What are your Dreams?


Sometimes in your career you are asked to write down your dreams of what you want out of your life. It could be anything and be anything that you would want to happen in your life. It is a good question to ponder on when you get the chance to see what you would want out of your life. What would one of your dreams be to accomplish in this world. Well you know sitting here thinking about that question you find some answers that you probably would not have thought about before because honestly most people are working paycheck to paycheck with no balance in their life.

You know while she was sitting here writing about her dreams it dawned on her that most of her dreams have come true maybe a little later than she had hoped but they did come true. One of her dreams was to finish college and that happened in 2012 with a master’s degree. Another dream was to have her own home that she could call her own without having people tell her what she could or could not do. Some place where her and her family could settle down and make a life of their own. Well that happened in 2013 which was a blessing in itself.

With all the good things happening to her recently she did not know whether or not to believe that good things could happen because they have always struggled to make ends meet no matter what they situation. However, that was also about to change with all the other good things that have happened in the last year she was not looking for anything else. The job that she has wanted was just around the corner all she had to do was be persisent and go for what she wanted. Becoming a manager was the best thing that could have happened because now she does not have to struggle to make ends meet.

Now, a year later and she still loves her job to no end although there are struggles as with anything in the world of business. However, you have to overcome those struggles and pick the things that you want to go your way. You cannot win every fight but you can win some of the fights. It is a struggle to find that happy medium within the workplace. However, when you find that happy medium you should not do anything to desturb the changes that are going on.

Eventually, she wants to get to that point on where she wants to be within the next few years. She know that she wants to move up within the company and she knows that it will be a challenge to get where she wants to be within the company but she is determined to learn and eventually acheive the desired outcome that she seeks within this company. She knows that if she does the right things and shows how much she cares about the company things will work out in her favor. It is worth the wait so that she can learn all she needs to know before taking that next step into the upper business world.

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Do You Have What it Takes To Be a Part of Our Team?


Although this article is good, I would have to say that these are questions that many companies ask potential employee’s that would want to work for their company. Of course, I am interested in the company or I would not have accepted the interview. So in answer to the three main questions:

Do you have the skills? Let us see here I went to college managed to graduate all three degree’s with a 3.0 or better. I have worked in numerous positions management wise. I have raised three children while attending college. (I know many people do this nowadays). However, after obtaining three degrees in Business Management and Business Administration that is not enough to obtain a job. Because I do not have experience in that field means that they will not give the job to me because they will pick the person who has experience in that field. How do you obtain the experience in that field? Well first, you have to meet someone that is willing to take a chance and give you the opportunity to obtain the experience for that field. That is hard to come by these days!

Are you enthusiastic? I go to work every day because that is what I have to do. Do I like my job? Yes! People that I work with love me because I work and I do my job. Do I motivate others? Yes! I love my job because of the customer’s that is why we are in business. The customer’s is what makes the company money. When they come into your company, establishment or business they are coming in to spend their money that they have worked hard for in return they want great customer service for the tangible or intangible items that you have with your business.

Will you fit into the team? Well you know because I have a great personality I believe that I fit into any type of team. I am what people would call a geek! I know this is on the internet however, I am who I am, and there is nothing that is going to change that. I love to learn new things. I am a leader not a follower I try to do any job with the intentions to get it done without regards to anyone else on the team. You have to work together to get something accomplished. This type of question can mean several different things if you stop and think about it. It could mean are you willing to spend an excessive amount of money and live above your means, take expensive vacations, buy the most expensive car or anything else. In my opinion, you have to be a leader and make sure that the people around you know that you are a leader.

You know for the last seven years I have been told that I have too much education, I do not have enough skills or knowledge, I am over qualified for every job that I apply for, and most of all the moment they find out I am homeschooling puts a big damper on finding the right job. I show up to work on time, I never call out, and when my schedule is changed well that is all part of it. Being in business means that you have to go beyond without regards to how it affects your life. You have to be willing to work countless hours to make sure that your employee’s are doing the job that they are required to do.

So the main question I have towards companies is what can your company do for me? Is there going to be continual learning in how your company works? I have given you a preview of what I can offer and there is more than what I have written here.

