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  • Level: GCSE
  • Subject: Drama
  • Word count: 1926

Journal for Entrepreneurial Ventures

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Introduction

Journal for Entrepreneurial Ventures (2004) Having been absent for several lessons due to the pending status of the interview, I missed the main planning and deciding of the business plan. Before meeting my group mates, I was briefed about the business plan. I found out that the business plan is to set up an airbrush company specializing in mural paintings, and other services like airbrushing designs on helmets and cars. Initial Stage The first time that I heard about the business plan, I was rather lost as I was not exactly sure what the business was about, and I had even lesser understanding about the way airbrush works. I admit that I was skeptical about the idea at first, since I have never heard of airbrush prior to this, and I wasn't so sure what response the conservative Singapore public would have towards such a product. All I heard was that there were initially 2 main ideas and that this particular idea was taken up sorely because of a majority vote. Like I mentioned earlier, I was not there to witness any of these. Shortly after I met my group, I came to realize that it was purely based on votes. Hearing this, I began to doubt the credibility and feasibility of such a decision process. Sure, if the majority of the group agreed with this idea, it was bound to be relatively good didn't it? If the other idea was outvoted, would this necessarily mean that the airbrush business is likely to be more successful? ...read more.

Middle

Being the efficient group we were*grin*, we started working on the ideas for the presentation simultaneously. Jokes and bantering were not uncommon now, as opposed to the first few meetings when everyone was still slightly shy. Being the talkative person I was, I helped (or at lest I hope I did) to draw everyone into discussions and tried to make things more intimate. Amy was my previous EP group mate, and we were more or less in sync in thinking. This was easy as we knew what the other was saying. The same for Haz, having worked with him for another project. I have spoken to Patsy and Alger during my course at SIM, but never really got the chance to talk to them much. Philip, less than ten sentences. Huilin on the other extreme, not even a single word. :) The group allocation was based on Belbin personalities, and thus the mismatch of characters. To cut to the chase, I discovered, to my amazement that Philip was actually a nice person to work with. Huilin was also rather talkative once the ice was chipped away, This futher reinforces the age old saying "Never judge a book by its cover." I could not ask for more from this group. Presentation Stage Presentation was quite a breeze to prepare for since most of the required material was already gathered. We met up to compile it and to have a dry run before we actually presented it. ...read more.

Conclusion

A Before and After Comparison From what I had in EP, I had the mentality that EV would not be much different. This is true to a certain extent. I was given the privilege to be able to join the group of my choice and in doing so; I escaped the grouping my classmates underwent. If time was turned back, I do not think that I would have objected to being shuffled elsewhere. Since the point of the Belbin exercise was to remove us from our comfort zones, and also simulating the work environment. I did however experience it in the form of new group mates. Ups and downs The management style sometimes left me feeling less than chirpy, but since we were all friends, it was yesterday's news in comparison with the more urgent task of completing the business plan. This goes to show that people are capable of rising above situations and make the best out of everything. Other than that, there were very little glitches that were not tackled swiftly. This may sound clich�d to you but I became closer to certain members of the group and that was really worthwhile. The beauty of people from different walks of life coming together to work is something that leaves me feeling elated and contented. End of a wonderful course I would be lying if I said that after two semesters of EP and EV, I had no aspiration to start a small business of my own. I now know that it is attainable and within my reach. ...read more.

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