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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

Week 7, RES/710


The anticipation is insane! I am very excited to challenge my learning next week with the analysis of my own survey. I am eager to get on the road to Phoenix for residency. This week is full of positive anticipation. My peer’s responses played a vital role in my comprehension of the required readings, for that I am forever grateful. I am becoming more excited by the day to start developing my research, however with the excitement comes doubt, and I am starting to question my research question and focus. I have spent a lot of time in the library trying to see what other gaps can be identified. Then I start researching that topic for a while, considering the supportive research and similar studies. I feel excited, stressed, over and underwhelmed.

I am finding more confidence in the SPSS program and my ability to understand the statistical output. I noticed about half way through the week, I was developing the ability to make accurate assumptions of the data from the charts and tables. That was true in SPSS, but also in research papers, I was not reliant on the researcher’s explanation alone. Before that moment, I would require an open text book, notes, and a quiet area of study to decipher the information in the charts. I am excited to finally feel I am developing the ability to read the analytical output without extensive study.

I am capable of everything I put my mind too. Through scholarship, leadership, and practice I am learning to find balance in my experience and development.


I was very sick this week, so I had a lot more time to dedicate to study and research. I am proud of the time and practice I was able to gain this week. I have spent at least four days in relax mode, sipping warm tea, and reading text books. On a hilarious note, I had no voice this week. In fact, even still its little more than a sore and harsh whisper. So, the phone constantly ringing problem was completely solved. A personal lesson: My business is fine. Nothing exploded because I can’t speak… in fact everything ran smooth and seemed almost more effective over email.

So, this cold has allowed me to realize that I can step back when I need to for academics. I’d say it was a great week.


An area of interest and thinking out loud

I have found the articles on organizational research based in Police departments fascinating. It makes me wonder how long it takes organizations to adopt scientific inquiry based suggestions? Vito, Suresh, and Richards (2011) reported the evidence of their study strongly supported police management showing strong support for servant leadership over the autocratic and laissez-faire leadership styles, in the grand mean values. Shane (2010) had stated the position of officer was characterized as high demand and low control because of the authoritarian, military structure, and bureaucratic nature of the position. Both research studies appear to impress the need for positive change in the organizational policy in Police departments. I wonder when these studies will enact the positive change being requested?


Is there a gap that could be identified here? (thinking out loud).


Scientifically based research is loosely defined as systematic and empirical methods drawn from observation or experiment. Correctly implemented research will include: rigorous data analysis, reliable valid data, evaluated with comprehensive quasi-experimental or experimental designs, across studies by different investigators.


How many studies are required for a study to be considered scientifically supported? Ideas and thoughts are encouraged, although I am thinking out loud again.



Shane M. Jon (2010) Organizational stressors and police performance, 38, 807-818

Vito, G. F., Suresh, G., & Richards, G. E. (2011). Emphasizing the servant in public service: the opinions of police managers. Policing: An International Journal of Police Strategies & Management,34(4), 674-686. doi:10.1108/13639511111180270

My Doctoral Journey

2018 is Officially Here

Remember to move forward

I had one of the most profound epiphanies upon waking up in the new year. Today is January 1st, and as the Clock Struck 12 to reset the year and day, my mind opened to a grand reality. Sometimes there are moments in life that will cause you to stumble backwards. I’m not referring to a small change, I’m talking about those profound changes that are well beyond anyone’s control. If you follow my blog, you are more than aware that my last year was a learning year. One of those profound and uncontrollable moments had rocked my world. I was left staring at the ashes of my life. Perhaps I am more Phoenix that I ever wanted to acknowledge, because it took an entire year for my new to rise out of the pain. It took until the Clock Struck 12.


photo credit: @geralt, Pixabay

“It is okay that you went backwards. It is okay that in processing your experiences and  challenges, that you recluse. Just be sure to take time to reflect and grow from there.”

I don’t think that the problem is that we stumble backwards. I think it is the reality that once you take those devastating steps backward, it is hard to remember to move forward again.  The mind is always seeking comfort, stability, and acceptance…. It cements in place and forgets to walk forward again.

I think one of the greatest challenges in life is understanding once you stumbled backwards, that doesn’t mean you deserve to be there. It takes time for the person who fell to understand that it was simply a fall. It takes time for them to look around and understand that they are still worth fighting for.

