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"If you and I are in the woods being chased by a bear, I know I don't have to outrun the bear. I just have to outrun you." Competition, the life blood of innovation, this is my life's compass. Nothing makes a day brighter than being better than the next man. Shallow as my view may be to some, winning determines much of how I conduct myself. Confronted with a career stifled by being too good to young, I left to start my own company. While I was implementing a software product for a client that left much to be desired, I founded a software development project with a partner to make a better one. It is with this mindset that I determine and pursue all of my goals. The most important goals in my life thus far have been growth in my industry and technical skills. As an IT company owner facing negative growth in customer spending for almost two years straight, this sector provides a lot of challenges. Having to be perceived as the best available for the least amount of money is a given these days. I pride myself on developing relationships that allow me to meet customer technology needs of today, while simultaneously creating a roadmap for their future needs. Giving them direction work to keep myself employed in the future. Returning to school is not a decision I that gave much thought. Working for myself gives me the unique position of being involved in every facet of business. While functioning as a piece of the larger puzzle in the corporate world, one most often feels a disconnection between their work and the overall goals of an organization. My distaste for that situation, along with my general experience being an employee have led me to believe working for another...
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Introduction This paper will cover the HealthSouth Corporation. After a humble beginning and a stunning growth in the healthcare industry, HealthSouth was rocked by corporate scandal. HealthSouth is now trying to recover from this devastation that brought the company to the doorstep of ruin and continue to do what is outline in its Mission Statement. • Founded in 1984 • Operates a network of nearly 1,700 facilities, including outpatient surgery, rehabilitation and diagnostic imaging centers, as well as rehabilitation hospitals and acute-care medical centers • The only healthcare company operating facilities in all 50 states • Operates healthcare facilities outside the United States in the United Kingdom, Australia, Puerto Rico, Canada and Saudi Arabia • Employs approximately 50,000 medical and business professionals • Works with more than 85,000 referring physicians Recently this growing company was rocked by corporate scandal, as the top executives were part of a suit filed by the SEC, for overstating earning and manipulating stocks. Table of Contents Company History and Background 4, 5, 6, 7 Company's Organizational Structure 8, 9 Current CEO, Senior Officers and Annual Compensation 10 - 16 Company's 10 year Monthly Historical Stock Price 17 Evaluation of Company's Effectiveness17, 18 Analysis of Change programs 18 Aspects of Communication, Leadership and Motivation Programs 19, 20 Potential Future Organizational Structure 20 Forecast of Company's Future Effectiveness 21 Summary 21 Reference List 21, 22 Company History and Background 1984 Five men pooled their resources and formed a company that would restructure the rehabilitation industry in less than a decade. HealthSouth began its mission led by one the finest management teams in the industry, with a vision of how patients should move smoothly through a logical healthcare system that offers highly technical, less-invasive, cost-effective procedures in the most cost-efficient manner possible. During its early years, HealthSouth established itself as an industry leader by providing high-quality, cost-effective rehabilitative services. Its extensive, user-friendly network attracted the business of the nation's largest managed...
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Organizational Behavior is about how people and team members act in organizations. It is about how individuals can establish a positive relationships among themselves, between their team members, between their managers and how managers act towards their work group. Its purpose is to enable high levels of human performance and competitive business performance by achieving organizational objectives, and social objectives. Among other important aspects of organizational behavior is the ability to have people skills "My college course work did an excellent job in helping me become a subject matter expert," says Jason. "But it did very little to help me understand the people factor. I have now learned, through experience, that the primary reason most projects succeed or misfire is due to the people factor…" (Stephen P. Robbins, 2000, p. 3) Understanding people and blending their skills and personalities into a successful working team is a necessity in today's working place. Throughout my career in information technology, I've seen some individuals who are experts and very knowledgeable about the task on hand, but when they are asked to prepare and deliver a presentation in front of group of people, they feel unaccountably bad, ill, angry, irritable and so on, which leads to embarrassment, frustration and panic attacks. I have also dealt with managers who were very technical and good at what they do, but when they were faced with this consulting team from India, they had all kind of problems getting their message across, at times they even loose patience and say things that are inappropriate just to intimidate them, they criticize them in front of others, and they snap at them, they forget the fact that they are dealing with people from another part of the world, they should expect some culture and social issues including the language barrier. For these...
