Tuesday, March 1, 2011

Juan's Leadership

Event planning is not always the easiest thing to keep track of or pull together. It requires careful organization as well as helpful assistance. When there is a larger event to be held, you need to obtain the support of the group with which you are working. I do not think that what Juan did was right or wrong. In the end, it is implied that he was not able to successfully pull off the event, however without the proper amount of information no true inference as to the reality of the situation can be made. Was it Juan's fault? Partially. Well why is that? What prevented Juan from completing the task at hand with the assistance of an able-bodied crew?
There isn't any one answer, I think. I'm not even sure if my answers are correct. Instead, I can only really say what I would have done in his place. The first thing you do when planning an event is to look at the funds and see what options are open to you. It is wonderful to shoot for the stars, but only if you have the cunning and will to do so. If the group favored an idea that would push the allotted budget, then ways would have to be found to raise more money. There would have had to been a fundraiser in addition to the activity. This was entirely possible but rather difficult in the time constraint. If the leader could keep everyone together, it could have been pulled off.
With that established, it would have been time to divide up the crew and the work and assign everyone something they are good at. A capable leader would have been able to identify, after spending some time with his/her team members, who likes to do what and is most capable of what. For example, in my fencing team, I know who is more violant and who is more timid and how to play these up to their advantages. You assign the groups a task, maybe one to fundraising, one to decoration, one to posters, so on and so forth. Keep this up, and everything would function just fine.
(This activity was a little difficult for me, since it was so vague, I hope I can clarify myself when we have further discussions in class, and maybe learn some other strategies. I feel like this one heavily applies to me because of my fencing team.)

1 comment:

  1. In order for the group to take ownership of the proposed project, it is important to have all the facts on the table. What is the budget for the event? How do we access the funds? Are there any restrictions? How are we going to delegate responsibility? What is our timeline? How often should we meet? How can the group as a whole and individually take ownership of the event?

    I like how you point out that a leader can help support the groups' strengths by looking at the individuals in the group. It shows that he or she is interested in the process and how the individuals can contribute.