Functions of Management Essay

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Functions of Management

The four functions of management are: planning, organizing, leading and controlling. Management is defined by many different authors as the process in which individuals motivate others to achieve a common goal. To be an effective manager you must not fail at any of the four functions or your team will not meet its common goals. When defining the four functions of management James Higgins suggested in his article entitled “the five functions of management” that there are five areas which are planning, organizing, staffing, directing and controlling. James Higgins suggests that by using these five functions of management you can have “success is gained through accomplishment of mission and objectives”
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What this function of management entails is the process where you determine the goals and objectives while anticipating the future. The youth center uses this process by planning the themed events for the week. Each of these themed events must have a goal that teaches the child. In the planning phase you have to determine what resources will need to be found to achieve the themed goal for the children. For instance, if the themed goal was the ocean at this time you would begin to plan the events like making model fish out of paper plates for the younger groups or finding a worksheet where the older children would be able to label the different parts of a fish. The second function is organizing which has been defined as “The management function of assembling and coordinating human, financial, physical, informational, and other resources needed to achieve goals” (Bateman & Snell 2007, pg 17). What this function of management entails is the process where you determine how you are going to organize the events, the division of the age groups, and specifying the volunteer’s responsibilities to achieve maximum success for the children. We use this process at the youth center to take the themed event and organize the event in a way that there is an age appropriate activity for each child. For instance,

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