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Lessons from a Masters In Business Administration: Leadership & Organizational Behaviour

Leadership & Organizational Behaviour: you will have to learn about this subject. Example, you might have a CEO who has a misogynistic head engineer, or staff who are envious of the salaries of others. When shareholders visit, the CEO might screw up by allowing those visitors to roam around the company offices to discover the lousy situation for themselves. Did the CEO create his own lack of empowerment? How can one be a leader and manage with inspiration and structure? Did the CEO deluge upper management with information in order to cover herself? Most people are skeptical of whether it is possible to teach leadership. There are all kinds of ways to reward. At a plating company you could reward highly-productive employees with extra time-off and turn a blind eye to their intimidating and casual racism. This action might help keep wages lower and secure the loyalty of workers who might otherwise have left. Ethics is ever present. Wall Street perks, for example, having a free cab ride home was something that investment bankers took even if they didn’t need the perk. Those who didn’t, hated the free cab ride perk as they didn’t need it; the psychological satisfaction of employees is important. The idea of people as an individual is not useful to most business thinkers, they want militants so understanding them might seem less salient.

[This is a synopsis of several books on the MBA experience including What They Teach You At Harvard Business School by P.D. Broughton]

The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People: Conclusions

The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People

By Stephen R. Covey

[The following is a synopsis of The 7 Habits]

A CLOSING STORY

It’s a dark and stormy night in the Atlantic Ocean, the communication officer runs from the bridge to the captain’s quarters and to say;

“Captain, there is light in our sea lane but it will not move out of our path!”

The captain exhausted in his bunker says “Well, tell them to move starboard!”

Minutes later the communications officer returns to the captain’s quarters stating that the person at the other end of the line has signaled back to the ship the following message: “No, you must move starboard.”

This enraged the captain. He got dressed rapidly, put on his captain’s hat, threw on his war medals, and rushed to the bridge. He could not believe the situation as the light was now extremely close to the bow of his ship.

The captain turns to his communications officer and says “Let them know who I am.” The officer quickly signaled: “This is the HMS Dreadnought ordering you to move starboard immediately.”

The person on the other end responded. “Yes, well this is the light house.”

Correct Principles/Habits are lighthouses: they do not move. We cannot break principles, we cannot force principles to change; ONLY we can change. We must learn to accommodate them because they free us and empower us.

T.S. Eliot once said:

“We shall never cease from exploring,

And the end of all of our exploring,

Will be to arrive where we began

And to know the place for the first time.”

We already know the 7 Habits but what is commonsense is not practice. That’s why:

We need to learn the 7 Habits,

We need to teach the 7 Habits,

We need to live the 7 Habits, and through this we will become lighthouses in our own lives.