Assessment 4 – Management Skills Learning Plan
Career Goal and Opportunities
Presently I am managing a small group of indigenous people in a remote First Nations community in Canada. In three years I plan to have finished my MBA, and be managing a regional development initiative with a focus on Australian Indigenous Health. This may be a small business of my own, or a Governmental position. The opportunities are vast as it is an area of constant change with many transient staff and unfulfilled initiatives.
In order to do this I need to work on the following two skills: facilitating team development and delegation.
I have always written on CV’s ‘I am good at nearly everything’. Now I can say that with confidence (MBTI score of ENFP/ENTP, equal Feeling and Thinking). Furthermore, my score maintains that I am resourceful and quick with solutions to problems, ready to help anyone, and rely on an ability to improvise (Hogan & Champagne 2001). These traits will contribute to my career aspirations. Unfortunately, I am also prone to neglect routine assignments.
As mentioned in Assignment 2, humour is a trait I use whenever possible, although it is rarely found in the literature. It has been linked to resilience (Coutu 2002), which is an important managerial trait.
I have abundant Emotional Intelligence (Carmeli & Tishler 2006), and I am an Accommodator, therefore flexible if the plan goes awry, and excel in quick decision-making (Kolb 1985). I am at ease with people (Kolb 1985), and am an active listener (McShane & Travagilione 2005); again, particular traits that will contribute to my career aspirations. However, I do have a propensity to interrupt.
My values (Rokeach 1973) are similarly aligned with Indigenous people (Fogerty 1994). Specifically, I place more emphasis on cheerfulness, happiness and contentedness, family, and open-mindedness. This is incredibly important to my future career aspirations.
My time management skills...