Sunday, January 19, 2020

They got next Essay -- essays research papers

They Got Next On April 24, 1996, women’s basketball announced â€Å"We Got Next† as the NBA Board of Governors approved the concept of a Women’s National Basketball Association (WNBA) to begin in June 1997. Since that day in 1996 there have been many firsts for the WNBA: Val Ackerman -- the first president of the WNBA; Sheryl Swoopes -- the first player signed to the WNBA; Cynthia Cooper -- the league’s first Most Valuable Player; the Houston Comets -- the first WNBA Champions; Lisa Leslie -- the first WNBA player to capture all three MVP awards (regular season, All-Star and Championship) in one season. The WNBA deserves the same attention and respect equal to the NBA due to its equal entertainment value, competitiveness, and their rights to compete and be seen, and get paid just as much. Critics say that the WNBA isn’t really entertaining because the game is just about running up and down the court shooting lay-ups and making free throws, that there is always one team dominating, and that the game is boring because none of the ladies can dunk. Well, the slam dunk is no longer a move reserved for Vince Carter, Kobe Bryant and the other high-flying guys of the NBA. Lisa Leslie of the Los Angeles Sparks made history on July 30, 2002 when she did a one-handed slam dunk in a game against the Miami Sol. Leslie's history-making move should pave the way for more women to try slamming the ball during WNBA games. Lisa Leslie is just one of the women making the WNBA more exciting and entertaining. Although Leslie was the big story for the league in 2002 becoming the first WNBA player to capture all three MVP awards in the same season, joining NBA greats Shaquille O’Neal, Michael Jordan and Willis Reed as the only pro hoopsters to accomplish that feat. In 2001, The WNBA welcomed its 10 millionth fan prior to game 2 of the WNBA Championship at the Staples Center. The Seattle Storm won the first pick in the 2002 WNBA Draft in the inaugural WNBA Draft Lottery held in New York. Things got even more entertaining when the top ten picks included four of the most exciting college players coming from the same team that won the National Championship that year. They were Connecticut Huskies Sue Bird, Swin Cash, Ashja Jones and Tamika Williams going 1st, 2nd, 4th and 7th in the draft. Now two years after Cash was drafted to the Detroit Shock, and after going 9-25 in the 2002 season... ...0 per season, while the guys (even those that play only a minute or two) rake in $4.5 million on average. The situation is so bad that many of the women are forced to play a second season in Europe just to make ends meet. The NBA and the WNBA are owned by the same management and says that women can’t have more because their league is still losing money, as most startups do. The men’s side didn’t turn a profit in its early years either, but the players weren’t shortchanged. Decent salaries were considered an investment in the future of the league. Besides, the women aren’t asking for those mega-millions. They just want a raise. And one way to get it would be to adjust the money formulas. NBA players get close to 60 percent of revenues back in salaries. The women get a pathetic 15 percent, and are prohibited from the lucrative endorsement deals the men enjoy. Even though the WNBA is still a young league, it is showing great strength that the women are hear to stay and they are not just going to knock on the door to prejudice they are going to kick it down in order for them to be seen as real professional athletes who are just as entertaining and competitive as the men of the NBA.

