Friday, January 31, 2020
MGT499 Module 1 Essay Harley Davidson has been around the United States since 1903 and have always found a way to stay productive and current in this country, they have made huge strides to maintain their quality and trust in their customers. In this day and age even that may not be enough to supplant a companyÃ¢â¬â¢s financial security and Harley Davidson may have to emphasize more on sales outside the USA. Harley DavidsonÃ¢â¬â¢s quality mission is that they value the deep emotional connection that is created with their customers through their products, services, and experiences. They are fueled by the brand quality and trust that their customers place in the company to deliver premium quality and the promise of a fulfilling lifetime ownership experience. Harley Davidson exemplifies this commitment by embracing a culture of personal responsibility and stewardship for quality in everything they do. Harley Davidson fulfills these dreams by their corporate value of providing motorcyclists an expanding line of motorcycles and branded products and services to a selected market segment. Harley DavidsonÃ¢â¬â¢s strategic vision is the delivery of unique motorcycling experiences, as individual as are their customers. The experiences could be as basic as a Sunday morning coffee, or a full moon beach ride. This corporate passion of delivering unique customer experiences is the core of their strategy and the reason for their competitive edge. This corporate passion of delivering to their main stakeholders includes customers and employees. Since the employees of Harley Davidson are motorcyclists themselves, their commitment to delivering an unforgettable motorcycling experience is the reason for the competitive advantage the company enjoys with a distinctive and innovative legendary motorcycling product line. When employees feel like a participant they will have a mutual goal: the long term success of the Company. (Fred, 2008). This is one of the areaÃ¢â¬â¢s Harley Davidson has placed special emphasis on. With restructuring there assembly lines it became a necessity to know if something was not correct in the process, open communication allowed employees to communicate with leaders to resolve issues quickly, minimizing loss. Employees are also encouraged to participate in Harley Davidson Learning Center for its employees; the center was created after restructuring of the workforce to create semi-autonomous workgroups. The center is dedicated to lifelong learning, but is also used to hone skills, learn new skills and if needed remedial training. Harley Davidson customers are a cult. They are as unique as the motorcycles they ride. The passions of their experiences as bikers have made permanent inroads in the landscape of the United States. They are a part of Americana popular culture. They have inspired rock songs, political frame of references, and have been strategically aligned to a sense of freedom, which is the American symbol. The needs and goals of the employees at Harley Davidson are being met. Open communication at all levels is used as a major key to achieving teamwork and employee participation. When employees feel like a participant they will have a mutual goal: the long term success of the Company. (Fred, 2008). This is one of the areaÃ¢â¬â¢s Harley Davidson has placed special emphasis on. With restructuring there assembly lines it became a necessity to know if something was not correct in the process, open communication allowed employees to communicate with leaders to resolve issues quickly, minimizing loss. Consumers are actually fulfilling more and more dreams, which is evident by increases in sales. There are many reasons for this, Harley Davidson listens to its consumers and values their input. They also created the Harley Owners Group (HOG) so that the Company can receive feedback from its riders and continue to make their experiences better and better by improving the products. Ã¢â¬Å"They conduct four US national rallies, two touring rallies, and 44 state rallies. Ã¢â¬ (Fred, 2008). Where they can receive feedback from riders and enjoy some customer bonding as they share in the excitement of riding. Harley Davidson just made major improvements in 4 key areas of their current line of motorcycles, with the input of their