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Managing Media Services: Theory and Practice William D. Schmidt Donald Arthur Rieck. Chapter 2 Philosophical Perspectives ETEC 579 Dr. Jason Lee Davis Adapted from a presentation by Stephanie Crean. Objectives. Describe how a personal philosophy can be useful.

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managing media services theory and practice william d schmidt donald arthur rieck

Managing Media Services: Theory and PracticeWilliam D. SchmidtDonald Arthur Rieck

Chapter 2

Philosophical PerspectivesETEC 579

Dr. Jason Lee Davis

Adapted from a presentation by Stephanie Crean

objectives
Objectives
  • Describe how a personal philosophy can be useful.
  • Describe steps to creating your own philosophy, and what traits you would want to include.
  • Develop your own philosophical foundation.
  • Describe key elements of a philosophy.
why have a philosophy

Why have a philosophy?

"If you don't know where you are coming from, how can you lead and manage the activities of others?"

other benefits to having your own philosophy
Other benefits to having your own philosophy…
  • Consistent decisions
  • Clear set of values
  • People have more faith in a strong vision than in conventional wisdom
how detailed does this need to be
How detailed does this need to be?
  • Needs to be brief!
  • Needs to allow for modification!
  • Should be a guide to help you set policies that concern you, your boss, your clients, and staff.
an example the freedom philosophy
An example… (The “Freedom” Philosophy)
  • “Is life so dear, or peace so sweet, as to be purchased at the price of chains and slavery? Forbid it Almighty God! I know not what course others may take, but as for me, give me liberty or give me death! “
          • Patrick Henry, 1765
the freedom philosophy
The “Freedom” Philosophy
  • Currently manifested as the Constitution
  • Constantly changing
developing your own philosophy problem solving approach
Identify each problem as it occurs as precisely as possible and write it down;

Note in outline form the major guiding philosophy of the company or institution for which you work;

Developing your own philosophy…problem solving approach
developing your own philosophy continued
Determine what your personal philosophy is and how it relates to the institution's philosophy;

Specify the mission of your unit and how it relates to the mission of the institution.

Developing your own philosophy(continued)
diamond in the rough
Diamond in the rough?
  • Just as a cut diamond, a philosophy has many facets.
  • An appropriate philosophy generally evolves in consideration of the elements of the philosophical tenets…
tenet number one
Tenet Number One
  • Knowledge precedes action
    • “She knows her stuff”
    • “Be prepared”/”plan ahead”
    • Don’t learn AFTER you needed to know it!
tenet number two
Tenet Number Two
  • Be proactive
    • Ready to take action
    • Anticipate the future
    • Expect “anything”
    • Don’t try to see too far ahead…
    • Also be reactive in matters requiring an urgent and timely response.
tenet number three
Tenet Number Three
  • Never look back!
    • If you gave it your best shot, just move ahead.
    • If a cause is lost, drop it and move on, without regrets.
additional tenets
Additional Tenets…
  • 4. Do not avoid or put off difficult decisions!
  • 5. Communicate clearly with people above and below, but keep it simple,
  • 6. Listen, listen, and listen some more,
  • 7. Involve Staff,
  • ... Stretch yourself, delegate thoughtfully.
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If an employee can’t agree with the philosophy, they probably won’t be comfortable in the institution that developed it.

…Move along. Nothing to see here.