PERSONAL LEADERSHIP Individual project 10/8/2012 Hogeschool Utrecht Marshall Frans Table of Contents Type chapter title (level 1)1 Type chapter title (level 2)2 Type chapter title (level 3)3 Type chapter title (level 1)4 Type chapter title (level 2)5 Type chapter title (level 3)6 Workbook assignments Journal 18-9-2012 Today I decided to stay at home, I feel a bit under the weather and I have lots of homework to do. First I made an schedule for me and my class so we can learn more effectively for our exams. Then I started to make my homework for business administration for tomorrow and know I am writing this of course.
In the evening I will keep an eye on my sister because my mother is working. Assignment 1: Clarifying expectations What I expect from my professional future? While getting older you travel to different stages of life, and for a long time in your life you only dream of things you would like to become. For instance, when I was just a little boy around the age of eight I dreamed about becoming the president of The Netherlands. My teacher would always say wake up! Stop living in this fantasy world be realistic. But I kept on dreaming about becoming something important. I looked up to people with mportant jobs, how they communicate or give presentations and speeches to enormous crowds. That inspired me. But there comes a time when you are forced to stop dreaming at least when you are awake. And that moment came when I left high school. I began to realize that the time to think about my future profession had arrived. I had to think about a job and make that right choice, and then you realize that it is not that easy as: I want to be a doctor, pilot or even a president. You have to choice different paths, will I become a doctor or an economist and you realize you can’t be both.
And you ask yourself the question, what do I want to be when leaving school? And you ask that question over and over again and it becomes more and more important as you grow older. I became really confused and then I decided to stop and think about what I always wanted when I was little. Travel, communicate and learn economic I knew that I had to combine these prefers in too one job. So I decided to study International Business and Management. And therefore I expect for my professional future to, travel, network, and go in to politics and do economics.
I have no glue of what job I will have specifically because my ambitions are too high. What do I expect from my study? I expect for my study to teach me how to communicate effectively with others, I believe that is one of the most important traits you need to master before going in the business world. I also expect from my study to of course teach me economics, law and organization theories so I will be able to help others and myself during my work. Furthermore I expect to have great and interesting lectures and teachers. And I hope that I’ll stay motivated and my classmates friendly.
What do you expect from the ‘individual project’ course? I hope to learn how to really be proactive, and learn strategies on how to be more effective in what I do and to have a clear goal in mind. Assignment 2: Create a collage representing your image of a business professional Leadership: This is an important trait a professional must have. To be a leader you need to know how things should be done, why they are done and how they are done. You also need the courage and vision to accomplish it. They must be capable of taking others along with them and be an living inspiration for others to follow.
People relationships: A leader ought to have excellent human relationship skills, if not his colleagues will not follow him. Integrity: A professional should be trust worthy, fair and honest when dealing with all kinds of people either in his organization or outside his organization. Quality: A professional must always deliver the best possible products. And by that we not only mean the end product but also the process that has gone before that. Innovative and creative: Professionals have to be innovative find solutions behind problems by using their knowledge and experience from diver fields.
Furthermore he has to always look for new information and come up with something unique. Performance Management: A professional not only make sure that he is always at his best performance but also motivates his entire team to perform at the best of their abilities. Dealing with changes: A professional must possess the ability to constantly cope with changes. He is prepared for chance in his workplace and can implement changes successfully. Assignment 3: Discuss assignments 1&2 with a good friend Assignment 4: Make contact with professionals Assignment 5: Networking event Assignment 6: interview three people about responsibility
Assignment 7: Covey proactive Assignment 8: Formulate a learning goals for responsibility Self-analysis. I think being responsible is being aware of your duties. I feel responsible for lots of things. I feel responsible for my own behavior how I think, say and do; my parents raised me that way. They taught me that being responsible is being mature. I feel responsible for my school work, grades etc. and my work. My work comes with lots of responsibility because I’m in a politic youth party. Furthermore I feel responsible for my little sister’s behavior and schoolwork and my class.