riders. Control; Larger engine, brighter lights, and Anti-locking Braking System. Infotainment; color touch screen radio with Bluetooth, GPS, and CB communication all in one unit which can be controlled by voice commands, allowing a rider to keep both hands on the bars. Feel; redesign of Fairings, improved passenger room with back rest and arm rests. Style; Redesigned trunk and saddle bags, with on touch latches, lighter wheels and intuitive hand control switches. Ã¢â¬Å"Weve been one with our riders and dealers for 110 years, and were now doing a much, much better job bringing their insights and needs into great new bikes; and getting the job done 30 percent faster so they can enjoy it all sooner! The worlds best Ã¢â¬â and best-selling Ã¢â¬â touring bike just got a whole lot better because of the inspiration of our riders and the talent and dedication of our employees. Ã¢â¬ (Hoyer, 2013) My recommendation to the executives of Harley Davidson would be to inspire an international campaign of freedom. To launch an international marketing campaign and highlight the individual countries landscapes with passionate riding experiences unique to that country. Since the employees of Harley Davidson are motorcyclists themselves, I would recommend that the corporation employ motorcyclist employees in each of the international companies to work and design a line for each of the individual country markets. The competitive advantage to Harley Davidson has always been about the delivery of unique experiences, the marketing and production campaign in each of the individual countries would succeed if they are able to deliver to that countryÃ¢â¬â¢s stakeholders an unforgettable motorcycling experience. References: Harley Davidson. (2012) Annual Report 2011. Retrieved from: http://media. corporate-ir. net/media_files/IROL/87/87981/HD. pdf Fred, (2008). A case study of Harley DavidsonÃ¢â¬â¢s business practice. Infotechdesign. Retrieved from: http://infotechdesign. net/itd/a-case-study-of-harley-davidsons-business-practices. htmlÃ'Å½
Wednesday, January 22, 2020
It's 2139 and Charles Stimatra, head of the ITEDRC (International Time Exploration and Defense Research Company), has figured out a formula and machine enabling one person at a time to be transported to another time. The glitch he is working on is the person can only be estimated where he will be when he gets transported. The closest they can get is three kilometers within the configured destination. Seven out of twenty three men have been lost and killed because one ended up inside a rock, another 300 feet in the air and the last got stuck in another person causing a time malfunction and creating an explosive object. The others whereabouts are unknown. The other men went back again and tried to save as many from dying as they could because it could cause a chain reaction through history and completely change everything. The future is a whole different matter. Since the future can always be changed, sending someone to the future could change the past. Charles and his associates are not the only ones experimenting in time travel. These people are called hackers, which is why there are Time Police. They devote their lives to protecting the past. For example, if someone went back and killed Hitler, it could change everything. The Time Police stop these people from doing so. Captain of the Time Police used to be Sergeant Carl Lamberg. He was one of the many that had to erase their identity and lives so they could protect the future of the human race. Which brings us to the story of how Carl died. How do I know? Because I am Carl Lamberg. "Control, I'm ready to transmit. Confirm safety for time transport." I let go of the intercom button and waited for the confirmation. "This is Control, we confirm transport. You have the go ahead." This is my thirteenth time and I still get nervous. I reach for the bottom of my shirt to wipe my forehead but the chair starts to shake and I end up in 1642 five feet above the ground. I drop and absorb the impact with my knees. My mission is to find a gold transport to a king and stop a hacker from robbing it. Hackers can easily kill people from the past because they use modern weapons, while the people they are robbing have to reload after every shot. I brush myself off and set off down the road.
