Personal Growth: Ukraine vs. the U.S.

posted Feb 19, 2016, 5:28 PM by Oleksiy Fesenko   [ updated Feb 20, 2016, 12:25 PM ]
        On the other hand, the moral philosophy can enrich the person, and contributes to the common good and the citizenship. It's like a morality to give bread to the victims of famine suffering from starvation or to help to integrate a person suffering from a difficulty to find a job into a future life.  In the former case, there is no morality by giving more than necessary to the hungry; in the later - sky is the limit can add to the personal growth. 

        Regrettably, the win for Ukraine was not in the shared value domain, but in the credits from IMF and hopes to find the personal integrity in the future.

The recent visit of one of the Ukrainian opposition leaders to the U.S. State Department is the news important mainly locally in Ukraine and Russia (Bortnik, Feb. 14, 2016) was an albatross around the necks of the Ukrainians. The Ukrainian opposition suggested choosing between the devil and the blue sea, pending at that time decision about a position of the Prime Minister in Ukraine. Not surprisingly the personal relations of such a caliber might prescribe the high levels of the personal growth and self-determination, from each party. But, how comparable can be those two levels?

The level of the personal growth is very much individual. The opportunities for the personal growth much correlate to the particular needs (the Maslow's hierarchy of needs), most of all to the need of self-actualization which is at the top of the pyramid. In real life, this pyramid has shifted from the traditional into the top-down in the academic environment and to the inverted in the corporate entrepreneurship environment and finally changed into the flat structure in the world of the shared values (Figure 2). 

Personal Growth: Academic Environment.

How easy can be recording or deleting information on/from the hard drive, and who needs a student having only the cognitive skills? To prepare the students for the future careers, the Universities offer to the graduates the career training, extracurricular, leadership, communication and the other activities.

Globalization provides the updated opportunities to the graduates as well as the new level of connectedness, technological advance, and the competitive environment. The market is looking forward to the service oriented and highly motivated workers. The institutions accordingly reflect this in their mission statement. Below is the strategic mission statement analysis of the top U.S. and the Ukrainian Universities.

The U.S. Universities:

According to the National Universities ranking (U.S. News Education, 2016) the top three U.S. Universities are:

A)    Princeton University:

To provide enriching educational and personal growth experiences through outdoor and adventure challenge activities to members of the Princeton University community and urban youth in the Princeton area encouraging leadership development, skill development, and stewardship of the natural world" (Princeton,  2016).

Princeton seeks to develop the social and leadership skills through the outdoor extracurricular activities.

B)    Harvard University:

 “We are committed to creating and sustaining the conditions that enable all Harvard College students to experience an unparalleled educational journey that is intellectual, socially, and personally transformative "(Harvard College, 2016).

Harvard aims to graduate students with the highest level of the transformation capabilities – to transform oneself and the others.

C)    Yale University

"Yale educates aspiring leaders worldwide who serve all sectors of society" (Yale, 2016).

"The purpose of the residential colleges is to provide an intimate and supportive community designed to promote the social, intellectual and personal growth of Yale undergraduates." (Yale College, 2016).

Yale expressed a clear direction integral part of the personal growth.

The Ukrainian Universities: The Below Par Standards.

According to the national ranking of the Ukrainian Universities (Osvita.UA, 2016) the leading three Ukrainian universities are:

A)    Taras Shevchenko National University of Kyiv

“… classic research-based university, with a vision that highlights education, research, and innovation" (Hubersky, n.d.).

The University does not look outside the academic and the research curriculum.

B)    Kyivska Polytechnika

Creation of competitive advantages for participants and partners of Science Park “Kyivska Polytechnika using integration of education, science and business." (Kyivska Polytechnika, 2015).

The framework of this mission statement is the logical system thinking.

C)    Karazin Kharkiv National University (Karazin Kharkiv National University, 2016)

    The Karazin Kharkiv National University provided no Mission Statement.

Mission statement is a part of the strategic plan is establishing the default coherence standards across the institution. An organization without a mission statement or a direction to the personal growth displays a utilitarian approach to education. By cutting out the mission of personal growth, the Ukrainian institutions eliminated a pattern of consideration. So simple, but for all: the students, teachers, parents and society it makes a difference to what should be the motivator: for the students to study; for the teachers to carry out a responsibility. The strategy, actions, attitudes, beliefs, motives should be coherent to each other.

On the other hand, the moral philosophy can enrich the person, and contributes to the common good and the citizenship. It's like a morality to give bread to the victims of famine suffering from starvation or to help to integrate a person suffering from a difficulty to find a job into a future life.  In the former case, there is no morality by giving more than necessary to the hungry; in the later - sky is the limit can add to the personal growth.

