Strategic Change Case Study

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Purpose of Assignment

The purpose of this assignment is to provide a chance for the student to examine an existing organization and apply research to identify opportunities for strategic change.

Assignment Steps

Develop a 1,050-word essay to identify one global creative organization, as defined in Ch. 10 and 11 of Mastering Leadership.

Analyze the opportunities for strategic change that are evident, citing evidence.

Include considerations of culture and structure in addressing those opportunities.

Include the following:

  • Identify one organization that could be considered creative, based on definitions in Mastering Leadership.
  • Determine whether or not you believe the organization meets those criteria. Explain why.
  • Discuss the impact of organizational culture and structure on that opportunity for strategic change.
  • Formulate conclusions including personal learning on your analysis.

Format your assignment consistent with APA guidelines.

Use this Resource chapter 10 and Chapter 11:

Mastering Leadership: An Integrated Framework for Breakthrough Performance and Extraordinary Business Results.

Wiley

Author: Robert J. Anderson & William T. Adams

Incorporate this material into the paper also:

Chapter 10 starts off giving the data on why Creative Competencies are so strongly and correlated to Leadership effectiveness at .93 score versus Reactive Leadership styles which are strongly inverse to Effectiveness at −.68 score. In the highest performing businesses, those evaluated in the top 10% compared to industry peers, Creative Competency scores average at the 80th percentile compared to the world- wide norm base of 500,000 rater surveys. Reactive Leadership styles are well below the norm at the 30th percentile. The reverse is true in under- performing businesses (bottom 10%). In our Stage of Development study (Figure 10.2), those people assessed as living and leading from a Creative Structure of Mind had average Leadership Effectiveness and Creative Competency scores at the 65th percentile compared to norms. This constitutes a Leadership Quotient of nearly 2.0, suggesting the leaders who function out of a Creative mindset create a big competitive advantage. The Creative Mind is much more capable of leading in today's complex organizations. Since only 20% of leaders operate out of a Creative mindset, the Development Agenda in most organizations should be to accelerate the development of Creative Leadership, individually and collectively and this is a leadership imperative (Anderson & Adams, 2016).

One organization that is creative would be Tesla. Tesla was founded in 2003 by a group of engineers in Silicon Valley who wanted to prove that electric cars could be better than gasoline-powered cars. There were only a handful of alternative energy cars on the road because of the expense, their small size, their slow speed, the inconvenience of not always having electric charging stations available and the short life of the electrical charge. In true creative leadership fashion, in 2008 Tesla improved their current problematic model and created their Roadster model with accelerating speeds from 0 to 60 mph in 3.7 seconds and the roadster would travel at a range of 245 miles per charge with its lithium ion battery. They have now solved some of the problems of speed and battery life. In 2012, Tesla launched their Model S the world's first premium electric sedan, with their creative thinking Tesla made a bigger car with room enough for seven people, solving the previous smaller car problems. "Model S was named Motor Trend's 2013 Car of the Year and achieved a 5-star safety rating from the U.S. National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.

Improving even further, in late 2014, Tesla CEO Elon Musk unveiled two dual motor all-wheel drive configurations of Model S that further improve the vehicle's handling and performance. The 85D features a high efficiency motor at the front and rear, giving the car unparalleled control of traction in all conditions. The P85D pairs a high efficiency front motor with a performance rear motor for super car acceleration, achieving a 0 to 60 mph time of 3.2 seconds, the fastest four-door production car ever made". Tesla is constantly working towards their mission to accelerate the world's transition to sustainable energy. With each new generation, Tesla is striving to make their electric cars more affordable (Tesla's Mission is to Accelerate the World's Transition to Sustainable Energy, 2017).

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