Reflection Project PresentationSlide 1: My Reflection project is about a very recent experience with a grade that I received. It was dueto lack of motivation, selfishness and lack of time management. Therefore, I do feel I could havereceived, what I consider, a “good” grade if I had only put more effort into receiving it.Slide 2: It’s 6:00 PM on a Thursday, I just left work and am rushing to class, like every weeknight. ThankGod there wasn’t a Rays game tonight, that traffic is ungodly. I don’t feel ready for this exam, I feeluseless and tired. I knew I shouldn’t have gone out and drank those pitchers of Sangria last night. That isvery unlike me during a school semester. I have also just worked 9 hours straight. This is a typicalschedule for me, minus the night out. Needless-to-say, I am exhausted and in a hurry. I realize that Ihave to stop at Starbucks to get a coffee or I will not be able to focus during this exam. This is definitelygoing to make me later than usual and I hate being late. However, I feel it’s worth it tonight.Slide 3: I finally get to class and I am disappointed at my late arrival. I find one of the last remainingseats up front and sit down. I get out my materials- USF ID, pencil and pencil sharpener. I feel ready atthis point. The professor meticulously passes me an exam. They are a lot thicker than I had imagined andthis worries me. I see that the first page is multiple choice, what a relief. Multiple choice is usually quiteeasy. I look over the question several times. Wait, I’m not sure what the answer could be though! Whichdo I circle? Okay, I’ll go onto the next question and go back to that later. Wait, I’m unsure of thisquestion as well! I knew I should have made time for Leah another night. I should have studied thismaterial better last night.Slide 4: Question 40. I’m so over this. My brain is fried and my Starbucks coffee is gone. Not much timeleft and I have 10 questions to complete. I’ll just skim through them and make some educated guesses.Why is Sangria and Leah still on my mind? The guilt is eating me alive at this point I suppose.Slide 5: I wait in line to turn my exam into the professor. This is the first time I have had a professorgrade my exam in front of me… talk about nerves. He pulls out his red ink pen and starts to mark up mypaper. All the while I am wondering if he is marking the correct and incorrect answers. He writes 19.5 onthe front of my exam and tells me, “that is out of 25 points …good job!” I rush out of the classroom andpull out my iPhone. I bring up my calculator application and punch in 19.5 / 25. To my disappointment Isee 0.78. Wait, 78%? That is not a B, that’s a C+. I decide at this point that Sangria and going out on anexam night is not worth it.Slide 6: It’s 6:00 PM. I browse around the classroom to see that most of the seats are filled. Time to passout the exams and give instruction. I don’t think they’re expecting it to be mostly multiple choice after
all the formulas we went over. Maybe it will be a relief for some. After I pass out the exams I hear thedoor creep open… one last student is walking through. Someone is always late for my class and for thisone in particular, it’s usually this girl. She must drive from far away? She always looks to be in a hurry.She just sat down, so now I have to get up to give her the correct exam form. Sheesh. I wonder if she iseven ready, she seems preoccupied.Slide 7: Alright, I think that everybody is here now. I feel sorry for anyone who comes in any laterbecause there is a time limit. Luckily, she was the last one. Now I will sit here for two hours and donothing except twiddle my thumbs. Maybe I’ll catch up on something else in the mean time.Slide 8: Okay, one hour down. I think I will grade the exams as they turn them in, that way I will have lessto do later and they can see their grade now, I am sure they will appreciate that, at least some will. I’mpulling out my exam key to do the grading. The first student is walking up with his exam, let me pull outmy red pen. I feel the red pen looks intimidating for some. My, my, he did very well. Let’s hope the restof the class is done soon so that I can go home.Slide 9: Wow, my line is piling up for grades. I’d better grade faster so we can all go home. Oh, it’s thelate girl. Let’s see how she did. The red pen hasn’t left my hands since 8 students ago… but luckily Ihaven’t needed to make too many markings. I am impressed. -5.5 not bad at all! “That is out of 25, goodjob!”