School Help! Need a current manager!

Discussion in 'General Discussion' started by Tweak222, Mar 9, 2012.

  1. Tweak222

    Tweak222Valued MemberMember

    I am currently in college and I need someone who is currently employed as a manager to answer a few interview questions for a paper! This is for my BUSN105: Principles of Management class at Ivy Tech in Indiana.

    The Assignment:
    "Interview a Current Manager. Choose an individual who is employed as a manager or supervisor and interview him/her. Write a summary of the interview to include in the Appendix of your final report. This summary should include the manager's name/title, company, contact information (including email address), the questions you asked and the answers provided."

    Any managers or supervisors wanna help me out?

    Here are the interview questions:

    1. How do you go about establishing teams and workgroups?
    2. What are some tips on choosing individual team members?
    3. What kinds of tasks are best suited for teams or workgroups?
    4. What are the advantages and disadvantages of teams?
    5. What are your experiences in managing teams/workgroups?
    6. What are the most challenging issues that you have to face as a manager?
    7. How much time do you spend mentoring or coaching your employees?
    8. What are some of the methods you use in correcting an employee if something is done wrong and which have you had the most success with?

    Shoot me a PM if you can help me out. :) Oh and wish me luck on my job interview at 9am! Thanks! :;toast
  2. Aquarist

    AquaristFishlore LegendMember

    Good morning,

    I hope the job interview goes well!

  3. OP

    Tweak222Valued MemberMember

    Thanks It went pretty well actually! I got the job! :)

    Sent from my SGH-T959 using Tapatalk

  4. LyndaB

    LyndaBFishlore LegendMember

    I realize my response is not what you're looking for..... but...... had you even considered interviewing someone in the flesh? You don't hone interview skills by typing back and forth with people you can't even see or shake hands with. That's just not how it's done, not even in this technological age.

  5. OP

    Tweak222Valued MemberMember

    Well the assignment isn't really about developing interview skills as much as it is about understanding management today, current issues they face and the challenges of team building. For this particular assignment an email/chat/phone interview is perfectly acceptable.
  6. LyndaB

    LyndaBFishlore LegendMember

    Doesn't seem kosher to me...... you would only be cutting and pasting someone's responses to your report. I don't see where this is actually teaching you anything other than the art of cut and paste. :;2cents
  7. Lucy

    LucyModeratorModerator Member

    :) Someone can still learn via text.
    This forum is a good example of that.

    The assignment wasn't about Tweak's interviewing skills but what they learned from the answers to the questions presented.
  8. trailblazer295Well Known MemberMember

    Kids have been mastering the art of cut and paste for homework since the internet came out lol Thousands of essays written with Ctrl + C, Ctrl + V, and Ctrl + X. And often lost work if they didn't master Ctrl + S.
  9. LyndaB

    LyndaBFishlore LegendMember

    That's what I mean, though. It wouldn't hurt to actually do some work here and really interview someone. With all this technology, society's going into the toilet. As the older generations die off, the younger ones will be left not knowing how to actually have a live conversation without the use of their cellphones or keyboards of some kind. Pretty sad.
  10. Jaysee

    JayseeFishlore LegendMember

    I agree that technology has made the youth of the day lazy. Many can't be bothered to type in complete sentences.

    HOWEVER, any good paper is going to require analytical content. Someone who just cuts and pastes without talking about what it MEANS isn't going to get a good grade, so if that's all they want to do then so be it. When I wrote science papers I cut and pasted my data - I don't see how this is any different.
  11. OP

    Tweak222Valued MemberMember

    Lucy, that is exactly right! Thanks for understanding!

    Jaysee, that is what it is in a sense. The Interview is simply data that I am analyzing and summarizing. Copying and pasting a bunch of questions and answers and submitting that as the assignment is not the goal here. You are in no way doing the assignment for me.

    The goal of the interview was simply to gather insights from a current manager about team building and from that I would analyze and summarize.

    I can copy and paste Interview questions and answers all day, but they will not analyze and summarize themselves. If I were trying to cheat the assignment, would it not have been equally, if not more, effective to just make-up an interview?

    I have not asked anyone to write this paper for me.

    One of the many benefits of technology is to make data/information/research more readily accessible. However, technology can be abused, i.e. copy & paste/plagiarism/malicious hacking. If you still think that by requesting data from a specific pool of information I am abusing technology to simplify the assignment then I do not think you fully respect the impact technology has on the efficiency of data inquiry/processing. (I am majoring in Computer Information Systems)

    As for live conversation... the goal of the assignment is not to analyze the manager as a human being or to assess his or her personality, as such I do not need to listen for verbal or physical cues/gestures as they would have no significant impact on the outcome of the assignment.