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The Asian economic crisis which began in July 1997 has led to many discussions regarding its genesis (e.g., Asian Development Outlook, 1998; Fischer, 1998). A frequently mentioned cause of the crisis is the lack of transparency in Asia. Rather than arms-length transactions between independent parties, many commercial negotiations in the region are believed to be tinted with and tainted by political and other vested interests (Asian Development Outlook, 1998; The Straits Times, 1998). Indeed, allegations of nepotism, corruption, crony capitalism, and collusion may have contributed to the downfall of Asian governments in Japan, Thailand, and Indonesia. Besides strengthening their banking and financial sectors to address the crisis, Asian economies have been urged to do business in a cleaner and more ethical manner with better corporate governance (The Straits Times, 1998). Towards this end, present and potential businesspeople and executives in Asia must be favorably predisposed towards a high level of corporate ethics and social responsibility (CESR et al., 1996). This poses a major challenge to the extent that even businesses in the West have been criticized for their limited adoption of CESR (Robin and Reidenbach, 1987). Accentuating the difficulty is the fact that this commitment depends on the cultural, institutional, and organizational environments under which managers operate as well as their personal characteristics (Ferrell and Gresham, 1985; Hunt and Vitell, 1986; Stajkovic and Luthans, 1997). Despite the increasing research attention paid towards CESR in the West, its theorizing and empirical analysis in Asia is limited. A notable exception was McDonald and Pak (1996) who found that neutralization and self interest were the most significant factors considered by business managers in Hong Kong, Malaysia, New Zealand, and Canada in resolving ethical business dilemmas. Instead, researchers have tended to focus their efforts on how foreign enterprises can adapt to Asian business practices (e.g., Tung,...
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KOPP Florence Promo 2004 ESCE RAPPORT DE STAGE 1ère Année Sparkasse Saarbrücken Firmenkundensekreteriat Stage du 9 juillet au 31 août 2001 Neumarkt 17 Durée 2 mois 66117 Saarbrücken Remerciements Je tiens tout d'abord à remercier la Sparkasse Saarbrücken et son équipe de m'avoir permis de réaliser ma véritable première expérience professionnelle dans leur entreprise et notamment à leur siège. Je voudrais également montrer toute ma gratitude à mon Maître de stage, Mr Karsten Deetz et à sa secrétaire, Mme Gertrud Laub, grâce auxquels mon stage fut particulièrement intéressant. En effet, ils m'ont permis de découvrir le fonctionnement de leur entreprise et d'une banque en général et ont su répondre à mes questions, à mes attentes lorsque j'en avais besoin. En outre, bien que la Sparkasse Saarbrücken soit une grande structure, j'ai pu avoir des contacts avec toutes les personnes des services « Firmenkundensekreteriat » et « Auslandsabteilung », que je remercie également pour leur gentillesse. Je tiens à exprimer cordialement ma reconnaissance à Mr Deckarm, mon Maître de stage d'adoption, en effet, bien qu'il n'était pas chargé de s'occuper de mon stage, il est venu discuter avec moi, me donner du travail, répondre à mes interrogations. Grâce à eux tous, j'ai eu la chance de beaucoup apprendre, tant sur le plan strictement professionnel, que culturel ou encore linguistique. Avant-propos Conditions de réalisation du stage J'ai effectué mon stage de 1ère année à la Sparkasse Saarbrücken et plus précisément à son siège Neumarkt, en plein cœur de la nouvelle ville de Saarbrücken. J'ai donc eu l'occasion de pouvoir découvrir cette charmante ville allemande et notamment sa vieille ville. Saarbrücken est situé en Sarre, tout près de la frontière française qui est à moins de 10 kilomètres. Dans le bâtiment où je travaillais, il y avait environ 500 personnes employées. Je n'ai donc évidemment pas pu connaître toute l'équipe de la Sparkasse Saarbrücken. Cependant, étant stagiaire dans le service « Firmenkundensekreteriat »...
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In today's competitive business environment, companies are continuing their search for means of effectively recruiting and retaining qualified staff. When considering the options available, employers might want to look at a frequently overlooked benefit – tuition assistance programs. I believe that my company should offer this benefit. By offering this benefit, my company would also benefit in a number of ways. An educational assistance program provides reimbursement for tuition, textbooks, and other educational fees connected with an employee's successful completion of course work. Usually this program requires the employee to pass their classes with a grade of "C" or better. Whether or not my company was to choose to pay in advance for me to take a course or reimburse after successful completion of a course, the fact that my company would be willing to pay for my career-related coursework or completion of my college degree would be a sign of its trust and commitment. Tuition assistance would help me to prepare myself for further career development and advancement. My company should offer reimbursement for work-related courses and other courses that may be beneficial to the company. Work-related courses would directly improve my skills and enhance my knowledge of the duties I perform in my current position. I would also acquire new skills needed to perform newly assigned duties and responsibilities. My company would invest in my higher education with the expectation that the investment be returned through enhanced job performance. A tuition reimbursement program would help my company get back the skills that they need in the workplace. This program would allow my company to hire better qualified, more educated, more productive employees. That extra productivity would make it economically feasible to pay a large portion of tuition bills. An educational assistance program would also offer a tax break to me and to...
