Functions of Management

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Management is the process of solving problems creatively through using the functions of management. Each function is different, but the weight remains the same when it comes to positively affecting management technique. Planning, organizing, leading, and controlling are the functions intended to result in a company being able to utilize its resources in order to accomplish goals. The first of the four functions required in proper management is planning. "Planning is the management function of systematically making decisions about the goals and activities that an individual, a group, a work unit, or the overall organization will pursue" (Bateman & Snell, 2007). In my organization, planning takes up the most time. Luckily for me, the sales department of our property takes on a good percentage of this task. It is up to me to examine the needs of each client and plan the staff and product accordingly. This function should be first and foremost to all individuals involved in the organization.

Poor planning will result in an organization's demise.

The second function, organizing, is defined as "assembling and coordinating the human, financial, physical, informational, and other resources needed to achieve goals" (Bateman & Snell, 2007). Out of the four functions, I feel organization is more responsible for keeping my company alive and thriving. Without this function, my company would be dead in a week. We conduct staff meetings twice a week so the executive committee and management can discuss and make final plans for the functions of the week. All applicable information must be expedited and forwarded to each department head so the utmost of service and product can be available to our customers in a timely manner. Organization is a team level task; in order for it to work, it will take the entire team to pull together to achieve...