1. The CEO Role in Management
Imagine that you are the CEO of an organization. Give specific examples of how you would use the four functions of management -- Planning, Organizing, Leading, and Controlling. How do the functions tie together for a Chief Executive Officer?
As a CEO of an organization, one has to be involved in the various plans of the company. For example, in designing a marketing plan for a new product, one must decide who will be the person in-charge of the project. One must try to get suggestions as to who should compose the team who will create the plan. It might be necessary to organize people not only from marketing, but also from finance, human resources department and the operations department. As CEO, one must lead the group into designing an effective marketing plan. As a leader, the CEO must inform the group handling the plan about the objectives and goals of the project. One must be able to motivate them into doing their best for the success of the project and the organization as a whole. A budget for the plan must be provided by the CEO so that the group can work within the budget. Aside from controlling the budget, one should make sure that all members of the team are doing their duties. Any disagreements within the planning committee must be resolved by the CEO to avoid any major misunderstandings.
Other responsibilities as CEO would include monitoring the company’s daily operations and submitting to the Board of Directors plans and proposals for the firm which one deems important to achieve the goals of the company. Planning, organizing, leading and controlling are all essential functions of a CEO to ensure that the organization will function towards the attainment of the objectives. Each function complements the other. In designing a marketing plan, the CEO would have to integrate the four functions to ensure the success of the project.
2. The Coach Role in Management
How would a sports coach use the four functions of management? Identify your sport and then provide specific examples for each function.
A volleyball coach can use the four functions of management. The planning function would encompass determining who will compose the team, the training and game schedules, the necessary workouts, exercises and team plays that must be imparted on the players. Organizing would include identifying what positions the team members will assume. The coach has to organize the team and assign who will be the middle blocker, outside hitter, libero, setter and the opposite. As a leader, the coach should also be able to lead his team. He must make sure that everyone follows the game plan. He must also motivate and inspire his team. He must be a good role model of sportsmanship among his team. An effective coach must be in control of his team. He must provide emotional support of his players when they become hot-headed or frustrated during volleyball games. When there are misunderstandings in the team, he must help resolve the issues. Imposing discipline among his team members is a necessary function of the coach.
3. Top Three List
The final, integrative discussion for this course is for you to prepare a list of the top 3 lessons for managers that you will take away from this course. What are the top 3 things you think all managers need to understand?List and explain each. Be sure to specify why you think each point you list deserves to be in the Top 3. What are the implications for managers for each of your 3 lessons?
The first lesson that managers must understand is their staff or the people they work with. It is important that they know what motivates them and what are their expectations from their jobs. If a manager knows the motivations of his people, then it would be easy for him to inspire them to do their job properly. The incentives that he will offer must meet their expectations. Each person in the organization is different, but a manager must learn how to deal with each one accordingly. If a manager relates well with his subordinates, then he can persuade them to get things done without threatening or coercing them.
The second lesson that managers must understand is the importance of planning. A successful manager must have plans to achieve the company’s goals. His plans must be clearly conveyed to his team and he must make sure that they share the same visions for the company. Having a plan will ensure that the group is on the right track and performing their jobs according to the designs of the plan.
The third lesson that managers must know is the value of feedback. A manager must assess his subordinates objectively and give the corresponding feedback. If an employee is not performing his job properly, the manager must talk to him and find out the reason for such. Feedback should be constructive and not destructive. After giving the feedback, the employee is expected to have the firm resolve to do better and not feel bad about what he has been told. Feedback also works for the benefit of the manager. It helps him appraise how he is leading his subordinates. It will assist him in improving in areas where he is weak. An effective feedback mechanism creates awareness of the strengths and weaknesses of managers which will eventually affect the performance of the company.
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