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As my days in here in university come to an end soon, I found myself thinking a lot about how I would fit into the working environment. Being an introvert I worried that I lacked the skills to fit into an organizational environment let alone be a person in a managerial position. But after this week’s readings and a Ted talk video that was shown in my Management 304 lecture I feel more confident in myself, although I do not fit the mold of what is usually the stereotypical manager does not mean that I am would not be a good one.

The Ted talk that I watched this week talked about how society has glorified the extrovert, the extrovert is the ideal person for leadership roles in society. But the fact is that introvert leaders often delivery better outcomes. So looking at the Katz (2000) reading it really hit me when I read that the more useful question to ask was “what observable skills does an effective executive demonstrate?” being an effective  executive is not about what personality type you are but what you can deliver in that position. This is simply what previous readings have mentioned about espoused-self compared with what people actually are like. I recently experienced this with a friend who appears to everyone to be a very capable out there person, she fit the mold perfectly of what is usually perceived as an outstanding leader, but when it came down to it she failed terribly to deliver good outcomes. The importance of an administrator to have the 3 basic skills, technical skill, human skill, and conceptual skill in the right balance to suit the particular circumstances is so true.

I think that too often I limit myself because of what I myself and society perceive to be a person with leadership qualities. I too have the skills required to me an effective administrator and I know that when put in a positon I can deliver. For now as university finishes up soon I want to gain experience in a variety of jobs, Davies & Easterby-Smith, (1984) talk about developing in difficult situations so this would require me to put myself out of my comfort zone. 

References

Cain, S., (2012/03/02) The Power of Introverts, Retreived from https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=c0KYU2j0TM4

Davies, J., & Easterby-Smith, M. (1984). Learning and developing from managerial work experiencesJournal of Management Studies, 21(2), 169--182.doi:10.1111/j.1467-6486.1984.tb00230.x


Katz, R. L. (1955). Skills of an effective administratorHarvard Business Review, 33(1), 33--42.

3 Comments

  1. Hi Natasha

    This journal was interesting for me to read because I felt as if it helped me understand the relationship between the structure for reflections given by Daudelin and the concept of Bloom's taxonomy. My memory of the Daudelin reading (from memory) is that it said that if you fail to complete each stage of the reflection then you haven't really learnt anything. I think it is unreasonable to say that not completely following the structure results in you not learning anything and that it would benefit from having the word "useful" or "helpful added to the end. You have clearly done the reading and have a good enough understanding to correctly place the ideas from it in your reflection, but your reflection only weakly followed Daudelin's structure. You clearly reached the lower levels of Bloom's taxonomy but your reflection didn't show any signs of the higher levels of analysis, synthesis, and evaluation. This shows the link between Daudelin/Bloom. If you had better followed Daudelin's structure you would have been able to show how you reached the higher levels of learning.

    I hope this makes sense because I definitely feel as if I understand the importance of the Daudelin structure a lot better than before. If you have any questions just ask (smile)

  2. Hi Natatsha,

    I really like how you brought up the issue of how people go about achieving their tasks vs the task results themselves. This shows you have taken in the double loop learning readings as well and are applying past theory into your current appraisal of your situation thus far. It shows that you are progressively critically reflecting  in a proactive and reflective manner. Focusing on the real issue at hand: the results shows that you have the right target in mind however as Jacob noted there is a lack of the interrelated aspects of Blooms taxonomy at work in this journal. I can also empathise as I feel my last few journals have been the same. The best advise I can give is to go over the notes Peter gave in the earlier weeks journals and re apply what was stated there. Other wise very well written and it brings up some interesting points about introverts and the task focus vs method focus approach.

     

  3. My reading of your learning journal is:

    Problem: How can I, as a introvert be more successful

    Analysis: It turns out that one does not need to be an extrovert to succeed (Didn't the Collins' reading say as much; shame you didn't make that link.

    Solution/Action: Concentrate on delivering results, rather than worrying about being an introvert.

     

    Okay. That's fine. I think you could have dug a little deeper in how you might concentrate on delivering results (or on how you might better set aside the pressures from society). But this is a solid journal.