My backwards movement was a shove. A low punch to my spiritual gut. It was a knife to my plans. It ripped me in half and left me wondering what the fuck just happened. My mom died, and I flew backwards.

I am talking about a real, deep, and dark depression state that seems to consume…

At the turn of the new year, I realized that in the morning my mom died I had been knocked back in my own life and progression. Perhaps these steps backwards were necessary for me to leap forward. That is how I see it.

I just want my message today to reach the person who needs to hear it. Whatever your reason for taking a step back, you’re Justified you took a step back! Now it’s time for you to remember that you are Dreamer, that you believe in yourself, and it’s time to start moving forward.

2018 I’m not making you any big promises, I believe this year will fulfill many promises to me. But with the new year, I will make a promise to myself, this year I’m going to concentrate all my energy on my own leadership development. I promise to become the best person that I can.

This year I am writing my own music and I am dancing to it every step of the way. I hope you join me.


My Doctoral Journey

Week 6, RES/ 710



I have two weeks left in this class and the entire journey has been an emotional roller coaster. I came into the class confident in my ability to perform well in statistics and by week three I was humbled to a confidence in my ability to learn quickly. As I wrap up my 6th week, I am so glad that Tokunaga (2016) provided multiple questions that provided the answers. This week I spent a lot of time trying to establish a habit or system for meeting the requirements of running the ANOVA. I would select a problem not required that provided the answer and work it until my output matched the reported output for the equation.

One of the things I found most impactful in my learning this week was the sentence structure for the hypothesis questions I was working, or reading about in the electronic reserved readings. The research is making more conceptual sense to me. I am understanding studies faster, in the readings. I am very interested in the research that frames the perfect question, and the importance of posing the right question.

I am noticing the profound impact the research can have on society in a more tangible way. As I read through the reserve readings this week, personal motivations were confirmed through research. Vito, Suresh, and Richards (2011) research supported an emphasis of servant leadership in public service, using five principles associated with servant leadership. An unexpected leadership trait was discovered to aid in effective teaching. Robertson-Kraft & Duckworth (2014) research found that the trait grit predicted both teacher retention and effectiveness.

I am humbled and committed to the dedication of a lifetime of learning and developing as a leader, a scholar, and a practitioner.

A win to the future of organizational health…. While discussing statistics I have noticed strong support for servant leadership from each of my peers and from mounting academic research. I believe in servant leadership and I practice it daily in my own life, work, and family.

In the study, Vito, Suresh, and Richards (2011) reported the findings of their analysis. The evidence strongly supported police management showing strong support for servant leadership over the autocratic and laissez-faire leadership styles, in the grand mean values (Vito, Suresh and Richards 2011). I believe that leaders, regardless of industry should reflect and encourage the values of servant leadership, however most particularly if in a public service sector. Vito, Suresh, and Richards (2011) stated that a clear preference was present in the reporting for leaders who look out for the staff, providing excellent communication for work expectations, and providing accountability.  2

What are your thoughts about leadership styles in use? What do you think the implications are for future organizational policy?



Robertson-Kraft, C., & Duckworth, A. L. (2014). True Grit: Trait-level Perseverance and Passion for Long-term Goals Predicts Effectiveness and Retention among Novice Teachers. Teachers College Record (1970), 116(3),

Tokunaga, H. (2016). Fundamental statistics for the social and behavioral sciences. Thousand Oaks, CA: Sage

Vito, G. F., Suresh, G., & Richards, G. E. (2011). Emphasizing the servant in public service: the opinions of police managers. Policing: An International Journal of Police Strategies & Management,34(4), 674-686. doi:10.1108/13639511111180270

My Doctoral Journey

Week 5, RES/710


I am dedicated to finding comfort in inferential statistics practice and application.

My entire week has been a major consideration toward over thought on my own part. This week’s assignment has been up on my computer for over four days. I took hours each day to run the SPSS programs, and try to compare the work with a calculator. It helps me if I understand the process. I know that in the end I got the first problem to work. I was so excited. After that, I decided to show both examples in my final paper. I am still not sure why, except to try to show my desire to understand. I will be devoting the remainder of my week next week to “feeling” knowledgeable in inferential statistics. I understood the errors better than I understand how to express the findings of the study. This week I am beat.

