FBL 5010 Assignment | Reflective Journal

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Running head: REFLECTIVE ESSAY1REFLECTIVE ESSAY
REFLECTIVE ESSAY2ContentsEvolution of management thinking (590 Words).................................................................3Understanding self and others (607 Words).........................................................................4Organizational Culture (672 Words)....................................................................................6Ethics, Social responsibility and sustainability (663 Words)...............................................7
REFLECTIVE ESSAY3Evolution of management thinking (590 Words)Learning about organizational behavior by Hawthorne, Elton, Mayo, and Roethlisberger shades light on management practices of the 1920s[ CITATION May14 \l 1033 ]. These are crucial in understanding attitudes and behavior in the organization. Complex organizations today have linear processes, which help managers to resolve conflicts. This was not the case in the 19thand 20th Centuries. During my employment period, I came across an encounter in which two employees had a disagreement about their job roles. Both employees worked in the same department and team. However, one felt that she had to go the extra mile in accomplishing her tasks. However, the other one was always the least dedicated. As the manager, I sought to find out the problem only to realize that they had different personalities. In support of Linda Hill[ CITATION Hil03 \l 1033 ], becoming a manager requires a mastery of management approaches. I developed a new identity from an individual identity to a manager identity as a sign of professional growth. Before I could solve the conflict between the two employees, I had to listen. Managerial tasks today are different from traditional supervisors. Over time, I have learnt to respect other people’s identity. The fact that people can manage tasks differently and effectively gives me confidence to delegate the tasks. Management is about planning organizing controlling, and leading. It helps the manager to channel resources in the right direction, and enhancing performance. Managers have a hard time making decisions, informing and leading people[ CITATION Min10 \l 1033 ]. I represent the company through different forums such as stakeholders meeting and PR events. Within the organization, I act as a liaison and employees respect me. Being a leader enables me to make decisions, allocate resources within different departments and I negotiate with the managers on areas where there are gaps[ CITATION Min11 \l 1033 ]. Today, the roles of a manager require technical and conceptual skills. I took a business management course for skills in global management. As a modern day manager, I believe in leading than supervising because championing a vision requires interpersonal relationships. I compare these to Fredrick Taylor’s concerns for the exploitation of workers revolutionized the industry in the 19thCentury[ CITATION Tay04 \l 1033 ]. As the father of scientific management, he suggested precise thinking in order to develop solutions. My style of leadership borrows largely from change creation and empowering others. This approach is better because it encourages
REFLECTIVE ESSAY4employees to work as a team and not compete. Competition breeds conflict and delegation of roles helps me to empower employees rather than doing it for them. In line with Fredrick Taylor, continuous improvement in management is a better approachto management because it improves things. Being a workaholic is a weakness because it hinders my ability to empower other people. This would be a problem in a hierarchical organization where Max Weber’s approach on bureaucracy or red tape management appears[ CITATION Hug12 \l 1033 ]. Henri Fayol’s administrative principles encourage unity of command and division of labor to classify structures and design communication approaches for better functions. Human and business studies also shaped the industry by introducing human centered approaches. The Hawthorne electric plant studies is an example of a human focused managementdedicated to making people better for productivity[ CITATION Kie12 \l 1033 ]. This led to humanist psychologists like Maslow who propagated the use of motivation. Behaviorists and systems approaches merged to highlight the integration of people and behavior. Management science as a segment of leadership involves computerized management styles in operations management (supply chain), quality control, production-planning, forecasting, scenario planning.It facilitates for the installation of ideal management systems for maximum output. Understanding self and others (607 Words)Having worked as a manager in one of the banking institution, I could not help but notice change as a continuous process in the company. New directors came, some employees retired and some managers lost their jobs. I had the opportunity to work as a leader in a mid-level management post. This had interesting opportunities because I was in charge of effecting change in the company[ CITATION Tas17 \l 1033 ]. I agree that change is a difficult process but it is necessary and unavoidable in life. In this organization, change had a plan. We planned for training and sometimes it would take months or a year to complete the process. As a professional, I had to change my tactics of managing organizations. After learning about management practices and leadership styles, I chose to take a transformational approach in order to survive in a changing environment. Managers currently face challenges in management because of personality differences. After self-awareness practices, I agree with Samson & Daft

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