Assignment: Individual Reflection: Blueprint for Professional and Personal Growth–Your Future as a Manager, with Executive Summary of Class and Collaboration Skills

Assignment: Individual Reflection: Blueprint for Professional and Personal Growth–Your Future as a Manager, with Executive Summary of Class and Collaboration Skills


As you begin this assignment, review the broad range of topics presented throughout the course related to managing people and fostering collaboration. Clearly, 8 weeks does not provide enough time to explore all the topics of this course as deeply as you might have liked. For this final Individual Reflection, select concepts or topics that resonated with you during this course and commit to learning more about them. To bring this commitment to life, identify concrete action items that will support your goal to deepen your personal learning experience in the coming year. Then, consider the following:

  • What can you do now to integrate the experiences and insights you had in this course with your personal and professional development goals?
  • What are the most important things you are taking from this course that will shape your future and enable you to make a positive difference?

The Assignment

All components of the assignment must be turned in as one document:

  1. The executive summary: Write an Executive Summary of the course (2–3 paragraphs) that addresses the following questions:
    • Which content and assignments in this course improved your understanding of managing people and fostering collaboration within your organization (or one with which you are familiar)?
    • What impact has your improved understanding had or (what do you anticipate it will have) on the value you will bring to your role within an organization?
    • How have the content and assignments changed the way you think of the manager’s role within the organization and the way you will practice management and collaboration?
    • How have the content and assignments shaped your goals now and how do you anticipate they will shape your goals in the future?
    • How has the content in this course helped you appreciate the role that managers have in facilitating positive social change within an organization or more broadly?
  2. After considering what you have learned in the course, review the article by Christensen (2010). Then create a strategy for your professional and personal life that will enable you to be the person you described in “Your Sentence” in Week 3. As part of your strategy, be sure to include responses to the following questions:
    • How can I be sure that I will be happy in my career and be the manager I aspire to be?
    • How can I be sure that my relationships with my spouse/partner and my family become an enduring source of happiness?
    • How can I be sure I will maintain my personal integrity, regardless of ethically challenging situations, or morally ambiguous situations? (Hint: Most people consider themselves to be ethical and would not think they could violate their personal integrity. But what would you do if your employer asked you to perform a task or make a decision you are ethically uncomfortable with (but is not illegal), when failure to carry out such a task would risk your termination, your next promotion, or upcoming pay increase? What might you do if you discovered that a task or policy you carried out in good faith had unforeseen consequences you would feel the need to correct? Seriously reflect on how you will safeguard your own integrity, even when faced with an ethically ambiguous situation, potentially harsh personal consequences, or attempting to right a wrong you may have committed.)
  3. Your action plan: Write a detailed action plan for one new goal for professional and personal development (you will continue to build on the list of goals you started in your previous course). Include the following in your action plan:
    • Your specific goal for professional and personal development with an explanation as to why you selected the goal. Be sure to provide concrete and specific examples of why the goal is important, the extent to which this goal enables you to be an agent for positive social change, the personal or professional value you expect from achieving each goal, and how the goal relates to the resources you reviewed in the course.
    • At least two objectives for the goal you have identified. Provide a rationale that explains how your objectives support the goal.

Guidance on Assignment Length: Your BPPG, including the Executive Summary (which should be 2–3 paragraphs in length and no more than one page single spaced), your strategy and action plan should be 3–6 pages total (1.5–3 pages total if single spaced). Refer to the Week 8 Individual Reflection Rubric for grading elements and criteria. Your instructor will use the rubric to assess your work.

Blueprint for Professional and Personal Growth (BPPG): A Potential for Self-Plagiarism

When developing your Blueprint for Professional and Personal Growth (BPPG) for this course, you may find that you are utilizing some information that you presented in the discussions or assignments in this course or information that you have presented in previous courses, including previous BPPG submissions.  Walden recognizes this situation with the caveat that you may use only small portions of your previously submitted work as background or foundational material for additional development in a subsequent assignment or research project Refer to Section 3 of the Student Handbook, Academic Integrity section in the Code of Conduct: found at However, when doing so, you must be careful not to commit a form of academic integrity known as self-plagiarism.  If you reuse sections of your previously submitted work without providing the proper citation and reference, you are committing self-plagiarism.  This is a violation of Academic Integrity as defined in the Student Code of Conduct. 

To ensure that you follow the Academic Integrity standards you must take care to properly cite and reference any reused sections of previously submitted work. For example, if Johana Smithe reuses a section of their BPPG from the previous class, they would cite this section as a quotation: (Smithe, 20xx, p.y) and provide a reference in the Reference page: Smithe, J. (20xx). Blue print for professional growth for WMBA60xx. Unpublished manuscript, Walden University.  Please take some time to review the information at the Writing Center concerning self-plagiarism and how to properly cite yourself.  Link to the Writing Center on Citing Yourself



Required Readings

Document: Week 8 Weekly Briefing (PDF)


The Weekly Briefing provides an essential introduction to the content and concepts that you will be studying during the week. After viewing the weekly Introduction, the Weekly Briefing should be your initial reading each week.

Christensen, C. M. (2010). How will you measure your life? Harvard Business Review, 88(7/8), 46–51. What you learn in your professional life can have application to your personal life. This article shows how management principles such as resource management and developing personal skills can be used to improve all areas of your life.

Hill, L. A., & Lineback, K. (2011). Are you a good boss—or a great one? Harvard Business Review, 89(1/2), 124–131. Hill and Lineback, discuss their observations of many good managers who tended to stagnate and failed to improve. The authors discuss methods you can use to avoid stagnation and become a great manager by managing yourself, your network, and your team.

Pfeffer, J., & Veiga, J. F. (1999). Putting people first for organizational success. Academy of Management Executive, 13(2), 37–48.

While most organizations pay lip service to the maxim, “our people are our most important asset,” it is rare for an organization to protect and develop its people to build an enduring competitive advantage. This article draws on research to argue that the quality of staff development and how companies manage their people are the most important organizational strategies companies can and should make.

Required Media

Laureate Education. (Producer). (2013b). Course preview [Animation]. Retrieved from




This was my post for week 3 : 


Denise Smith

RE: Week 3 – Discussion 2


A positive the professional experience that motivated me to work at my best was a recognition by one of the senior persons in an organization that I worked for. He commended me for my work and assured that I would have immense progress in my career if I continued working with the same zeal. The experience was highly motivating even without physical or financial rewards. However, I have also had a challenging professional experience where one of the managers asserted that my performance was below any acceptable standards. The task would have normally taken three days, but I had to complete it within six hours because of urgency. The experience was highly demotivating since I had done my best given the short deadline.

            The experiences taught me much about intrinsic and extrinsic motivation on my performance. It became apparent that intrinsic motivators had the most impact on my performance. It had more influence compared to the extrinsic motivators that I had received in my professional life.  According to Amabile and Kramer (2011), most managers perceive recognition for good work as having more impact on motivation compared to tangible incentives. I tend to align with their observation whereby intrinsic rewards are more impactful relative to extrinsic ones. They are the main sources of job satisfaction.

            My one sentence is “It is best to leave a place better than I find it even without tangible benefits.” The sentence is meaningful since it influences my perspective of things. Even in places where there are no rewards, I perform at my best to affect the lives of…