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Tae Kwon Do - Metaphor Assignment

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Annie Pham

on 17 November 2014

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Transcript of Tae Kwon Do - Metaphor Assignment

"Tae" means "foot," "strike with foot/kick," or "to step on"
"Kwon" means "fist," "hand," "to strike with hand/fist"
"Do" means the "way," "discipline," or "way of life"
Organizational Development
Parallel to Taekwondo, HRD has 3 primary functions
Career Development
Training and Development
Human Resource Development

The word "Taekwondo" can be broken down into 3 sections
Without a strong stance or firm foundation (career planning), your skills will be limited. In addition, career management is about making the stance a base and utilizing the feet as a mechanism to attack the issue.
Can be further broken down into:

Career Planning - involves activities performed by an individual, often with the assistance of counselors and others, to assess his or her skills and abilities in order to establish a realistic career plan
Career Management - involves taking the necessary steps to achieve that plan and generally focuses more on what an organization can do to foster employee career development
The "Tae" sector can be utilized in 2 ways:
The stance created with your feet is a foundation/stabilizer for the rest of the body to perform techniques defensively or offensively
Kick is used as an attacking mechanism
Subsequently, the hands are used to improve the ability to meet demands efficiently and effectively by sharpening current skillsets (stance and feet), while and learning how to implement the new ones.
Focuses on improving the knowledge, skills, and attitudes of individuals through:
Process of enhancing the effectiveness of an organization and the well-being of its members through planned interventions that apply behavioral concepts
Skills and technical training programs
Macro changes: to improve effectiveness of organization as a whole
Micro changes: to improve effectiveness of at individuals, small groups, and teams
In my life or the life of a Taekwondo practitioner and in every organization, there are the daily essentials (e.g. food and water, and sales and accounting) to keep the system running. However, Taekwondo is the glue in the life of a Taekwondo practitioner, as HRD is the glue to each facet of an organization. Analogous to HRD, Taekwondo serves as a force that drives growth and development for the individual, as well as its system (i.e. society or organization). It not only illustrates a foundation with the skills and abilities using the hands and feet, but also includes core values and a sense of culture for how life can be operated based on cultivated values. Essentially, HRD is important because it enables an organization to attract, retain, and develop its human capital to coincide with the ever changing industries to stay prominent in its respected industries.
One would learn core values and life lessons to apply to areas in life outside of Taekwondo.
The ability to utilize hands as another attacking mechanism creates an advantage to efficiently reach demands
The "Do" creates a culture and sets the tone for all operations.
Annie Pham's Class

Werner, J. & DeSimone, R. (2012). Human resource development. (6 ed.). Mason, OH: South-Western Cengage Learning.


Essentially, OD is knowing what each individual possesses in order to understand how to improve the efficiency and effectiveness of the organization as a whole.
Metaphor Assignment
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