Blog Entry # 3: Evaluating One’s Self

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Self Evaluation is an essential part for us to grow into the best version of yourself becuase it gives us an opportunity to assess our performance and find areas on what to improve on. Recently, I took three different types of evaluation that will be helpful in how I interact with other, and determine what career fits me well depending on my personality. In this blog I share you the results and tell you what I think about the results and how these can help mold me to become a better person, friend, and peer.

MBTI Personality Trait

One year ago, I also took the same test as a personality test for our organization and I got ENTP-T. Just learning that I was an extrovert surprised me because from what I have observed, my personality is reserved and will only speak when it is needed. After taking the Myers-Brig Test Indicator, I wonder how my personality changed within a span of a year. I know got INFP-T. This introspective self-evaluating questionnaire makes me wonder whether to believe or not the result I got. However, given the hesitations, I still chose to agree with the results because the percentage shows that my scores are almost near the midpoint which was also the case when I took the exam a year ago. This means that my personality according to the MBIT did not change drastically. In terms of the personality I got, I do believe that it represented me well because I see myself as someone who is shy and reserved but has a burning passion to achieve the goals I want in my life. It’s also true that I am guided by my principle as I do most of my decisions based on what I think is right without compromising my principles and belief.

Given the test result, the careers for INFP-T does not appeal to me at all. These are the careers I will never want to be in when I start to find jobs. According to 16personalities.com, I am fit to become an author, counselor, physical rehabilitation, social work, psychology, or even the academe. This doesn’t appeal to me because I always wanted to work that hones my business skills and creative thinking skills. I feel that I will fit in a job in the corporate world.

Given the recommendations for “The Mediator”, I strongly believe that this is a good foundation to hone our strengths and improve on our weaknesses in order to become better future business leaders. As a business leader I think that the idea of constant improvement is important because our experience should make us become an improve version of ourselves most especially when we are challenged by these experiences. We should keep that burning passion to be our motivation to strive for success in the things we do, and the decisions we make.

R-A-I-S-E-C Test

Of all the three tests I took, I feel that the R-A-I-S-E-C Test represent me the best. I agree that I do like jobs that require to be hands-on and practical rather than jobs that requires you to think inquisitively. It was determine what my weakest points are such as having jobs that are conventional (jobs requiring me to follow strict rules) and artistic (jobs that require artistry). It’s true that these are really my weakest point most especially being instructed to follow strict rules and too much bureaucracy. I also agree that my highest qualities are social and enterprising. The social quality shows the same result to the MBTI while enterprising represents my interest in getting a business-related career in the future. However, the suggested jobs for my level with high preparation needed shows jobs I am not really seeing myself in the future because I of my willingness to work in the corporate world and not really doing jobs that involves doing counseling – just like what I said with the results I got for MBTI.

From the suggested jobs given to me by test, I am most interested with becoming a General or Operations Managers considering that the course I’m taking (Economics and Business Management) will help me in this type of job since it involves decision making and understanding information systems. I think that if ever I become a General or Operations Manager in the future, I feel that I will have a fulfilling career considering that all the lessons I learned in college will be applicable and will fit well with the job requirements for a general manager.

Considering that the quality that scored the highest was Social which jobs require talking to other people and working with others was contradicting the results of my MBIT that shows that I am an introvert. Yes, I believe that I am an introvert but it doesn’t mean that communicating with others should be kept at a minimal level. When dealing with work, social skills are important because good communication is a key for us to succeed most especially when working with groups. Good social skills in a business environment shows professionalism to the person we are talking to.

360-degree Assessment

How I see myself and my performance may be different as to how my peers perceive me as a co-worker and a friend. This is what the 360-degree Assessment wants us to understand. Upon rating myself and looking at the results, it seems that I have underscored myself considering that my peers and friends scored somehow gave higher ratings than the rating I gave to myself while some had lower scores than my rating. I felt like during the course of evaluating myself, I’ve had a pessimistic outlook about myself. The test showed interesting results especially my top strengths and weaknesses.