Saturday, January 11, 2020

Encouraging more Respect for the Dutch Culture Essay

Introduction For my personal project I have decided to write a book (appendix 1) about the Dutch culture and habits. I was inspired to do this project, because a lot of people think that everyone in Holland smoked marihuana at least once a day, walks on clogs all the time and has a garden full of tulips. When I first joined ISS I noticed that everyone assumed that I loved cheese and they still do. This inspired me to do write this book, because I want people to know more about Holland and gain more respect for the country. This is important to me, because I want everyone to not always stereotype the Netherlands. My Area of Interaction for this project will be Community and Service. I chose this Area of Interaction, because I am writing a book for the community to read. I want to inspire the community to see Holland through a different view. I want people to have more respect for the Dutch  culture and its habits after reading my book. By doing this I not only help the school community, but also the Dutch community by encouraging more respect for their culture. Since I am doing this for free it is a service. I think that giving out a book for free is going to make the book more successful. More people would want to read it and so more people will be encouraged to have more respect for Holland. That is why my AOI is Community and Service. My goal of writing this book is that people will start to have more respect for the Dutch culture. I do not want everyone to just assume that I wear clogs at home, eat cheese everyday and especially that I smoke marihuana. I also want to get more non-fiction writing experience and skill by writing this book. This will help me for writing essays and other informative writing tasks. I will measure my goal by seeing if the attitude of people improves after reading my book. What I mean to say by this is that: if they lessened the stereotypical comments, than I believe that their respect has increased. I have designed an 11-point plan for my Personal Project. Make a survey and ask the questions to people in Holland to get their opinion. Buy and read books about the Dutch culture, so I can use these in my project. Find websites on the Internet about clogs, Dutch cheese, drug consumption in the Netherlands etc. I will keep researching. Ask the questions of the survey to people in ISS. Plan out my book. I will plan out what I want chapters to be about and in what order I will put them. Write an introduction for the book. Writing an introduction is important, because it introduces the reader to the book and shows what the reader can expect. I will start on writing the book and finish at least 1/3 of it before the progress fair, so I can present this on the progress fair. I will finish my book around January. This will not be the completed version. I will ask some people to read the rough draft. I will use the feedback I get to improve and finish the book. When finished I will make a table of contents and a cover page. Then I put everything together in a folder and hand it in on the due date. Description of the process Research and Planning First, I had to plan out the whole entire process. As shown in the introduction I had an eleven-point plan to finish my personal project. That was just a rough draft of all the things I was going to do, but now I will describe the whole process in detail. I started my project a little bit before the summer break. I started researching on how to write a non-fiction book. This was very critical to my project, because I have never written a book before and it was very likely to take longer if I did not use these websites. (Stephanie Chandeler, 2009) (Bobbi Linkemer, 2010) After this I thought of the survey questions I was going to ask people about Holland. The week after I planned this, my family and me went to the Netherlands and I planned to do the survey there. I asked the survey questions to as many family members and friends as I could, until we went home. I had about 25 persons interviewed and I was convinced that this was going to help me during the project. I put all the answers of the survey into an Excel document. (appendix 2) After the all this research I realized that I did not have a plan. I quickly made a 11-point plan to write my book. I was very stupid of me to write the plan so late. I will discuss this further in the conclusion. Two weeks after school started I asked the survey questions to the whole entire tenth grade class. Some of these surveys were very useful and actually helped me writing my book. But many of them were not taken seriously and I thought this was very disappointing, because I expected a little better of my classmates. Writing the first half and rewriting first half After all of this research I started writing the book. Three weeks after the school started I wrote my introduction to the book (word from the Author). This was very important to the book, because in this introduction I had to introduce the whole entire book and as I said before I have difficulties starting a writing task. But once I get into writing, then I can keep on writing for maybe 15 minutes straight. After that I wrote chapter one of my book. It was not very hard on deciding what my first chapter should be on, because almost every non-fiction book starts out with a basic overview of the topic that will be discussed. So my first chapter was about the geographical facts about Holland, like its area, population, religion  percentage and other basic facts about The Netherlands. The second chapter was about the provinces of Holland. I believed that this was important to explain, because every province is different and I wanted to show that not everything in Holland is the same a s some people think. It is like the states in the U.S., people in Georgia are completely different from people in Texas. Then I started on the third chapter, which was about the water in Holland. I talked about the lakes, rivers, seas and polders in Holland. The fourth chapter was the last chapter I wrote before the progress fair. It was about the history of Holland. I discussed important wars and events that effected Holland on what it is today. Three days later I presented what I had written so far at the progress fair. Not a lot of people were interested in my project and only about 5 kids stopped to look and ask questions about my project. A week later the biggest problem happened throughout the whole project. I lost all my progress so far on what I have written. For some reason my laptop deleted nearly everything that I had written so far. The only thing that wasn’t gone was my introduction. This was a very big problem and I should have had a back up. The next school week and one and a half week of the break I spend rewriting my whole entire first half of the book. This wasted a lot of my time I could have actually spent starting my second half of the book. I believe that the second version of my book was slightly different than the first version, but only small improvements were made. It could even be that I may have left some things out and have added some things, so my first version could have been better or worse. Writing the second half of the book The second half of the book was a little more difficult. I had covered all of the basic things, like