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I’m working on a Management question and need guidance to help me study.The aim of this assignment is to enable students to understand how academic, professional and personal skill-development is achieved through acquiring critical self-awareness, self-appraisal and self-reflection, and how and why these skill-sets are key to successful academic study at university, and career and life-long learning upon graduation.An important skill in managing people is to be a reflexive professional. This involves improving your own self-insight to understand better your own strengths and also the areas where further development and change could be advantageous. Each unit has a section marked ‘portfolio’ which contains a questionnaire or scales. You should complete these portfolios each week. This assignment requires you to select and reflect on two of these self-insight tools (see below).
The Portfolio assessmentSelect two units’ portfolios scales and in your own words, use the Gibbs’ reflective cycle (below) to reflect on your results. Identify your strengths and also some future actions you can take to develop a specific aspect indicated in the results. (Maximum assignment length 1500 words, excluding references.)Deadline: 22nd Feb 2021Marks (40% of the course)Marking criteria – see attachedWe recognise that this might be an odd and very different process from that which you are used to. We suggest that you might follow Gibbs’ reflective cycle in this piece of writing:1. Describe why you have picked each of the resources. Outline for each, why and what new information they have provided you with.2. Feelings and associated thoughts – Consider your feelings and thoughts at the time of these insights. Were these insights a surprise? Did they surprise you? Maybe they left you feeling anxious? Or maybe you felt angry that the results are not what you expected?3. Evaluate – is this information good? Is it challenging? How does it fit what you already think you know about yourself? 4. Meaning – what does this mean? Are these strengths? In what ways are they important for you? Do they value to others? – if so to whom? How can you use or apply them? Do they have consequences for how you interact with others? How might you use these insights complement or enhance others’ strengths? (i.e. they have team or group advantages).5. Action plans – what are you going to do differently as a result of your new self-insight? How will do modify or adopt things that you might typically do in response to your new learning? How will you get information about your progress in achieving your plan? What support will you need? What feedback do you need? For example, in the audio enhanced slide deck for in unit 1, I reflected on how insight into my personality helped me to recognise how my style impacted on my more introverted colleague. I identified how this understanding of personality differences emerged in relation to development projects and how I saw we were less effective than they could be. I outlined how a transition from brainstorming, which worked for me, towards creating a pre-meeting briefing document for my colleague to allow her space to think and bring in her ideas to these meetings, rather than expecting her to think on the spot. From this change of approach, I reflected that it helped me by forcing me to critique and develop better ideas, and it allow my colleague to come our meetings primed and ready to contribute. As a result we became a successful team: I dampened down my extroversion and enthusiasm, and gave her with more space for her input. Maybe the most important reflection to emerge was recognition of individual differences and some nuance to how other approaches might be more effective than just my preferences. Alternatively you could use is the ERA Cycle (Jasper, 2013) to support this assignment (see below). Experience
Reflection Action
Your expectations before the experience
How you approached the experience
Which parts of the experience you found easy? And
Which parts you found to be more challenging?
How has the experience changed your knowledge and understanding of yourself?
How might the knowledge you have acquired determine how you act in the future?
How might you put into practice what you have learnt to further develop your personal and professional skills?
What could you do to achieve this?
What challenges might you face?
What tools or resources are available to you to enable you to measure your progress and your successes?
ProsConsOffers a structure to be followedImplies that steps must always be followed sequentially Provides a useful starting point for those unsure where to beginIn the real world you may not start at the ‘beginning’Allows you to assess all levels of a situationModels may not be applicable to your learning needs in all situationsYou will know when the process is completeReflective practice is a continuous processIt has three stages:The cycle starts with a given experience, which in this case is the portfolios’ self-insight questionnaires. This experience may have been positive, neutral or negative. It provided new insight into your strengths and differences from other.Identify your response to the results that you obtained. In reading through the interpretative materials, what response did you have? What development areas were identified?Finally decide on some next steps. What will you do as a result of this new insight?Looking back at an experience, you could reflect on:Think about what you learned as a result:Consider how you might use your new learning in the future: Pros and Cons of Reflective Practice ModelsAlthough reflective practice models can be a great way to start thinking about personal and professional self-reflection, remember that all models have their limitations. A summary of the pros and cons of this model can be found below: Requirements: CHICAGO/TURBIAN | Admission Essay | 2 pages, Single spaced

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