Tuesday, January 14, 2020
1. What is the environment of your home like? Busy, before they got guardianship of their grandson, life was quiet and there was not very much that had to be done around the home. Once their grandson came to live with them at age 3, life became Ã¢â¬Å"a buzzÃ¢â¬ again. Ã¢â¬Å"Before our grandson came to us, we usually would get up in the morning, sit and relax as we drank our coffee and had a quiet breakfast together. Now, we (her and her spouse) are up early to get our grandson ready to go to school. Ã¢â¬ She also says Ã¢â¬Å"We had time for the things that we wanted to do in our later years of life, visiting family, traveling and such. Now our time is dedicated to raising our grandson who keeps us going and on our toes but we would not change the situations we are in now for the world. Ã¢â¬ 2. Has aging changed the home environment? Yes, when they were younger, they had the energy and health to do the things they wanted to. Sally says Ã¢â¬Å"With age came some small struggles to stay at the pace we had always had when we were younger. Things that were always easy slowly became more time consuming, housekeeping used to be something that I could complete pretty quickly; now, I am a little slower (with the help of my grandson). Otherwise, she says Ã¢â¬Å"life keeps us all busy. Ã¢â¬ 3. Do you rely on others for help with any activities in the home? Sally answers Ã¢â¬Å"No, we are still able and willing to do our chores and keep up with the necessary tasks that we have. Although, we do have Ã¢â¬Å"JohnÃ¢â¬ (grandson) visit family a few times a month so that we have time to recharge. Ã¢â¬ 4. Do you still drive? If so, how has aging changed how you drive? Sally answered, Ã¢â¬Å"Yes, we both (her and her husband Mike) still drive. Driving is something that you would think would stay the same as you grow old until you get old. When I am driving now, I feel like everyone is in a rush to get where they want to go and here I am taking my time, trying to be safe while all around me are probably cursing me and saying Ã¢â¬Å"Damn old lady is driving so slow. Ã¢â¬ (She laughed as she made the last remark. ) 5. What changes in your home do you face as you get older? Sally answers, Ã¢â¬Å"As my husband and I get older, we are starting to be slower at things that once took us very little time. I think as we continue to get older, we will continue to get slower. Ã¢â¬ She also says, Ã¢â¬Å"With having our grandson home with us, he is helping us when he sees us even struggle a little with even small things. I think as we get older, he will be the one to help us more than anyone else. Recreational Activities: 1. In the past, what did you do for recreation? What do you do now for enjoyment? Sally answers, Ã¢â¬Å"When we were younger and our children were at home with us, we would spend a lot of time outdoors. We loved to go camping, fishing and hunting as a family. As our children got older, they all had things that they were involved in that took that time away that we had for the fun things. Ã¢â¬ She then explained that as her and her husband grew older, that they became more focused on the things that they wanted to do like traveling and visiting family. Sally then explained Ã¢â¬Å"Now that we have our grandson, I go to the movies, library, and toy shopping an awful lot. Ã¢â¬ But then she explained that she takes pleasure in spending time with her grandson doing the things that he likes to do because she Ã¢â¬Å"loves to see the smile on his face. Ã¢â¬ Sally also explained that they are active members of a church that they go to twice a week (Wednesdays and Sundays) and they get great pleasure out of the service. 2. How often do you participate in these activities? Sally says Ã¢â¬Å"When Ã¢â¬Å"JohnÃ¢â¬ is a good boy at school and does what he is told here we usually take him out about once a week to do something special. Ã¢â¬ She then explains, Ã¢â¬Å"Church is a large part of our lives. We go to church not only to worship but also to have time with people that are around our age with and are like-minded. Ã¢â¬ 3. Have the things that do for recreation changed as you aged? As stated above, in their younger years, their recreation revolved around their family. As they got older, she says Ã¢â¬Å"The things we did slowed. We were not out all the time we possibly could have been. Ã¢â¬ Sally says, Ã¢â¬Å"We now spend time where we feel most comfortable, church and doing things with our grandson are what we do most now. Ã¢â¬ Social Support and Interactions: 1. Who do you interact with on a regular basis? Is this the same amount of contact you had in younger years of life? Sally says, Ã¢â¬Å"On a daily basis, my husband and grandson. I usually call my sister every couple days and see how she is doing and on a weekly basis the brothers and sisters I have at church. Ã¢â¬ She also says, Ã¢â¬Å"In the past, we had friends and neighbors that we were in contact with on a daily basis but as time went on, the friends we have kept are passing away or just losing