Posted here are the thoughts and reflections of undergraduate students from MGMT 370 Class – Ferris State University
POSTS FROM STUDENTS :
Jacob Seckinger – Kelly Prill – Breanna Lintemuth – Kaitlyn Baase – Joshua Gruszcynski – Karla Perez Garza
I Believe Management is Home Ownership 101
I believe Management is home ownership 101. In many ways managing a company is just like owning a home. Leaders and homeowners both have to manage the entire aspect of the operation from the purchasing and planning of incoming raw materials to the labor and conversion of raw materials into final products for the consumers. A homeowner has to sit down and plan on what items they need to supply their home with week after week. This is very similar to a manager having to plan and purchase raw materials for the business. A homeowner also tends to purchase items for the home on a Just in Time basis like many managers in business are doing now. A homeowner would not go out and purchase 2 years of toilet paper all at once and store it around the house for the next two years. Managers now, are also looking at the current inventories they hold of raw materials, and deciding that instead of tying up money and space with holding inventory, they are moving more towards bringing in what they need just when they need it.
Homeowners also have to monitor and plan for maintenance and repairs around the home, just like managers have to plan for maintenance and repairs throughout the company. If a homeowner does not plan for repairs and maintenance then the home will eventually fall apart around the owner. If a manager does not plan for repairs and maintenance, the business will eventually fall apart and costs of down time will outweigh income. So a homeowner and a manager must have some method of identifying and allocating for maintenance to keep the home or business up and running.
I am taking from this class, many new ideas on how as a manager I can coordinate the activities involved in maintaining a business and a home. And since I am both a manager and a homeowner currently I am able to use these methods and ideas for both my job and my home. I have learned many new methods for identifying issues and creating solutions to those issues before they even arise. I have seen many new ideas on how to plan, and coordinate the inflow of products and materials for use in operation. I have also learned more about how a business needs partners in the business world today. Partners like suppliers, shipping companies, and customers. A homeowner also needs partners, people like contractors, electricians, plumbers, mail delivery people, and neighbors to keep a home running successfully.
I believe by learning these new things, I will be a stronger manager, as most of these new ideas will be able to be incorporated in my style of leadership.
– – Jacob Seckinger, Paris, Michigan
I am a senior at Ferris State University in the hospitality program. I have many beliefs on leadership as I have had a few different jobs while going to school. I have learned a lot and with being young, I am still adapting to my environment and growing into the person I want to become.
I believe there are many different leadership styles and as we become older, we tend to learn which one best suits us as individuals. The first job I had while going to Ferris State was a room attendant at The Holiday Inn. This was not an easy job; it was hard work. It taught me a lot about team work. We, housekeepers, had to be efficient while on the job and if we did not have clean rooms, then that slowed down the front desk because then they could not check guests into their rooms which gives them a bad experience right off the bat. I became a leader at this job by coming into work even on days I wasn’t scheduled, just to help out and make the day go smoother. Everything in the customer service industry is all about satisfying the customer and leaving them with memorable and magical memories.
I have recently completed an internship as an Activities Supervisor at Mission Point Resort on Mackinac Island. I like to believe this is where I have learned the most leadership skills. Mission Point Resort is very diverse and I worked with people from all over the world; Jamaica, Bosnia, Romania, South Africa, etc. By working with other managers and other supervisors, I learned that everyone has a different style of teaching and especially when you’re working with others across the nation. They have their own sense of time and the way they do things to get the job done.
In conclusion, there is a quote that I would like to use to tie everything together. “We do not need magic to change the world, we carry all the power we need inside ourselves already: we have the power to imagine better.” As I stated earlier, we are young and we still have room to grow and to adapt to our surroundings and also to figure out the person we want to become. Everyone has their own vision of where they see themselves in the end and only they can make that decision.
– – Kelly Prill, Allen Park, Michigan
I Believe in Becoming
Time is not fixed and neither are you. The process of becoming explained above by Warren Bennis expertly illustrates this. Becoming yourself is not finite; self is the summation of all life experiences. Self is a goal toward which you are reaching consistently and infinitely. Growing is the process of obtaining self, and growth, just as time, is inevitable.
I believe in growth in every aspect of life. In school, you grow academically. With your friends, you grow socially. Among your family, you grow emotionally. All of these moments in your life allow you to grow. You define how you react to the environment in which these moment occur, and in turn, those moments define you. Each and every second of your existent, you are becoming you: the poet, the writer, the mathematician, the scientist, the athlete and even the leader.
These roles are so easy to name, but hard to quantify what it means to be a poet or writer. Is a writer someone who writes? Or is a poet someone who writes poetry? Is an athlete someone who plays sports? Is a leader merely someone who leads people? Or are they more than that? I believe that a title is something more. Once you self-assign a title, it is now a goal that you have given to yourself. When you say, I am a leader. You are saying that you want to encompass everything that it takes to be a leader. Not only a leader, but why not a great leader? I believe that people who use a title a striving to be the best in that particular role. I would not introduce myself as Breanna, the mediocre leader. Once I have identified as a leader, you can bet that I plan to be the best leader I can be. Therefore, identification is a key step to becoming.
