Achieving and Maintaining Individual Excellence BSHS 462 Achieving and Maintaining Individual Excellence Individual excellence is pushing yourself to surpass other’s expectations and excel in everything you do. Individual traits, ethics, values, experiences, and individual performance help develop and define a person’s individual excellence on a personal and professional level. Individual excellence will lead a person to be a better leader, manager, supervisor, and a better person in any organization.
In this paper I will formulate a framework for achieving individual excellence as I focus on my ultimate goal of going into the human services field. This paper will examine a force analysis that lists my personal drives as well as restraining forces in each of the following human services aspects: managing the environment, planning, and program design, organizational design, human resource development, supervision, financial management, information systems, program evaluations, and leadership and organizational change.
This paper also examines each of Peter Senge’s Five Disciplines, the meaning and a self-assessment of the five disciplines. Force Analysis Managing the environment is able to monitor trends in the environment constantly, from local, to state levels, to sometimes global level (Lewis, 2007). Because I am not currently working in the human services field, I will use my personal life experiences as references. Being prior military, I had no choice but to manage my environment. While being in the Navy, I constantly worked in different departments with different people, and with different objectives.
I adapt well to change and new situations once they happen. I am also a very observative person and like to ask many questions to understand why things happen the way they do. A restraining force may be that even though I can adapt well to change, I do not like it. As a future human service manager, I will have to embrace change and its negative or positive outcomes. I will learn to make the best out of every situation whether it is lack of funding, or increase of services. I will look at the bigger picture and manage the environment both internally as well as xternally. Planning and program design is referred to as being able to plan according to organizational visions and goals. My whole life I have been an organizer and like to plan every step of my way for every situation, such as planning my family and my education. I belive that if things are not planned are they are not in my control. A restraining force is that I do not like to face unexpected situations and have no experience in the human service field on planning and program designing. In the future I plan use my quick learning skills to become proficient.
I will them strategize, plan, and act according to the goals of the organization and not panic when unexpected things happen. Organizational design describes two components of an organization, structure, and process. Structure is represented by charts and decision-making, and the process is the way in which things are organized and work together (Lewis, 2007). My personal drive is my ability to organize, think things out, and make decisions accordingly. My restraining force is that my communication skills need much improvement.
As a human service manager, I will have to improve my communication skills to engage, give my opinion, make decisions, and deliver process to any personnel involved. Human resources development refers to designing jobs to accomplish program purposes and be fulfilling for the staff (Lewis, 2007) While in the Navy, I was in charge of training all of the new personnel who were assigned to my department and were able to meet the organizational purposes. I was also able to learn new skills when dealing with people of different diversities.
Possesing no experience I know I will start at the bottom; however I do not mind. Being at the bottom gives me plenty of room for improvement and lets me learn every position and the expectations. My personal drive is that I like work with people, I like to learn new things, and however I do not take criticism well. As a human service manager, I must learn to take feedback, both negative and positive, and learn from every experience to make me a better employee and future manager. Supervision is needed to guide employees, motivate them, and reward them to achieve program effectiveness.
My strengths are my ability to work alone, to supervise, motivate, and recognize other people’s achievements. My restraining force is that I have very little experience supervising individuals and I am usually a follower rather than a leader. I will gain the confidence needed to take on the roles and responsibilities of any position or challenge that I am faced with. Financial management is referred to successfully managing finances by the human service manager. My personal drive is the success I have at managing my own finances, because I have no experience managing finances for large organizations.
I am currently debt free and feel very proud that as a mother of two I can handle finances very well even money is tight. My restraining factors is that I am not a big saver and can work on creating a budget or savings plan for the organizations future and long term goals. According to Lewis (2007) a well designed information systems can enhance an organization’s effectiveness and responsiveness and raise an employee’s sense of satisfaction and purpose. Managers should ensure that information systems support both internal and external needs.
My strengths are that I am great using technology; however, my restraining force is that I have little knowledge on information system, how to translate feedback or how to make changes when things are not working out as expected. In the future I can a familiarize myself with the information system in place; translate feed back to enhance organizational effectiveness. Program evaluation helps aid organizations with accountability, improvements, and decision making. While in the military I would have to evaluate my own work performance that helped me set higher goals.
Evaluations helps determine where a person or organization is and where they want to be. My strengths are my open mindness and willingness to change for the better. My restraining force is that I like to see immediate change. Service managers are to be patient when receiving feedback from evaluations to make the best decisions. Leaders help obtain effective organizational change in an organization. Leaders are to guide and create change that will benefit the organization. It is very important that a leader is a knowledgable person who has the drive and potential to deal with change.
My strength is that I am open to change and willing to try new things. My restraining factors is that I have very little experience being a leader and often do not like to take on challenging positions because I do not like having that weight on my shoulders. I fear failure and do not like to be seen as one. In the future I must take on new challenges and be more confident. Confidence will lead me to be a better leader and will help me take on challenges with more confidence. Peters Senges five discipline Peter Senges five discipline are personal mastery, mental model, shared vision, team learning, and system thinking.
Personal Mastery relates to personal growth and learning. My quick learning skills, hands on approach will allow me achieves personal mastery. Mental models are deeply held images about how the world and things works. To succeed in the human service field, I must be presented with an equal opportunity to gain the knowledge and experiences needed. Only by working in the human services field will I be able to fully understand how it truly works. Shared Vision is the alignment of personal visions. Sharing a vision will help guide employees on what they are aiming for. This will increase efficiency, productivity, and within the organization.
Team Learning: using dialogue to address difficult issue. Working with and learning from different people will help promote growth and will give me a better understanding of what people think about the organization. System thinking is a conceptual framework for integrating the other four disciplines by observing patterns and seeing how to change them. Only by gaining insight of the human service field and organization will I be able to apply Senges five disciplines. Only by conducting a self assessment was I able to point out my strengths and weaknesses that will help achieve self and professional growth through the five disciples of Sengue.
To achieve and maintain individual excellence one must develop the necessary skills on a personal level as well as professional level. The force analysis helped explain the managerial elements needed to produce effective and efficient outcomes in a human service organization. . My future goal of working in the human service field will be a challenge that I can overcome by personal growth. The skill I will develop while on-the- job and on a personal level will help me experience success and achieve and maintain individual excellence.
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