. She seemed awfully indifferent about that grade. Maybe she’s not sure that it’s a C+.Slide 10: She may not think a C+ is good but for this class, a C+ on the first exam is decent in the Collegeof Business. I think she will do well in the course. Okay, I only have a few more to go before I can gohome and grab some dinner.Slide 11: The two central management concepts that relate to my situation are planning and motivation.Planning, according to the text, is, “a process that focuses on the future goals of an organization andhow it will achieve those goals.” (Hitt, Black, and Porter, 3rd ed., p. 113) However, this definition can bedescriptive of an individual as well. Planning is the process individuals value to achieve their individualfuture goals. If it were not for planning, most people would be living rather frivolously andspontaneously and, in that case, probably not doing very well in many aspects of their lives. It is clear tome that after reading over my presentation, if it were not for my lack of planning, and thereforemanaging, my time wisely I may have performed better on my exam. I had a schedule to follow and Ichose to do something else, thereby failing to achieve my goal. Motivation is the other key concept thatpertains to my situation. Motivation is briefly defined in the text as, “a set of forces that energize, direct
and sustain behavior.” (Hitt, Black, and Porter, 3rd ed., p. 241) There are two factors that effectmotivation; internal “push” forces and external “pull” forces. External and internal forces had definitelyeffected my motivation for studying and getting a good night rest. It was simple for my friend to call meand ask to go out (external) and I knew that if I did not see her I probably would not have seen her forseveral more weeks (internal). It is easy to see why motivation had an effect on the grade I received. If Ihad been more motivated to get an A, and therefore studied the night before, I probably would haveperformed better.Slide 12: A contingency plan is, basically, a “back up plan”. The book defines a contingency plan as, “aplan that identifies key factors that could affect the desired results and specifies the actions that will betaken if key events change.” (Hitt, Black, and Porter, 3rd ed., p. 118) What the text means by this is thatan original plan can always fail and this type of plan should be implemented into the planning process tolayout possible negative externalities so that obtaining a goal is still possible. This concept of planning isrelatable to my situation in certain ways. Even though going to dinner and having Sangria was indeed achoice that I knew would affect me the next day, under normal circumstances I would have stayed athome. I should have implemented a contingency plan for myself and identified what could happen if Iwent out and how I would handle certain social situations. Instead, I focused more on the possibility ofnot seeing my friend for another few weeks so I was going to enjoy myself. My contingency plan couldhave stated that if I go to dinner, I will not drink. Nobody could forcibly make me, so it would have beenpossible to do. In addition, I could have made myself go home early to study and stuck to that idea.Without these ideas in mind, a “plan B”, so to speak, did not exist and therefore, I was unprepared forthe festivities that I indeed endured.Slide 13: Commitment of a goal is a fundamental objective of planning. The text describes commitmentas criteria for goal setting, and therefore planning. The point of planning is to take steps to achieve agoal, but if there is lack of commitment, a goal cannot be attained. The concept of commitment,according to the text, is based on the fact that “those involved in achieving a goal in an organizationmust be deeply devoted to the goal and know that it is achievable.” (Hitt, Black, and Porter, 3rd ed., p.126) Based on this, each person involved in a situation must be committed and this can be a difficulttask considering not everybody agrees on certain objectives. Even though the text speaks more oforganizational goals, this concept can be correlated to my situation. By looking at the defining factors ofcommitment, and realizing that it is essential for an objective to be successful, it is obvious that I waslacking commitment to my studies. If I had been more committed at the time, I would have foregonemy night out and probably would have ended up with a better grade on my exam.Slide 14: I chose self-efficacy as my first component of motivation because, although the severaltheories noted in the text are related to my situation, this one stood out most to me as it relates aperson’s confidence to perform a task to their success of that task. Self-efficacy is, according to the
book, “the extent to which a person believes he or she can accomplish a given task in a specificsituation.” (Hitt, Black, and Porter, 3rd ed., p. 252) After reading through this section I started to feel asthough, in my situation, I may have had too much confidence in myself to not study hard the nightbefore my exam and still think I could maintain an A. Since I had previously studied and have done wellin the subject thus far, I figured I could manage and still fulfill my time with my friend. This concept ofself-efficacy has three dimensions according to the book, “how difficult the task to be accomplished is,the certainty of its accomplishment, and the extent to which similar tasks can be accomplished.” (Hitt,Black, and Porter, 3rd ed., p. 252) Given these dimensions and comparing them to my bad gradesituation, it is obvious that I thought