Functions of Management
MGT/330-Management: Theory, Practice, and Application
September 07, 2011
Professor John O'Brien
The purpose of this paper is to discuss the four functions of management, which are planning, organizing, leading, controlling and how each of these functions relates to my present organization at In-Home Supportive Services. Each component is important, and one cannot function well without the others. To have a successfully managed company that can flourish the four basic functions of management will in one way or the other be implemented in the day to day operations. Implementing the four basic functions is a way to have a plan in place for the preventive measure that could not be predicted.
The manager’s role is the most important in creating a supportive work environment in which people can function, develop, and reach his or her potential. The manager’s success relies on implementation of four functions. Each function is a guide to help manager’s reach organizational goals and objectives. An effective leader can identify whether a problem is a recurrence or a new one. He or She understands that a problem is associated with interactions, standards, insights and principles. He must have a strong need to increase his own potential and improve an effective management style. He must have the creativity to learn, try new things, and develop new skills.
The first function for managers is to develop the planning stages needed to accomplish goals and objectives. Planning is analyzing a situation, determining the goals that will be pursued, and deciding in advance the actions needed to pursue these goals (Bateman & Snell, 2009). The planning stages at In-Home Supportive Services start with a systematic approach, which entails setting goals and objectives to be achieved. Objectives should also be useful, satisfactory, effective, and achievable. After choosing the course of action, the plan is put...