geography and history. Now I needed all the things that people were stereotyping and making fun of, because my goal was to encourage more respect for the Dutch community by writing the actual truth instead of writing. I first decided to make a chapter on significant and famous Dutch people before talking about stereotypes. In the appendix chapter 5 of my book is shown and as you can see I talk about famous Dutch people in the past (like Vincent Van Gogh), and famous Dutch people in the present (like Johan Cruijff). I thought that this was also important to put into my book, because some people did not know any famous Dutch people and I  thought it was a good idea to also include this in my book. I finally started writing about some typical Dutch things. My sixth chapter was about Dutch holidays and traditions. I included holidays in them like the Dutch carnaval and Sinterklaas, because those are two very popular and well-known holidays all over Holland. This chapter is also included in the appendix. My seventh chapter was about Dutch eating habits and I talked about food like Dutch cheese and its stereotypes and liquorice. I hoped that I made a lot of things clear about Dutch people and cheese in this chapter. The eighth chapter of my book was about tolerance in the Netherlands. Here I hope I made a lot of things clear about the red light district, drug legalization in Holland and legalized prostitution in Holland. My final chapter was about typical Dutch things like windmills and tulips. I explained that not everyone grows tulips in their garden and not everyone in Holland lives in a windmill! After I finished all of my chapters I let my mother and father read it through for some feedback. Using the feedback I got, I improved my book. Afterwards I wrote my afterword and bibliography. In the afterword I thanked all the people that helped me write the book and summarize the conclusion of the book. At last I put the book together and made a table of contents. So, finally after 6 months of hard work, problems and bad time management I finished my book and handed it in. I hope everyone who will read the book will gain more respect for the people of The Netherlands and will think twice before concluding anything about Holland and its culture. Analysis Useful resources and the AOI linked to it My project was a project that was based on and dependent on a lot of research. So the research changed my personal project a lot. As I told in the process description, I did some research on how to write a book and I also did a survey with a lot of people. This survey affected my personal project a lot, because this showed me what people of different ages were thinking about Holland internationally. I used this survey in a lot of chapters in my book, so I could see what people were thinking about Holland. As I mentioned before my project was dependent on research. I used a lot of websites and most other websites were useful in the same way. I found websites about cheese, traditions, polders and many other things. There were  only two parts of my research that were more important than all the information sources. These were the survey and the websites on how to write a book. These helped me reach my goal better. The survey helped, because this showed me what a lot of people were thinking and so I could decide what I should write several of my chapters about. The websites on how to write book helped, because it is always very difficult for me to start an essay or any other writing task. These websites helped me start out and guided me throughout the whole writing process. Another very useful website that helped me finish my longest chapter, chapter 2, was a website called tripadvisor.com (Tripadvisor, 2000) I used a lot of sources I used and it would be a miracle if I remembered all of them word by word. Some of which I remember do relate to the AOI. The source that links the most to the AOI is my survey results. Asking people from two different communities questions about their personal opinions created this survey. One was the Dutch community who all gave similar answers and mostly answers that make sense to me. The other was an international community who also gave similar answers, but made less sense. Some people did not take this survey seriously and some people gave stupid answers. One example is that some people just wrote weed next to every answer. These were the survey that did not help me at all and I just threw them away. By seeing this I could conclude that not a lot of foreigners knew about the Dutch people and their culture. Changes in the plan I changed a lot of things in the plan. At the very beginning I said that I would create the survey first. What I actually did first was research on how to write a book. This was an important change in the plan, because if I didn’t than probably my book would have been less organized, I probably forgot the table of contents and my introduction would take maybe three days. Another change I made in one of the points in the plan was that I did not interview people from the I was planning in doing so, but than I decided not to. I am a very shy person when it comes to asking a stranger a bunch of questions. I was afraid that they might be startled and most of them just say no, because they don’t have time. I was also afraid that people think I am some crazy kid asking them some stupid questions about their own country. Another change in the plan was that I switched point 4 and 5 around. Now, I  first planned out the book and then I surveyed the tenth grade. I did this, because I saw that some people were still getting used to their homework pattern in tenth grade and would probably forget one â€Å"unimportant† survey and that would leave me with maybe 15 completed surveys in my hands. So I first planned out the book and later when most people were less stressed I asked the survey questions. The biggest change is probably that I would have had the book finished in January. I had to change this, because of the problem that occurred I explained about in the description process. Almost all of my work got deleted. Due to this I could not work on my second half of the project in the Christmas break. I finished up my rough draft in the February break and had two days to use feedback from my mother and father to improve my book. This change also had effect on nearly all of my last points, because of the little time that was left after the deletion of my project. Techniques used in the project and time management I did not use a lot of different techniques in my project. Since my project is writing a book not as many techniques are used as in making a movie or sporting. The technique I used most was research and write. For a non-fiction book this is obvious, because the information in the book does require a lot of research. There are also other techniques I used, like the interview. The interview was, as I explained before, critical to my project. This interview was very effective to my project, because it is always good to not only have second hand sources. To have a first hand source can come in really handy, because one cannot always believe what is on the Internet. My time management could have been better. First of all it would have been better if I had finished everything up until my book introduction in the summer break, because than I