Not a surprise that one of the four biggest world borrowers 2015, according to the information by IMF was Ukraine (International Monetary Fund, 2016). Regrettably, the win for Ukraine was not in the shared value, but in the credits from IMF and hopes to find the personal integrity in the future.

Personal Growth: Corporate Entrepreneurship.

According to Bloomberg, the corruption level in Ukraine is one of the highest before the pro-European street protests in 2014 has plummeted in the last years (Krasnolutska & Choursina, 2016). Ukrainians live in the environment where the legal entities were disintegrating the country through the corruption:  ‘a pattern of entrepreneurship’ through the corruption. What about the big business?

According to The Saker (Samofalova, 2016) the exodus of the foreign investors from Ukraine continues, the most recent losses were American Groupon Inc., Asus, Shopping malls and the smaller retailers, while the larger foreign corporations in the financial and oil and gas sectors are eagerly looking forward to an opportunity to retreat.

For what avail is the corporate entrepreneurship, when the revolutions have proved to be cyclic and the country backs to the square one. Instead of observing the property right, the integrity, the corporate responsibility, the country is preparing the graduates who are going to be useless to the society. Why such goals as education, science, personal growth, citizenship, corporate social responsibility contradict to each other?

Logically the academic strategies are correct, but historically they are contradictory following the vice cycles again and again. This contradiction is evident as the graduates have no preparation to serve all the stakeholders equally - the family, business, society, community: from this mostly suffer the community and the large businesses. What about the corporate entrepreneurship in the U.S.?

Forbes (Murphy, 2015) quoted the leading U.S. companies, the tree first among them were:

A)    Cargill

"Personal growth through the development of new skills, knowledge and abilities is imperative to Cargill's success We will provide you with the tools, opportunities, and a culture that values and supports employee growth. Making the most of the opportunities, however, begins with owning your responsibility for the strength of your network and development plan” (Cargill, n.d.).  

The company believes in the quality of the talent pool and the further personal development.

B)    Koch Industries (Molex)

"There is considerable power in having a shared vision, but only if we use it to determine where and how we can each contribute to Molex creating the most value" (Slark, 2014).

The company needs the motivated employees; the vision of the employees is the essential attribute of the shared vision of the enterprise.

C)    Dell

The candidate to work at DELL should meet the following requirements:

1.      Driven, self-starting undergraduates

2.      Minimum cumulative GPA of 3.4

3.      Business internship experience

4.      Global experiences

5.      Extracurricular activities

6.      Demonstrated leadership initiative

7.      Effective communication skills” (DELL, n.d.).

   The skills (1), (3), (5), (6), (7) are the personal development skills: many colleges in the U.S. have committed to developing these skills in their students.

        The Corporate entrepreneurship refers to following the personal development plans, drive and self-starting skills, business internship experiences, understanding the global multiculturalism and the new opportunities, extracurricular activities, developing leadership skills, effective communication skills, and vision.

Different Alternatives in the Personal Development Supply/Coprorate Demand Matrix

     As a result, from the Personal Development Supply / Corporate Demand Matrix, come two market positions of the alternatives (Figure 1):

Alternative 1 – Offer by the U.S. Universities of the graduates with the extracurricular experience, personal growth, and high self-determination. These graduates can entirely feet to the corporate entrepreneurship oriented environment.

Alternative 2 – Offer by the Ukrainian Universities of the graduates with the academic skills, which can perfectly fit the corrupt Ukrainian business environment.

Figure 2 Flattening of the Maslow's Hierarchy of Needs Pyramid

 The present Generation Y or the Millennials not only enjoys the pleasures of access to the Internet but also is lacking trust and advice in the endless oceans of the information flows, is like a babe in the woods. The universities should ‘donate' the new skills to orient quickly in this dynamically changing environment: there is no word 'less' there is the only word 'more' here because this will be moral.

 Inversely the politicians, the beggars of money are the representatives of a banana republic instead of Ukraine. They have preferred the political perspectives looking into the future not further than the crow flies. What about granting access to the shared values: begging money for the political needs should arise the clarion cry of ‘less', because ‘more’ will be amoral.

The grant-givers can understand that they are funding the political activities – that is immoral. 

The shared values (Figure 2) have no sense with a bad taste in the mouth, without courteousness recognition of the property right, tolerance, and respect for the co-citizens and oneself. All the Generations in Ukrainian need the long-term perspectives. Personal development is not the one-moment decision or the deliberate process because it involves the culture.



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