Tokunaga (2016) reminds us that we are expanding our understanding of the research process and in particular, the process of hypothesis testing. This becomes evident when I read the excellent application of statistics into the justice system. I really appreciate our peer discussions, because it helps me understand how to communicate the outcome of a test in a clear and concise manner.

This week has been the greatest challenge to date in this course. I am ready for Tuesday! I need time to reflect. Mondays always come with the pressure of being a due date, which is something I thought I had come to terms with and overcame, but this class has reignited the silly Master course anticipation of the impending Monday. On a silly note, we should encourage a UoP student horror film and name it, “Monday”. I’d buy it.

So, I am going to take some time to be honest about my struggles with inferential statistics. The explanations for statistical data output is very interesting for me and challenging to me. I spent a lot of time this week studying with Khan Academy. I have learned that as a researcher there are more meanings to the equations and data output. “Sal” the voice of Khan was showing entire statistical sentences being created with new symbols. I feel like I came into the class understanding the foundation of statistics and half way through realizing that I am learning a new language entirely. I want to understand the language. I want to be confident in the use of the language. This week, I feel more like a fish out of water.


Overall, I am ready to master SPSS. That seems like a theme for me and RES 710.

Well, I don’t want to complain, or sound lost for my reflection. So, I have learned so much this week. When deciding about a Null hypothesis for both the z-test and the t-test, it is important to remember the factors that affect the decision and to remember that to an extent they are within the control of the researcher. Tokunaga (2016) reminded me that, the three factors affecting the decision about the null hypothesis are sample size, alpha, and the directionality of the alternative hypothesis. When the sample size is greater, there is a higher chance of rejecting the null hypothesis (Tokunaga, 2016). The larger the value of alpha, the higher the chance of rejecting the null hypothesis, and when the alternative hypothesis is directional there is a higher chance of rejecting the null hypothesis when compared to a two-tailed (Tokunaga, 2016).



Tokunaga, H. (2016). Fundamental statistics for the social and behavioral sciences. Thousand Oaks, CA: Sage


Week 4, RES/710


This week the extra provide resources to students are so important. Watch the videos and read all the reserve readings! They will help in a huge way with understanding the output and data.

Uniview Worldwide. (n. d.), showed demonstrations of the significance of probability theory using magic and conversational examples. The video covered the importance of using the correct test to analyze our research data (Uniview Worldwide, n. d.). The video discusses accepting alternative hypothesis when encountering a type 1 error. The type 1 error occurs when the differences between the samples are due to chance. Type 1 errors can occur when the levels of significance are too low or there could have been a design flaw.

Uniview Worldwide. (n. d.), reminded researchers that we have an exceptional ability to calculate probability within our own lives. Uniview Worldwide. (n. d.), showed everyday conversations, where probability had a significant role in the conversation and its direction. We have learned that we use probability in elections, academics, research, and in typical conversation. We plan our actions based on probability. This got me thinking, as I prepared to sit down and write my applied statement for this week’s reflection.

This week my learning has been soaked in probabilities and population distributions. I think it is improbable that I will feel 100% confident in statistical evaluation, the formulas are intimidating, and I am struggling to feel like I comprehend everything. I am, however, confident in the statistical probability that I will find comfort in statistical evaluation in the coming weeks.

I have given my all to this class and my ability to set committed time aside each week to accomplish my assignments and required coursework. It is overwhelming at times, when I am reading through the texts late at night, or trying to figure out how to accomplish an equation in the SPSS program. However, every day that passes reminds me that I can do this! I have dreamed about my doctorate program since I was a little girl. It is a fond memory I have of my mom. She used to plan my college schedule with me. Personally, I am rapidly approaching the 1-year anniversary of her passing and the holiday season… my stress levels in real life are high. It helps me to remember how proud she was of me, how she was so glad she got to see me enter the program. In closing, I am proud of myself. I feel confident in my ability to learn the SPSS program.

My applied statement: I plan to understand inferential statistics to the extent that I can teach it. My mom used to say that if I wanted to know if I understood something, find someone you can explain it too. “If you can teach it,” she would say, “it’s because you understand it.”

I miss her.



Tokunaga, H. (2016).  Fundamental statistics for the social and behavioral of sciences.  NY:  Sage Publication, Ltd.

Uniview Worldwide. (n. d.). Films on demand: Inferential statistics (Video-35.45). University of Phoenix.