could have entirely focused on writing my book for the rest of the year. The other big thing that interfered with my time schedule was the deletion of my project. As I explained before I had to rewrite all over again during the Christmas break. And the last thing that is again completely my fault, is that I let the final chapter of my book all come down to one holiday. I worked everyday on the project in the holiday and was really stressed throughout the whole ‘holiday’. I should have spread it out over the last three weeks, but I admit I was too lazy and thought that I wasted half of my Christmas break on my project that I won’t do a lot  in the weeks to come. This is a thought that I will not ever think again after what happened. Has my understanding of my AOI grown during the project? My understanding of the AOI has definitely improved over the course of the year. My understanding about why one should respect another culture has grown a lot. I have realized more than ever that I have to respect other cultures more and stop making stereotypical jokes in order to gain respect from other people for my culture. I also understand more how my book could contribute and has contributed to a community. By reading my book some people have gained respect for Holland and its culture as I mentioned before. Now maybe 10 people read the book and maybe 5 of these have gained respect for the Dutch culture. This benefitted the small Dutch community in our school. But let us say that half of Germany reads my book. I think that around 40%/50% of these people would actually understand and respect the Dutch culture more. If such a thing happened than it could have contributed to the whole Dutch community. Understanding and quality of the product I understand many more things now about writing a book. The main thing that I have learned is to have a back up for every chapter you make. I have learned this the hard way. Another major thing that I understand now is that writing a book is not as easy as I expected it to be. It requires a lot of research, creativity and especially time. If you do not plan you time well then writing a book can take a really long time. I wrote a book double-spaced, size 14 and 6800 words in 46 pages in about 6 months. A writer that does single-spaced, size 12 and around 500 pages would maybe take 30 years over one book if he/she wrote in my tempo. And if I wrote in their tempo than I would be done with the project in maybe a month or so. So my understanding is that writing a book is mostly about planning and a lot of dedication to one’s work. I am quite proud on what I produced. I never thought myself capable of writing a book. Compared to the work of a professional writer my book is very short. I compared my work to a book called â€Å"The Dutch, I presume?†(Martijn de Rooj, April 2009) and another book called â€Å"Holland† (Herman Van Amsterdam, 2009) and saw that mine was way shorter. These man also has more experience when it comes to writing a book. they designed it really clever and also had other professionals working with them; like  professional photographers and artists. The Difficulty of the project Overall I would not consider my project as a difficult project. I also don’t think it is easy. Writing a book is not as easy as people think it is, because it requires a lot of planning and a bit of creativity. But it is also not extremely difficult, because if you planned everything than you just let your mind and hands do the work and just keep on writing until you cannot write anymore. I think writing a non-fiction book is more for people who are looking for a challenge. Conclusion Have I met my Goal? I believe that I have met my goal to a certain extent. The first part of my goal was to encourage more respect for the Dutch culture. This point is not very clear yet, because only one foreigner has read the book until now. But I believe that the book will have some impact on the respect people have for Holland. I told some of my classmates some facts about the Netherlands and they stopped making fun of the things I told them are not even close to the truth. My other goal was to get more informative writing skills. I believe that I really have achieved this goal, because I find it easier to write more on one-world essays or history essays now, because I wrote this book. This project also helped me a lot with researching skills. Before I only used to look on the Internet, but now I will start using other sources like books and first hand sources to research. By doing this I can get more information about a subject and this will, hopefully, get me better grades. Things that I would do differently if I could start over There are a lot of things I would do differently next time. The first one is to have a back up for everything I write. This was the biggest problem I had throughout the whole project. Due to this I wasted a whole break rewriting all the things I did not back up. If I do this differently if I could start over than I would probably have way more time to do the rest of my book. This brings me to the other thing I would do differently if I could start over: time management. I should have planned my time better throughout the 6 months I had. Because I did not plan my time well in the ending I had to  finish the second half of my project in one and a half week. Another thing that I could improve is that I should let more than just 2 people give me feedback on my book. Both of the people that gave me feedback were Dutch and I should have let someone with a different nationality look at it. This would have been an advantage, because than I would have gotten another cultures point of view. The benefit of another culture’s point of view is that all the things that think could be appropriate in Holland could be inappropriate in other cultures. Because I might have put one or two jokes in my book that could be seen as inappropriate, but I left them in there due to that the two people giving feedback were ok with it. Personal lesson I learned from doing this project I have learned a lot by doing this project. The main thing is that I learned to organize better. I was always terrible at organizing my work, so I got in time trouble a lot of time. By doing this project along with all the essays and tests we got I had to learn organizing the hard way. Another thing I learned and I kept mentioning throughout the whole report is that I HAVE to make a back up for all the important work I have done. If I do not do this something like what happened in December might happen and completely ruin days of works. I also learned that if I really put myself into something I could write about a lot of information quickly. Another important thing that I realized while writing my book was that if I want people to respect my culture and stop stereotyping, I also have to do the same thing. I realized this while talking to a couple of my friends about respect for one’s country. I realized that in order for me to achieve my goal of people respecting my culture, I had to do the same thing. I have learned a lot by doing this project and I hope that other people have learned a lot too by reading my book. Bibliography Chandler, Stephanie. â€Å"How to Write Your Non-Fiction Book in 60 Days: 8 Steps Get Your Book Out of Your Head and on to Paper.† Scribd. 2009. Web. 31 Mar. 2011. . Linkemer,

