Functions of Management Paper Notes (700 – 1050 words)
Planning (117 – 175 words)
To put it in the simplest terms, planning is the decision of taking the organization in the direction managers think it should go. It is deciding on what goals need to be set and deciding on what actions will set the organization on the right path toward those goals (Bateman & Snell, 2009). Before all other functions, organizing, leading, and controlling, planning comes first. Too often managers undervalue the need to communicate planning foundations. When this principle is violated it is likely the plan will not be followed through (Sawyer, 2009).
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Volunteer events are a big deal for Target, they show that we are willing to come out and help the community that comes to our store to spend their hard earned money. Organizing these events are not always easy, the person in charge of these events has to take time from their personal lives to meet with whoever need the volunteer team to come out for an event and work out a date for the event to take place. They also have to make the store team members aware that the event is going to take place.
Leading (117 – 175 words)
Leading is the ability to get people inspired to work for you and with you and to perform to the best of their ability. Two important aspects of the leading function are motivational and communication skills, a good leader must be able to motivate his employees and communicate what the goals are with them. A good leader will have contact with his employees on a daily basis and getting them to sharing any ideas they may have in regards to attaining their company’s goals (Bateman & Snell, 2009).
At my store, our manager is one of the most impressive people I have ever met, he truly leads by example, and during the holidays if he was working he spent most of his shift in electronics helping us out with guests. He is knowledgeable concerning some of the products we sell, so he was not asking a guest if he could help then relaying questions to me or someone else, he was in there selling stuff. If he was closing, he spent as must time as he could after the store closed helping us recover the store.
Controlling (117 – 175 words)
Controlling is the function of management that establishes performance standards and making necessary changes to get the highest performance possible from an employee. By using the controlling function managers make sure their employees are using the need resources to meet their goals (Bateman & Snell, 2009). If employees are failing to meet deadlines on time, the cause could be the employees are not applying themselves enough to meet the deadlines. The underlying problem could be that there...