree and that means I can do it! I just want to complete master’s degree, so I can promote myself with the manager position to show that I can do it. It’s hard for deaf people to get a chance so here I am.
I was thinking about continue the education after completes my Master of Art degree since I am a chef and wants to keep motivate myself with culinary art skills. It will be nice to receive more certificated like nutrition or managerial then I can try go for American federation culinary. I just had a conversation with my husband about showing up to workshop related to culinary art, so I can keep motivate myself to learn new things to gain my skills. I always enjoy learns with cooking because it is my passion and I love to cook. If I receive a license which that will be a beneficial for myself because I noticed that I have my ServSafe certificate and I immediate got hired which that put me to feel confident. That’s how I make few decisions that I should keep motivate myself after complete Master of Art degree.
My first job is a food preparer at Steak n’ Shake and I never thought that I will continue to work in restaurant industry until I worked at Carriage Way Bed n’ Breakfast in St. Augustine, Florida and I worked as housekeeper for six years. I learned a lot from my boss, Larry because he is a chef and cooked breakfast meals for the guests. He inspired me that I can be a chef and own the business while enjoying the life with travel and getaway vacation. That’s what I want for myself. That’s how I realize that I want to work my own hours and decided to step out to took culinary art degree. My family love my cooking and I love to share with them. My plans is getting more experience in what I am doing now to gain the skills then I can be my own boss with the experiences and skills that I have. I believe in myself and I have the supportive from my family and friends that who are believing in me. If I want to make it happen then I must work hard to become effective on what I decide to do.

Tuesday, November 12, 2019

The results of complex business decisions


Due to my recent graduation from college, I have not acquired many real-world work experiences. Rather, I will apply an experience I had within a college organization. As an involved student-athlete on campus, I was the president of our Student-Athlete Advisory Committee (SAAC). SAAC is a national organization within the NCAA with representatives from each university. 
As a representative, I reported information from my university to an advisor who considers our opinions and presents them to NCAA’s top management. This advisor was a leader within our conference. He worked to ensure each university had a voice and that we knew we were heard. With many universities each giving their individual input, he was required to make tough decisions that possibly could offend others. He was required to weed through each suggestion and decide what should be presented to the board. Many of these decisions were passed and implemented into the rules of the NCAA, so his say had an exceptional impact. There are many decisions our advisor made that have positively impacted the student-athletes at MSU as well as all other NCAA organizations around the country. Using a specific example, we recently had a rule change within NCAA football departments. Football players are required to report to campus on a certain day prior to the beginning of classes to practice for a few weeks straight. With only a little time before their first game of the season, the players must participate in multiple practices and strength/conditioning sessions throughout each day. There is recent data and research that shows this method of practice increases health risks, including injury and dehydration.
 Chu (2004) comments on the importance of “blissful” data when making decisions. Meaning, finding appropriate, credible data to support your decision will enhance your individual, as well as your organizations, credibility. The more knowledge one has on the situation, the more effective the decision will be. In pursuit of a solution, our NCAA advisor suggested top management should increase the number of days in which these athletes can practice ensuring they do not get overworked. This has recently passed, and the football programs have been granted additional days. This was a difficult decision for our advisor as not everyone was in favor of this idea. Many student-athletes who participate in football wish to have the opportunity to work a few more days in the summer to receive as much money as they can for the school year. In addition, some students would rather spend that time with family and friends before reporting back for school. There are many instances that have been impacted, but at the end of the day top management were required to do what is best for the whole. Top management was required to develop a list of priorities and decipher which are most important. This relates directly to the analytical hierarchy process (Saaty, 2009). This process requires leaders to use these priorities to make decisions that are best for the whole. In my opinion, this was the right decision and it was more than necessary to ensure the safety of student-athletes. 

 References:
Chu, M. Y. (2004). Blissful Data : Wisdom and Strategies for Providing Meaningful,
Useful, and Accessible Data for All Employees. New York: AMACOM.


Saaty, T. J. (2008). Decision making with the analytic hierarchy process. Int. J. Services
Sciences,1(1), 83-98. Retrieved July 15, 2018.

