My Doctoral Journey

RES/710 Week 3

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Hello World! It is a bright and beautiful day on the Oregon coast, which is worth recording somewhere, because we are used to “grey days”. My applied statement this week is I believe in my ability to overcome every challenge that stands between me and my goals. This week I have been a superhero, impressing even myself! I really wanted to figure out the SPSS program, and I am not a pro after 3 weeks of study, but I am becoming more comfortable with the program. I spent my weekend this week studying the SPSS software. All the videos I watched last week really helped me to conquer the system.

This week I have been busy. I had to develop three new artist web pages and I am developing a business and marketing plan for a mutual fund company. Interestingly enough, my course readings make the review of the mutual fund company’s financial reporting and planning easier to understand. Additionally, I have found that SPSS is a great resource for a multitude of graphs and visual data. I am proud. I am exhausted. I am feeling prepared for week four and gear to get started.

My advice to students approaching this course, is to not consider it a ‘normal’ course. This is the most challenging course to date… and I do not say this to discourage you. Rather I hope it encourages you to touch up on your statistics and really spend time with Khan Academy prior to entering the course.

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Are you already in the course and it is too late to pre-study, no worries, hit up the library. There are excellent resources and tutorials for IBMs SPSS program and how to accomplish the functions. Week 3 presents a real hurdle for some, but I believe in you and you can do this!

The focus this week will be the development of your survey, dispersion, and clean data.

In my learning I have been discussion the measures of dispersion a great deal this week.  The measures of dispersion are the range, variance, and standard deviation when discussing descriptive statistics. Hanneman, Kposowa, and Riddle (2013) had discussed how dispersion conceptually relates to the linguistic understanding of diversity, variability, and difference. The range, variance, and standard deviation are ways to help the researcher identify the spread of scores among a bunch of scores.

As an example, if we were describing the length of house cats in a small town, the researcher may want to identify how much variance exists in the length of cats. Maybe most cats are 15 inches and the second largest majority are around 21 inches.

Very similarly to central tendency, the range variance and standard deviation allow the researcher to summarize a bunch of numbers or just a few numbers, and possibly a singular number in a spread of scores. Hanneman, Kposowa, and Riddle (2013) reminds the researcher that all cases do not share similar scores and variance in scores can be expected. The dispersion data is used to create a better understanding for a selection of scores. This provides the researcher the ability to look further into the data provided them.

 

Reference:

Hanneman, R. A., Kposowa, A. J., & Riddle, M. D. (2012). Basic statistics for social research (Vol. 38). John Wiley & Sons.

 

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My Doctoral Journey

RES/710 Week 2

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My applied statement this week is that as a scholar leader and practitioner is: there is value and professionalism in taking a step back to reflect and then return with a fresh set of eyes.

Wow, week 2 has been phenomenal. I have been relearning statistics and their importance in research study. I had saved the video for last this week, then after watching it, I wish I would have put it at the forefront of my assignments. This week’s assignment was a real challenge for me. In the end I just needed to take a step back, take a breath, get some coffee and return with a fresh set of eyes. I laughed so hard this morning when I realized that the text explained how to achieve the charts.  However, I wish SPSS specific instruction was provided. YouTube was not very helpful, there seems to be no online how-to videos, and both UoP tech support and IBM tech support could not provide the information in a way I was able to understand.

I strongly encourage students to familiarize themselves with SPSS prior to taking the course. The readings are exceptionally important. Do not forget that the library is your best friend. Many of my course peers decided to hire a tutor for this course.

There were several things I had to do to get the system to work. I had to change my visual settings on my computer to be able to see the images provided within the text to navigate the SPSS system. I had to dedicate hours of time into familiarizing myself with the SPSS system. The one thing that I think was most valuable was the time I committed to get to know the system. I worked the provided problems in the text and went to Khan Academy for formula study. The combination was excellent, because Khan will ask and grade the questions in real time. That was how I knew I was finally on the right track.

Once I figured out that the error was my own and a simple fix. I took the time to read the last half of chapter two again, this time it made so much more sense. As another applied statement: I will be taking the time to complete the objectives within the text, to better familiarize myself with the SPSS system. I am still getting into a schedule in which I feel like I have a work, study, family life balance. Personally, time management remains a hurdle for me to overcome.