After that, becoming is a matter of doing. If I identified as a writer, I would write, but not only just write. I would learn to write well. Each moment as I said before grows you; so each moment, I spend writing and trying to write better, I would be growing as a writer. As a leader, you should do the same thing: learn from other great leaders and experience leadership. Alas, to become a great leader, I believe in two key components: identification and growth.
– – Breanna Lintemuth, Howard City, Michigan
I Believe that a Leader is Different than a Boss
I believe that a leader is different than a boss. In some cases, a boss and a leader have the same job. What makes a leader different from a boss is the way they compose themselves and how they act in front of colleagues. It is important to know the difference between a leader and a boss, especially if you are in a position of leadership. Knowing whether you are a leader or a boss can help you grow as an individual and help you inspire those around you to be better.
The textbook definition of a boss is “a person in charge of a worker or organization.” Though bosses are usually in leadership positions, it does not necessarily make them a leader. Bosses know they are in a position of leadership and use it to their advantage. They are known for commanding with fear. This comes with the common example at a workplace. “If you do not complete this task correctly, you will be let go.” With this attitude, bosses can create an unhappy environment for their followers. It is harder for bosses’ followers to truly follow them. By leading with fear, followers may not feel a sense of closeness or trust towards their boss.
Being a leader is much different than being a boss. Leaders inspire their colleagues and their followers. They don’t command, but they are out there fighting with their peers for the same goals, every single day. They do not necessarily see themselves in a position of power, but see themselves as equals to those around them. Leaders work to clearly communicate the message to their peers and make sure everyone is on the same page when it comes to goals. Finally, leaders listen to their peers. They take their criticism and thoughts seriously. They know that the only way to improve as a person and as a leader is to listen to those around them.
– – Kaitlyn Baase, Saginaw, Michigan
I Believe Character Defines a Leader
What defines a great leader? I believe that leadership goes deeper than just leading a group of people. I believe that there is one quality that is prevalent is every leader, character. A leader’s character defines the type of person they are, how that person leads, and how that person conducts themselves at a time of adversity. A great leader leads by example, does not make the popular decision, and fights through adversity.
A great leader leads by example. In sports, a true leader leads not only on the field, but off the field, as well. I learned a lot about this during my high school career. I was a four sport athlete and was voted captain by my coaches and teammates in two of those sports. I took great pride in leading the team on game day, but I also took great pride in leading the team off the field. Education was very important to me and to my family, as well. I tried leading off the field by doing community service and took part in a mentor program to help underprivileged teens. Being a leader has helped me grown into the man that I am today.
A great leader does not always make the popular decisions. A leader makes a decision based on what is best for the whole and not what is most popular. Three years ago, I attended a graduation party at a friend’s house. After that graduation party, a bunch of my friends were going to a party at Grand Valley and I chose not to go. They heckled me and made fun of me for not attending. I received a call the very next morning that two of my friends have been killed in a car accident coming home from that same party. Not only did I lose those two friends, but the driver would later be sentenced to prison and still is incarcerated till this day. Those were the same friends who heckled me about not going with them to that party. I did not make the most popular decision, but the decision saved my life.
A great leader fights through adversity. Merriam-Webster defines adversity as “a state or instance of serious or continued difficulty or misfortune.” How is the leader going to respond? Is the leader going to respond destructively or constructively? A great leader will respond constructively. A leader will not try to better the situation but to better the way of thinking of everyone impacted by the adversity. How the leader responds, defines character.
In conclusion, a great leader leads by example, does not make the popular decision, and fights through adversity. A leader’s character defines how well they lead and how they are respected. If a leader can respond constructively at a time of adversity, the way of thinking of everyone around them is impacted positively. The way the leader rallies the troops in that time of adversity, defines character.
– – Joshua Gruszcynski, Wyoming, Michigan
I believe leadership is the ability to see that no two places or people are the same.
I transferred to Ferris after the cumulation of two successful years at my pervious college. I was part of the student government, the Future business leaders, four committees, and a club that helped introduce and App on campus. Not only that but I recived a personal invitation from 2 state senetors and a representative to go on a personal tour of the capital building. In short I was a successful engaged student who not only knew what I wanted I knew where I wanted to go.
However upon transferring to Ferris I realized that much like the real world leaving a school or a “job” nothing was the same. That was until the third day of class when I was thrust into a leadership position not realy knowing why or how it happened. Here I was a student who’d just transferred on the third day of school expected to choose 4 of the 6 members most of which knew eachother but none of which knew me. I knew from personality evualation that I was an Expressive Driver, in other words I valued effort and time as well as a climate that inspieres goals and oriented on results not necessarily the how however I knew nothing about them or the types of personalities they had.
As the semester comes to a close however I find myself with a better understanding not only of those on my team but also others with different leadership styles. Not only that, I also know how to talk them as well as the things I need to work on be a better more balanced leader. For example because im an expressive person I have a tendency to come off as overbearing and need to work on self restraint. Thus at times when a person is analytical I have a hard time understanding why they would prefer solidarity and being passive. However I have come to learn that just because their way of doing things is unlike my own does not make it better or worse than my own, rather they have different strengths, and said strengths are what make them a successful leader in their own right.
In short though my experiences at my old college and Ferris where worlds apart it was their differences that taught me no two place or two people are the same.
– – Karla Perez Garza, Hart, Michigan