Friday, January 3, 2020

Film Analysis of The Gods Must Be Crazy - 1041 Words

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Thursday, December 26, 2019

Geology and Wildlife of the Appalachian Mountains

The Appalachian Mountain Range is an ancient band of mountains that stretches in a southwestern arc from the Canadian province of Newfoundland to central Alabama, the heart of southeastern United States. The highest peak in the Appalachians is Mount Mitchell (North Carolina) which lies at an elevation of 6,684 feet above sea level. Habitat Classification The habitat zones found within the Appalachian Mountain Range may be classified as follows: Ecozone: TerrestrialEcosystem: Alpine / MontaneRegion: NearcticPrimary Habitat: Temperate forestSecondary Habitats: Mixed deciduous forest (also known as southern hardwood forest), southern Appalachian forest, transition forest, and boreal forest Wildlife The wildlife a person might encounter in the Appalachian Mountains includes a wide variety of animals: Mammals (moose, white-tailed deer, black bears, beaver, chipmunks, rabbits, squirrels, foxes, raccoons, opossums, skunks, groundhogs, porcupines, bats, weasels, shrews, and minks)Birds (hawks, woodpeckers, warblers, thrushes, wrens, nuthatches, flycatchers, sapsuckers, and grouses)Reptiles and amphibians (frogs, salamanders, turtles, rattlesnakes, and copperheads) Plants A hiker along the Appalachian Trail would see plenty of plant life as well. More than 2,000 species of plants are believed to live along the mountain range, with 200 species living only in the southern Appalachians. Rhododendron,  azalea, and  mountain laurel are among those producing flowers.A multitude of tree species includes red  spruce, balsam  fir, sugar maple,  buckeye,  beech,  ash,  birch,  red oak,  white oak, poplar,  walnut,  sycamore, yellow poplar, buckeye, eastern hemlock, and  chestnut oak.Mushrooms, ferns, mosses, and grasses also are abundant. Geology and History The Appalachians were formed during a series of collisions and separations of tectonic plates that began 300 million years ago and continued through the Paleozoic and Mesozoic Eras. When the Appalachians were still forming, the continents were in different locations than today, and North America and Europe had collided. The Appalachians were once an extension of the Caledonian mountain chain, a chain that is today in Scotland and Scandinavia. Since their formation, the Appalachians have undergone extensive erosion. The Appalachians are a geologically complex range of mountains that are a mosaic of folded and uplifted plateaus, parallel ridges and valleys, metamorphosed sediments and volcanic rock layers. Conservation The rich forests and coal veins provided industry to an often impoverished area. But the aftermath sometimes left areas of the Appalachians devastated with air pollution, dead trees, and acid rain. Several groups are working to conserve the habitat for future generations as the native species also face threats from urbanization and climate change. Where to See Wildlife The 2,100-mile Appalachian Trail is a favorite of hikers, running from Springer Mountain in Georgia to Mount Katahdin in Main. Shelters are posted along the route for overnight stays, though it isnt necessary to hike the entire trail to enjoy its beauty. For those who would rather drive, the Blue Ridge Parkway runs 469 miles from Virginias Shenandoah National Park to the  Great Smoky Mountains National Park  in North Carolina and Tennessee. Some of the places you can see wildlife along the Appalachians include: Appalachian National Scenic Trail (stretches from Maine to Georgia)Cuyahoga Valley National Park (Ohio)Great Smoky Mountains National Park (North Carolina and Tennessee)Shenandoah National Park (Virginia)White Mountain National Forest (New Hampshire and Maine)

Tuesday, December 17, 2019

Case Analysis Residency Requirements For Minor League...