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I am an entrepreneur. A lot of times as an entrepreneur I brag about my ability to create my own schedule, however it becomes an untrue statement as I get further into my doctorates program. As an entrepreneur my phone can go off at any time for business. This becomes a little bit of a headache, when you’re 22 minutes into a required video and you must walk away. This week I started setting aside time throughout the week where I put my phone on silent. I don’t feel like in any way this is a hindrance to my company, it is okay for people to leave messages. I just am getting used to dedicating actual hours of time each day to read and comprehend my texts.

Finally, I will not be discouraged. I entered this program knowing that I had the dedication and perseverance to see this program through to the end. When I get discouraged, I go back to my first few journal entries and I find the motivation in myself to push forward! Keep it up class, we are headed into week 3!

 

My Doctoral Journey

It’s been a while…

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I apologize that it has been so long since I have posted. I feel behind with life and class. But I never stopped writing, so I have several weeks of posts now plugged in and ready to post. This way I can stay on top of all my responsibilities. So, you are probably wondering what I have been up too, so let’s get there!

In my doctorates program, I am entering the first week of RES/710. This class is going to be intense and very informative. I look forward to all the learning I will experience in the next eight weeks.

In business, I am rebranding. ReanimateMe is coming back out of retirement and will parent all my projects for 2018. At Price Rubin and Partners, I am wrapping up the last few weeks of contractual work with the company and preparing myself for life’s next great adventure. Haus2o is still my little heart throb and our adorable Oregon Coast Boat House continues to impress our commitment to excellence in business, service, and luxury.

Being an entrepreneur has a freedom to it that I love. I will never doubt the responsibility required is intense and commitment and perseverance are excellent traits for creators… but my joys are great, and my freedoms cherished. I think this class will test my time balance and my perseverance. I look forward to the challenge.

My goals for the course are simple: I want to be comfortable enough with my learning and information literacy to communicate my understanding with confidence by the courses conclusion.

My challenges this week are many… I am trying to build engagement for ConstantlyCheeky. We are taking on more artists and a few youtubers for the 2018 year, so this will be exciting! I love the network, I love the support, and I eagerly await its growth.

My applied statement for week 1 of RES/710

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Every day I am closer to fulfilling my lifelong dream of becoming a leading professional within my field. Week one has been a wonderful experience that I can add to my SPL model. As a scholar, I am finding more comfortability within myself as I learn to navigate the academic texts, deriving from them valuable information that can be used and leveraged to maximize my return of investment in my academic pursuits. As a practitioner I am becoming more comfortable in exploring intimidating topics to advance my personal academic agenda and knowledge. As the leader, I have learned to look beyond my own knowledge base, maximizing my own comprehension of the topic at hand, through the engaged discussions of my peers. Furthermore, my leadership is displayed in my willingness to engage in these discussions providing valuable knowledge from my own experiences.

This week had considerable reading required of the students, however I really have enjoyed the academic coursework provided. Hanneman, Kposowa, & Riddle, (2013) introduced the language of statistics, covering the knowledge of the logic and technique of statistical analysis. Rea and Parker (2014) discussed so much regarding the researcher’s ability to establish an effective study and the ability to understand the validity and use of the data. I was very comfortable with this week’s assignments overall. I am returning to class after a long break (at least for me) so I believe this week my greatest challenge is finding my work/life balance again.

Reference:

Hanneman, R., Kposowa, A., & Riddle, M. (2013). Basic statistics for social research. Hoboken, NJ: John Wiley & Sons, Inc.

Rea, L.M. & Parker, R.A. (2012).  Designing and conducting survey research:  A comprehensive guide. San Francisco, CA:  John Wiley & Sons

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.

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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: www.facebook.com/ConstantlyCheeky 

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We published a new website: http://www.powrmusic.com !

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We launched Michael Egleton’s blog, which is brilliant and fun. http://www.MichaelEgleton.com 

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The Gypsy released her next contest: http://www.Haus2o.com 

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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”

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 Reference

 

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!

Reference:

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