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My Doctoral Journey

Week One Org\716

1The first week is complete. Wow! I have had a day to breathe, where my academics are considered. So week one is another week heavy in reading. The requirements include five chapters of text. Do not look at me that way, it was a light week in reading course text… It was the research that equates to several more. Week one I completed three dissertations covering the topics of generational differences, convergences, and workplace productivity. I apologize for the heavy over generalization but, I am just learning to read these literary artworks with any level of confidence.

So it was in the first chapter that I worked diligently to fine-tuned my understanding of organization in organizations. There are clear and practical ties to organization and its relation to success and in that, I realized that I would really enjoy this class. So I kicked back, enjoyed some organic coffee and warm pj’s.

It is always exciting when your coursework pairs you with a  talented author. I have been very lucky in my classes thus far. The reading easily allowed me to feel relaxed and comfortable as I indulged in the leadership guidance. The entire chapter offers direct relevancy to my current operational growth.


For those who follow me, growth this week was insane. Perhaps as a tribute to success I should have gotten a tattoo. I am a talented designer and one of my dearest friends is an amazing digital artist (Mihai HOOM).

 I have so much brilliant news. My network is growing, so we launched a Facebook page: 



We published a new website: !


We launched Michael Egleton’s blog, which is brilliant and fun. 


The Gypsy released her next contest: 


We made several industry connections and even got to have normal and casual conversations with artists we admire. That is intense, I get excited realizing how comfortable and human the whole situation is. We got 2 new team members!

Greenwald (2008) defined the organization as a process in which people shared understandings and agreements productively accomplishing the goal. My organizations and groups are doing big things! And in truth, many, at the same time. This is exciting and terrifying!

Why? you ask incredulously…. The answer is strange but true. I have worked hard to be here. I have dedicated years to development, self reflection, growth, application, and evaluation. Growth can easily equate to mismanaged organization in the structure. Which could further compound smaller issues. Further complications are added when you remember that many of my groups are multinational collaborations, which means we must organize everything, including time itself.

This week was full of gives and takes. I had to drop a few projects and increase my commitment to to others.

I am elated. This week’s readings played directly into my own organizational development. Chapter 3 reminded me of a fundamental trait of transformational leadership- the engagement and inclusion of staff. Our teams pulled together in a huge way this week. If you haven’t connected to my social media yet, do so and watch my team work. We are literally leaving the windows and doors open for collaboration and learning. My teams are brilliant and dedicated people who really drive the success of our work. Without them, I am just a smart girl with dreams. It is with my teams that I evolve into a business leader and influencer.

My mom used to tell me that “you cant be a leader if no one will follow you; Then you’re just a bossy person demanding attention”.

Greenwald (2008) stated that people are not programmable. This encouraged me to think beyond the box and bring my team back to the table for organizational strategy to ensure our progressive development and success. My team, being the brilliant people they are, did just that. They pulled us through the week and ahead of schedule (as long as you were not discussing my constantlycheeky video). 

During the weekend my computer updated. Something went wrong and I had to system restore to the beginning of “happy-tops” time. Needless to say I posted my technological nightmare to Facebook, it’s funny- you’d laugh.

Overall my applied statement this week is I am learning to balance the pressures of academia and entrepreneurship to leverage developmental growth. It is through the continual reminder of the doctoral demeanor’s commitment to leadership, authenticity, academia, ethics, and humility that I am uncovering and displaying the leader I have trained to become.


“Organization is one of humankind’s basic survival skills”

                                                                                                            – Greenwald, 2008, p. 5



Greenwald, H. P. (2008). Organizations: Management without control.  Thousand Oaks, CA: Sage.

My Doctoral Journey

I need coffee. I’m starting ORG/716

1Now I am in the thick of it. And I am not discussing the wonderful Greek or Turkish coffees, that delight one’s mind and provide a serious pick me up. Although, that would be fantastic. I am discussing the appropriate paradigms to guide organizational research.
ORG/716 Organizational Theory and Design. This is my next course. I am excited because it is a research focused course. In this course, doctorate students will learn preparation to analysis, selecting paradigms to guide professional organizational research.  I love research, it is my specialty, and it is exciting to delve deeper into the research involved with constructing a dissertation.
For the aspiring student or prepared student, this post will briefly discuss the course, its expectations, and academic potential. This course is focused on the enrichment of existing research models and the development of new models, to systematically increase organizational performance and efficiency.