Case Analysis 8.4: Residency Requirements for Minor League Hockey The following is a case study analysis on Case 8:4 Residency Requirements for Minor League Hockey. This particular case involves four individuals all of which were related in some way to the Canadian Hockey Association (CHA). Three of these parties in this case are hockey organizations. Those organizations are, the Minor Oaks Hockey Association (MOHA), Metro Toronto Hockey League (MTHL), and Ontario Hockey Federation (OHF). The fourth party in this particular case was the parents of the kids that felt as though their privacy was invaded. This particular case revolves around an article that was posted in the Toronto Star on March 16th, 1995 with the headline â€Å"Private Eye†¦show more content†¦MOHA provided video evidence that five players were ineligible. The video evidence was presented, parent were outraged because they felt like their privacy had been invaded. However, MOHA and MTHL had different views on the matter at hand. After the hearing the OHF custody p apers had to be obtained by September 10th deadline for future reference. As for the five young boys they were allowed to finish the remainder of the season (Malloy, 2003, pp. 153-154). Moreover, after reviewing this case, it can be firmly stated that there are several issues with in this particular case at need to be addressed. Oakville hiring a private investigator to stalk certain suspicious youth is one. The second is the video evidence that was presented, did not use any deceit. The video did not hide the teams the children played on nor did it hide the schools the children went to. Third and final issue with in this case is, the family’s privacy had been violated through the whole process. Subsequently, one must have a true understanding of what ethical and moral mean before; one can make an informed decision as to whether or not one of the issues mentioned above pertains to either word. Ethical can be defined as, with in rules, regulations, and standards for proper conduct or practice with in a specific profession (Webster, 2004). Moral is defined as or can be

