Interpersonal Reflection

August 20, 2008

really think communication is a lot harder then we expect it is before taking a class like this. In my experience communication is about being prepared for other peoples answers. As we all know this is called nexting. I don’t think as we all communicate in an informal setting we do not practice this structured form of inhaling and then nexting. Rather leaning about the process of nexting and inhaling should fine tune are skills at listening and being apart of meaningful conversation. I think Steph was trying to go beyond casual conversation and have us apply this to the group project.
I el like as we read about other peoples comments toward us we have a better understanding as to what to think about when reading them. For example it was Jonnydrama who thought that I kind of look at the bigger picture and would give something to the group that would sum everything up and help us look at it in new way. I never thought of my self like but after thinking about it and looking at my posts I can understand why he would say something like that. I feel like I let him down because there was potential for that. He was very vocal and I would argue that he was the person looking at the project from a different point of view giving us the link that put things together.
I feel the need to respond to comments made on are project. Outerbodyboi writes in response to jonydramas feelings that he started off strong and then had trouble being so confident when he finished. “I felt the same way because I started off strong and then fell off a bit. It’s good to come with strong writing, but in order to be taken seriously you also have to be consistent.” They are both correct. When I read about Jonnydrama saying he was a very big leader and wanted to take the lead it sounded a little bit like he was bragging I am always very turned off by speech like that because rarely do they live up to there expectations. I think he did.
ninjacook explains how important expressing feelings or emotions in group work will help us work through problems. That’s something I never really do my self. I try to just guess my way though the problems and try to catch up but her suggestion is valid. I might have been able to do a better job if there was more communication. I tend to wait until the last possible minute to express problems and this is not a good idea. My own over confidence outlines this problem.

My Group at a Glance

August 5, 2008

Well I did my best to find the different people in the group and it might just be me but I could not find all of their responses to Nexting and being nexted… No worries I will just go with that I have. It seems like there is a common sense of defining leadership between my group members. I think Jonnidramma is trying to express his feelings that he likes to be the leader but has learned that he can not lead by lying to group member about their performance. “Expression of feelings and assertiveness are going to create the most turmoil in a group work environment. I like to be a leader in groups, thus I am very assertive and domineering, however, I do not express my true feelings about others and their ideas because I do not want to offend. After reading about being assertive, I realize that this just cheats out my receiver from attaining a reason as to why his/her suggestion was quickly passed over by me.” (Johnidramma ). I think that is great that he has learned that. It is very important to be honest but that doesn’t really mean people are going to become defensive and resent you for your comments. I think at this level we have all had so many negative or constructive comments about are work we are used to it. I might be wrong…

Delivermesummer, brings up an important point when she says. “ First, it is important to understand the definition of assertive to fall in a balance between passivity and aggression to promote equality in human expression.” I don’t think any of us are that far ahead of the curve in interpersonal communications so aggressiveness seems to come off as arrogance. From what I have read everyone in my group seems to have a good handle on the material and will do wonderful in on the project.

My Group at a Glance

August 5, 2008

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Well I did my best to find the different people in the group and it might just be me but I could not find all of their responses to Nexting and being nexted… No worries I will just go with that I have. It seems like there is a common sense of defining leadership between my group members. I think Jonnidramma is trying to express his feelings that he likes to be the leader but has learned that he can not lead by lying to group member about their performance. “Expression of feelings and assertiveness are going to create the most turmoil in a group work environment. I like to be a leader in groups, thus I am very assertive and domineering, however, I do not express my true feelings about others and their ideas because I do not want to offend. After reading about being assertive, I realize that this just cheats out my receiver from attaining a reason as to why his/her suggestion was quickly passed over by me.” (Johnidramma ). I think that is great that he has learned that. It is very important to be honest but that doesn’t really mean people are going to become defensive and resent you for your comments. I think at this level we have all had so many negative or constructive comments about are work we are used to it. I might be wrong…

Delivermesummer, brings up an important point when she says. “ First, it is important to understand the definition of assertive to fall in a balance between passivity and aggression to promote equality in human expression.” I don’t think any of us are that far ahead of the curve in interpersonal communications so aggressiveness seems to come off as arrogance. From what I have read everyone in my group seems to have a good handle on the material and will do wonderful in on the project.

Project Managment In Ireland

July 16, 2008

Project Management

I am in Ireland for the summer working at a company based out of Hopkinton MA, called EMC. They are computer disk storage company “Where Information Lives”. They make all kinds of products involved with storing and managing large digital databases, for companies such as MasterCard or American Airlines. Most people know them because of the work they do with the Red Sox and the big banners that are up at Fenway Park promoting the company. I work in the customer service end this summer for a project manager as an intern. I would love to talk about what I am doing but EMC wouldn’t be happy with me posting an explanation about my project online. So I am going to write a little bit about the actual process project management. This interests me because it is something I might like to do when I get out of college and the skills can be used in lots of different settings.

What I learned today at the office is about human resource management. I will stick with the basics about what a project manager is because there is a lot to it and I could write 5 pages. Human resource management is about organizing and managing a team of people throughout a projects life cycle. This involves planning what a team needs to complete the project and getting the right people for the job. However first what does it take to be a project manager? Some of the key characteristics are being honest, decisive, team oriented, respectful and positive. Stake holders in projects need people to be honest about how the project is doing and able to make decisions about the project without having to bother the stake holders about every little problem. Obviously a project manager needs to be team oriented because they are working with many different people to try and complete the project. Respect and positive are important also because a project manager has to be able to use everyone on the team even if they are not the easy to work with but are needed because of their expertise.

Leadership is what this all comes down to. This is different than a normal manger. The project manager has to work with people from all over a company and maybe contract people to complete jobs that would not be worth hiring for. Most project managers have a set of abilities to run their team with. The ability to make requests of the team members, asking people to complete tasks much like a normal or functional manager would. They have the ability to fire or punish team members for the obvious reasons. They also have the ability to reward employees for doing a good job and completing tasks on time. Referent power is also something that a project manger gets but this is respect that is gained over time. This can open the door for more flexibility in the work place because the project manager would be known as a honest, reliable team player.

This is just some of the things I have learned about the way EMC uses project managers but it is only the tip if the iceberg. Human resource management extends into how to set up communication, organizational structure and team development. This is just what is needed from project managers. My manager is a project manager. Unlike the people on his team I work much closer to him helping out with his work. He is trying to teach me about the basics of project management by bringing me to lots of meetings and putting together power points to release the upper management reporting on his project. So far it has been a valuable experience.

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July 16, 2008

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