Achieving and Maintaining Individual Excellence
Individual excellence is pushing yourself to surpass other’s expectations and excel in everything you do. Individual traits, ethics, values, experiences, and individual performance help develop and define a person’s individual excellence on a personal and professional level. Individual excellence will lead a person to be a better leader, manager, supervisor, and a better person in any organization. In this paper I will formulate a framework for achieving individual excellence as I focus on my ultimate goal of going into the human services field. This paper will examine a force analysis that lists my personal drives as well as restraining forces in each of the following human services aspects: managing the environment, planning, and program design, organizational design, human resource development, supervision, financial management, information systems, program evaluations, and leadership and organizational change. This paper also examines each of Peter Senge’s Five Disciplines, the meaning and a self-assessment of the five disciplines. Force Analysis
Managing the environment is able to monitor trends in the environment constantly, from local, to state levels, to sometimes global level (Lewis, 2007). Because I am not currently working in the human services field, I will use my personal life experiences as references. Being prior military, I had no choice but to manage my environment. While being in the Navy, I constantly worked in different departments with different people, and with different objectives. I adapt well to change and new situations once they happen. I am also a very observative person and like to ask many questions to understand why things happen the way they do. A restraining force may be that even though I can adapt well to change, I do not like it. As a future human service manager, I will have to embrace change and its negative or positive outcomes. I will learn to make the best out of every situation whether it is lack of funding, or increase of services. I will look at the bigger picture and manage the environment both internally as well as externally. Planning and program design is referred to as being able to plan according to organizational visions and goals. My whole life I have been an organizer and like to plan every step of my way for every situation, such as planning my family and my education. I belive that if things are not planned are they are not in my control. A restraining force is that I do not like to face unexpected situations and have no experience in the human service field on planning and program designing. In the future I plan use my quick learning skills to become proficient. I will them strategize, plan, and act according to the goals of the organization and not panic when unexpected things happen. Organizational design describes two components of an organization, structure, and process. Structure is represented by charts and decision-making, and the process is the way in which things are organized and work together (Lewis, 2007). My personal drive is my ability to organize, think things out, and make decisions accordingly. My restraining force is that my communication skills need much improvement. As a human service manager, I will have to improve my communication skills to engage, give my opinion, make decisions, and deliver process to any personnel involved. Human resources development refers to designing jobs to accomplish program purposes and be fulfilling for the staff (Lewis, 2007) While in the Navy, I was in charge of training all of the new personnel who were assigned to my department and were able to meet the organizational purposes. I was also able to learn new skills when dealing with people of different diversities. Possesing no experience I know I will start at the bottom; however I do not mind. Being at the bottom gives me plenty of room...