    It is completely a matter of perception regarding the "issue" of whether or not the internet/chat is an effective way to interview someone.

    I believe it is a matter of context; in this assignment the method of communication, be it face to face, over the phone, or internet, is of little to no concern to me or the instructor. That said, I would agree with Lynda if I were a current manager looking to hire an employee or a parent looking to hire a nanny/baby sitter. Face to face is the only way to conduct such an interview as their personality is important in determining how their chemistry could effect the culture of a company, either negatively or positively.

    Sorry for the slow response. School and work has kept me busy. I wish everyone a wonderful evening and thank you for all of your responses and opinions. :;toast
  12. jerilovesfrogs

    jerilovesfrogsFishlore VIPMember

    there are more reasons than just technology, that society is going in the toilet. haha. good luck on your assignment tweak :)
  13. cameronpalteValued MemberMember

    Society is going down behind the toilet because everyone feels safe behind a laptop. It used to be 50 years ago you could walk up to anyone say I and strike up a nice conversation, now people seem afraid to talk, especially kids, they prefer to handle everything online...

    *13 year old's opinion:)*
  14. Jaysee

    JayseeFishlore LegendMember

    There's MUCH more to it than the laptop. There is a sense of entitlement that's been cultured and developed over the years and the effects of this campaign is now being manifested. The question is why.

    Being able to walk up to someone and start a conversation is a skill set that is learned. Some people can do this innately, but most can't, so unless you have an reason to learn it, or someone to learn it from, you won't. I've got 10 years experience in businesses that require me to be able to talk to strangers, so it's something I've gotten quite good at. Making conversation makes me money, and that's an excellent motivator :)

    I can't even imagine what it's like to grow up today. My age bracket is the last to have grown up without cell phones. Nowadays we can't leave the house without our phone. I had to call a girl's house and speak to her parents before I could speak to her. How things have changed.
  15. toosie

    toosieWell Known MemberMember

    For generations and generations and generations now the older generation has claimed the newer generation has too many conveniences, (unlike they had) is lazy, has it too easy, isn't as well mannered and somewhere along the way they usually predict the newer generation is going to be the ruination of mankind. Each generation seems to bring that closer to being the truth but it is a bit funny how somethings don't change. :)
  16. jerilovesfrogs

    jerilovesfrogsFishlore VIPMember

    yeah, that's why i am scared for my daughter's generation. she's 6. i already have seen quite enough to make me really stop and think. i try to imagine what it'll be like for her...she's growing up with things i never had. phones, internet, netflix, all kinds of video games, satellite everything, gps etc.

    the other day, my mom, sis and i went on a short road trip. we needed to know where something was, and my mom started reaching for a map...a paper map. sis and i looked at each other, and said...noooo, no paper. we have our phones. she's 31, i 34...and i can only imagine how these younger generations will be....if my sister and i have already been sucked in to the technology world. but at least we remember the days when the stuff didn't exist, and probably won't take it for these youngins will.

    but on the whole talking to stranger thing....there are so many creepers and pervs out there today....i think it's better NOT to talk to people as much. or to be very careful in doing so. especially for young kids.

    sorry if this whole thing is hijacking. haha.
  17. Jaysee

    JayseeFishlore LegendMember

    You are describing circling the drain ;)

    While that may be true about the many generations feeling that way, I think life is changing at a much faster rate than it used to. I mean, during the horse and buggy era, advancements were about saving time so that they had more time to be productive...because time was a commodity. Perhaps because of technology, we have too much free time. Now, the new i phone comes out and flocks of people go waste countless hours standing in line to spend a ridiculous amount of money to replace a perfectly functioning phone that they paid a ridiculous amount of money for. Seems to me that if they had better things to do, they wouldn't be standing in line....

    What's the saying.... idle hands are the devil's playground?
  18. LyndaB

    LyndaBFishlore LegendMember

    When my husband and I are driving off on a new adventure, he hands me his GPS and I hand it back to him and break out the paper maps. What kind of co-pilot would I be if I couldn't read a map?

    I think it's really sad that your mother was using a time proven method, one which you and your sister could benefit from, and you brushed her off. Shame, shame. :;smack

    Keep thinking of a world without batteries..... where would you be then? Lost, unlike your mother, who can read a map. :D
  19. OP

    Tweak222Valued MemberMember

    I always keep an atlas. I don't get service everywhere
  20. jerilovesfrogs

    jerilovesfrogsFishlore VIPMember

    nooooo, i can read a map....i'm actually a very good map reader. don't think my sister is as good though. but in the car, i get majorly car sick if i read too long...and since she/we had our phones, she just looked it up that way.

    i really love maps, i think they're interesting. though i think my generation is probably the last one that can actually read them pretty well.

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