Monday, November 11, 2019

If You’re Constantly Feeling Overwhelmed, Try This

Between work, family, and our personal lives, it’s no surprise that many of us feel overwhelmed a lot of the time. If your to-do list never seems to get shorter, step back and try a new approach. For example, consider whether certain tasks are stressing you out more than others. 

If so, focus on those first: Finish a big project as soon as possible, or break down a complicated goal into more manageable steps. You should also consider whether perfectionist tendencies are getting in your way. For each task, think about what “good enough” looks like, and be honest about whether spending more time on something will meaningfully improve it. (If not, take a breath and move on.) 

Finally, ask yourself which to-dos are truly a good use of your time — and then delegate those that aren’t. Could you send an employee to a meeting you don’t need to be at, or outsource meal preparation at home if you don’t like cooking? Thinking about how you’re using your time can help you use it more wisely.

Sunday, November 10, 2019

Website marketing for profit


Focus on marketing funnels and how viewers attention is captured utilizing this strategy. Affiliate marketing can be used to create marketing funnels as well. This will help provide good understanding of how marketers can make extra money. You can use the marketing concept funnel model in the same way you can use a PPC model. Small business from a labor perspective is very limited. You need to make sure you have enough time to do the work or possible outsource it. Larger businesses will either have in-house staff, brokers and consultants. Dodson’s model is Goal Setting, Setup, Manage & Analyze and needs to be utilized for the paper. Marketing funnels keep you engaged in their sales. 
They are like service blueprints from a marketing perspective that maps out where your traffic is coming from and where it will take your prospects. Target marketing starts with identifying your product. In the awareness stage, you can use segmentation to narrow down your audience. Start researching social media platforms for paid advertisement. Call for action is something that is going to capture attention that is time sensitive. Once the link is clicked, user is directed to the landing page or home page. A landing page can be a video with a lot content and info about the product and testimonies with a promotional offer. Word Press and Joomla are content management programs. Creating marketing funnels begin after you have established a website. Clickbank, Cj.com, Linkshare.com are affiliate marketing sites. You can be the retailer from brokers like Google to advertise affiliated company’s links. The goal is to create a website that makes you money!
More articles on making money with website design can be found on:
 Free Management Resources: http://www.freemanagementresources.com
and
My Education Manager: https://myeducationmanager.tradepub.com/
Enjoy,
 John

Saturday, November 9, 2019

Leaders make business decisions that impact the lives of many


Due to the delicacy of the situation, I am going to ensure confidentiality of the company and the situation, but I will vaguely describe the situation and all the necessary aspects to apply it to decision-making theories. As I was growing up, I worked for a small business as a part time job. Though it is small, the business was highly connected with people and businesses throughout the town. While I was working there, my boss made a decision that was not ethically sound. In a small town, rumors began to fly and the word was quickly spread about the leader, his/her business and all those associated with any of it. Business began to decrease and the company began to struggle. Many people took their business elsewhere as they refused to work with someone who does not agree with their ethical standards. This potentially had a positive impact on other businesses in the same market as their customers increased. On the other hand, this leader also has a family and those who are associated with them who were negatively impacted by this one decision. Though those in association with him/her were not at fault, they too began to lose credibility and respect. 

Ethical leadership is linked to various categories of exceptional leadership. This is predominately based on the perceptions and attitude of their followers, or, in this case, customers as well (Treviño, Brown & Hartman, 2003, pg. 7). Organizational climate and culture was also impacted within this decision as employees began to find other jobs. The ethical behavior of the leader has a drastic impact on how others perceive that person and their effectiveness as a leader. With perceptions arising from various factors, it can be difficult to hold a leadership role. At times, ethical decisions are just as important, if not more important than day-to-day business decisions. These decision-making processes can positively or negatively influence how others perceive the leader both internally and externally (Kalshoven & Den Hartog ,2009). This situation occurred many years ago but still has a lasting impact on the leader, his/her family, the organization and those within the community. The company has failed, and the family is struggling to get back on their feet as their credibility has diminished. Many times, leaders or potential leaders do not fully understand the possible consequences of their decisions. Furthermore, they do not understand the impact a decision may have on those around you. This further emphasizes the need to consider stakeholders in the decision-making process. 

