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- Authors: Labuschagne, Willem Jacobus Pieter
- Date: 2012-03-05
- Subjects: Success in business , Financial institutions management
- Type: Thesis
- Identifier: uj:2134 , http://hdl.handle.net/10210/4501
- Description: M.Phil. , The purpose of this essay was to identify the components of success from the literature and to test the components in practice to see to what extent each component formed part of the success experience of a financial institution's senior management. The result was evaluated from a Personal and Professional Leadership perspective. Attention was given to the concept 'success' by describing and explaining the concept. Possible Personal and Professional Leadership guidelines to experience success was investigated and recommendations were made to the financial institution in this regard. A quantitative and descriptive research strategy was followed. The primary research methods used in the study included a survey, word and concept analysis. A word and concept analysis of the word 'success' was undertaken, while a literature study was conducted, to investigate current data documented on the subject of success. A questionairre was developed to determine the success experience of the senior managers of a financial institution. The data was analysed, compared and interpreted. The most important findings of the study are as follows: • From the literature study and the empirical results of the investigation it was found that success is not necessary prosperity or money. Although money can be an advantage it does not guarantee sustainable success. • Success is not a single component for example accomplishment or achievement. Success asks for a holistic approach constituted multiple components. From the literature, 31 components of success were identified. To experience true success balance in terms of all the life dimensions is required. • Three success factors were identified in this study. The first factor is about the "inside-out" success experience (intrinsic factor). The second factor is an "outside-in" success experience (extrinsic factor). Both factors must be acknowledged in success aspirations. The third factor is a PPL-factor. Taking action is a result of the "insideout" factor. This component is calculated, well thought through and based on an awareness of who I am; where I'm going, and why I am going there. It also includes viii • knowledge about my purpose in life, understanding my potential and realising my potensial. This action should further be build around the individual's character and principles. • Success is primarily not happiness. Success and happiness is not a goal to be achieved but a byproduct of that which is longed for. • Success is not power or influence. You could achieve success in this regard by reaching a certain position at work ant think that you have arrived. This position does not indemnify you from an empty and unfulfilled feeling. • Success is not achievement and can not only be measured against achievement alone. • Success is a journey. How do I use each day? Do I make the best of each opportunity? Do I see the opportunity around me? Do I take the necessary action? • More than two thirds of the respondents linked success with the realisation of their goals, the reaching of certain milestones, living in balance with their life dimensions. • Respondents that are 37 and older is more inclined to experience success in their emotional life in contrast with those under 37 years. • Very happy people are more inclined to experience success in terms of their social end emotional life than people that are fairly happy. From this study, it can be concluded that one must know what success is in order to achieve it. There is as many definitions of success as there are people thinking about it. Success in one area of your life does not mean overall success. Balance in all the different life dimensions of life is essential. You must know who you are, where you stand with yourself, what you would like to do and take the necessary steps to get there. All these aspects are based on the principles of Personal and Professional Leadership. The conclusion can thus be made that PPL can make an important contribution to experience success in a balanced way.
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Towards developing a model for spirituality in the workplace
- Authors: Labuschagne, Willem Jacobus Pieter
- Date: 2013-05-01
- Subjects: Spirituality in the workplace , Religion in the workplace , Work - Religious aspects
- Type: Thesis
- Identifier: uj:7500 , http://hdl.handle.net/10210/8358
- Description: D.Phil. (Leadership in Performance and Change) , Orientation: This thesis presents a model of spirituality in the workplace. Spirituality in the workplace has largely been avoided or neglected in the banking sector and is therefore ill understood. It shows little theoretical development and could very well be the next competitive advantage for business. Research question: A general research question guided the study, namely: "What are the subjective experiences of spirituality of a manager in a South African retail bank and how can these assist scholars in reaching an understanding of spirituality at work?” Research aim and objectives: The aim of the study was to explore and describe the concrete experiences and views of a branch manager of a retail bank with regard to spirituality in the workplace and to develop a model of it. The key objectives of the study were: · To develop an appropriate qualitative research approach to capture and unravel the experiences and views of the bank manager; · To study the work of prominent scholars in associated study fields in order to infer abstract constructs that could be used as analytic tools to illuminate the world of the bank manager, and · To develop a model of spirituality in the workplace by applying first-order constructs, that is, the concrete experiences and viewpoints of the manager, as well as second-order constructs, that is, the abstract concepts of scholars. Motivation for the study: Knowledge of spirituality in the workplace is in its infancy in the banking sector. Interest in the topic was raised by existential questions such as: Who are you? Where are you going? Why are you going there? The fact that human beings ask these questions, seek meaning and ask about the purpose of life fascinated me. This fascination was not limited to individuals' personal lives; I wanted to know more about spirituality as it is lived and felt in the workplace where workers spend a third of their lives; I also wanted to know the value of spirituality in the workplace for organisations. This finally led to my submission of a research proposal titled "Towards developing a model for spirituality in the workplace". The model I developed for spirituality in the workplace organises information in such a way that the relationships among the various elements are clarified. This theoretical framework provides an understanding for spirituality in the workplace. Research approach: A modernist qualitative research approach was employed, since I wanted to give my research participant a voice regarding spirituality in the workplace. The interpretive-constructivist research philosophy, and more particularly the assumption that reality is constructed by individuals interacting with their social worlds, underpinned my research. The research data were collected by means of a life history and analysed using Strauss and Corbin’s grounded theory. Regarding data management and storage, I followed Bogdan and Biklen’s (2007, p. 118) advice: pledge to keep your data physically well organised; develop a plan on how to achieve this; ensure that you stick to your plan; create a back-up system; have hard copies of all the recorded data in a manual filing system to secure valuable and often irreplaceable data should your computer become infected with a virus or dysfunctional for some other reason. I also ensured that all the data, whether paper-based or electronic, were kept safe and confidential. The writing style was mainly the scientific tale, but confessional, realist and autoethnographic tales were also used. The entire research process was influenced by symbolic interactionism, that is, seeing meaning as something that arises from the interaction between people, especially when they seek understanding of the world in which they work and live. Meaning was constructed through the researcher’s questions to, and discussions and interactions with the research participant.
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