The Case Of Emily Craven In Organizational Behavior, Revisited

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This paper is a reflection on my experiences in Organizational Behavior and its impact on my semester. The topics discussed here will be a reflection from the original introspective essay, written earlier this semester, to compare the changes OB has had on me. I will explain how the material I have learned has affected my life as a student and my job as a color guard choreographer. Because of this course, I have a better understanding of conflict resolution and influence tactics. In addition to this, I will discuss the material I was originally looking forward to and my opinions on those chapters.
The Case of Emily Craven in Organizational Behavior, Revisited When I started my junior year as a marketing major, I was extremely nervous. This
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I enjoy routine, especially in a job. In the workplace, I prefer my expectations and tasks to be known so I am aware of what needs to be accomplished and at what rate every day. However, I do prefer a mix of mechanistic and organic structures in the work place. While expectations and rules should be set and highly enforced, fairness and understanding are key factor to the work environment that must be incorporated into the system as well. Some situations call for a need to bend the rules or lower expectations due to issues in an employee’s personal life. To me, it is essential that management allow flexibility in certain cases since one’s personal life can greatly influence his or her work …show more content…
In the past, both at CNU and at other schools, color guard has always been a place filled with drama, cliques and disrespect to authority and other members. When interviewing for this position, the band director, Dr. Lopez, expressed his main concern for the color guard was this excessive amount of conflict and the need to minimize it. This season, our color guard has been the closest guard I have ever been involved with. As mentioned in chapter seven of the textbook, large teams tend to be less effective than smaller teams (McShane &Von Glindow 150). Every other guard I have been a part of has consisted of about thirty members on average. This year, we have about half of that with seventeen members, forming a close-knit group, almost entirely free of conflict. At the start of the season, the other captains and I worked to prove opportunities for the girls to bond with one another off the field. Many issues arrive from frustration on the field in the heat, causing people to base their opinions solely on those interactions that are usually out of character for the individual. Allowing the girls to bond in a more relaxed setting brought about a better understanding of one another and sense of friendship on and off the field. This bond allowed us to not only get along better, but also trust each other, creating a better performance. Often in class,

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