Term Paper: Business Management Skill Pre-Assessment

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[. . .] I do think entrepreneurial people are vital to the future economy of our country, but my own experiences have shown me that having a good idea is not enough to make a business successful. You need to have skills in administration, business, communication and marketing to even try to have a business of your own, and this was made clear to me through my own efforts. I have also realized that the traditional cliche' of working hard is the only way to be successful is only marginally true. Yes people do still need to work hard, but that alone will no longer be a guarantee of success. This is why I decided to train as a manager, so that my skill base will be better suited to the more modern business model of success.

Personal Assessment based on PAMS found it difficult to complete the PAMS assessment simply because I don't think any person willingly wants to subject themselves to an in depth analysis of themselves. We tend to be 'surface' creatures, people who are happy enough to appear to be well adjusted and coping with all that is expected of us. Of course in reality that is not normally the case, but if we avoid self-analysis, I think, we avoid the opportunity to see areas for potential improvement. So while I felt, as I am sure others in my class did, that this 'management soul-searching' may have been a bit uncomfortable for me, I do appreciate the value that has come from it.

My colleagues and management have seen my personal evaluation, and they seem to concur with the areas for improvement that I have identified. I have provided an analysis of my observations within the six critical management skills list, as follows:

Stress Management: This was one area where I was already aware I would score poorly. Highlighted were the facts that I did not employ effective time management for myself, such as making lists, prioritizing or keeping adequate track of time spent on work, and this I think is one area I will seriously need to concentrate in future studies if I am to effectively reduce the amount of stress I seem to carry. Time management in the past for me has been more about luck than good management, and yet after doing this assessment and completing my interviews, it has been bought home to me how important effective time management can be as a reducer of self-induced stress.

If I am able to prioritize my work effectively, schedule assignments more efficiently and keep accurate records of tasks I am responsible for, then the concept of always worrying if there was something else I should have been doing, would be a reduction in my stress load.

Creative Problem Solving: I did not think I had many problems in solving problems prior to this assessment but after completing the PAMS checklist I can see that areas where I fail to identify the problem solving steps, before seeking a solution, is probably contributing to my stress. I see this problem tied in with that itemized above, where if I adequately planed out steps in the problem solving process, rather than 'jumping in' to find an instant solution, I would generate practical alternatives a lot sooner in the long-term. I also identified that I do not always see all possibilities when seeking solutions, and this 'thinking outside of the box' scenario may be an aspect I need to practice to become a better problem solver.

Communication: Effective communication is a necessary skill for any potential manager. Being able to communicate negative feedback, or offer corrective advice, without damaging another person's self-esteem or self-perception is a difficult task and one that both my colleagues and I think I need to work on further. I believe this ties in with the lack of planning and identification of problem steps seen above. If I took the time to plan what I was going to say to another individual (concerning their performance for example) then I would be less likely to bring personal characteristics into the interview, and make more of an effort to reach an equitable solution. This problem with communication is directly tied to my problem solving difficulties.

Gaining Power and Influence: Communication again seems to be the only problem identified in this area. I am not keen on organizational ceremonies and activities, generally because I have never been able to see them as a productive use of time. As time is something I always seem to be short of, I don't like to 'waste' it, but as noted above, it I took the time to plan my time more effectively, then perhaps I could take more enjoyment from organizational activities, because I would have already assured myself that I was not needed elsewhere at the time.

A also noted in this section that I did not score well regarding positive feedback to others when they have accomplished something significant.

My studies are showing that there is enormous benefit to be had by managers to maintain a network of contacts, and to provide feedback as readily as others offer it. While I think this is more of a communication issue as opposed to a power related one, I do see that without an effective network my ability to gain more power could be limited, and that paths of communication need to operate both ways (between myself and others, and vice versa) for a network to be strongly established.

Motivating Others: Although I felt I scored quite well in this section (and this was confirmed by my colleagues) I did note that the lack of creativity shown in not taking the time to design assignments to make them interesting or challenging, could be directly related to the problem solving areas I discussed above. I think that generally I am a good motivator, capable of being consistent and attempting to treat all people fairly, and I am quick to offer immediate compliments to people who have performed well.

Managing Conflict: The key issue I identified in this section was that although I feel I am a good leader in a team environment (and this is supported by others) I have a clear communication problem with letting others know how I want a task completed. I know in myself what I want to achieve, and I can articulate that quite clearly. But when it comes to being a team member I am unsure of how to develop relationships with the people I need to work alongside. Business relationships are like personal relationships in that they require time to develop, and interaction from both parties concerned. Because these are issues I have a problem with, as we have seen earlier in this paper, I have a very clear indication of what I need to improve on to become a better managerial person.

Targeted Skill Area

At the beginning of this assessment I identified stress as the number one factor I wanted to work on for myself. As I completed this paper I see that the perception of being overwhelmed and stress could be alleviated in a number of ways through more effective planning, time management, time for self, and more input into relationships with others which would in turn increase my own effectiveness as a team member, and later, as an effective team leader. If I take the time to prioritize the tasks expected of me, allocate time to these tasks effectively and sensibly, and then take the time to relax for myself without worrying about any task I might have forgotten (because I would have written it down for future reference), then I think I would be able to communicate more effectively with other team members, think more creatively in problem solving and generally become a better manager and… [END OF PREVIEW]

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