The art of management - Sample Essay
Art is the quality, production, expression, or realm, according to aesthetic principles, of what is beautiful, appealing, or of more than ordinary significance. (dictionary. com) In order for me to trust a specific type of art I have to have a personal connection to it, and in order to create that personal connection, I have to trust it. This is what I feel with the artist, Kem. Not only do I love everything about his music, but also his story is truly inspirational. One major focal point that I would like to focus on with Kem is his consistency. No matter what, I am never disappointed with his music.
If something he releases is not just as good as the previous, it is better. When I listen to his music, I feel like he knows me as a person, he knows exactly what I want to hear. Before Kem became the Grammy winner that he is today, he was homeless and an addict. He clarified his goals and did not stop until he got there, incorporating all the skills I will further discuss when it pertains to me trusting someone in an LL Bean Management position. This art tells that I have a strong personality. I have a connection with Kem’s music because he portrays the qualities of a true leader.
Those are qualities that I strive to attain and furthermore, these are the qualities I expect from management. As a subordinate on the LL Bean innovation team, management can earn my trust by practicing a few of the traits already discussed. They have to be strong leaders. When I say a strong leader, I would not like them to be authoritative, instead I would like them to use a variety of leadership styles. In a Harvard article I read, “New research suggests that the most effective executives use a collection of distinct leadership styles—each in the right measure, at just the right time.
” (Goleman, 2012). Leaders need to incorporate many leadership styles into their everyday routine in order to efficiently lead a team. Another aspect that helps me to gain significant trust in a leader is when he/she comes down to my level. When I say that I mean that a leader should actually get to know the employee on a more personal level. Management should spend time with employees in order to build that trust and make an employee feel comfortable around them.
It is also very important that the manager expresses their role as a manager, expresses what is expected out of the employee and explains what the management is going to do to assist the employee in getting there. “Instead of thinking of yourself as someone who performs a job, see yourself as someone who helps others do theirs. ” (Zimmerman, 2012) This article explains why it is important to get to know your employees, and why you should offer assistance to help them do their jobs instead of being demanding. Also, good management should also always exert trust in employees themselves.
I know from personal experience, when management puts their trust in me, it gives me a good feeling and I go over and above to do my job to the best of my ability. Clarity is also very important. “People trust the clear and mistrust or distrust the ambiguous. Be clear about your mission, purpose, expectations, and daily activities. When a leader is clear about expectations, she will likely get what she wants. ” (Horsager, 2012) When an employee knows what management expects of them, it makes it easier for them to do their job more efficiently.
Trust is definitely going to look similar in art and organizational behavior. In order to trust both you have certain expectations, these expectations have to then be fulfilled. Because you trust in this particular form of art, you create a comfort with it and it becomes a part of who you are, it can help to mold you as a person. The same is true when you trust your management within an organization. When you trust them, you are giving them the power to help shape and mold you as a person. We watched a very inspirational video in class that spoke about just this.
The man was blind, however, the device on his head turned the color in front of him into audible frequencies. Basically, he put his trust in these sounds heard from the device, because he was not able to see them himself. (Harbisson, 2012) This trust in art is the same type of trust you would find in an organizational setting. You have to put your trust in management and trust that they will lead you in the right direction. When it comes to LL Bean as a company, they definitely have their value system in tact. One of the things stated on their website is, “do unto others” is not just a saying, but a way of life.
” (Bean, 2012) This ties back into everything said previously. If management exerts the type of trust, commitment, and respect that they want to see in their employees, they can only expect the same in return. It is important to give respect to earn it. Their satisfaction guarantee is a perfect example. It states, “Our products are guaranteed to give 100% satisfaction in every way. Return anything purchased from us at any time if it proves otherwise. We do not want you to have anything from L. L. Bean that is not completely satisfactory. ” (Bean, 2012).
They are giving the customer all the power just as a manager should do a subordinate. They create the product and are so confident that you will not be disappointed with it that they give you a money back guarantee. A good manager creates a task and encourages the employee while staying by their side and helping along the way. LL Bean seems as though they have incorporated this principle into their value system. To tie everything together, music is a big part of my life. In particular, I respect and trust Kem and how he truly portrays the type of person he is through his beautiful music.
This is the same for a manager in an organization. The management in LL Bean would have to get to know me as a person, exert trust, be consistent, and have clarity. LL Bean has set up a value system that gives customers and employees a sort of comfort and willingness to trust when either working for this company or purchasing their products. This is the same type of trust I look for in music as well as with management in an organization.
Works Cited “art. ” Dictionary. com Unabridged. Random House, Inc. 21 Oct. 2012.