I don’t feel responsible for my friend’s behaviors or other people who don’t belong to my family. I don’t feel responsible for things I have no influence on. Feeling of responsibility * When I’ve made a mistake no matter what * If something happens with my sister * My sister’s school work, ifs she gets low grades * If my parents are unhappy * If my brother is not happy * If my classmates don’t do well * If I get low grades * My emotions * If my parents fight or argue Not feeling responsible for * A friends bad behavior * Things that happen on the news * Things I have no influence on When my friends get drunk and do stupid things * When my colleagues make a mistake My goal Don’t blame others for my own mistakes. Specific = don’t blame others for my mistakes Measurable = for the coming year I want to blame nobody for my mistakes Attainable = keep focusing on my own mistakes, try to find out why it happened and what role I played in it. And how much can I blame myself for it Realistic = only deal SMART with mistakes who have direct influence on me Time = One year Assignment 9: Complete the question exercise Formulate 50 questions for personal development 1. What are my ambitions? . When will I give my life a top score of 10? 3. To what extent am I achievement-oriented? 4. To what extent do I need competition and rivalry? 5. To what extent is harmony important to me? 6. What would it feel like to change? 7. What or who drains your energy, and why? 8. Are you making your difference in the world or are you stagnating? 9. How would your perfect life look like? 10. What is the risk you need to take? 11. Do you stand for would you believe in or are you leaving someone’s life? 12. Do you want your children to be just like you? 13. What would your perfect life look like? 4. What makes you special and unique? 15. What would happen if you knew you could not fall? 16. What do you hate about yourself? 17. How do you hate to be described by someone? 18. When did you last judged someone you didn’t know? 19. Do you like your own voice? 20. How does it feel to hear yourself complaining? 21. If you had to leave your country tomorrow where would you go? 22. What scares you about your future? 23. How does Mondays feel for you? 24. When did you do something for someone without expecting anything in return? 25. When did you last say thank you and sincerely mean it? 6. What relationships have ended but you can’t let go? 27. If you woke up tomorrow without any fears what would you do first thing? 28. What advice would you give to yourself when you were five years old? 29. When did you last lie and regret it? 30. When did you last say something and automatically regret it? 31. What are you tankful for this moment? 32. What in your life exhilarates you? 33. Do you need to see things before believing it? 34. What is your earliest memory of achievement? 35. What does you perfect day look like? 36. If you could dare yourself what would it be? 37.
If you could erase a thought or event, what would you erase? 38. What genius would you like to be and why? 39. How competent am I in things I do in life? 40. How confident am I? 41. How open am I when it comes to trying new things? 42. How much control do you have an own emotions? 43. How creative are you? 44. Where am I now? 45. Where do I want to be? 46. What is my life purpose? 47. When did you last laugh so hard that it hurts? 48. Do you always want an answer to what you are thinking about? 49. Do you practice self-love? 50. What does praise and admiration sound like to you? Assignment 10: Complete the values exercise
Authenticity, adventure, beauty, comfort, commitment, competence, contribution, control, confidence, durability, expertise, empathy, ecstasy, esprit, esprit de corps, fun, Flexibility, Freedom, Fairness, Growth, Helpfulness, Harmony, Humor, Honesty, Health, Integrity, Intelligence, Intimacy, Influence, Independence, Joy, Love, Liberty, Modesty, Openness, Order and Originality, Passion, Playfulness, Peace, Pleasure, Professionalism, Quality, Reputation, Respect, Risk, Rest, Recognition, Sympathy, Support, Sex, Spontaneity, Status, Success, Sharing, Safety, Security, Truth, Tolerance, Vitality, Value and Warmth.
Extra Values Appreciation, Belief in others, Caring, Courtesy, Dedication, Effort, Forgiveness, Friendship, Gratitude, Hope, Listening, Optimism, Patience, Right choices, Sacrifice, Unity and Vision. Important values 1. Comfort 2. Control 3. Confidence 4. Growth 5. Health 6. Intelligence 7. Quality 8. Success 9. Friendship 10. Patience Top 3 values 1. Control 2. Health 3. Success Control = control of your own life is very important, as long as you have control of your own life you have a clear mind and your objectives can’t be meet.
Health = Without a good health all other values mean nothing, If I’m not healthy I can’t produce anything think about giving love, making my homework, travel and be with friends. Success = It’s important because when you have success it motivates you to continue and move on, It gives you a sense of control and makes your life worthwhile. Assignment 11: Personal history Parents: Full names: Mark Anthony Jozef Frans & Mishella Estella Veeris Birth dates: 23 November 1962 13 February 1966 Marriage date:
Immigration records: Both form the Netherlands Antilles Your birth: Marshall Santiago Maximilliano Frans When: 15 October 1994 Where: Vlissingen Mother: My mom is very caring and loves us all. She has a very short temper at sometimes. Stature: Somewhat short and skinny Coloring: Brown hair and dark eyes Talents: Math and Chemistry Family role: My mother was always hard working and form all her other brother’s and sister’s she was the only one who was allowed to do the ironing because she was so good at it. My mom wasn’t always a happy girl. She was the smartest at home and that got here into lots of troubles.
