BUS 5211: Managing in the Global Economy, University of the People
Unit 4 Portfolio Activity
Grade: 10/10 (865 words)
My goal is to earn a Business Administration Degree at the University of the People (UoPeople). I believe that learning at UoPeople will contribute tremendously to the betterment of my career and my abilities.
Five things I plan to do to achieve my goal
- Make a plan for the completion of the program.
- Adjust workload at the workplace
- Make learning at UoP a top priority
- Learn from classmates
- Consider the motivation and benefits of earning an MBA
My mother's perspective
- Secure money for the assessment fee
- Time management for submitting assignments
- Set goals regarding completing courses
- Don't neglect my work because of my work at UoPeople.
- Don't give up until I achieve my goals.
My friend's perspective
- Get up early, and do assignments in the morning.
- Stay healthy
- Balancing work and study
- Improve English language skills
- Concentrate on studies
All three mentioned making plans related to obtaining an MBA and balancing work and study. Others mentioned what they considered important from their respective perspectives. For example, I didn’t think about my health or lifestyle, while my friend said, "Get up early, “and “do assignments in the morning”. Also, my mother said that "Don't give up until I achieve my goals" is essential, which is similar to the theme of Unit 4, "Self-efficacy. People with higher self-efficacy believe they can overcome obstacles, whether difficult or not. (Cultural intelligence for leaders, 2012)
Based on the above answers, I will respond to the following 4 questions. These questions are introduced in Cultural intelligence for leaders as an exercise to help us use mindfulness to accomplish a goal. (Cultural intelligence for leaders, 2012)
How would you react if none of your plans turned out as they were supposed to? (Cultural intelligence for leaders, 2012)
I will review my goal and my actions and rebuild my plans. It has already happened this term. This term, I tried to complete two courses for the first time. It was a new environment for me. However, I failed it and withdrew from one course after completing Unit 3.
To complete two courses, I made the most significant efforts to increase my study time by stopping making videos(my hobby), completing my work in the shortest time possible, and reducing the number of times I saw my friends. However, I couldn't manage to spend less time interacting with others. I couldn't adapt to the new environment.
What if, in the middle of working toward your goal, the goal changed? (Cultural intelligence for leaders, 2012)
When the goal changes, I will focus on achieving a new plan. If the reason for changing the goal is the result of doing the best I can, then changing the goal is not a problem. Our imagination is limited to making a perfect plan, and we can only know what we do. As stated above, I have changed my recent goal from taking two courses to one course this term. Although the change happened due to my failure, I am optimistic. I believe failures or changes always happen when I challenge a new goal. According to Cultural intelligence for leaders (2012), learning to develop an optimistic perspective will help to improve self-efficacy. Optimism also leads to an improved ability to be resilient to challenges.
If you reached your goal exactly as you planned it, what would you have learned about yourself? (Cultural intelligence for leaders, 2012)
If I earned an MBA at UoPeople as planned, I would learn many things. I will concentrate on answering the content related to this course. I believe that students will have the opportunity to enhance my cultural intelligence by learning with classmates from diverse backgrounds and developing self-efficacy and cultural strategic thinking.
What type of life do you think you would lead if everything went according to your plans? (Cultural intelligence for leaders, 2012)
I believe that if everything went according to my plans, I would succeed in increasing my mindfulness and have a life that is more likely to allow me to achieve "what I want to do." First of all, I believe that by the time I get my MBA, my English skills will have improved considerably, and I will be able to work in English and my native language. I also believe that my ability to work in the workplace will have improved as I adjust my workload. Berrospi (2021) describes that mindfulness can help to achieve success by helping me stay calm under stressful work situations.
Through this exercise, I thought about my goals. First, I listed five plans to achieve my goals and asked two people who know me also to list five plans. There were similarities and discrepancies between my plans and those of the others. The plans I had not considered were especially helpful in ensuring that I would be more successful in executing my plans. Also, this exercise taught me that I need to be more specific about my goals. I believe there is a difference between understanding and implementing the cultural intelligence, self-efficacy, and mindfulness we are learning in this course. I will learn new knowledge and skills through trial and error to achieve my goals.
Berrospi, G. (2021, November 8). How Mindfulness Can Help You Reach Your Goals — In Business And With Your Finances. Forbes. Retrieved from https://www.forbes.com/sites/forbesfinancecouncil/2021/11/08/how-mindfulness-can-help-you-reach-your-goals---in-business-and-with-your-finances/?sh=651b9236f0e7
Cultural intelligence for leaders (v. 1.0). (2012, December 29). Lardbucket. Retrieved from https://2012books.lardbucket.org/pdfs/cultural-intelligence-for-leaders.pdf