bsci105 week 1 notes (don't download!!)
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Kotler 1 Jordan Kotler Dr. Jennifer Littlefield PUAF201 December 8, 2015 DIY Challenge Individual Analysis When presented with the DIY Challenge, I initially did not think it would be successful. A week is barely any time in the scheme of things. We want to raise $500, but that is probably unrealistic. College students do not like to spend money. Finals are coming, and our group members need to study. However, I was obviously wrong. By combining multiple people with unique skills into a team and creating many opportunities to raise money, our team was incredibly successful. Our group decided to create several opportunities to raise money. Initially, we planned to have a hot chocolate sale, bake cake pops, make a GoFundMe (GFM) account, and go “canning”- a TerpThon idea where team members walk around campus with cans and collect change. However, we realized that all of these ideas would mean overexerting ourselves; there simply was not enough time. We chose to bake something easy that would be cost-effective, and create the GFM account. After talking to friends, we realized that canning was unrealistic. College students rarely carry around change, and are not usually willing to give up even a five- dollar bill. We then considered canning at the basketball game, but realized that it was an inefficient use of our time. Even if we asked parents, it would still not rake in much profit, and being busy college students, we wanted to use our time efficiently to make as much money as possible. When we decided on a bake sale, we had to decide what to make. In order to keep the hot chocolate warm and sell it to people outside the building, we needed to invest in a thermos, which seemed unreasonable. In addition, to make cake pops, many ingredients are necessary. They sell best if wrapped well, and the wrappings would cost extra money. After analyzing, we decided to make cookies. They do not cost much to make, and would give us the best profit. We also chose to make a GFM account on the side, expecting to maybe make $100 from it. We wrote an email to send to our families and friends, and also posted the link on Facebook. Together, the GFM and bake sale raised over $800. I believe that we were so successful because we gained the respect and trust of our friends and family by explaining our cause and where the money was going. We were transparent and honest about how although we did not know exactly where the money was going yet, we were going to vote on it soon. By gaining support, our family and friends trusted us, and donated money in response. In addition, each member of our team has a specific strength. Personally, I love outreach. I was in charge of getting people to donate, writing the emails to our families, and selling the cookies. Aaron Hurst, in his article entitled “Five Levers for Social Change,” explained that “ comprehensive and multi-faceted campaigns—backed up by hard facts and driven by ordinary people willing to roll up their sleeves—can catalyze social change.” I believe our campaign did exactly this. We used facts to explain our cause, like the amount raised in previous years, as well as the organizations the money went to. In addition, our group was made up of students motivated by competition. Personally, I am an extrovert, which is a large part of my leadership style. I gain energy and motivation from working with others. When I am part of a team, I am driven to work hard; in addition, I tend to take charge of an aspect of the project that highlights my strengths. In this case, it was outreach and marketing! In addition, in class, we discussed how leadership truly is the process of influencing a group toward accomplishing its goals-- not taking control of the Kotler 2 entire project or being overbearing, as common stereotypes lead us to believe. I have always loved to fundraise for causes I am passionate about, and my energy is infectious. In addition, my personality type lists me as altruistic and reliable, two things that I truly try and be at all times. My best leadership tactic is influence via my energy, like the definition we discussed in class said; combined with my innate love for helping others and my drive to always be reliable, my leadership was beneficial to our group. My extroversion through leadership, which is definitely represented through my Myers-Briggs type (ENFJ) helped me contribute to our team’s success. This project taught me that people have very different styles of leadership that often differ from my own. For example, many people in my group are quieter leaders. They were more introverted, talked less, and like to follow directions rather than give them. However, although this differs from the typical idea of a leader, I believe they lead in that they provided support to the group and that although they were more quiet, their well-defined beliefs and independent thinking allowed them to help the group make decisions. This project truly taught me that people apply their leadership in multiple ways. It is not all about being the loudest, or the one whose ideas are used. Personally, in my team, I played the role of the motivator and the organizer. As previously mentioned, I am naturally enthusiastic and altruistic, so I feel that I got everyone excited about the project. As a leader, I tend to be very organized and goal-oriented. I played the role of scheduler, especially in getting the team to meet around our busy schedules. As group work can sometimes go, some people did not feel the need to put in any effort because others put in so much. However, this is not fair to those who are putting in a lot of effort. We struggled with this aspect. In the end, everyone agreed to meet up, especially when we baked cookies, so our event felt successful. This project taught me as much about teamwork as it did about fundraising. Initially, I did not see a week as enough time to raise money. When we combined teamwork with outreach and networking, we raised 8x what I expected to raise. When we used multiple facets for fundraising, we overshot our goal almost tenfold. It also taught me that having seemingly “too high” of expectations is not really possible. High expectations enabled my group to work hard in order to reach our goal, and motivated us to keep working until we reached our goal. Lastly, it taught me that prioritizing is key. By putting our fundraiser first for a few hours a day, we put all our energy into the project without becoming overly involved or neglecting our other responsibilities. This project, which at first seemed intimidating and impossible, was about more than just raising money and support; it provided me with an outlet in which to practice the skills I have learned in class.
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