Monday, April 20, 2009
As our groups get ready to present our proposals to the clients and visiting guest, I am able to reflect upon the use of technology with concern to this project. Technology proved to be a vital element when getting our proposals together. Through Blackboard, we were easily able to pass along each group member's work to every other member of the group. Also, through e-mails we were able to discuss meeting times, possible ideas, and more. Our use of technology was not limited to this though. In our project itself, we were able to use graphics programs. These proved beneficial in relaying our goals through the use of visuals and not just text. Technology was definitely a crucial element with regards to our projects.
Sunday, April 5, 2009
I have actually missed the last couple of classes because I was not feeling too great, but I am able to talk about my own ethical principles. I know what is wrong and what is right and I also know that you should not compromise your own morals just to make a profit as many CEOs have done in today's world. You must be able to stand by your principles because once those are gone, you have absolutely nothing left. Even if you are poor, your morals are what matter most because they define what kind of person you are. Money and possessions do not define a person. I am only a sophomore so I still have some time until i enter the workforce, but I know that I want to become a manager. As a manager, I know that I must be able to rely upon my morals to be a guiding principle because clients and other personnel members will not stand for wishy washy principles from the person who is supposed to be leading them. I feel as if I will undoubtedly be able to manage effectively while also maintaining my ethics.
Monday, March 30, 2009
At this point in my life, I have only had one real job to speak of and that was as a cashier at a grocery store. However, this provided for many miscommunications between myself and the customers. Time after time, there would be customers who could not comprehend anything I was telling them and would become frustrated or annoyed with me when I was not the person making the rules and regulations regarding company policy. I would simply tell the customers how the store handled situations from payment methods to assistance with their groceries and if they did not like my response, they would have no qualms about letting me know it. I could not relay them the message that I was not in charge here and I would gladly let them talk to a manager about whatever issue they may be having. Instead, they would throw a temper tantrum at me and rush out of the store in a rage. Had the customer just calmed down for a second or two and realized the situation, everything could have been avoided and they could have talked to a manager about what their issue was. Nevertheless, this was not the case and they insisted upon yelling at me for no particular reason. This is my main reason for never wanting to work in retail ever again.
Sunday, March 8, 2009
Well since I was absent for Wednesday's presentations I can only go off of the presentations I had seen before. I enjoyed Molly's presentation about the pound cake recipe. She made it easy to understand and she knew what she was talking about. Also, the fact that she brought it in made it that much better. As for my experiences with online portfolios, I have yet to do anything regarding them. I am actually kind of clueless when it comes to dealing with them. For the upcoming portfolio draft I think I might need to learn a little bit about the basics of the process just to get an understanding of how it works.
Saturday, February 28, 2009
Somehow I missed doing this assignment and did this week's assignment ahead of time, but here it goes. After reading over the website, I agree with pretty much everything they have to say. They give good advice about what to include in a cover letter and how to make it professional looking. What was most helpful though was the section that talks about what to avoid. By reviewing this section, an applicant can avoid embarrassment and hopefully obtain a job. I was not aware of all the things that should be included in a cover letter and what should also be avoided. This website is very helpful in creating an effective cover letter.
Sunday, February 22, 2009
My three favorite presentations were The Best Active Athlete, What Are the Odds of Making a Hole-In-One?, and Cincinnati's Skyline Chili. All three speakers did a good job of knowing the material they were taking about and presenting it in a way that was easy to understand and follow along with. I liked the first two because I am a big sports fan and almost anything about sports interests me. I liked the chili presentation mostly because it tasted so good and I was hungry at the time but Joe did a good job presenting as well. All three were personable and spoke loud enough for everyone to hear. I learned a lot about golfing and I really liked David's idea for his presentation. All in all, these three presentations stood out the most in my mind.
Sunday, February 15, 2009
As far as the client project goes, I am excited to see what our group can come up with. I know that we have a bunch of really smart and creative people in our group so I think it will be fun to do this project from the creative point rather than just by using strictly statistics and information. In terms of specific ideas, I am unsure of what exactly we will be doing but I do know that we have some people who know a lot about graphics and digital imaging and editing so that will probably be incorporate somehow. My biggest concern at this point is coming up with a strategy as to how we could creatively engage other students and make them take note of the project. Once we come up with something, however, I think it will become easier to build upon the idea and make some headway. I like the group we have and I think we are getting along pretty well. I do not really have any questions at this point in the project, but I am sure that as we move along I will undoubtedly encounter some situations that need clarifying.