With November just around the corner, writing has been on my mind a lot lately. I’m still writing every day, but there are days that I just don’t feel inspired. Rather, the ideas aren’t there. I want to write, but I just can’t figure out what to write. Today, I participated in a critique group for the first time, and I think, overall, it was a good experience. The novel being critiqued was a Christian fiction piece, covering the three-day period after the Crucifixion. This was not my usual genre. Honestly, I probably wouldn’t have picked it up if I saw it in a bookstore. However, that’s one of the good/bad things about the group – everyone in the group has a different preferred genre, so I’ll get to read a lot of things that I don’t normally read. I read the book once, because I wanted to give honest opinions as a reader – when I read a book, I rarely go back and read passages again, unless the writer lost me somewhere along the way.

I think this approach was probably right for the first run-through, but, after hearing the way the other members of the group gave their comments, I plan to do things differently next time. I will definitely do a first read over a 1-2 day period, the way I normally read a book, and make notes about my initial impressions and things that lost me along the way. This time around, the writer told us not to worry about line-editing because he knew that the grammar and punctuation could use some work. I tried to leave it alone, I really did! My father trained me well, though, and I just couldn’t leave the dangling fragments alone. My critique was probably more technical than the others because of that, so hopefully my input was valuable to the author. I’m actually looking forward to having one of my pieces critiqued by this particular group. At least two of the writers have completed projects that they’re sending out queries for, which is also valuable – they’re more than happy to help the rest of us with submissions when the time comes. I think that’s the part of the process that I’m looking forward to the least. I don’t like rejection. I hate it, actually. I applied for grad school and got rejected because the program I applied to didn’t get enough grants to take on another student, and I was devastated. I’ve been ‘rejected’ at my last two auditions, and I’m not sure I’m up for auditioning for anything else (at least in the near future) because I don’t want another failed attempt.

10. Training facilitates the introduction of new management techniques and also new production techniques including automation and computer technology. 12. Training provides proper guidance and instructions to newly appointed executives and assists them to adjust properly with the job and the organisation. 1. Training creates a feeling of confidence among the employees. It gives personal safety and security to them at the work place. 2. Training develops skills which act as valuable personal assets of employees. 3. Training provides opportunity for quick promotion and self-development to managers. 4. Training provides attractive remuneration and other monetary benefits to employees. 5. Training develops adaptability among employees. It updates their knowledge and skills and keeps them fresh. It actually refreshes the mental outlook of employees. 6. Training develops positive attitude towards work assigned and thereby creates interest and attraction for the job and the work place. 7. Training creates an attitude of mutual co-operation and understanding among the managers.

Such attitude is useful not only at the work place but also in the social life. In addition to training for operative staff, an organisation has to take steps for training managers. Such training programmes are called ‘managerial development / executive development programmes. Managerial talent is the most important asset that a company can possess. Management development ensures that as and when the demand for managers arise, suitably qualified persons are ready to fill the vacancies. Managerial development consists of all means by which executives learn to improve their performance. It is designed to improve the effectiveness of mangers in their present jobs and to prepare them for higher jobs in future. Managerial development aims at helping the mangers to realise their full potential. Management development is a way to improving the culture of the Organisation so that it could be geared to excellence. 1. Shortage of trained managers : Talented and matured managers are not easily available. It is not possible to appoint managers from outside for the key managerial posts.

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