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Terms of Reference On the instruction of the module leader of 4HRB450 - Interpersonal Skills for Business module, I have been asked to develop a "Reflective Portfolio" based on a self-evaluation SWOT analysis and make personal reflection and comments on the interpersonal skills I have improved and how during the module, and the ones I want to improve and my plan for achieve my aims. 1. Executive Summary As a result of self-reflective SWOT analysis I have identified my main strengths in my leadership and decision making aptitude, group work commitment and attendance, and my self-confidence and ability to learn new skills quickly. However, recognize my main weaknesses to be my tendency to procrastinate and get easily distracted, time management issues including to start work late and to rush at the last minute but without missing a deadline, and bad management with lazy people in group work. Improvements have been made through the module, especially regarding time management and the waste of time watching TV and the internet. This is due to the awareness and analysis of such issues and the willingness to overcome this problem. In order to solve my weaknesses and improve my skills it was essential to make a plan and decide the methods I would have used. This includes to make a time schedule with the activities for the day and for the courseworks, going to sleep and waking up an hour early, avoiding to connect the internet if I have to work or study, , listening without interrupting people, not get emotional in any kind of conversation and use body language to make the other person more comfortable and aware that I am listening carefully and that I am understanding. A personal development plan is provided to establish what my future goals are, in terms of interpersonal skills and how I am going to achieve them, including reducing the wasted time chatting on MSN or watching TV, using Time logs to monitor my time management, using further group ...read more.


However, from some of these questions I have recognized some of my weaknesses. I tend to place relationships despite of the good results and do not complain when people do not work hard, I should be stronger with lazy people. In previous experience I have noticed that everybody was expecting me to take action or talk to these people and they complained to me rather than with them. Usually my attitude towards laziness is to get the job done myself avoiding discussion that I think will not be productive. 3.2.2 Styles As described by Stanton (2004), there are 3 styles of leadership: Democratic, Autocratic and Laissez-faire. I tend to be as democratic as possible, considering member's opinion, planning a schedule with approval of other's, leaving freedom of work, dividing tasks according to ability and consent and try to make everybody participating and expressing their opinion. However, some people take advantage of this and do not do any work. Perhaps I should be a bit more autocratic and push lazy people to work harder, putting the work before relationship. As a team leader I tend to listen to others people opinions and suggestions, and I try not to force my own ideas. However, if I strongly believe to be right, I have notice that I keep going until I convince the others, which on the other hand give up quite easily. 3.2.3 Past experiences Another notable factor that appears from previous group work experience is the willingness of other people to follow me. I usually emerged as leader and people followed my decisions. During the second semester I decided to form a group for a business module with the leaders of previous courseworks. Although I was expecting everybody to have a strong aptitude towards the decision making, they always reported back to me and waited for me to decide and make plans. My commitment for group work is proved by my attendance in the lecture and seminar of this module, as well as in all the other modules, as I have not missed any seminar through the year. ...read more.


Besides, getting up an hour early has made a big difference because I am more productive during the day and less in the evening and I've gained an hour of productivity in exchange for a wasted hour. Although I have noticed improvements about my time management, I still have some problems with procrastinating on Internet. I have fixed a maximum amount of time I can spend on Internet and I am going to gradually reduce it. I also took the decision to disconnect the internet while concentrating on coursework in order to avoid most temptation for distraction. I check my email and chat on MSN during the short gaps times, especially between classes. A further step is to plan in advance and have a schedule to follow. Knowing when and estimating for how long I am going to work on something helped me to remain focused, achieving more tasks with better results. One of my aims is to work as a manager in a big international company. I will use future group works, during the next two academic years, to improve my ability to deal with different types of people and being stricter with lazy workers when they tend to procrastinate or do not get any job done in the time schedule pre-established. I will try to find the balance between work and relationships in order to create a friendly environment to work in which is also very productive. Another aim about my interpersonal skills is to improve my communication difficulties and try a new aptitude as a listener. I would like to be able to communicate with different people in different occasion, creating a comfortable situation with the person I am talking to or listening. A first step toward this goal is to try to let other people to finish talking and then ask a question or intervene. Repeating to the speaker and paraphrasing asking confirmation of the correct received message is a good way to improve the communication cycle. ?? ?? ?? ?? 1 ...read more.

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