As a leader, both within an organization and within the community, it is crucial to not simply think of oneself and the impact a decision will have on you alone. Considering all possible outcomes is a crucial aspect of the process and needs to be taken seriously. Unethical decisions are likely impulse decisions, while they should be the decisions that are thought about more critically before a decision is made. 

References:


Kalshoven, K., & Den Hartog, K. N. (2009). Ethical Leader Behavior and Leader Effectiveness: The
Role of Prototypicality and Trust. International Journal of Leadership Studies,5(2), 102-120. Retrieved July 12, 2018, from https://www.regent.edu/acad/global/publications/ijls/new/vol5iss2/IJLS_vol5_iss1_kalshoven_ethical_leadership.pdf (Links to an external site.)Links to an external site..

Treviño, L. K., Brown, M., & Hartman, L. P. (2003). A Qualitative Investigation of Perceived
Executive Ethical Leadership: Perceptions from Inside and Outside the Executive Suite. Human Relations,56(1), 5-37. doi:10.1177/0018726703056001448

What Differences in Decision-Making Approaches Might Occur Among Leadership Styles?
 

Friday, November 8, 2019

Legitimate power to exert control


Those with legitimate power do not always assume the greatest control over their organization and its members. Legitimate power is given to those in the highest positions. When in these positions, it is sometimes more difficult to obtain control, especially when considering the member aspect. My personal goals do not incorporate the highest position within an organization because I like to be more involved with my followers. I like to associate regularly with them and to involve each one as much as I can in the decision-making process. If I acquired a position with legitimate power I think I would work hard to incorporate my members as much as possible. 

I will do so by ensuring my priorities are straight and that my members are one of the most important aspects of the position. As a leader without legitimate power it can be more difficult to gain immediate respect from those around you. Personally, I will use social skills I have built through various opportunities to build relationships with members. I would involve them in decision-making processes to ensure I do not attempt to dictate. I content this is crucial when a leader does not have legitimate power as followers will lose respect easily if they are treated unimportant. Leaders should make their followers constantly feel valued as an irreplaceable aspect of the organization. This is what I believe will lead to a more successful organization. 

Rodriquez (2017) emphasizes that leadership styles may have an impact on decision-making processes. I agree with this information as all leaders are unique. This makes leadership difficult at times using a more trial and error process. What works for one person as a leader may not work for you. A leader must acquire the information but then apply it to themselves and the situations in which they are involved. Lastly, a leader needs some form of power to have an influence on others. One must understand the various elements of power. Although there are varying levels of power, they all acquire a certain level of responsibility, especially when it comes to decision making. One must understand this to become an effective leader with the power they have acquired (Bacon, 2011).
 References:
Bacon, T. R. (2011). The Elements of Power : Lessons on Leadership and Influence. New York: AMACOM.


 

Thursday, November 7, 2019

Greening the message followup


Here is a link to the original post "Greening the Message" https://marketingreports.blogspot.com/search?q=greening+the+message 
 Ethical theories, principles and concepts.
We will chose to discard the green message altogether and launch a campaign that focuses on changes that have made the company more energy efficient. Our design increased demand by 10%. Competition mentioned some green measures in their campaign, which took some of our sales. We will provide production with marketing sales forecast so they can continue working out any little kinks that they observe. Our material cost and administrative costs increased and we saw our customer awareness percentage was 55% for Low Tech and High Tech customers. We will inform the senior management of the tainted contract and let the stakeholders prepare to renegotiate despite, the loss of wide margins built into the initial contract. Implement extra training to increase our admin cost by 50%.
Reconcile conflicts in the development of your strategic decisions making using Agency Theory and Stakeholder Theory concepts and principles.
Every business has to operate in a complex system of differences of opinions and values. There are rules, policies, codes of conduct laws and strategic decisions to be considered when in the process of devising ways to deal with conflicting views and values (Cavanagh and Fritzsche, 1985). A study was done that demonstrated the value of focusing Stakeholder Theory as more accurately depicted with managers, the principal decision maker. By addressing the individual manager as the central decision-maker, this research draws attention to the distinction and encourages more research related to stakeholder management (Reynolds, Schultz & Hekman, 2006).

