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Monday, December 14th, 2009 01:46 pm
I didn't write up the last seminar (seminar 12) because it was very applied and mostly involved a lot of group discussion about culture. I did sit a 3 hour (and ten minutes) exam and had a moment of anxiety when I walked out 20 mins early after trying to find more things to say. Final results are in and the study paid off; I passed with a high distinction! *dances*

In review it was an excellent unit both in terms of how it was run and the content. I learned a lot and have been applying it busily to both my work and to OTW.

I have cautiously enrolled in three units for 2010 (one per trimester) which will get me to 4/12 of an MBA.
  • Accounting (understand, interpret and use financial reports)
  • Economic Management and Strategy (making informed decisions in an environment of economic risk and uncertainty)
  • Ethical Dimensions of Organisations, Management and Leadership (dealing ethically with globalisation, constant change, technological advances, sustainability etc.) which is kind of the cherry on the top of the 2010 MBA cupcake
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Thursday, November 12th, 2009 10:36 am
Yay for leadership! This was a very theory oriented class and felt a little substance-free - chatting to one of the other students we thought it might just be because it's all theory and this is a hard topic to pin down. We did our last test too, individual was 80% and team was 95% which is looking good for a decent overall grade (if you think I maybe have a spreadsheet for this then you think correct). I also got complimented by one of the men on the shoes I wore last week which was simultaneously flattering and maddeningly reflective of the culture I live in.

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Sunday, November 8th, 2009 08:38 pm
This took me a few days to write up, firstly because last week was tiring, depressing and headache filled - I've been channelling my energy into being cheerful and remembering why I love my life and not into study. Secondly because this didn't really grab me, I've done a lot of reading and thinking about power in organisations and maybe this felt a bit light on because of that.
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Thursday, October 29th, 2009 11:52 am
OMG so tired, woke up for the class though. Fourth test today, individual score was 75%, team score 95%. We were asked to give (or not give) permission to be observed by some people wanting to study group dynamics for the next test - for science!.

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Friday, October 23rd, 2009 02:21 pm
We got our written assignments back, the evening class averaged 71% and there were 4 high distinctions over 77 students (afternoon and evening class). Mine was called Trust and Relationship Building in Successful Virtual Teams, I got 80%, and I'm really pleased.

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Thursday, October 15th, 2009 07:50 pm
This was fun and very relevant, I found myself constantly thinking about how we make decisions in AD&T and looking at how the class made decisions in our group activities.

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...and then we stopped - next week: Teams!
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Friday, October 9th, 2009 10:46 am
I am now the proud owner of a Life Orientation Test, a Personal Stress Management Plan, a Life Event Stress Quiz and the Connor-Davidson Resilience scale. I'm apparently optimistic, have techniques for managing stress, score low for life event stress in the last 12 months (this is probably a little inaccurate as I had to class AD&T and Swancon2009 in the same category) and our lecturer wouldn't tell us how we scored on the C-D Resilience scale because the afternoon class got depressed when she told them :p

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Next week - Decision Making!
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Thursday, October 1st, 2009 01:52 pm
Yeah that struck me as pretty wordy too, it was dead interesting though. I went from sleep deprived to wide awake and stayed there for the next three hours.

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Thursday, September 24th, 2009 06:11 pm
New location, our seminar room has scaffolding this week apparently. It was well hidden, I was glad to find other people trying to find it as well as me :p I got a chance to talk to A., who is working with volunteers doing student-ey things and had some interesting things to say about channelling energy and burnout.

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Wednesday, September 9th, 2009 10:30 pm
This was much more satisfying as a class and went a long way to making me feel more comfortable.

Class Notes the Second )
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Wednesday, September 2nd, 2009 11:38 pm
We’re still in introduction-land, some people didn’t register the venue change and turned up at the wrong place. Part of the seminar was house-keeping like agreeing to bringing communal snacks in order to survive the 6-9pm time slot.

So OB: the art of understanding, predicting and influencing organisational behaviour. I’m all for that. The introduction felt a lot like a soft science working very hard to establish itself as a ‘science’ – I remember this from my aborted psychology days! We briefly skimmed over globalisation and workplace diversity (more women in the workplace is a ‘trend’ and we’re ‘not going to touch *delicate shudder* sexual orientation’). There was a somewhat incongruous slide slagging off Gen Y and some talk about methodology, models, motivation and role perceptions. One interesting thing that stood out for me was talking about motivation and how you can provide all the situational triggers you want (money, attractive work environment, interesting work, praise etc.) but the motivation to be there and work has to come from the individual.

We talked about values and how organisations use values as hooks to align members with their goals/tasks then formed groups of seven and did a group activity called Crocodile River (reproduced in a separate post if you want to do the exercise, don’t look below the cut until you have). The stated goals of the exercise were to:
  1. Introduce you to the field of organisational behaviour
  2. To help you realise the different perceptions, values and attitudes that people have on common, everyday happenings.
  3. To give you an opportunity to compare your values with those of the other MBA students in your class.
Skip this if you want to do the Crocodile River exercise without my views clouding your judgement )

The other notable event was 46 people trying to leave the building and having our swipe cards not work on any of the exits. A *cough* representative of the group eventually hit the ‘break glass to escape’ panel with a water bottle – effective but I’m feeling for the security guard who presumably turned up to deal with the aftermath and I am wondering why the need arose in the first place.

Next week: Personality, stereotyping and the Johari Window!