She wasn’t happy at home because her parents my grandparents always went to parties and buy luxury goods for themselves why she had to walk on broken shoes. She had to work and all the money she earned went straight to my grandparents and she would only get a small portion of that money. Father: My dad is hard working at is work, but when he is home he does absolutely nothing. My Father doesn’t really listen that well, and always thinks he is wright. Stature: short and normal posture. Coloring: Black hair, dark eyes Talents: flying planes
Family stories about him: My Father was born too early and has autism. His role in the home: Work to then come home and relax and be taxi driver for us. Brothers and sisters: Names: Marc Christopher Casiano Frans & Monica Mishella Mirjam Frans Birth dates: 3 December 1989 10 April 2003 Talents: Hard working, Good at Learning Dancing, learning and singing Child rearing philosophy of parents: family rules Don’t do things I would not have done and Treat people the same you would want to be treated. Visitors in your home: Grandparents, cousins, uncles, aunts and Friends /relatives
Earliest memories of grandparents: Visits: Birthday when I became five years of age Holidays: When we went to Curacao Customs or traditions: Always party and eat Language spoken : Spanish and Papiamento Earliest childhood memories Childhood (5-12 years) School days: I went to school with my little bicycle since class three in elementary school. It was the biggest elementary school in Vlissingen. Games: We used to play DBZ on the playstation 1, with are friends. Favorites: I loved usher and Robbie Williams when I was a kid. Favorite outfit or attire: My suite
Hobbies: Football and Streetdance Jobs or chores: Responsibilities at home: Do the dishes Family life: Fun times together: Travel to Curacao, Aruba and America Family projects: Moving out Financial conditions: Good Religion practiced in the home: Catholics Additional information: Unusual happenings Events that drastically changed your life Visitors in your home Personality: dreams, goals Teenage Years (13-19) High School: Courses and achievements Activities, sports, clubs, offices Honors and awards Influential teachers Service groups Important decisions Special friends Daring escapades
Social life: dances, movies, music, dating, summer outings, church functions Talents and hobbies: Special lessons in music, art, dance, etc. Guns, photography, animals Jobs and work experiences: Including summer and part-time work First full-time job and social security number Vacations and travel: Religion: Attendance Classes taught Youth groups Influential teachers or leaders Religious experiences Advancement in Priesthood Early Romances Signs of the times: entertainments, sports, music, people in the news, fads and fashions Inventions affecting your life: Mission: Call and reaction Financing Companions Living arrangements
Mission President Experiences Events of importance Converts Main problems and successes Visa and passport problems Language training Geographical description Economic situation Social and religious situation General attitude toward America, LDS people Means of transportation Areas of labor Military: Why entered, what branch and why chosen Feeling at time of entry Basic training Special development training Promotions and honors Combat duty Friends and social life Conflict between personal standards and military life What liked and disliked about military life Benefits resulting from service
College or technical school: Motivation—why did you go? Schools attended and why selected How financed Who did you live with? Close friends Subjects studied major interests Social life, clubs, activities, dating, dances, etc. Degrees and honors If dropped out, why? Unusual learning experiences Influential teachers and friends Religious activities, experiences, conflicts Key decisions Courtship and Marriage Meeting your spouse: First impression Special dates Lovers spats and why Length of engagement How “special” question was popped Marriage plans Marriage: Date Place By whom Parties
Wedding and reception Wedding colors Maid of honor Best man Gifts Honeymoon Flowers Temple Meeting of In-laws: Mate’s personality: what convinced you most in choice of spouse Married life: Settling down Making ends meet Your own home Starting housekeeping Job hunting Bride’s biscuits (or cooking blunders) Spats and adjustments Vocation: What career(s) and how selected Changes, promotions, transfers, re-training, etc. Important positions held Main job problems, failures, successes Effect of job on family Effect of job on personal beliefs and standards Details on how your job was done
Membership in unions, business or professional organizations Unusual job experiences Married Life and Children Children: Names Dates and places of birth Health of mother before and after How father fared Characteristics and differences Talents and hobbies Smart sayings and doings Growing up (daily routine in home) Humorous episodes Problems Joys and sorrows Accomplishments Child rearing psychology: Role of yourself, spouse, children in the home Family traditions: Christmas Birthdays Graduation Fourth of July Halloween Thanksgiving Deer hunting Funerals Memorial Day Mother’s Day
Father’s Day Weddings Family Vacations: Grandchildren: How many? Just as much joy? Where they live? How their parents raise them Things done together Trips to visit them and vice versa Middle Age and Towards Retirement General life pattern changing: More time on hand A little more money left over now Different and new interests New employment New friends and associates New hobbies (genealogy, golf, reading, music, art, books) Health: in general Operations Allergies Physical disabilities Decided preferences such as certain foods, etc. Civic and political activities: Positions held