Monday, December 9, 2019

Work Priorities and Professional Development †MyAssignmenthelp

Question: Discuss about the Work Priorities and Professional Development. Answer: Introduction This report will my reflection on the performance outcomes, knowledge, and skills that are required in order to manage ones own professional and performance development, and, it will mainly focus on setting and meeting the priorities and analyzing information as well as using an array of strategies for developing further competence. Managing an organization is one of the most challenging tasks. From this course, I have learnt how to manage others effectively and what I need to be efficient enough to organize myself, and my employees or teammates and emphasis their work on those tasks that are important for the business. It includes developing knowledge and skills to fill the gaps that may exist and to improve your performance in your workplace. This essay will further elaborate on various designs that are basic yet fundamental skills in personal development and self-organization. It involves- identifying role models in the workplace, measuring and maintaining personal performance, managing change, maintaining professional competence, meeting your job responsibilities, seeking feedback and identifying the development opportunities. Role models in the workplace Throughout the course, I have learnt that managers serves as role models in the workplace (Bottomley, Burgess and Fox 2014). They have a significant effect on the work culture and the patterns of behavior. Human beings are social animals and we copy many of our behavior prompts from the people who are in positions of authority. This means that as a manager, I have a great influence on my team, I am a role model and it is my behavior, which will be highly observed and copied by the other team members. I have also learnt few simple ways of being an efficient role model and they are: A good role model listens more than he speaks. A good role model guides by example (Fransen et al. 2016). He follows the rules and regulations that he has implemented on others. Furthermore, I have learnt that a good role model or leader not only presents a cheerful greeting to all his customers but also to his teammates as well. However, it is also important that he must have a few greetings that are quite different in order to demonstrate it to his valuable customers. The course has also provided me with valuable tips on role modeling which I can implement in my near future. Some of them are- Being a manager (role model), I should never judge people and I must manage every individual separately. I should give constructive feedback, not, destructive. I should always encourage the employees and the teammates and never de-motivate them by giving them negative feedback every now and then. As a good manager, I must always keep a track of the events that are designed in order to improve the employees performance and not to punish or ridicule them. With the same, I have also learnt the importance of managing potential in the staffs. Measuring and maintaining personal performance- I have learnt that there is several key performance indicators (KPIs) that are used in order to measure the performance and work progress towards achieving the goals and business objectives and it must be reviewed on a regular basis. The performance reviews may include working relationships, work performance and basic job skills. Furthermore, I have learnt that the skill of managing personal time is an essential skill for the effective people. I have learnt about the importance of prioritization. Each one of us has our own priorities and it is an important skill. I should need to make the best use of my efforts and of my team. Prioritization is mostly essential at those times when time is limited but the demands are comparatively unlimited. With good prioritization, I could bring an order to the chaos and move on towards a successful ending. Without prioritization, I shall have too many challenging demands. It will assist me allocate my time where it is the most needed. The people who make sure to use these techniques on a daily basis are the highest achievers in all the field of success. The course have taught me the various tools and strategies in order to improve my time management skills, for example, making a list and setting deadline are the primary things that are to be done. The next are concentrating on one thing at a time, delegation, making use of the opportunities and rewarding. What I learnt from the overview of the course is that the time management skills are like a pair of jeans. You have to try several pairs before finding the one that fits right. Technology used to manage, prioritize and organize work Workplaces are becoming more and more dynamic with the increase in demands (Ozcelik 2015). Hence, the businesses today are depending more on technology in order to process the information. From the course, I have gained much knowledge than I actually explain. I have learnt that there are many technological tools, which I can use to improve my performance in order to meet the organizational objectives. I must make sure that I use appropriate technology for managing my work and meet my commitments. Like, for more efficiency in my computer system, I must create directories or folders for the electronic documents and for the emails and faxes. I should also file all the electronic documents in a correct folder and put the most used directories on my desktop. Other applications like database, word processor, online services, project management, electronic diaries and mobile technology must be used correctly. This shall further improve my effectiveness and efficiency. I will use the electronic diaries or mobile technology in order to accommodate in the efficient and effective running of my business. This shall also help me keep a record of the appointments, phone calls, meetings and contacts. The main advantages that I would get from the technology are- I could search, find and edit the information easily, I could set reminders for the appointments as well, I could view the data as I need. I have also learnt about the importance of managing the project management tools. I can develop the tools for project management by the programs such as Visio and Microsoft Project. The visual diagrams are appropriate for decision-making process. During this course, I have gained the concept of Visio and Microsoft as well. I understood that the Visio produces diagrams, concept and mind maps and flow charts. Throughout the course, I have learnt that feedback is a crucial element in the professional development. It provides an opportunity to adjust the goal difficulty, illuminate expectations and gain recognition as well. Providing benchmark opportunities and targets are very important for individual to diagnose how they are doing in the workplace. Maintaining appropriate work-life balance I have learnt that effectiveness and efficiency will be improved when I tend to maintain an appropriate work and life balance. I have learnt that reducing stress will allow me to manage my energy and efficiency as well. Less stressed workforce and increased concentration increases productivity. The work-life balance policies is to be supported by the respective workplace culture that reflects the values, beliefs and the norms of the entire organization, right from the CEO to the staff members. I have also learnt about the other important factors that are equally responsible for success in the work/life balance policies. They include raising awareness the policies, proper communication about the policies to present as well as future employees and training of the managers on how to execute those policies. I have learnt that applying these policies and practices can facilitate the entire person who is responsible for taking care of their elderly parents, the person who has several study commitments, the old employees who want to palliate themselves into the retirement or those with other different personal commitments. It is very important to schedule the process of the time available to me and hence, plan on how I shall use it to achieve my goals that are identified earlier. By doing this, I would understand what I could realistically achieve with that time and minimize the stress by avoiding over-commitment to others. Hence, it will allow me to manage my commitments, while leaving me with some time to do other important things as well. Recommendation To ensure that your work goals are sufficient enough, compare them with companys plans, with your personal plans that are planned for the future and with all the responsibilities that you face. Ensure that you measure your personal performance on a daily basis. Ensure that everything you do is a step closer to achieving your goals. Be sure that you take time in every three months in order to review your goal lists. Your personal goals and your work goals must be aligned in some manner. Make sure that the goals that you have set are positive one. Make sure that your goals are written down. Make your goals small. Make your goals performance oriented and your goals realistic. Conclusion Finally, I realized that effective prioritizing and scheduling is all about getting the most important work done first. The course is fascinating and I have learned lot. I have acquired much knowledge about the various traits of an effective leader and the various tools that are required to boost the efficiency in the workplace. I also learned about how to meet job responsibilities and how I can manage and measure my performance in the workplace. I am sure that this course have provided me with ample of knowledge about the business culture and I will make an effective use of these knowledge in my near future. In fact, I have already started to implement the lessons that I have learned from the course in my professional and personal life as well. References Bottomley, K., Burgess, S. and Fox III, M., 2014. Are the behaviors of transformational leaders impacting organizations? A study of transformational leadership.International Management Review,10(1), p.5. Fransen, K., Vanbeselaere, N., De Cuyper, B., Vande Broek, G. and Boen, F., 2016. When is a leader considered as a good leader? Perceived impact on teammates confidence and social acceptance as key ingredients.Athletic Insight: Online Journal of Sport Psychology, pp.In-press. Ozcelik, G., 2015. Engagement and retention of the millennial generation in the workplace through internal branding.International Journal of Business and Management,10(3), p.99.

