Wow! Week 11

Hi,

The class tonight was on data analysis and how data can be manipulated to give a different story.  In groups we  looked at different types of graphs out determined what information we got out of them.  Ken had already given us a rundown on what to look out for such as headings, the Y axis information and the X axis information.

Then we went over assignment 3.  I plan to print out the power point Ken showed us as it will be a big help when doing the assignment.  My main concern is getting all the referencing correct.

I also dished out the printed copies of group assignment 2.  Everyone in the group looked pleased with the result, this was the first time that any of them had seen it in print form.  I also mentioned to Ken that although there were page numbers missing on the print out the electronic one the pages numbers were there.  I know that this was an error at the printers not our due to the fact the numbers were on the electronic version.  Fingers crossed Ken will take this into account.

 

Cheers

Christine

Ethnics

In this Wednesday’s night class we covered ethnics. I really enjoyed the debate, I have always found it a very interesting topic.

I am an Internal Auditor so I interact with many people in our organisation in many different areas. In my work I am constantly assessing my own and other peoples ethnics with some interesting results.  Often the people you expect to have ‘high value & ethnics’ don’t always and their position in the organisation is not a guarantee of it.  Sometimes people in the lower levels I have found to have more courage and ethnics then some Management.

Cheers

Christine

More preparation for the assignment

Hi,

Ken took us through the required formatting of our report.  This was very helpful and with us all taking notes, hopefully we will get it right.    After Ken had finished we (Delta group) gathered together to discuss our assignment.  Fiona and I are the only New Zealanders in the group but are lucky in that the other members English is reasonable and they are very nice to boot!

We want the same outcome which is to get a great result. This is a great way to learn to work in a  team for all.

Cheers

Chris

The Treaty Talk

Treaty

Hi,

Tonight we discussed the values and concepts of Maori in business, this all relevant for our group assignment. I have done some work in the very distant past on the Treaty when I was first employed by the Auckland District Health Board.  This was part of the orientation process at the time.  I had known through  the workshop that Maori had long been traders and astute business people. Ken  confirmed this is still the case, not only through showing us the many successful businesses owned by Maori trusts, but also the whole Treaty settlement negotiations must have been taken quite a lot of skill and foresight to be successful.  I feel compelled to look in more detail at the history that is part of our country and I plan to look up some of Michael Kings books.

Cheers

Christine 

Week 5 – Week of the Powhiri


Hi,

It was a good session tonight.  The librarian come to our class and took us through how to search the library website for books and articles via the business database and Newztext Plus.  The quiz followed which was on  information gathering, it was pretty straight forward.

The discussion then went on to holding meetings which included  watching a funny video starring John Cleese.  I plan to go back to view the 5 essentials for holding a meeting.

]Ken talked about the Powhiri and I was sorry I missed it.  Ken showed us a video of a Powhiri that was amazing.  The warriors lay down a challenge for the visitors to pick up.  Then we saw an action dance that was pretty impressive.

Our group (Delta) picked the Maori business ‘Footprints Waipou’.  This is a small business but sounds interesting, the founder Koro Carmen is an old Unitec student and our lecturer knew him.  We all picked a question to gather information on and organised to meet at my house on the 9th to correlate our information.

I am looking forward to working with this group they include 2 Kiwis, 1 from Turkey and 2 from China, it should be fun.

Cheers

Chris

Assignment 2 on the Horizon

The first part of the evening class was on assignment 1 and as I had already handed mine in I was able to relax. Second half of Wednesday night’s class we discussed assignment 2,  formed groups and watched a  video of the protocols for the marae visit next week.  A few years back I did an assignment on the Treaty of Waitangi for work.  Working in the health sector you have to know the protocols for maori healthcare.  I  enjoyed the presenters sense of humour, he was putting you at ease but making sure you get the message.  I am looking forward to the visit and learning more about our indigenous people although I am also a bit nervous about getting it wrong and offending someone.

 

Cheers

 

Hi,

It wasn’t a brilliant class tonight, only because was tired and hungry.  Ken took us through  referencing and formatting of assignment 1.  It was good as I realised I had missed a few things and too many words.  Time to do a cull!

We were also organised into our groups for the second assignment. We have quite a mix, this could be interesting.  I will keep you posted.

Christine

 

 

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