Learning Activity 1, Theme 1
The 21 st century manager is the person tasked to implement the leader’s vision and
mission for the organization. The manager does this with the help of Fayol’s theoretical
framework known as the four pillars of management: planning, organizing, leading, and
controlling. This week, we begin our examination of the four pillars of management with
the first function, planning.
The planning stage of management is considered by most to be the most important
because of the advantages that planning has for achieving goals. Due to the complexity
of the business landscape in the 21 st century managers are faced with planning and the
need for quick change. The agile organization attempts to address the advantages and
disadvantages of planning.
Explore the Internet and retrieve articles that discuss the pros and cons of the
Compare and contrast the advantages and disadvantages to the planning function
and explain how the manager in an agile organization may use both to his or
Learning Activity 2, Theme 2
There are several elements that result from the planning stage but for our purposes we
will focus on the development of long-term and short-term goals. Long-term goals are
set by the owners, leaders or upper management depending on the structure, size or
type of organization. Long-term goals reflect the big-picture goals and objectives are
directly related to the purpose and vision that the leaders and owners develop. In
today’s change-dominated business environment long-term goals are set to be
accomplished in 2-3 years’ time as opposed to the previous century’s 5-10 years.
Long-term goals are often created through planning and strategizing. The process
begins with the vision and mission of the business. To understand the concepts of
vision and mission and their role in the process, you will take the role of the leader and
formulate the vision and mission of an organization.
Create a vision statement and mission statement to fit the company described below.
Make sure to explain why the vision statement and mission statement fit the
company. Be sure to use the course readings in your response to support your
Mohammed Abul and his family own the Long-lasting Boot (LLB) store. LLB is a
specialty boot store located in the downtown area in a medium sized city Scottsdale,
Arizona and sells a broad line of boots to all members of the family including a novelty
pet line. The store sells boots for work and recreation as well as a line of expensive
cowboy boots for the tourist trade. The business is twenty-five years old. It has a
reputation for being the best place to get boots in the community because of the
selection, quality, and customer service. LLB will even work with custom designed
boots for people with unusually sized feet or medical problems. The boots in some
instances, work boots in particular, are considered expensive by middle class buyers
but the construction quality is so long-lasting that it makes the higher prices seem
worthwhile. The store is successful but sales are very slow growing at the moment.
The family is looking to boost sales by developing a competitive edge for the future.
Hint: Before you begin be sure that you clearly understand the difference between a
vision and mission statement as well as the purpose they each serve.