Not too easy. Not too difficult.
I believe that this course has offered insight on social relations. The material in the text was not the most helpful, but this professor gave great input from personal experiences and knowledge. He encourages the student to speak out and offer their thoughts on the topic of discussion. He offers a genuine sense of caring about how we do as students of his.
I learned that as a manager of any institution, there are various types of people that you will have to encounter. Even if you do not see these traits of individuals subordinate to your authority as useful, there may be some way that you can use them to further your organizational goals. This is true especially if they are willing to work with you and put forth effort. I learned that some of the most obvious things are inherently overlooked by people and can be some of the most influential factors that produce the results that you are looking for. I learned that regardless of the kind of day you are having, it is important to display yourself as someone of composure. This does not mean to be serious all the time, but keeping a laid-back persona that will allow people to perceive you as someone open for negotiations or willingness to help them. Lastly, I learned that people value their time. Even if there are not very many incentives involved as rewards for hard work, one of the largest motivators that you can offer as a manager is not wasting other people's time if you can help it. It was a great course to learn about what kinds of behavior result from different managerial techniques.
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Advice for students:
Terminology is a large part of the test. However, if you attend the class (in this section it was only on monday) Pappas gives great examples and helps you remember the difficult topics that are crucial to what you will need to understand.