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Reflective Essay: The workplace

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Follow effective action with quiet reflection.
From the quiet reflection will come even more effective action.

Peter F. Drucker, Educator & Writer (1909-    )

The Reflective Journal Assignment: An example of the writing style using an organizational setting


An organization is a dynamic social structure that forms and maintains itself to achieve collective goals (Buchanan & Huczynski 2004). Contemporary organizations are very aware that change is a key factor to maintaining a diversified company that provides effective services (Flower, 1992).

Buchanan points out that the ideal of most organizations is that their staff relationships are inclusive, collaborative relationships of trust and openness, however, he points out that this is often not the case. I agree with the observation that contemporary organizations view competition as having to be held in balance with cooperative working policies. And that it is the informal “backstage” or company policies, and culture embodied by these policies that determine the values and assumptions of all employees, and their subsequent performance.

When I create a reflective document I am always mindful of Lewin’s (1951) comment that, to understand any organization we do by virtue change it; and so any diagnosis that I make will also be an intervention on my part. What a responsibility!

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