According to the English dictionary, the word orientation has different
connotations, but I choose - an adjustment or adaptation to a new environment,
situation, custom, or set of ideas. .
In my opinion, it is an
impression, or a trial period to conforming adjustment, or adaptation to a new
environment. However, people can assimilate to a new environment, but after
considering first uncomfortable situation can reject the environment.
I did recall what the HR said, at
my first day of orientation at previous job,"that the first initial step
the newly hire must do is to adjust to the new environment and the rest will
follow.” And he continued saying, “it is important that new employees learn
right away what is expected of them.” And that saying is still true.
Seasoned presenter can influence
listeners by transmitting subliminal messages through word of mouth incantation
expressed during orientation process. This can directly impact psychologically
the sub-conscious mind of a person. And can drastically change employees
work behaviors, and attitudes. Also, management and HR act as role models to
encourage and motivate employees to engage their full work potential, and thus
can increase production. As a result, it can also boost employee morale, job
satisfaction, growth, and enhance retention and low turnover. It makes a huge
difference in a work place.
The orientation was conducted by
CEO, and Founder Albert R. Renteria, at Southwest Veterans
Business Resource Center, (SWVBRC), Fallbrook, California. The theme was somewhat related to what I experienced at my
Mr. Albert R. Renteria, brought new important
topics to the table….
Aside from his warm
welcome remarks; he did provide a 10-to-15 minutes snapshot about his life. Then
he did introduce the "14 Step Program, " followed by the introduction of another "Business Model" concepts. And they are not in
chronological order namely: "4-9 Options of Life, the Pie Factor. Three
Pillars of E-Commerce, Tile-to-Carpet, Science of the Hunch, and Domain of the
Brain." It caught my attention on "Three Business Pillars of
E-Commerce model" which he discussed the interaction between Information,
Relationships and Transaction." He explained that in order for a business
to transpire, “there must be an open market and bond between Information,
Relationships and Transaction to exist and establish connection to penetrate
the existing market.” Also, he did mention the PIE Factor, which means
Physical, Intellect, and Emotion. The rest of the business models I ponder
along the way.
Then he went on to
elaborate on SWOT Analysis where businesses use it a lot as viable tool to
audit an organization and its relation to environment. It is definitely a tool
for marketing analyst to identify key market issues and plan business approach.
By definition, SWOT
stands for Strengths, Weaknesses, Opportunities, and Threats. SWOT has two
factors: Internal and External. Internal factors are strength and weaknesses.
External factors are opportunities and threats. Examples of SWOT are;
"Strength - new innovative products, or services. Weakness - poor quality
of goods, or services. Opportunity - mergers, joint
ventures on strategic alliances. And Threat - price wars with
And the most captivating topic of the
orientation was learning SWVBRC’s, mission statement.
Like any other business, a
"Mission Statement" tells a business what it does, and how it
projects the image to the public. Also, it relates about their products and
services. On the other hand, it is important for a business to have a
"Vision Statement" as well. It entails future vision – “It
describes the future situation that a company wishes to have, and the intent of
the vision is to guide, to control, and to encourage the organization as a
whole to reach the desirable state of the organization.”
I did agree with Mr. Albert R.
Renteria's point of view at the orientation. As a new learner, I gain valuable
information that I can share with fellow learners and in addition, will keep in
my tool box of knowledge. It was a time well spent.
Lastly, Albert's biggest concern is
finding ways to prevent future homeless veterans and eliminate homelessness
among our veteran force.