According to the results from friends, my top five strongest qualities are involvement in contributing to the success, seeking for their opinions for decisions, consulting friends when making decisions, expressing who I am and what I believe in, and immersing myself in an environment of respecting everyone’s opinion. My bottom five are I am approachable, I am true to my value, principles, and beliefs, I express myself clearly, standing up against the popular opinion, and valuing my friends’ contributions in my life. I was actually aware of my top five strongest qualities but was surprised with my bottom five qualities because my values and principles in life will never be compensated with anything and that my friends’ contribution in my life is something I value and treasure.

In terms of work, my top five strongest qualities are my ability to translate learning into action, I am motivated to continuously learn and develop, I know how to connect with others and being able to see the good in them, and I value their contributions in the workplace. My bottom five qualities are that I prioritize people’s well-being over performance, deadlines, rules, regulations, going out of my way to help others, leading the team to achieving success, drawing positivism in every situation, and enjoying participating in teamwork. These classifications did not shock me at all because how I see myself when I am with peers is different when I am with my friends. I see working as a burden but then we have to be able to see the silver lining of enjoying doing work because we won’t succeed as a person if we are demotivated to work.

I think that the people overrated but then I appreciate their honest feedback about me. This is more than important for me because this will help me improve as a friend and as a peer. This type of evaluation is important because it increases our self-awareness of how we see ourselves and how others see us. 360-degree Assessment gives us a balanced view as they are a well-rounded view of our skills and behaviors. It also leverages our strengths which helps us excel more and boost our morale to strive to grow more. It also uncovers blindspots since it is a multi-rater feedback. Uncovering blindspots is important for our continuous improvement as a friend and as a peer. Lastly, it develops our skills as it gives us a starting point for the development of new skills and behaviors. This includes building on our current strengths and developing on ways how to turn those weaknesses into strengths.

 

These evaluations will serve as a guidance as I start my career in the near future. To see if there are any changes after a year, retaking the exam will help us evaluate whether we are able to improve on our weaknesses and develop our strengths. The evaluations will never define us as a person, but it certainly affects us to become the best versions of ourselves.

 

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Blog Entry # 2- Millennials in the Workplace: Is it Worth a Try?

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Those who are born between 1980 and 2000 are known as the Generation Y – or what it commonly known as the Millennials. They are now entering the work force in vast numbers and will shape the future for years to come. Attracting the best of these millennial workers is critical to the future of a company because their aspirations, attitudes toward work, and technological knowledge defines the culture of the 21st century workplace. Millennials will soon replace those who will retire from the Baby Boomer Generation. By 2020, they will comprise 50% of the global workforce.

Millennials are viewed differently by older generations in the workplace. They are  often associated to someone who is lazy, entitled, and untrained at work. It’s true that some of the behaviour and attributes of millennials can be explained by their age and relative lack of responsibilities. However, as we age, our behaviour and priorities change and adapt and eliminating the issue entirely on that basis is a mistake. In this blog, we discuss three issues faced by millennials today and how to overcome it.

The first issue faced by millennials at work is that we are technologically dependent. For older generations, this is a sign of our laziness but technology helps us to work efficiently. The use of technology is what sets us apart from Generation X. Our dependence to the digital world made it instant for us to access to information. Baby Boomers should not associate our dependence on technology to laziness because technology increased the productivity in the workplace. Some instances are the use of information system to increase efficiency of effort for maximum impact and the idea of communicating using technology instead meeting physically. It is important to remember that one way or the other, technology will evolve over time and we all have to adapt to it in order to be globally competitive. Thus, the idea of technological dependence should never be an issue in the workplace.