Services rendered Politics Political issues you were involved in Memorable campaigns Red Cross, etc. Church positions New business ventures: Memorable travels: New and different homes: Retirement: Impact (financial, family, leisure time, volunteer activities) Reminiscing Superstitions: What brings good or bad luck Nature signs that predict rain or snow, bad winters, dry summers, etc. Home cures or old wives tales for hiccups, warts, toothaches, colds, earaches, birth control, physical deformities, arthritis Old talents: Food making (baking, canning, meat drying, herbs, teas, etc. Entertainment (clothes pin dolls, card tricks, willow whistles, whittling, rock skipping, pottery, quilting, etc) Anniversaries: Other special events Ancestors: Pertinent dates or events for historical purposes For History’s sake Forgotten or obliterated roads Buildings Gravesites Boundary lines Canals Trails World events and how they affected you Wars, natural disasters, strikes Changes seen during your lifetime: Society in general Technology Fashions Fads Morality Politics TV Discoveries and development in your lifetime: Words of Wisdom—Summary Accomplishments:
Family (children, goals achieved) Church activities Associates Routine and responsibilities Finances Fund raising projects Special activities Unusual happenings Failures and successes Spiritual experiences Rewarding experiences Contributions to society: Financial advice Important persons you have known Assignment 13: Outline the characteristics of the Business professional What abilities a business professional must have If you want to be a really successful business professional you need to be able to sell stuff to other persons, good selling skills are very important nowadays.
Other important skill you need to have is communication skills, which is of course also a part of selling skills. You can’t sell or make friends and increase you network without good communication skills. You need to be able of representing not only yourself but also your company. Another important skill is writing, you must be able to write business documents properly. Your writings have to convincing and believable as well as constructive. If you do not develop this skill you’ll have no place in the business world. Leadership is also a must skill in the business world. When you have a company of your own this skill must be well developed.
Negotiation skills are certainly important when trying to persuading others. Selling, communication and negotiations are closely related but are separate skills. Time management and Organization skills have to be topnotch to. Issues business professionals face financial crisis The crisis was of course a Major problem for business professionals. Demand decreased, the economy slows down. Lots of companies where bought up or went bankrupt. Lots of the business professionals lost their jobs and work pressure has increased. Information Society Due to technology development, the increase in information that is available increased.
Business professionals are drowning in all the information and companies have a hard time adapting to all the changes. Challenges of the environment It is by scientist globally agreed that we do caused the global warming. And the time to make critical changes has come. Business professionals have to think about the environment and how they can still make greater profits without hurting the environment. My own thoughts I think a business professional is someone who is not afraid of taking changes. He has to be a good leader, healthy, funny and hard working. He’s job is second most important thing in his life.
Assignment 15: SWOT analysis of your own sense of discipline SWOT Analysis What does Discipline mean I believe discipline is the expression of motivation, and this is very important for me. Because I want to do almost everything right and that is also in a way my weakness. Strong points * I make a plan * I have a goal in mind] * I am focused on one thing * Hardworking * Motivated * Self confidence * Self-knowlegde Weak points * Always aiming for perfection * Commitment * Conscious Awarness Learning Goal Making internal commitment, and make conscious decisions. Assignment 16: Interview three professionals
Assignment 17: Covey assignment on time management Assignment 18: your ideal image of professionalism and the relationschip between discipline and professionalism Outline of professionalism based on interviews * Communication you must communicate with eachother to know your’re all working on the same end. * A professionalist must be independent in this sence the contrary of communication. He must be capable of handling things on his own. * Must serve with the employer best of its abilities Must attain high standarts of achievement in his job, education and creativity Accept moral responsibilities to the public, employers, clients and colleagues * Problem solver Rational, pragmatic, logic and systematic approaches to solving problems. * A professional must be honest No person wants to work with an untrustworty person especially in the business world. * Desire to seek out and take out new challenges * Continued learning * Be innovative * Give credits My opinion of a professional. In my opinion a professional need to have the skills that is listed above. I don’t reallyt have an other opinion about a professional because we had to make a collage and do other excercises that look a lot like this one.
The relationship between professionalism and discipline. I believe that a person can’t really be a professional without having a certain amount of discipline. To become good at something an amount of discipline is required, to develop multible skills. That is needed to call yourself a real professional. Assignment 19: Define your own learning path Personal learning path After doing all these assignments it became clear that I still have lots to learn about responsibility and discipline. Responsibility is in its shortest explanation just to take care of your duties.
