"Visions of World Benefit & Global Responsibility: Perspectives of McGill Students

Friday, August 3, 2007

Management Education

Being able to generate profit for an organization is no longer enough to effectively manage a team in the 21st Century. Workers are gaining more power, new world values are putting stress on the importance of self-development, and people are beginning to act as global citizens—all of which make the role of management more complex and all-inclusive. Some of the emerging managerial skills required in the 21s Century are:
Possessing good character traits, such as loyalty, honestly, competence, integrity, and courage
Being able to develop a sense of community and team-spirit
Taking responsibility for stakeholders concerns
Being able to generate trust from your workers, and
Knowing the needs of your workers and keeping your team healthy and happy.

The shift in management practice means that we must reorganize the way management education is taught. Education is becoming more universal, and the demand for higher education has never been greater. To handle the fast faced, chaotic 21stCentury, we must prepare our graduates from a young age. Developing creative skills early in a person’s education is essential for future generations to be innovative scholars that can move the world forward. We must teach the youth that focusing on the positive, while still acknowledging and learning from the negative will make for a more peaceful and united global community. Self-confidence is a major character trait that needs to be developed because when people are happy with themselves, they thrive as an individual; they are not afraid to share their innovative and creative ideas, they delve into fields that they enjoy and excel at them, and they are self visionaries ambitious and driven to contribute to the world.

In the later years of high school and early years of post-secondary, there is slowly becoming less and less room for the traditional textbook-exam format of learning. Management education needs to bring learning outside of the classroom by encouraging students to delve into the world, visiting banks, businesses, and business professionals to developing strong communication skills, self-confidence, and a sound network for after graduation. Professors need to engage in their students and offer different teaching methods that will keep students from not coming to class. These small details develop responsible, punctual, enthusiastic, hard-working manager on his(her) way to lead and manage a team.

In brief, management education must be redesigned for the 21st Century. We must foster creativity and self-confidence at a young age because the world is shifting into a new paradigm consisting of self-fulfillment, community, and global wellbeing. As well, positive thinking and positive living will enrich the lives and performance of future graduates so instead of giving a child a time-out for bad behavior, we must not punish but come up with new consequences that will allow for the child to learn from the mistake, but not humiliating the child or generating a negative relationship. In the later years, we must incorporate outside learning and networking, new and innovative teaching methods, and eliminating a major chunk of traditional textbook-exam methods.

My ideal Management course would be a small class where I would be able to participate in collective learning with my classmates and professor, build a strong relationship with my professor and establish lifelong friendships and networks, and get personal attention with projects and guidance for my future. I would like a class involving many group projects focused on individual learning, allowing flexibility and mistakes. I would like a class where we were brought different places, to see and experience different things and meet influential global leaders. There are limitless possibilities to have a class like this; I have taken part in one this summer. It is a matter of commitment, passion, and enthusiasm.

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