As a University of Phoenix student, or aspiring student, the competencies of a course matter. They show what and how you will develop as a student throughout the course. The competencies students’ expect to gain from Organizational Theory and Design are:

The ability to analyze organizational strategies including the ability to determine the most effective methods for organizational and operational design (a). Students will gain the ability to differentiate across the systems paradigms, the roles of power and communication (a). The students will evaluate the impact of power and communication on the productivity levels and organizational efficiency (a). Students can expect to explore trends in organizational theories and in a historical context, exploring the emergence of trends throughout history (a). The student will examine the influence of modern organizational development behaviors to lead organizational research, exploring the interactions between the structure and cultural relationships (a).

The competencies lead the student full circle with the application of the paradigms of thinking into the scholar-practitioner-leader model. The student will apply this thinking to advance organizational challenges and research (a). In the conclusion of the competencies the University student will determine the role and vital relationship of ethics in operations, theory, design, and growth (a).

2So what does it all mean? Glad you asked.

ORG/716 Organizational Theory and Design is an eight week course in the University of Phoenix school of Advanced Studies. It examines the organizational models and their relationships with ethics, communication, power, and trends to determine the best operational efficiency from concept design through to growth stages of operations. There is a strong development in the students’ ability to create and analyze operational strategy from the in-depth consideration and theoretical design of operational success.

In a sentence, The students will use analysis, evaluation, and synthesis to identify and establish the behaviors and relationships of operational success.

We are learning the behavior of successful operations for organizational growth.


#WeRise.pngSo, here I go, off to class. Today is day one. I will document the next eight weeks of this course and my professional growth so you can join me on my doctoral journey!


University of Phoenix (a), (2017). ORG/716 Organizational theory and design. Required Reading University of Phoenix, ORG/716 website.


My Doctoral Journey

Being Human…

This reflection is difficult, my week has been equally so. My family has fallen to the flu and my last four days have blurred together with fevers, medicine, crying babies, no sleep, and my attempts to study. I am proud of myself. I am proud of my paper, and I am sick. Watching the videos has been the hardest, I will have to return to them later to try to get a better understanding. I spent most of my week studying regression analysis, problem statements, purpose statements, and reading other related quantitatively studies in the University Library.

I am learning the different ways that language changes in the problem and purpose statements based on the specific study design. It is wonderfully challenging, I just wish my kids had not shared their cold. I am most excited for week 2’s feedback, the resources in week one helped immensely with this weeks assignment. I look forward to learning if I am on the right track and where I can improve in building a great mock study.

Overwhelmed is a bit of an understatement, but I will be ready for next week.

“I took a deep breath and listened to the old brag of my heart: I am, I am, I am.”

— Sylvia Plath, The Bell Jar


My Doctoral Journey

Buckle Up, this is statistics

8The first week has been a strong refresher course into the different research methodologies and purposes. It is important for me to be able to remember that each methodology offers researchers a unique way to address our questions and solve problems, but not every question is solved by every methodology. As I read through the texts and my own complied research I am reminded of the importance between qualitative and quantitative studies. At the beginning of the class, we were each welcomed in with a set of questions, I will answer in my reflection.

What are the differences between qualitative and quantitative research? The simplest way to answer the differences is that qualitative research seeks to identify the participants behaviors, views, and feelings on a particular subject to identify the initial understanding where quantitative research seeks a solution through data driven results. Both seek to advance our greater body of knowledge.

How can you best identify which method would be the most appropriate for a particular research question? The easiest way for me to identify which method is most appropriate is to identify the type of data available based on the current body of knowledge and identify how the data will be collected.  If the data will be collected using interviews than a qualitative study will be appropriate, if the data will be collected through case studies or experimental design that quantitative studies will best suit the research. Vogt (2007) reminded researchers that the methodology focuses more on how to accomplish the study you hope to complete.

I am very excited and a bit apprehensive to be moving forward with this class. Reading ahead, I am excited to be completing a mock study, I spent the entire week trying to identify an area of study that could continue to build my body of knowledge for my dissertation study and fit the criteria of the course. That was a challenge, but I found amazing resources and I am excited to be learning through practice and application. I am a bit apprehensive because this reads like it will be the most challenging course to date. I look forward to next week and establishing the framework for my study.



Vogt, W. P. (2007).  Quantitative research methods for professionals.  Boston, MA:  Pearson.