And I don’t really think that I have a problem with that, but it is hard to stay motivated and to take responsibility when it is really needed. For example when I do something wrong and I know I did I will usually blame someone else for the mistakes I made. I also should be stricter and more aware of my duties and don’t rush things and leave for instance homework for last. I need to learn to take responsibility when it comes to it. I’m planning to develop these skills step by step, but for now it’s important to realize how I behave in specific situations and realize when I have to step up and take my responsibility for it.
I already started by training this skill, by becoming class representative. This is my first step of becoming a professional in having responsibility. And to just be aware and do what I have to do and to lot leave important duties for last, I believe that I’m capable of becoming a great leader in responsibility. I believe that you can’t have be a professional without having a certain amount of discipline. That’s why I believe discipline is one of the most important traits you must have. I personally feel that I do have discipline but only when that duty is really important and must be done.
With other things like for instance going to fitness every day is still a struggle. Not so long ago I was really determined to start learning Spanish and it really went incredibly well, until school began. Then of course all my focus went to school and I made myself believe that there was no spare time to do other things like fitness or learning a new language. However I do cought meself sometimes doing absolutely nothing or wasting my time because I had a lack of discipline. So what I need to improve is being disciplined not only for important stuff but also for the things I like or that I planned to do.
Plan of action First of all I’m going make a LinkedIn account and really try harder to come in contact with other business professionals so I can learn from them. I also need to stand still for a moment and realize who I am? And where I am? and what I want to achieve when it comes to professionalism. And I really need to focus on becoming better in the traits that I listed in assignment 18. I think I need to focus on communication for the most part. I’m going to practice this by visiting more network events. Assignment 20: Discuss assignments 16-20 in groups of three Assignment 21: Critcally examine your networks
To what extent am I connected with people on facebook, LinkedIn or other social networks whom you do not know personally? I am not really good connected with people on facebook and I do not have linkedIn. I only have a real small group of people who I speak with regularly, for instance my family or my closest friend. But the problem with facebook is, that everybody has a friend that you know as a person so not personally. Especially for people who are really outgoing, they also know a lot of people only as person. So these people just have them on facebook or some other social network, but don’t really know that person.
And that is of course the same with me. I only know ten procent of the people I have on facebook, the other people just added me or I added them but without really knowing the person personally. Significances of my social network. Facebook is best for keeping long relationships intact. I use is a lot to contact family members with and it’s great. But it did not really help me with school or work although not facebook, but maybe LinkeddIn is more suitable for that. I heard of a lot stories were LinkedIn helpt a lot of people finding a job due to the connection they made.
So I’m positive that LinkedIn will be helpful in the future. Show how you might increase your networks “value”. Networking is for sure a great way to branden your network, but I am certainly not going to add people randomly. Maybe with LinkedIn but I have not tried that yet. Assignment 22: Identify three weaknesses and indicate how you can work on them and who you would like to aks for feedback. Assignment 23: Describe three situations that were unsatisfactory and reflect on them Responsibility I had to watch my sister, because my mom was working till late. My sisiter was only seven years old.
We had a salon table with candles on it, and I love candles so I decided to light them up. I forgot that my little sister could easily reach the burning candles. The disaster happpend my little sister was playing with the candles and candle-grease landed on here hand. I ran to here, because she was crying off course and I saw the candle-grease on here hands. So I got here arm and ran with here to the faucet and washed here hand with cold water. But it was already to late she had a blister. When my mom came home and saw it, she immediately went beserk. Asking my if I was crazy because of the candles that were on.
She said: “I told you not to light any candles”, she already warned me because she knew I liked candles. My parents and my brother were not happy with the situation. And they told me to be more responsible next time. I felt really bad and learned from my mistake. Discipline When summer vacaction began, I decided to make a change and start learning a new language. Because I thought that learning a new language is important for my study. So I began, actually I was starting very good. And manage to talk too my parents who speak Spanish. But when school started I did not do anything, and felt really not disciplined.
I still tell myself everyday to start practising my Spanish again, but instead of practising I find myself playing pc games again. My parents did not really react on it. But I do feel very bad because I keep breaking promises to myself. Networking I’m politically active and I am in the youth party of CDA. And the first time I went there I was really shy. I did speak to a lot of people, but they would all come to my. I did not really take any action. But I still had a nice time, and made a couple of friends whom I still talk with. My parents and brother was proud of what I did. And although I’m pretty shy, I still did a good job.