Customer Service Winners and Losers


Customer Service

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In my opinion, I do not think of any company that has provided the best customer service. Now as for the worst customer service where should I start? Throughout the many warranty's that I have purchased on equipment, or other technology tools I have yet to meet the best customer service. The first computer I bought was through Dell, a well known computer place. Well right before the warranty expired the computer started acting up and so I called tech support, and spent a long time on the phone with someone I could not understand. The customer Service representative crashed my computer and hung up on me. So I called them back and asked to speak to a manager. They finally got the computer fixed and working the way that is should. I was furious and I have never bought their computer's since. I will never buy another one. Another time I had bought a printer from Wal-Mart and purchased the warranty which apparently was only good for ninety days after the purchase. After the warranty expires you have to deal with the company who made the product. Well that was a mistake calling. The printer that I had bought would not print from the first day. I spent an hour or two arguing with the customer service representative about what was wrong with the printer. Any time that you call these people you have to waste your time putting the equipment back on the computer, and plugging everything back in so that these representatives can get onto your computer. Who knows what type of information they are getting off of your computer when they suddenly crash your computer. I have yet to buy another warranty because it is a waste of time and money.

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Competitive Advantage


Within this paper, I will elaborate on the strengths of the aquaponic greenhouse business to make the business a success, by addressing the actions the business will take to recover from the weaknesses that the business will encounter. By describing the ways that the business can take with the current opportunities and create more opportunities for the business to grow, and identify threats and the plan for monitoring these threats within the business. Furthermore, I will discuss the way flexibility plays a role in business.

The outlining strategies that will be essential to gain and sustain a competitive advantage in the aquaponic greenhouse would include value where I would evaluate the resources and capabilities of the business. The value of Ponder Hill Aquaponic Greenhouse business will provide value to the changing trends concerning customers. In describing rarity within the aquaponic greenhouse is to have a different variety of products which are not the same as the leading competitor’s within the area. However, in discussing imitability that consists of imitating another business that has the same products or strategies in place to see if they will be compatible with the strategic plans that the business has put in place for the business.

In discussing the strengths of the aquaponic systems by building  in a location that would be beneficial to the business so that customers would be able to access the products of the business. Picking the right location for the business is something that will determine the strength of the business. If a customer does  not have access to your business they are not going to spend  money within your establishment. Being accessible and easy to find is one strength that this business will have because the business will not be that hard to find. If you are not in the right location the customers are not going to find the business.

Some of the actions that will be taken  to address the weaknesses of the aquaponic greenhouse business is to understand how the system works within the community by learning what I can about the business before diving right into it. For example, a friend who I know has already started working on his  investment of building an aquaponic greenhouse, and  it is not going so well at this point in the project. Learning about the different types of strategies and competitive advantages that the business would have can provide some interesting facts about the business and whether or not it will be a success. Another weakness that will have to overcome would be the financial end of the business. Acquiring the finances to put into the business takes time to collect and starting out without the help of investor’s, or loans. Working  by overcoming the obstacles and having a plan in place will allow the business to be a success.

In describing ways to take advantage of the current opportunities is to provide consumer’s the choice of buying organic produce, and is environmentally safe for consumption. Opportunities may arise when the products and services can be offered in different locations or at different times. Some of the opportunities may arise unexpectedly, and some may be anticipated. In finding opportunities that will provide the business with a chance to improve the performance  and the competitive advantage

Furthermore, Some of the threats that would be harmful to the business is an electrical failure, or pipe blockage that could result in a complete loss of all fish within the business. This would also result in spending more money on replenishing the fish that was lost. The aquaponic greenhouse can have multiple single points of failure that would result in the business being unsuccessful so addressing these risks or threats upon surfacing would be beneficial to the business and their success. One way to avoid this is to have a backup generator just in case there was an electrical failure, and to ensure that the pipes are flowing smoothly throughout the greenhouse.

In conclusion, by evaluating the strengths, weaknesses, opportunities, and threats will help understand how the aquaponic greenhouse can sustain a competitive advantage over the competitor’s in the surrounding area. By offering fresh organic produce to the consumer’s, with easy access to the products and services that Ponder Hill Enterprises offers to the customer. Furthermore, this paper elaborated on the strengths, weaknesses, opportunities, threats, and flexibility of the business. Identified a potential risk and the role that it plays within the strategy that is in place.

Reference

Pearce, J. & Robinson, R. (2004). Strategic management: Formulation, implementation, and control. (9 ed.). McGraw Hill.