this exam would be easy like my past exams have been and I hadnot put much effort into taking those. According to this component of motivation, I was less motivatedto study for my exam the night before because in the past I had done similar tasks and performed welland therefore, I had too much confidence in my exam taking skills.Slide 15: Social (belongingness) needs is a component of a theory developed to explain the order inwhich people will fulfill their needs in a situation. This theory is known as “Maslow’s need hierarchytheory” and it is illustrated in a pyramid form to show what needs people will fulfill and in which orderthey will attempt to fulfill them in. This hierarchy theory explains the needs that motivate people to docertain things and in what order they typically will perform them. According to the textbook, people willattempt to fulfill “psychological needs (food, water, shelter), security needs (safety), social needs (beingaccepted by others), esteems needs (respect), and finally they will attempt to fulfill self-actualizationneeds (achievement/accomplishment) in that order.” (Hitt, Black, and Porter, 3rd ed., p. 243) The pointof this theory is to show that once one need has been fulfilled by an individual, the next set of needs willbe attempted to be fulfilled in an order that will satisfy the individual. I chose social needs from thishierarchy as a concept to my situation because it identifies with the needs I was trying to fulfill beforetrying to fulfill my self-actualization needs. When I decided to go out with my friend I was fulfilling aneed of social belongingness, I wanted to make my friend happy and by that I would make myself happy.However, when I chose to fulfill that need I evaded from fulfilling my self-actualization need, studyingfor my exam to achieve the best grade I could. My situation agrees with Maslow’s theory in that Iindeed appealed to my need for belongingness before my need for self-actualization as this theorystates.Slide 16: After thoroughly analyzing and observing my experience through different perspectives, I havedetermined that I indeed have personality traits of a reactive, self-fulfilling, social and confident person.The behaviors I exhibited show that I may give myself too much credit, which leads to procrastinationand, therefore, sometimes disappointment. In this situation, because I am a pretty confident person, Ichoose to go out with my friend instead of study for my first exam of the semester. I acted reactively bypromising myself that I would not make that incorrect choice again. I am one who values friendships,socializing and having a good time in general not just in this situation. This is not to say I do not value my
academics, rather, that I try to make time for everyone and everything, even though I may not managethe timing correctly just yet.Slide 17: Taking this situation into the context I did with this reflection, I realized that I have a tendencyto behave in certain ways but that those behaviors are just apart of who I am. Realizing that I have thesetraits makes me aware of the fact that when this type of situation presents itself in the future, I willneed to analyze the consequences I could endure from making a selfish choice among a smart choice.Clearly, I felt the repercussions of a bad grade to make time for a friend, and, I know now that this wasdefinitely the reasoning for not being on time and not being ready for my test. In the future, I will intendon making the right choice and making time for friends on the weekends or whenever it is a logical timeto do so, so that studying can be a priority.Slide 18: I definitely feel as though I have a better understanding of why I made the choices I did andhow I can refrain from making similar choices in the future. The portion of this reflection project that Ivalue the most was analyzing myself in a situation that can and will present itself in the future. I can seewhy I sometimes act the way I do in general by realizing that I am a “people pleaser” at times and like tobe self-indulgent by being in a social setting having a good time. It is hard to make the right decisionssometimes, but after doing so, I think that the “rush” of accomplishment will be well worth it.Slide 19: Once I realized that I made certain choices based on my inherent characteristics, and not justbecause one choice sounded better than the other, it was clear as to why this reflection was given to mein my Management course. It will be easier to make choices that will benefit me in the future if I have aclearer understanding of my own self and learning how to manage my time will be necessary as I furthermy development. Analyzing my situation from my own perspective, and therefore, looking back at whatI should have done, helped me become a better manager. I already feel like a more productive personbecause over the course of this class, I have applied self-management in other aspects of my life as wellas making much more time dedicated to studying. And, no, I have not made a C since!