Thursday, November 18, 2010

Real Life Application on the Learning Team Level

During our LT discussions, I would pose questions which sometimes lead to the solution of our LBO cases. One of my learning teammates commended me for this. This kind of questioning helps me a lot in solving problems here or even during my past work. If this is my way of analyzing things, then I should continue doing it during our LT discussions.

My experience with my learning team made me realize that I can work on a team and that I can make significant contributions. During my first meeting with them, I was very shy to speak up. But later, I'm already sharing my insights quite confidently. This even extended to our class discussion in which one of my teammates noticed and told me of my improvement in class participation.

I think one of the best venue to hone my analytical, communications and time management skills as well as my self-confidence is our learning team and discussions. As such, I should struggle to participate in class more frequently because in so doing, I'm training myself to think on my feet and communicate effectively what I have in mind. Synthesizing ideas to share during LT and class discussions requires a logical thinking and in participating actively in discussions I can breed this kind of attitude in me.

Wednesday, November 17, 2010

Plan of Action for Harnessing my Strengths and Weaknesses

On harnessing my self-management.

1. Make it a habit to write a reminder for appointments (Nov. 2010 - Dec. 2011)
2. Check on the bottleneck of my daily activities and do some corrective actions on that (Nov. 18, 2010 - Nov. 20, 2010)

On harnessing my linguistic skills

1. Continue in writing blog (Nov. 2010 - Dec. 2011)
2. Read Wall Street Journal at least thrice a week (Nov. 2010 - Dec. 2011)

On harnessing my analytical skills

1. Participate actively in LT and class discussions (on-going)

  • I have improved on this so far. But I think I need to do more.
2. Spend more time in studying Financial Management subjects (Dec. 2010 - Mar. 2011)
3. Continue the practice of "engaged reading" with the given cases (Nov. 2010 - Dec. 2011)
  • This helped me a lot in participating in the classroom.
On improving my self-confidence
1. Interview Prof. Gracia S. Ugut

  • I have done this interview. The conversation went well and I got valuable insights from Prof. Ugut. At this time, I think my Power Distance Index is getting low.
2. Deliver a talk to former colleagues on taking up an MBA.
  • I discussed with my former colleagues the imperative of pursuing an MBA and why they should do it at AIM. The presentation went well. In this exercise, I learned so many things. First, I wrote a letter to the HR Director. In writing this letter, I got a practice on better letter writing. Second, I prepared the presentation the way Prof. Borromeo taught us. Third, during the presentation, I gained more confidence.
On improving bodily kinesthetic

1. Swimming at AIM Pool (Nov. 2010 - Dec. 2011)
2. Jogging (Nov. 2010 - Dec. 2011)

On improving my grasp of details.

1. Take down notes of the specific details from the case and draw diagrams when necessary (Nov. 2010 - Dec. 2011)
2. Enganged listening to learning teammates during discussions (Nov. 2010 - July 2011)

Presentation about AIM at Fluor Daniel, Inc. - Philippines

I was discussing to the participants the benefits of pursuing an MBA.

Monday, November 8, 2010

Kowloon House

Being an avid lover of Chinese foods, I would always want to dine in Chinese restaurants or even in Chinese fast food chains. My love for Chinese foods began when I was a little child when we would always dine in Chinese restaurants in Legazpi City. These restaurants are among the best in the area and restaurant itself is very homey.

Having discovered Kowloon house several days ago, I've been visiting it frequently because I like the taste of their sharksfin siomai, siopao and beef wanton noodles.

While dining in this restaurant, I suddenly remembered the assignment in HBO. So I thought of doing that assignment at that time and I started observing the serving crew. In so doing, I'm hitting two birds at the same time.

Based on what I had observed, the members of the serving crew were tired. They were wary of serving a number of customers which had great demand for their services. In fact, the cashier is also doing food preparation and serving tasks. The crew cannot deliver promptly what the customer's needs. It seems, that the members of the serving crew just have a mindset of doing their job and nothing more. I don't think they even find contentment nor meaning in their job. They just have to do it do earn a living.

Despite of this however, I will still dine at Kowloon House because the food's taste compensate much more than the inconveniences brought about by the wearied crew. Just like in our households, we just have to understand them because any how they make our life a little bit convenient.

Thursday, November 4, 2010

Interview with Professor Gracia S. Ugut, Associate Dean of AIM EXCELL

                         The author with Professor Gracia S. Ugut, Associate Dean of AIM EXCELL

One of my goals in managerial communication is to be at ease when talking to an authority. To achieve this goal, I interviewed Prof. Gracia S. Ugut, the Associate Dean of AIM EXCELL. The interview proceeded as follows:

JMB: What are the management's plan for AIM in the next three to five years?
GSU: The goal of management right now are beating the competition, retain reaccreditation and explore opportunities in the region more aggressively.

JMB: How has AIM become a prime mover of economic development in the Philippines?
There are those who asked me why is it that AIM has good academic programs yet the economic situation in the country is not good. My reply was, we have no control over the political situation. Despite of that AIM has strong feeling to contribute to national development. Our mandate is to train young leaders in the country because it is imperative for them to gain good managerial foundations. AIM also gives out scholarships so that more Filipinos can study in the institute. We also have strong corporate base in executive education wherein we hone and promote the Filipino talent.

With our development work, we have the Center for Bridging Leadership for Societal Divides. Our team are working in Mindanao to address the issues that beset the Muslims and Non-Muslims there. The goal of which is to end the conflict by training young Muslim leaders so that they can resolve amicably whatever differences they may have with Non-Muslims. In addition to that, the institute also has advocacies against corruption in the government as well as advocacies for improving the business climate.

JMB: Right now, what are the challenges that beset AIM considering the Philippine economy is stagnating and our neighboring countries are progressing?GSU: This is the turning point for the Philippines. We should encourage more business in the country. Though our progress is hampered by political bickering which we hope to be minimized. There is no shortage of Filipino talent. But where are they? They are working abroad because there is scarce employment opportunity here. This has enormous social cost with children growing up without the guidance of their mother or father who are working abroad. This is the challenge for our government to provide our citizens with employment.

Filipino talent is very competitive and we don't take advantage of this. The best that we can do is to hone this talent through education and that is now the challenge to AIM.

JMB: As a teacher, what is your ideal student?GSU: I do not know in this country why are the brightest doctors would take up nursing just to go to the US. As a doctor, they could have done something more. Now, we have shortage of doctors in various towns. If this will continue, then what will happen to the healthcare system of this country. My ideal student therefore is the one who stays to serve this country and in the practice of his or her profession he or she maximizes his or her potential.

Another characteristic of my ideal student is his or her desire for continuous learning. In every stage of our life, we have an opportunity to learn and we have to take advantage of that.

I would also like to emphasize to you MBA students that your studies here is not just for the purpose of getting grades. You have to realize that your MBA is a learning exercise and it is given that you will stumble several times. But you have to learn from it. We do that for the purpose of producing managers who are very good decision makers, capable of leading people and value-oriented individuals.

Disclaimer: The response of Professor Ugut was reworded by the author.