This course has been instrumental to reviewing my own perceptions of management and the processes that belie it.
In Stud Terkel’s book, ‘Working’, he draws on Freud’s infamous saying: “lieben und arbeiten are the two moving impulses of man”.
Freud asseverates that, “his work gives him a secure place a portion of reality, in the human community”. Through the act of blogging this year, it has given me a purpose of placing theories in real contexts and opening up new possibilities that I hope to share as I have reflected in my future career. (Richardson 1995). ‘Narrative displays the goals and intentions of human actors; it makes individuals, cultures, societies, and historical epochs comprehensible as wholes”. Essentially it is the reflective and reflexivity process that we have embarked on through this semester. The reflexivity and reflection process have been the keys to the library doors, where we now students can envision ourselves one day as information professionals.
(Riessman 2002) ‘Narrative analysis focuses on the story itself and seeks to preserve the integrity of personal biographies or a series of events that cannot adequately be understood in terms of their discrete elements. Using this quote, it has been the myriad of articles, case studies and guest speakers who have opened up the domain of the world of information professionals and through it, I find my comrades, fellow students sharing their resources, reflecting, refracting and positioning ourselves in the narrative of library and information.
According to Adorno, where popular music acquires the fetish character of the commodity itself. (Adorno 1978(1932)) ‘Music which employs the regressive or obsolete characteristics of traditional forms and materials accepts its character as a commodity and becomes identical with the tendencies of society, thereby affirming and reflecting them.’ Using his theory and applying it to management, I can honestly say I was Adorno’s ‘shop girl’. I was just a girl who loved books, sought refuge in their words and broadened my horizons as my world opened further with each page that was turned. I now think reflectively, critically about managing and organizations, managing individuals, managing teams and human resources, decision-making processes, the importance of communication, knowledge management and managing change and innovation. Management processes have broadened my thinking process and the readings have been incorporated into reflective practices in my education and hopefully my professional life.
A friend of mine once remarked on a celebrity we were discussing saying: ‘The artist, who can look at the world but live too fast and not look at themselves’. I think we all are guilty of this from time to time but in taking the time to reflect, we enrich and place value on our experiences.
‘Images detached from every aspect of life merge into a common stream, and the former unity of life is lost forever. Apprehended in a partial way, reality unfolds in a new generality as a pseudo-world apart, solely as an object of contemplation’. (Guy Debord 1964)
For Guy Debord, “For the spectacle, as the perfect image of the ruling economic order are nothing and development is all – although the only thing into which the spectacle plans to develop is itself.”
As Debord, if I am interpreting this correctly, we are fed to want these spectacles, so if we appear to accept them, we think that as individuals, we have come to an original premise. Maybe the spectacle is living and breeding in all of us but if we take action reassess and truly engage in reflective and reflexivity practices, maybe we can keep the monster of spectacle at bay and only let him out at Christmas! (Just a thought)
I’m still young and making mistakes.
I can be ignorant.
I can be controversial.
I am still in the process of creating my own image but then so are all of us, it’s a never ending process.
We often dislike flaws, we see in other people that are actually our own attributes.
Reflective practice must take into account, theories and case studies that involve hybridity, contradiction and multiple selves, in other words, complex characteristics, like all of us.
We live in a sound-bite mediated culture where, people increasingly believe mediated personas are caricatures, two dimensional.
We must not become complacent; the people in our society deserve to judged as real actors and contributors.
Many of us have forgotten about society, we only think in terms of economy, we are all commodities. In this management course it has become apparent that if an organization is managed well, people and communication are pivotal to the success of organizations.
Every so often, when one is feeling despondent and dismal, one can begin to just review oneself as yet another commodity but we are so much more.
I will end with a quote from Confucius:
By three methods we may learn wisdom: First, by reflection, which is noblest; second, by imitation, which is easiest; and third by experience, which is the bitterest. In the case of this course the experience has been a joy.
Thank you for taking the time to read this to the end.