Monday, December 2, 2019

The Hewlett Packard Company Data Management

Problems described in the case study The Hewlett Packard Company (HP) faces the problem of data management especially in the Information technology departments. Data management has brought about the main problem of the company’s expenditure overall issue. Initially the control and processing of data occurred at various terminals where the system directs one’s request to particular points of concern. This is a major hit to management because of the encountered delays, loss of information as well as total inaccessibility or important data or information.Advertising We will write a custom essay sample on The Hewlett Packard Company Data Management specifically for you for only $16.05 $11/page Learn More The issue of data warehousing entails the architectural, algorithmic and protocols used in managing data or information. In line with the HP case study, the expenditures were high due to unstructured information technology setting, exaggerated systems in terms of number of hubs involved, amount of servers as well as information infrastructure. Factors facilitating the problem Evidently, from the case analysis, the processing and exchange of information at the HP Company occurred from various processing points as opposed to single repository and processing unit. The excess expenditures were because of multiple systems covering processes meant for one multitasking system. The management failed to deliver due to lack of synthesized system where information is output within the least possible time for use in decision-making. If the managers make judgment from stale and unprocessed data, then the cost is eventually economical. Hewlett Packard Company (HP) solutions to the problem HP came up with the central data depository system referred to as the â€Å"mega data warehouse†, which has now become prominent theory in the database world, where direct querying and analysis of information occurs in real time. This has been a major boost on the decision-making procedures since the manager does not require waiting for data to make precise conclusions. Initially as indicated in the case study, the managers were not in a position of finding important information such as the total expenses or total sales for the Information technology department. The system allows for advance extraction of information for translation and production of appropriate output. Comparison of information from other sources is easily for the enterprise when access is from a central point.Advertising Looking for essay on business economics? Let's see if we can help you! Get your first paper with 15% OFF Learn More The logical centralized repository reduces the dormant terminals by converging processes, which can be multi-processed. One major advantage of the central warehousing of data includes evaluation of data. Posting of queries involve direct evaluation at the repository without a need for referencing other origi nal or raw sources. How HP database experience and technology will assist in developing an all-inclusive warehouse Many companies have tried to implement the centrally handled database system without much success. The success of HP enterprise-wide data warehouse brought many benefits to not only the business but also the clients and other companies. HP Company implemented the â€Å"Neoview management and monitoring tool† which was of great help to others like the Wal-Mart to manage information from there retail outlets and the Bon-Ton companies. The single warehousing system is therefore appropriate for the clients who require specific or prediction of parts of accessible information and for those who require high query performance since it offers better high accessible speeds. The requirements for high-speed inquiry from multiple sources of the organization’s information requires a warehouse that offers multi-source queries executions since data resides and processing is at the same point. How Neoview assists HP and other clients in creating enterprise-wide data warehouses The need for central data warehousing seem to originate from company’s need and desire to decompose all the data to a middle point for ease in management, processing and analysis. People wish to decouple their internal and private data from the internet sources such as the web. With the current advancement of technology online data exchange, transfer and processing poses grate risk to important or confidential information. One of the primary uses of data warehousing is to allow complex analytical processes involving complex queries within a limited period. The wide data warehouse implementation procedure To implement such a warehouse there is urgent need to connect all the existing terminals and collect data to the central repository. Any notable or client’s requested changes over data type need reporting to the integrator. One of the common cause of failure on i mplementation of such system lies on the implementers/integrators. For any complex and technologically advanced system, the company ought to consider experts or professionals services. To avoid its collapse, the users also need training before they begin working on the system.Advertising We will write a custom essay sample on The Hewlett Packard Company Data Management specifically for you for only $16.05 $11/page Learn More The system integrators should consider the best style to use for instance having a prototype before the main system, or parallel implementation where the old system runs concurrently with the new system until the company achieves full integration as opposed to changing to the new system directly. This essay on The Hewlett Packard Company Data Management was written and submitted by user Jaeden Franklin to help you with your own studies. You are free to use it for research and reference purposes in order to write your own paper; however, you must cite it accordingly. You can donate your paper here.