Second is faced by millennials at work is that we are so ambitious and our eagerness to find the easiest path to climb the top of the ladder. Inclusion is important for millennial employees because they want to be part of a network and not a hierarchy. They are uncomfortable with the corporate structures and wants a management style that meets their needs. Millennials are said to break the “unstated order of things” like the chain of command. This becomes an issue when team leaders or project leaders are not able to adapt in this type of behaviour. This may create tension between both parties if they are not able to settle for a compromise. In the organization, the idea of inclusion can be solved by having a flexible management style and constant feedback from employees in order to understand their needs and be able to adapt to them. Training plays a key role for millennial employees understand how the company should work and improve their skills in order to equip them once they get promoted.

Lastly, the problem faced by millennials is finding purpose within the organization. They care about the purpose of organization. It is important for them that they can create a connection with the organization, understand the “why” behind the company, what they do and how do they create a difference in the world. This is one of the distinct characteristics of a millennial employee as they have a desire for a sense of purpose in their work rather than just helping the organization to maximize their resources. Millennials are shifting to the new business trend which h is the “social responsibility” which puts pressure and added responsibility on the company. Not all companies are comfortable with this and they may be losing outstanding employees who puts principles first. In order for millennials to overcome this issue, it is important to look for work in a company that aligns with your beliefs and principles. Apply in a company that practices good corporate social responsibility and breaks barriers in terms of promoting equal workplace regardless of gender, race, sexuality, and family influence.

Google and Apple are good examples of companies that have already been successful in attracting talented millennials who are naturally innovative employers who are not limited to ‘how things should be done’. They are not targeting millennials, but their sense of culture, management style and approach to employment appeals to our generation. Thus, they are able to take the best young talents around the globe. It is worth noting that organizations should recruit millennials because their perspective will help shape a brighter future not just for them but also for the world.

Blog Entry # 1: Establishing the Expected Future Lasallian Business Leaders of Tomorrow

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As the future leaders of the society, so much is expected from us that we must adhere or even surpass. The society sees the youth capable of changing the world and making a difference. That is why in De La Salle University – Manila, the RVR – College of Business (RVR – COB) presented their own Code of Ethics that serves as the guiding principle of the students, as well as the faculty. The Code of Ethics contains the ideals of what is expected from us as Lasallian business leaders as we work in the future. As we graduate from the institution, we uphold the integrity and moral virtues that La Salle taught us during our stay. With these integrity and moral values in mind, this separate us from others as we practice social responsibility and making decisions that ethical and morally right.

The RVR-COB Code of Ethics generally talks about the characteristics the college is expecting us to embody as we go through our college life until we graduate and pursue our own careers. Following a code of ethics is important for an organization to thrive – members are taught to outline its mission and values, and create decisions using its ethical principles that is based on the Lasallian core values. Knowing what our value and goals are and connecting it to the organization’s value and goals serves us our purpose as business leaders. This encourages us to work better and contribute to the success of the organization because we work without putting our moral beliefs aside. Becoming a business leader is a challenging role to fill in as they create important decisions for the welfare of the whole company. The decision must be moral and uplift the welfare of the greater good and not our own personal interests. This is important because it shows how we want the organization to move and show to the employees that their welfare will never be compromised from the decisions we make. In general, business leaders are expected to possess integrity in work. We must remember that we are all human and our mutual respect with each other should never diminish. Our respect is not only limited to those higher than us but more importantly, to the employees working for us tirelessly, as well as the security and facility personnel. This will set as a good example for other people and make everyone feel that at the end of the day, we are all humans – nothing more, nothing less.

In conclusion, it is important for us, future Lasallian business leaders, that this will all be senseless piece of writing if we don’t practice it in our daily activities. It is important that we are committed in doing this action that is based on the context of our Lasallian Guiding Principle. Now that we are in studying and still learning, how de we apply all these things? We must respect everyone regardless of their status in life, practice Intellectual Inquisitiveness at all times, and upholding our moral values even if we are challenged to give it up or the popular opinion is against our own beliefs. All of these helps us in establishing ourselves as future Lasallian business leaders of tomorrow.