Four Functions of Management

Present and future managers benefit from becoming proficient in the four functions of management (i.e., POLC) as addressed in your Reading and Learning Activities. Address the following questions regarding POLC below.

  • Describe an example when you have used each of the four functions in either a personal, school, or work experience.
  • Have you ever used all four functions in a civic, personal, or work experience? Explain.
  • Which function(s) do you believe you personally need the most additional training in? Explain.
  • In which of the POLC functions do you believe you are strongest? Why?

Just do response each posted down below # 1 to 3 only.

Posted 1

Being a Sales manager, I have used POLC all the time. Running a business this is a must and is done on a daily basis. For planning, this entailed making sure the I have the proper coverage at my store on a daily basis to be able to support all the customers as well planning an attack plan on which metrics we will need to focus on that we need to grow our business. Organizing pretty much is my strongest functions out of the POLC. I need to be organized to be able to function on a daily basis, such as plan, lead and control. If I had to pick what I need to work on more out of the four it would be controlling. According to Judge, correcting deviations is an important part of controlling (Robbins and Judge, 2019). I am hands on person and sometimes I forget to step back and assess the situation and re-evaluate if need be. I have made improvements and have scheduled weekly time to assess the business as a whole as well as with individual employees.

Robbins, S. P. & Judge, T. A. (2019). Organizational behavior (18th ed.). New York, NY: Pearson.

Posted 2

I can think of many times as the production manager at my previous company where planning, organizing, leading and controlling were all used. That company manufactured CCAs (circuit card assemblies) and the design and process was very detail-oriented. For planning, I had to decide which work orders to start, and based that daily on the amount/type of work already on the floor. If the hand solder department was already behind I would choose work orders with little to no hand soldering to alleviate the bottleneck. Organizing the plan involved meeting with team leads and supervisors of each of the five departments and making sure they understood the flow of work and knew what was coming and going in their areas. Leading was being on the floor, not at my desk and encouraging as well as following up to make sure we were on track. I also provided support, such as getting the employees anything they needed to be successful. Controlling was metric-driven, and being able to look at/produce the metrics needed to identify problem areas that needed to be addressed. All of this was a daily activity for me.

If I had to pick my weakest area from the four it would be controlling. According to Judge, correcting deviations is an important part of controlling (Robbins and Judge, 2019). My biggest issue here is that I like to be very involved and sometimes have a hard time taking a step back to asses and re-evaluate. I have gotten much better at it, but know there is always room to improve.

Robbins, S. P. & Judge, T. A. (2019). Organizational behavior (18th ed.). New York, NY: Pearson.

Posted 3

Hello Class and Professor,

Ai have used the POLC I a few jobs in my life, but when I worked as a manager in a group home for the mentally handicapped is where it was the most pronounced. As a manager there, I was responsible for planning everything from meals to outings and anything that you would think of when you think about a family environment. I was responsible for all of that and then had to manage the employees to make sure that they were effectively doing their jobs. That included making sure they were happy with the work environment and that everyone got along well. To make sure that the environment was cohesive amongst everyone (employees and residents) I had to use all four functions regularly. I feel like I have the hardest time with the controlling function. That is because I might not always enforce things that I need to enforce to try and keep the cohesiveness of the workplace. I have gotten better at this over time, but still feel like I need improvement. I feel like I am very strong at the planning function. This has also come with time and experience. Through my past experiences, I am really good at seeing what needs to be done in my organization and managing my team to make sure those goals are set and met with success. I look forward to reading your responses.


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