My Doctoral Journey

Bitter Sweet, and Happy 4th

Wrapping up this course is a bitter sweet moment. I am so proud of my personal growth and development. I am astonished by the advancement in my academic writing style, specifically in my citations. My teams are improving both online and for the hotel, which is learning to adjust to my new virtual position. This course has offered a in depth scholarly approach which allowed me to confidently adapt the learning into my professional actions. My work teams have completed their spring/summer assessments and reported back a strong appreciation to the new design and consensus report.


I learned of so many new emerging theories and trends in leadership and team leadership, many of which I plan to investigate further as I go through the doctoral process. My two favorite at the moment are Noosphere and Self-Assembling Dynamic Networks. Dr. Van Cleave I will miss your teaching style, feedback, and engagement. Your class feels more rewarding because of the engagement you offer your students, thank you. I will miss your research, reading your papers is motivating… It worked to remind me of the voice I want to have, the depth of research I want to produce, and the boundaries I want to push. You will be fondly remembered as a great professor.


“How wonderful it is that nobody need wait a single moment before starting to improve the world.”

                                                                                                                                                                -The Diary of a Young Girl, Anne Frank
My Doctoral Journey

Perseverance & Week 7

Perseverance should be a great leadership trait, the ability to keep walking forward through exhaustion, challenge, lesson, and blessing. This week I want to applaud each of us, this class has been one of deep thought, consideration, and applied theory. This week I am motivated, I have been motivated to incorporate the teachings of Wheelan (2016) into my own teams, and take some of it for myself. Last week, I messed up my final submission and lost a few points on my paper. I had to take a step back and regroup my thoughts. In a huge way, I had messed up. In the end I needed to slow down and ensure my final save went through before submitting. This week, I spent time ensuring I did not make the same mistake twice.

Leadership is something we earn and continuously improve. Silva (2014) identified outstanding leaders are willing to recognize and address their mistakes. I have admired that statement and I refer to it often. Some of our mistakes can cost entire companies, which I discussed earlier this week, and some can cost a few points, like the paper last week. The greatest asset for leaders is to learn not to dwell on the error, rather to welcome the lesson and solution.

I spent a lot of time this week thinking about my team strategy and how I can improve upon it and communicate those improvement ideas. I work well with reflections, so this week I asked all of my team members to provide a reflection based on the team, its efficiency, and areas of improvement. I am excited to receive the responses, it will help me decide where to focus our strategy for the coming quarter.


Silva, A. (2014). What can we learn from great business leaders? Journal of Leadership Studies8(3), 52-57. doi: 10.1002/jls.21337

Wheelan, S. (2016). Creating effective teams: A guide for members and leaders (5th ed.).   Thousand Oaks, CA:  Sage.


“And so we beat on, boats against the current, borne back ceaselessly into the past.”

— F. Scott Fitzgerald, The Great Gatsby


An interesting week, who needs a cookie

This week has been interesting. I have worked diligently all week this week, while at times struggling with some of the details, and balancing my schedule…but have very much enjoyed the process and the end result of my hard work. One of the ideas that had me thinking about some of my past experiences in different organizations was that extremely successful groups ensure that all members are clear and understand the teams goals (Wheelan, 2016). I have been in a few situations where my group has had less than favorable outcomes to projects, and a number of those can be directly linked to the team members not understanding or being clear on what the team goals were.


Another aspect of class this week that has me exploring more, is the idea that groupthink occurs in organizations and can be greatly disastrous. When we join a group and feel the pressure to conform to the group ideals (Manning & Curtis, 2015), we are setting ourselves up for potential catastrophe. I believe that this type of thinking, or lack thereof, is almost never beneficial, and I feel a strong pull to keep myself in a position within a group to be the person that questions the ideas of the group, helping to ensure that we don’t have a failure down the road. I really want to avoid groupthink situations especially now that I am extremely limited with the time I will spend at the hotel each year, from here on.

Perhaps throughout this upcoming week I will spend some time reflecting and evaluating some more of my past experiences and taking notes so that I can compare them with how I think and behave today, so that I can better understand not just the material, but how I am growing as a leader.

“Still, there are times I am bewildered by each mile I have traveled, each meal I have eaten, each person I have known, each room in which I have slept. As ordinary as it all appears, there are times when it is beyond my imagination.”

―  Jhumpa Lahiri, Interpreter of Maladies


Manning, G., & Curtis, K. (2015).  The Art of Leadership.  New York, NY:  McGraw-Hill Education.

Wheelan, Susan A. 2016 Creating effective teams: a guide for members and leaders / Susan A. Wheelan, G.D.Q. Associates, Inc.–Fifth Edition.