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When I was a child, I had a group of friends, and I liked to be the leader. In addition, my friends used to select me as the leader of the team because of my skills. I used to select the game to play, and I liked to watch over my friends. Also, I used to practice volleyball, and I was the captain of the team. I always liked to be in control, directing and handling the team. I learned to be organized on an early age. I learned how to manage my time to go to school on time, to practice ballet, go to volleyball practice after school, have time to do my homework, and go to bed at a reasonable time. I did not know that I was developing managerial skills. I was undecided; I did not know what to study. I liked arts, science, math, but I had more skills developing. After many evaluations in the career center to see what I should study, I decided to study General Executive Manager when I was twenty years old. General Executive Manager is the career for me because I have the skills necessary for someone to succeed in this field.

Management is necessary in any company in which a person or group of people are trying to accomplish a specific goal. Every civilization could not have grown without the planning and organizing involved in management. A general executive manager is responsible to plan, organize, direct, coordinate, formulate policies, and strategies (Mc Namara). They may oversee an entire company or a specific department within a company. The general manager establishes policies and goals in collaboration with other top executives, who are overseen by a board of directors. The size of an organization determines if the duties are going to be highly specialized. Some managers are responsible for the overall performance of one aspect of the organization, such as manufacturing, marketing, sales, purchasing, finance, personnel, training, administrative services, computer and information systems, property management, transportation, or the legal services department. In small organizations like independent stores the owner is often the one responsible for hiring, purchasing, and supervising of the whole store. (Bureau of labor).

First, General Executive Manager has some typical tasks. There is a standardized list of the major functions and responsibilities carried out by position of chief executive officer. Top executive managers support operations and administration of the Board by advising and informing Board members, interfacing between the Board and staff, and supporting the Board's evaluation of chief executive. They also oversee design, marketing, promotion, delivery and quality of programs, products and services. (Choices). This may involve developing sales or promotional materials, analyzing the department's budgetary requirements, and hiring, training, and supervising staff. They recommend a yearly budget for the Board's approval and prudently manage the organization's resources within those budget guidelines according to current laws and regulations. Top executives manage the human resources of the organization according to authorized personnel policies and procedures that fully conform to current laws and regulations. Also, they assure the organization and its mission, programs, products and services are consistently presented in strong, positive images to relevant stakeholders. They also assign or delegate responsibilities to subordinates (Choices). In companies that have several locations, managers can be assigned to oversee a specific area. For example, a large facility like Wal Mart, would assign their managers by territories. They might be a Midwest manager, Southeast manager, Northwest manager, Northeast manager, and a Southwest manager. These managers are often called regional managers. Some departments break their management territories up to even smaller sections. For example, Winn Dixie has more than thirty district managers in Orlando division, and more than 300 district managers in central Florida. (Career in Focus)

Second, the requirement to be a general executive manager varies as the nature of the responsibility. The educational background for this career starts with some English classes, a lot of speech classes, and some computers classes. Mathematics will also help a lot to develop this career. The basic skills needed for these fields are at medium level: reading comprehension, active listening, writing, speaking, monitoring, learning strategies, critical thinking. At a low level are math and science (Chief Executives).

General executive managers often have a college degree in a subject that they are working for. I am working on my requirements to obtain my bachelor's in Business Administration Management and then follow up to my Masters in Executive Management. Many top executives have a bachelor's degree or higher degree in business administration (MBA) or liberal arts. Managers in technical manufacturing and research activities often have master's degrees or doctorates in technical or scientific disciplines. Managers who oversee other employees should have good communication. Another important personality trait of a good manager is the ability to delegate work. Other important traits for top executives are intelligence, decisiveness, intuition, creativity, honesty, loyalty, a sense of responsibility, and planning abilities (Action Business Coach). I think I have this ability of think on my own feet and to delegate work. I have worked in Winn Dixie for three years; I am the assistant Front End manager, and I have experience on delegating work. I developed intuition, honesty, loyalty, perseverance, and the ability to solve problems. I think the biggest thing I learned is to be flexible with changes because technology changes, customers' tastes change, and the market changes.

(Action business coach)

The general work place skills are Social skills, complex problem solving skills, technical skills, system skills, resource management skills. (Parker). In social skills managers need to develop social perceptiveness, coordination, persuasion, and negotiation. Complex problem solving skills are the ability on problem identification, Information gathering, information Organization, to generate ideas, and be able to solve the problem. In technical skills managers need to be able to do operating analysis. Top executives need to be able to identify downstream consequences, and they need to identify key causes or problems. They need to make judgments and decisions in base of the identification made. This is system skills. Resource management Skills are time management, management of financial resources, management of material resources, and management of personnel resources. These skills reaffirm why I should study this career. I have almost all the general work place skills,



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