August 12th, 2012
For anyone that who might be interested, here was my answer(s). I wrote this at the end of last May.
- Leading Change:
This core qualification involves the ability to bring about strategic
change, both within and outside the organization, to achieve
organizational goals. Inherent in this ECQ is the ability to establish an
organizational vision and to implement it in a continuously changing
environment. Competencies: Creativity and Innovation, External Awareness,
Flexibility, Resilience, Strategic Thinking, Vision.
and Innovation – While not always outwardly apparent to others, I challenge
every undertaking pursued by every stakeholder in any given business
endeavor. My review of business
processes and endeavors are always relevant to the organization’s mission and
vision. I always look to tweak processes
to allow for greater returns. However, I
do not meddle in affairs merely for the sake of meddling; any interjections are
to ensure that all efforts are moving the organization towards its goals. Efficiency, improvement, and the interests of
the Administration and the taxpayers are paramount. I am always interested in
suggestions from others – for even if a proposed alternative is not preferred,
such challenged efforts help to illuminate the best course to achieve goals in
light of the risks – apparent, mitigated, or otherwise. Moreover, I am not afraid to undertake new
approaches and programs so long as efforts are monitored and reviewed for
constant reassessment to illuminate the worthwhile business process
improvements. During my efforts at ____,
I was often given the non-standard assignments as it seemed that my fellow
engineers were often unable to ‘think outside the box’ to develop innovative
approaches to problems. While at ____
and during graduate studies, I have typically been the one to whom others turn
to ask for innovative approaches to difficult issues.
Awareness – I pride myself upon my ability to maintain a keen awareness of what
is occurring in the organization’s internal and external environments. The strategic approach to developing any
feasible solution to difficulties is often revealed through the value
chain. However, if one has no external
awareness, they have no idea where value is being added. Additionally, I believe that I possess a
talent to ascertain the baseline truth of any circumstance, regardless of what
is being claimed by others. I am adept
at identifying the strengths, weaknesses, opportunities, and threats to any
business plan. I stay abreast of local
and national issues and always attempt to translate how such happenings affect
the workplace effort at hand. For
instance, during the BRAC cost-cutting efforts of the Dept. of ____ in the
1990s, many of my ____ coworkers would often become agitated with the
constant state of flux that was the reality of being a government DoD employee
at that time. But such cost-cutting
rhetoric never bothered me in the slightest as I knew ____-Philadelphia was
safe, as the Philadelphia Naval Shipyard had already been closed and it was
very unlikely that another such base closure would be levied against the local
– While it is somewhat natural to be resistant to change, I tend to thrive on
opportunities presented by altered circumstances. So I consider myself excessively flexible on
any given front. While it typically may
not be necessary to fix what is not broken, less than satisfactory circumstance
nearly always demand change. So, to be
overly resistant to change makes one like a modern dinosaur – doomed to
extinction. Also, unexpected circumstances
and demands can make for interesting challenges, but unexpected and adverse
conditions can be mitigated with proper planning and adaptability. Reassessment seems the apropos word, when
confronted with unexpected results. I
believe I can productively adapt to any change.
Moreover, I often seek changed environments so that I can reassess my
ability to adapt to changes. To this end
and for example, I continually seek to reinvent myself by continuing academic
studies in new and challenging disciplines.
– When a goal is being pursued, perseverance is the preferred method of choice
for this applicant. I never give up on
anything without overwhelming reasons to do so.
While no prima donna, I can identify a losing effort and subsequently
implement alternative or contingency plans.
In general I don’t give up or quit anything. Moreover, I view adversity as merely allowing
for new learning opportunities. To this
end, when faced with the challenging economic times during much of the last decade,
I sought to increase my knowledge, skills, and abilities by earning an M.B.A
and then to enroll in law school.
Thinking – I formulate plans which are aligned to the vision, mission, and
goals of the organization. Even
statements pertaining to vision, mission, and goals themselves are often
scrutinized to determine if the proper meaning is being relayed and to see if
such is clearly understood or appropriate.
While attempting to best leverage circumstances to provide for
beneficial results, one must always beware of any inherent risks. I believe risks can always be mitigated if
properly qualified or quantified.
However while displaying proper restraint, one should always be ready to
capitalize on opportunities as well. I
view most efforts undertaken as a variation of a game of chess. Every initiated move is taken to allow for
the envisioned reward to subsequently follow.
But to achieve such a reward, one must typically anticipate countering
forces which are ultimately beyond one’s control.
– A team or organization would find it difficult to meet its goals if the team
members did not know or understand the sought-after ends. Furthermore, an agreed-upon organizational
goal can become motivating to others also in pursuit of such ends, assuming the
others also subscribe to the same vision.
Ultimately, anything worth having is worth working to obtain. As such, any actions taken by the members of
the organization should be in support of the organization’s vision. For myself, I typically set goals throughout
any given day while also looking at the bigger picture of how my efforts will
contribute to the mission and vision of the organization as well as the
personal image I seek to put forth.
While this may sound somewhat silly or obvious, if one does not set
goals, goals cannot be achieved.