                                                                                                                                    2
Explain how ethical theories should guide the implementation of your strategic decisions.
Business leaders will make decisions that are ethically significant on a daily basis. Whenever they act, they will be acting according to some ethical theory. Whether they know it or not, creating a code of ethics and consulting with managers and stakeholders before making business decisions where everyone is affected. Making consistently ethical decisions is more easily accomplished than making consistent successful or profitable ones.
Using the strategic planning process create a plan detailing your leadership and management decisions on the ethical dilemma.
The plan detailing leadership and management decisions is as followed:
Determine Position            Develop Strategy       Build the Plan         Manage Performance
Address strategic                Identify core            Process the SWOT    Communicate strategy to
issues as they arise              beliefs                     analysis                      organization
Analyze market                   Determine              Analyze department   Establish schedule for
opportunities and               organizations           goals                           progress reviews
threats                                core purpose            Align a one-year          Hold progress reviews and
Synthesize the data            Assign                     budget within the         modify
into summary SWOT         position to                 plan                      
items                                   leaders




                                                                                                                                                3
Use inductive reasoning skills, explain how your decisions will build competitive advantage
using the strategic management hierarchy.
The decision we implement will build competitive advantages while using the strategic management hierarchy because it will provide a planning framework that will maintain a strategically managed organization.
Formulate and explain the company’s positioning strategy based on your strategic management and strategic leadership decision.
Taking into account the changing environment and the realization of the positioning. We will devise future position of the organization on the basis of present and foreseeable developments. We will deal with the following aspects: The future, information collection, analysis, choice of strategy and implementation (Harvard Business Review, July 1980).
                                                            REFERENCES
Cavanagh, S. J. & D.J. Fritzsche: 1985, Using Vignettes in Business Ethics Research; L.
            Preston(Ed). Researching in Corporate Social Performance and Policy, Vol. 7
            (Ja1 Press, Greenwich, CT), pp-279-293.
Scott J. Reynolds, Frank C. Schultz, David R. Hekman, Stakeholder Theory and Managerial
            Decision-Making: Constraints and Implications of Balancing Stakeholder Interests,
            Journal of Business Ethics (2006), 64; 285-301.


Tuesday, November 5, 2019

Salary Negotiations


Often, companies will ask you what your desired salary is and you need to be prepared to provide a number. The number should be based on your research of the pay range for the particular job that you have been offered. Also, you should provide a number that is higher than the salary you desire—this gives the opportunity for the company to provide a counter-offer that is still within your desired pay range.

Additionally, it is important to keep in mind that compensation is not only about salary. You will also need to provide requests for benefits that would make the job desirable to you.  Examples include the ability to work from home or flexible hours, a company laptop, profit sharing, stocks or equity, etc.

What kind of benefits would make a job and work situation attractive to you?

Who has done online research, or checked with people you know, to find out how much a salary should be for a particular job you in which you were interested?

If you’ve held a job, did you negotiate for a higher salary when you were offered your first job?

Major issues in the case
·      Compensation considerations
·      Proactivity
·      Interpersonal communication and confrontation
Discussion questions and answers
1.     What are the three parts of compensation?
a.     Wages/salaries
b.     Incentives
c.      Benefits
2.     What are examples of benefits?
a.     Health insurance
b.     Dental insurance
c.      Life insurance
d.     Disability protection
e.     Retirement plans
f.      Holidays off
g.     Accumulated sick days
h.     Accumulated vacation days
i.       Recreation options
j.       Memberships (e.g,, health club)
k.     Family leave
l.       Counseling
m.   Legal advice
n.     Education reimbursement
3.     How can training and development opportunities for employees increase their skills and, ultimately, make them worthy of a bonus, raise, or even a promotion?
a.     Training is a way to increase one’s knowledge and/or skills relevant to their current job.  Through training, an employee can become better at performing their job.
b.     Development is a way to increase one’s knowledge and/or skills relevant to how they will perform their current job differently in the future or to a separate, future job in which they may work.  Through development, an employee can become more prepared to take on additional tasks, take on a new role, or get promoted.
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