The Stresses of the Real World


While listening to the birds chirping in the background, thinking about the upcoming stresses in her life, and wondering how things will play out in the end. She wonders how she is supposed to tell her children to go to college when it has not helped her out in the least. Countless resume’s she has sent out to numerous counties, and then no one calls and she does not hear any replies to the contrary about her skills, and knowledge. Putting your education on your resume will hurt the results because many company’s think that you will not work for the rate that they are paying. It is almost as if no one wants anyone to succeed in life. People should just stand around taking the beatings of loans; bills, working every day for the rest of your life, and watching the prices of food and other items getting higher and higher. While gas prices are starting to go down everything else is on the rise.
Well in this day and time, it is hard to keep the faith that things will work out in the end. She has spent most of her life doing things for other people and making money for them by doing the job the best that she can and with nothing in return. The future does not look to promising here in this small town. If you do not know certain people, you do not get all the goodies. In order, for you to make it in a world you have to know everyone that matters. It is a win or lose situation and if you do not know the right people and have the right connections, you will not go anywhere. In this day and time, knowing the right people can get you the job that you have dreamed of and she wonders how things will look in the future.
Throughout your life you are told that you need to have an education to get that dream job what they do not tell you is that it may take quite a long time before you finally get that dream job. Some students upon graduating have accomplished obtaining their dream job, and some students are not lucky enough and have to keep searching for that job. Furthermore, statistics are against many of the graduating students this year, and in future years because of the state of the economy. Therefore, with thousands of students who are graduating and face years of paying off student loans that increase every year, you pay on them. You could pay on these loans for years to come without little relief. There literally is no way out of student loans unless you automatically become rich overnight and can pay the entire bill off. The chances and odds are against you no matter how you look at the situation.
Talking to your college counselor’s does not do any good. She called one time to seek advice about where she should look for a job, who she could contact for resume help instead of paying more money to have someone else make your resume. The thing that you have to go through in this world is amazing. Not only paying for college on a small salary but also not being able to find a decent job in this small town that does not cost an arm and a leg to get a license. This world does not have many mentors that she would consider a mentor because many people do not want others to succeed or show them up with knowledge or skills. She knows that other people are better than she is however; she is better at some things than other people are.
With more than what feels like thirty or forty years of debt piled up against her in this dwindling economy with no new jobs being put in the economy and current jobs you have to wait for someone to quit or keel over. Sometimes it makes you wonder how people still can afford to eat out, drive their car, and other things that they like to do. It is quite amazing to see how many people still do not think that anything is going to happen. They have a surprise coming to them if they think that things are not going to get worse because they are. She knows that in the end it all works out so she keeps on working to make ends meet on the little income she brings in. Writing down everything that she does throughout the day, week, months, and years from here on out allowing her to see the accomplishments that she has made over the years. The real world and reality is that now with no jobs in the economy she has to work twice as hard to make her future dreams of having her own business become a reality.
At the end of the day, she takes her shoes off and sits back to watch the children as they watch television, and talks about the day that she had. Whom she met, and whom she talked to today. Furthermore, it seems quite interesting to listen to customers, and what actions they take to manage to make it through the rough spots throughout their life. The worries of the day are over and another dollar or two earned for the day. She will wake up in the morning and do it all over again for the rest of her life or until something finally goes her way. She has a talent for writing, and enjoys spending the quiet time talking about the things that she has accomplished and whom she has talked to during the day.

Change Management in the Business World


I think that change management is just exactly what it means. This is the person or people who supervise anything that happens within the business. Managers are put in place within the organization to make sure that things are running properly and things are going smoothly. Managers are responsible for everything that happens or does not happen within that business. Making sure that the employees are doing the job that they are supposed to be doing without question. If the management team is not doing their job then things are probably not being done the way that they should. In any business change management is important especially if the business is just starting up because if the management team is not supervising the changes that are being made to make sure that they are implemented in the right way then this will cause other problems for the business. Making sure that shifts are running smoothly and correctly is the main key to having a successful day. For example, when I was a relief manager for a company I managed on my boss’s day’s off so therefore, I was in charge of making sure that the bank deposits were done correctly, I had to make sure that all three shifts were covered, and I also had to make sure that the shift had what they needed to make it through the night. I have made mistakes and learned from them but if I had paid close attention to what I was doing in the first place I would not have made mistakes. But you have to learn from your mistakes and make sure that you do not make the same one over again.