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added: 11/02/2011
How do the writers of "the Cone", The Red Room" and "The Man with the Twisted Lip, create atmosphere, tension and suspense? In this piece of course work I will be looking at how the writers of three short stories create atmosphere, tension and suspense, through the choice of setting, the role of the narrator, how the other characters are used, how the stories are structured, the use of language, your own response to the stories. I will be looking at "The Cone" and "The Red Room" by H.G Wells, and "The Man with the Twisted Lip" By Sir Arthur Conan Doyle. In "The Red Room" Wells uses mans fear of darkness to his advantage "even with seven candles the place was merely dim" (pg7), Wells knows that most people are afraid of the dark and so he knows that the reader can relate to the characters when the become afraid of the darkness, this builds up tension with the reader as they can relate to what is happening. This is the only story out of all three that is set in a secluded place "Lorraine Castle" (pg5) In history castles have been the settings of many horror stories and having his book set in a castle instantly creates a sense tension and atmosphere as the reader knows that a castles are already scary places. This is in contrast to the other two stories as they are both set in outside areas or move between different areas. "The Man with the Twisted Lip" is set in London but in two contrasting parts the respectable area of "Lee" (pg8) and the crime infested East end where the docks are situated. This contrast creates an atmosphere as the reader is kept wondering what will happen next? Doyle uses human fears to his advantage just like...
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COURSE WORK: J. B. Priestly; An Inspector Calls Which of the characters do you feel was most responsible for the death of Eva Smith? In Act Three of the play An Inspector Calls, the Inspector tells the Birling family, "This girl killed herself - and died a horrible death. But each of you helped to kill her. Remember that. Never forget it". The aim of this essay is to try and determine whom I believe to be most responsible for the death of Eva Smith, or Daisy Renton. To do this I will examine each character in turn and assess each character's responsibility for the death of Eva Smith. I have gathered my information and conclusions/ ideas, from a copy of the play, and notes taken from Stephen Daldrey's production in the West End. The story begins with the mysterious Inspector Goole calling unexpectedly on the prosperous Birling family. His startling revelations not only shatter the very foundations of their lives but challenge us all to examine our consciences. Firstly, I think it is important to remember that the Birling Family are guilty of no actual crime. Although due to their particular attitudes or beliefs they could be said to have contributed to her downfall. Therefore it could be said that Eva Smith was simply a victim of her class and time. The idea of the play, and particularly the role of the Inspector is to try to bring the Birling family to understand that they have a moral responsibility for the death of Eva Smith, if not a legal one. This point is very significant and is the basis of the entire narrative. To grasp it is imperative to the understanding of the play. Without this, an analysis of who is responsible would be far more difficult, if niegh on impossible. I shall begin by discussing...
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The word "Chiropractic" is derived from the Greek word chiropraktikos, meaning "effective treatment by hand"(DC Victoria). Chiropractic is a branch of the healing arts. It is also a drugless and non-surgical mode of care. As Thomas Edison once said, "The doctor of the future will give no medicine, but will interest his patients in the care of the human frame, in diet, and in the cause and prevention of disease"(Gazdar 21). Over the years chiropractors began more and more focusing on the spine. It is now based upon the belief that good health depends on the functioning of the nervous system. Doctors of chiropractic use the same time-honored methods of consultation, case history, and x-rays as any other doctor. It is the examination of the spine structure and function that makes chiropractic so different from other health care procedures. The spinal column is a series of movable bones, which begin at the base of the skull and end at the center of the hips. Thirty-one pairs of spinal nerves extend down from the brain and exit through a series of openings. The nerves leave the spine and form a complicated network that influences every living tissue in the body. Accidents, falls, stress, tension, overexertion, and countless other factors can result in a displacement or derangements of the spinal column, causing irritation to spinal nerve roots. These irritations are often what cause malfunctions in the human body. Chiropractic teaches that reducing or eliminating this irritation to spinal nerves can cause your body to operate more efficiently and more comfortably. Chiropractic also places an emphasis on nutritional and exercise programs, wellness and lifestyle modifications for promoting physical and mental health (Chiropfind). It is for these reasons that chiropractic is becoming more and more accepted today. In 1895 Dr. Palmer gave the first "chiropractic...
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The MSC program fit the bill for me. So many other programs — MBAs especially — focus on numbers instead of the human aspect of the working world. I knew the focus of the MSC program would be important in my current job and any job I might have in the future. Course work in leadership, interpersonal communication, speech, and cultural diversity all helped give me a deeper understanding of business and organizational culture. And the diversity of the students in the program made the education all that more interesting. We came from all these different areas, and we learned a lot from each other. Suzanne Malec MSC '99 Deputy Commissioner Department of Environment City of Chicago -------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Most senior managers need a blend of quantitative and qualitative skills to succeed. Once you get past the numbers it's the qualitative side that differentiates the people who are entrusted with high levels of responsibility. Leadership, group behavior, organizational communication - these are areas that have been studied more than people think. The MSC degree gives access to this body of knowledge. Most businesses - mine included - are experiencing dramatic change. The MSC degree provides the student professional with a foundation for understanding, interpreting, and providing leadership in these changing times. Joyce Gab Kneeland MSC '93 Senior Vice President AT&T Broadband -------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Balancing career, family, and school was a real challenge. However, I found that the program actually assisted me in dealing with those pressures and improved my overall performance. I constantly find myself reflecting back on the program and referring to program materials to analyze current situations, In the ever-changing world we live in and the continual advances of communications technology, the importance of good communication skills has dramatically increased in the corporate world at Nabisco. For me, the managerial communication program fulfilled that need. Dennis J. Belcastro MSC '94 Vice President, Business Development Sales...
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