contact with them all together. It is hard getting older and watching the friends you have start to pass away, it make me think that I will not always be here and then it makes me worry about who will keep our grandson when we are gone. Ã¢â¬ 2. Do you participate in any social clubs? Sally says, Ã¢â¬Å"The only real structured social club, if you can call it that, would be church activities. On Wednesdays, we go to church for bible study and social time where we talk with our friends there and on Sunday, we go to service that provides us with GodÃ¢â¬â¢s word and time with our church brothers and sisters. Ã¢â¬ Meaningful Activities: 1. What gives your life meaning? Sally says, Ã¢â¬Å"My family is what gives my life meaning. I try to do as much as possible to stay in the loop of what is going on with my children and grandchildren. My children have always been the reason that we have worked so hard. We always wanted them to have the better things in life and we wanted them to be happy. Ã¢â¬ She also says Ã¢â¬Å"Now, my life revolves around taking care of Ã¢â¬Å"JohnÃ¢â¬ and making sure he feels that everything is okay and that he has a stable home to grow up in. Ã¢â¬ 2. Do you still engage in these activities as you did when you were younger? Sally says, Ã¢â¬Å"When we were younger, we had a lot more activities when our children were young. As they grew up, moved out on their own and had families of their own, our lives quieted down and the activities we were always doing changed into activities that Ã¢â¬Å"MikeÃ¢â¬ and I wanted to do until we got Ã¢â¬Å"JohnÃ¢â¬ and once we got Ã¢â¬Å"JohnÃ¢â¬ life became busy again with all of his activities. Ã¢â¬ Mental Stimulation: 1. In the past, what did you do to keep your mind sharp? Sally says, Ã¢â¬Å"In the past, I had my work to keep my mind sharp. I was a secretary at the middle school in the town we live for almost 20 years and was always busy with the tasks that were I had to do. My children also kept my mind going and I loved helping them with their homework because this helped me keep my mind working and remembering how to do problems like math and science. Ã¢â¬ 2. What do you do now to keep your mind sharp? Sally says, Ã¢â¬Å"Now to keep my mind sharp I do a lot of word and number puzzles. I love to do Sudoku puzzles and word find puzzles. Sudoku puzzles really keep my mind working because sometimes I feel like my hair is on fire when I am done with them (she chuckles.) I also spend time with Ã¢â¬Å"JohnÃ¢â¬ to helping him with his homework and I think this helps to keep me learning still because I have noticed that the way children are taught now has really changed from when I had my children in school. Ã¢â¬ Physical Activities: 1. In the past, what did you do to keep physically fit? Sally says, Ã¢â¬Å"In the past, when my children lived at home, we were always on the go. We would go places where we would walk and hike through the woods like when we would go hunting or fishing. We lives close to the corner store so we would also just walk to the store when we needed a few things instead of get in the car and drive. Ã¢â¬ She also says Ã¢â¬Å"I never was a really big health nut who was always worried about exercise because my weight was never an issue. I felt that is my weight was good then I was getting plenty of exercise. Ã¢â¬ 2. What do you do to keep physically fit now? Sally says, Ã¢â¬Å"Nowadays we love to take Ã¢â¬Å"JohnÃ¢â¬ for walks at the local trails. ItÃ¢â¬â¢s nice to be out in the fresh air and be able to not only spend time with Ã¢â¬Å"MikeÃ¢â¬ and Ã¢â¬Å"JohnÃ¢â¬ but to get a little exercise because I have noticed that the older I get the less muscle I seem to have. Ã¢â¬ Ã¢â¬Å"It seems like the little things are more of a challenge than they were in previous years. Even just opening a jar is sometimes a challenge. Ã¢â¬ 3. Are you able to keep up with the daily physical stresses that you are tasked with on a daily basis? Sally says, Ã¢â¬Å"Yes, it seems like I am still doing a pretty good job keeping up with everything I have to do on a daily basis (as she looks around her living room. ) She also says Ã¢â¬Å"Keeping a house clean is a chore in its own when you have a grandson to pick up after everywhere he goes. Ã¢â¬ She also says, Ã¢â¬Å"I get around to the things I need to do now when I get to them. I used to try to make sure the house was perfect when my children and Ã¢â¬Å"MikeÃ¢â¬ would come home each day and thought that having a clean house for them, food cooking and clothes laid out for them daily was what I was supposed to do. Now that I think about it, I would have much rather of been having fun with them instead of being worried about the house. Ã¢â¬ Ending the interview, her last statement is, Ã¢â¬Å"Life now is a little bit harder than it was when I was younger. It seems like the older I get, the slower I am. Ã¢â¬ She then tells me, Ã¢â¬Å"Make sure that you spend your time doing what makes you happy. Ã¢â¬
Monday, January 6, 2020
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