The paper "How I Did It: the CEO of Duke Energy" is a good example of business coursework. Roger’ s Environmental Charter is quite educative and insightful and can be used as a guideline in our day-to-day lives. His first point which was to incorporate environmental considerations into his planning process gives us insight into the fundamental stages during a planning process. More importantly, Roger’ s takes note of the importance of making prior considerations before commencing on a project. Examples of environmental considerations that Rogers made include the effects of his proposed project to the environment, stakeholders to be involved in his project and availability of resources to accomplish his mission.
In the same wavelength, we should keenly reflect on any given course of action. For instance, when choosing a career, I could make several considerations such as marketability of my career, whether local universities offer courses in line with my career and availability of resources to develop the career. While making considerations, is important to get inspirations from people with prior knowledge and experience. Preferably, one can get a mentor to guide through the career search; he could be a friend, teacher, family member or even a community leader practising in the desired career. In his second point, Rogers compared the environmental consequence of choosing certain suppliers and contractors when purchasing suppliers and services.
The insight I get from this point is the importance of comparisons and contrasts in decision making. We encounter many incidences in our daily lives requiring us to compare or contrast. When taking a bus at the bus station, for instance, one would need to make a quick decision of the best bus to use; probably based on the prices, the newness of the bus or even the desirability of the driver.
Another example is when one is making a decision on the snack to take for lunch. A hamburger would be a good choice but it closely compares to a sandwich which is cheaper. Comparing and contrasting basically entails drawing similarities and differences between variables. During this process, one explores various alternatives and thereafter identifies their advantages and disadvantages so as to identify the one with the best offer.
Therefore, comparing items enables one to make informed decisions before taking action. Besides that, this process prepares one to tackle challenges that lie ahead of the decision. Rogers point on maintaining and enhancing internal procedures for handling environmental emergencies gives us insight into the importance of developing strategic measures for contingencies. For instance, oil spills are inherent dangers in the oil and energy industry. What makes a company distinct from others are contingency frameworks that address steps that can be taken when such as eventuality takes place.
Eventualities are unavoidable especially in the lives of young people and thus necessitate adequate planning (Ahmmad 2012). Separation or divorce is an inherent danger for many marriages in today’ s world. In my opinion, one can alleviate the negative implications of divorce by having adequate knowledge about the legal matters pertaining to divorce. In such a case, one will avoid instances where the other spouse takes advantage of their legal ignorance.
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