Module 5 Questions

Use of power in real life situations can be a very tricky in applying.  There is a fine line that is drawn between  ineffectively using power and effectively using power.  Ineffective use of power in leadership can be extremely disastrous to the team.  For example, when I was an assistant kitchen manager, the senior management in the restaurant was ineffective as they took care of themselves first and their employees second.  It felt as though there were at times when someone was in need of something it was kind of like “they can get over it” mentality.  Often times, with scheduling and preparation for certain days, it was set smoothly for certain individuals, but for others, they were left out to dry.  On days like the latter, prep lists would be so big that morning staff was there later than they should have been, food products ran out at a much earlier time or didn’t have enough to even to start due to an oversight and not properly being located in an efficient time frame.  Acts like these lead to lower quality of production of food which lead to higher number of complaints which lead to lower morale throughout the work staff. To make matters worse, corporate began making changes that has drastically altered a lot during the process which at times was also a bad thing.  Their goal was to increase sales and lower costs to ultimately increase profit.  The issues that arose from this part was that now positions were being cut and members had to carry a bigger load of the work before, and that meant that senior management from within the store needed to step up but it more times than not, it often felt as though they had stepped out.

Effective use of power in leadership has been displayed greatly throughout my military career from the start.  At Basic, I would say that the Drill Sergeants were leaders to look up too, and hope to emulate as what a soldier should be.  In the beginning of our time there, they broke us down and got us out of usual habits and into a routine mind set of “this is what I need to do so this is what I am going to do”.  There were times that when we stepped out of line, proper action was taken when necessary.  I remember when I went down with an injury during Field Training Exercises V, one Drill Sergeant stepped up to cover my stitches that I had just received on the palm of my hand in a way that allowed me to participate in the Night Infiltration Course.  Without my hand being bandaged a certain particular way, I would have never been able to make it through the course which was necessary for graduating.  I would say their leadership was a direct reflection of the leadership that displayed by the Company Commander, who himself was one time an enlisted man and a drill sergeant before commissioning as an officer.  I feel like he set a standard, and was very understanding, that other Company Commanders could or have not lived up too that I have since Basic.  He displayed an approach where he was more involved and around than was necessary (brought to our attention during an informal discussion session with the First Sergeant and Senior Drill Sergeant).

Discussion Question 2:

After reading the petition on change.org, I would have to say that it appears that Sotheby represents all that is wrong with our society currently.  It represents the greed that takes control over companies that seek to build upon it further by finding exploitative means whenever they can.  Taking advantage of workers who handle priceless works of art by stripping away everything that they hold dear and then trying to hold their jobs for ransom so that they can milk out a million or two when they should probably be paying them a little more for the hard work that entails and for them making sure that the priceless works of art are taking care of properly.  It makes me upset that Sotheby would take such a snobbish approach to the workers who actually make the company what it is, an auction house.  They are the main reasons behind their reputation as they are the ones who take care of the art itself, and it buggers me that executives at the highest levels can pat themselves on the back but when it comes time to do the same to people they are in charge of, they seek to pull the rug out from under them.  I am just glad that the Art Handlers were able to get a victory over the executives in the end in getting many of their needs met through the negotiating process and were able to come out on top.  It makes me truly appreciate things such as Change.org.

In fact I will take time out to share a petition that I recently signed and would like to share with the class and that is this one about Austin Leclaire who isn’t being given an experimental drug that is working for his little brother Max because Austin has been deemed too old for the drug as of right now…..

http://www.change.org/petitions/fda-please-approve-the-medicine-my-boys-need-to-survive-both-of-my-sons-deserve-to-live

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2 thoughts on “Module 5 Questions

  1. Restaurants are notorious for the issues you listed above. I have also worked in a restaurant as a front of house staff member and felt similar pressures. Our managers did a good job of holding regular meetings to guage how everyone was doing and address any issues. But on busy nights everyone would get overwhelmed at some point.

  2. Inequity and favoritism are not good leadership traits and they do lead to diminished morale, less collaborative working environment, and overall dissatisfaction about the working environment. Good and effective leadership is a learned trait and requires practice and education. I was not aware of this petition. Thanks for sharing it.

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