In any case, last Saturday's class was actually quite amusing. See, I brought along my mom's laptop because I thought that we would be presenting this week for two subjects. Funny thing was, while Sir Jerald was discussing Meeting of the Minds, I accidentally opened up one of my mom's powerpoint presentations...which turned out to be discussing the exact same thing that my prof was talking about. Of course, my mom's and Sir Jerald's presentations weren't identical, but the context said the same message: Motivation and Recognizing Human Capital. (This isn't surprising, though, because my mom became an HR consultant after she retired from her post as VP for HR in San Miguel Brewing Group's Greater China Operations. I'm just shocked that I never realized the extent of my mom's work until Sir Jerald introduced us to this topic.)
The session led me to another round of mind boggling reflection. See, I drafted my career path about a month ago, but I had not thought about it the way Maslow or Herzberg did. I must admit, I am leaning towards Maslow's approach. In my early 20s, I wasn't really after the money (although it's ironic that I earned more in my early 20s than my last job). As long as my social and esteem needs are satisfied, I felt great. Now that I'm in my late 20s, I feel like I'm back to square one in Maslow's hierarchy. My thoughts are survival, survival, survival. Part of me also says that I don't want to just survive, I want to live! Which basically means, I not only want to secure the first level, but also the second level of the hierarchy. Meaning, I don't want to be living on the boundary of survival, but I also want to be able to help my parents, who should really be completely retiring. Oh, wait, that covers the fourth level also.
Doing the individual assignment also covered a lot of things that I had been thinking about. That would be connected to Level Up!'s Human Capital Management Matrix's 2nd quadrant: Easy to Replace - Low Value Added. While some people in that quadrant may be easy to replace with an automated machine, there's still the fact that the human touch can never be completely eliminated from an entertainment company like Level Up! Inc. A sample analogy of this would be internet courtship. It's true that this happens frequently in Ragnarok Online (people falling in love with 2D sprites because they were so cariñosa), but do you think those guys would actually court a sprite with automated responses? There are still real people behind those sprites, even if those real people happen to be actually males (the alternate definition of MMORPG: many men online roleplaying girls).
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