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Instructions This Self-Directed Assessment contains eight questions for you to answer based on a scenario. When you launch each question, the assessment tool will open in a new window where you will: • • • Read additional information in the Description area (if supplied). Read the question carefully. Answer the question by typing in an answer box. Remember, longer answers are not necessarily better. While there is no limit to the word count of your answers, most questions can be reasonably answered in under 1,000 words. Please answer one question at a time. You have three attempts to answer each question. After answering, you will receive a score and feedback. Although you need 80% to pass, you should work toward a goal of 100%. If you do not score 100%, complete all three attempts and be sure to click the Submit button on each attempt. As you revise your answer based on the feedback, be sure to include all previous information from the earlier attempts as well as the new information. To review the scenario while answering a question, click the Scenario button. When you have completed your attempts, you will receive your final score. Scenario Throughout this assessment, you will distinguish between individual and team psychology, evaluate the impact of leadership styles, interpret key areas of negotiation, analyze the dynamics of team participation in a global environment, analyze the role of team psychology in managing conflict, and distinguish the role of ethics on team psychology. Case: Capital Energy is a new company in the Clean Energy sector. In an effort to save money, they are considering switching to a cheaper battery. The battery company, Tilt Battery, has 10 years in the industry and would represent a 20 percent savings. Tom, the VP of Public Relations at Capital Energy, says his intern has heard rumors about Tilt Battery dumping toxic elements into the environment. Tom, 50, has 20 years of experience in energy. His communication style is direct. Before deciding if the company will switch to Tilt Battery, Kim, the CEO, has ordered a team to be assembled to research the allegations and fit of Tilt Battery with Capital Energy. Kim, 60, has 5 years of CEO experience and 10 years in leadership roles. She is a master delegator and expects results without excuses. Kim has demanded Tom lead the team since he mentioned the problem. He will need to bring facts and recommendations to the next senior leadership meeting in three weeks. All team members require Kim’s approval to be considered for the team. Tom has assembled Joe, Lisa, Marie, and Karl to help in this endeavor. Here is some background on each person. • Marie, 40, is the VP of Legal and Compliance with 3 years at Capital Energy and has a passive communication style. She is a supporter of peers but does not like teams. • Joe, 31, is an Intern at Capital Energy. He suspects Tilt Battery of unethical behavior based on rumors. Joe is a recent graduate with a Master in Environmental Studies and a Bachelor in Solar Engineering. His communications style is direct, and he has many ideas. • Lisa, 29, is a new staff employee at Capital Energy with prior experience at a battery factory for 4 years. She has strong opinions about most topics and does not work well with others. She can be passive or direct in her communication, but English is her second language. Lisa’s culture dictates that she should agree with leaders. • Karl, 55, is the Manager of Security and Investigations at Capital Energy for 8 years. He is an early employee at Capital Energy who understands the company, culture, and vision. He works well in teams and loves to be of service to others. Karl is liked by everyone, and his communication style can be passive or direct. 1. Question: Ethics and Teamwork Click the 'scenario' button below to review the topic and then answer the following question: After the first meeting, the team decides Karl would be the best leader. He has asked the team: “How can I best help each of you so we all succeed?” Building morale is important to him. He notices Marie on her laptop doing other work. Most of the time, Marie doesn’t seem present and responds with “good idea” when asked for input. She often says she’s very busy and puts her work on Lisa or Joe. What ethical concerns are present for the team versus the individual, and how can the team solve these concerns? 2. Question: Individual Behavior and Dynamics Click the 'scenario' button below to review the topic and then answer the following question: Karl has also noticed everyone is just agreeing with the first thing anyone says and not offering additional input. Marie says, “just tell us what to do.” Lisa nods silently in agreement. They both think it is best to be assigned some work and do it themselves. They don’t want to engage as a group. He’s wondering if there are problems with the team and wants to help the team re-engage. Considering what we know about Lisa, what issues in team dynamics may arise for Karl and the team when working with Lisa? 3. Question: Global Environments and the Individual in Teams Click the 'scenario' button below to review the topic and then answer the following question: Based on the team dynamics within the group, explain how diversity can contribute to team success in a global environment and share one example of individual diversity which could impact the team psychology. 4. Question: Negotiating with Leadership Click the 'scenario' button below to review the topic and then answer the following question: Joe has been contributing consistently to the group and feels he deserves more credit. His ideas have been invaluable, and he has worked extra hours on the project. Karl feels great pride in encouraging Joe to take initiative and bring out the best in Joe. Explain the negotiation strategies that Joe could apply to communicate his concerns and identify Karl’s leadership style that is being demonstrated. 5. Question: Group Dynamics and Ethics Click the 'scenario' button below to review the topic and then answer the following question: Karl has decided to credit Joe on the presentation slides and provide him with a company “on the spot” bonus reward for his superior work on the project. In an effort to be transparent, he informs the rest of the team of his decision. Right away, Tom claps and agrees. Meanwhile, Lisa and Marie are upset. They feel they equally contributed, and Lisa says, “Boys club” under her breath. Evaluate the conflict in this scene and explain the impact on group dynamics. 6. Question: New Leadership and Ethics Click the 'scenario' button below to review the topic and then answer the following question: If Tom decides to be the leader and dictate all elements of the team interaction and work distribution, he will take no input from the team and only consider his own ideas. Identify two problems Tom’s leadership style could pose to team success and provide one example of the ethical impact on team psychology. 7. Question: Team Development Click the 'scenario' button below to review the topic and then answer the following question: The team has come to a conclusion regarding Tilt Battery company, and they present their findings to leadership. Kim, the CEO, finds their research fascinating and praises their efforts. They will not be wasting their time or money on Tilt Battery Company. Karl discusses how the team came together with their skills, identified tasks with knowledge, created procedures, and shared and supported one another. Marie has realized that she can work in the team environment successfully as opposed to working individually. Karl thanked everyone for their help on the task the last few weeks. Now the task is complete. Karl thinks the team deserves a bonus. Considering the completed task, explain the areas the team should focus on for negotiating a bonus for their work. THIS IS AN EXAMPLE OF ONE OF THE QUESTIONS I GOT 80% FOR THIS. Example) Question: Leadership Style and Conflict Click the 'scenario' button below to review the topic and then answer the following question : If Kim took a vote to decide who should be on the team and made everyone part of the decision, what leadership style would she have, what are the benefits of this style on team psychology, and how might this style impact the team in managing conflict? Kim would have democratic leadership style. Some of the benefits of a democratic leadership style are the team becomes more enthusiastic, committed, and satisfied with decisions. The most democratic leadership style, participative leadership, encourages input from all team members to create a successful and collaborative environment. It is beneficial because everyone feels valued and empowered to take action, but it may also cause conflict since everyone's opinions must be considered. In the case of Kim, this style of leadership will be advantageous for encouraging participation among her entire team. Kim taking a vote to decide who should be on the team and making everyone part of the decision is democratic leadership. This style of leadership is highly effective when the task involves problem-solving. The best use of this leadership style is when there is a need to take suggestions from all team members and then make a final decision. Also, it helps build strong relationships among team members as every member feels important. It also makes team members feel responsible for their actions, which helps manage conflicts effectively. Kim took a vote, including everyone in the decision-making process. This is a democratic style. The benefits of a democratic leadership style are improved morale and increased productivity. This style might make it easier for the team to manage conflict because everyone feels like they have an equal say in the project's direction. In terms of conflict management, people tend to react well when they feel engaged and involved in decision-making, so this leadership style will help manage conflict. Democratic leadership is also called participative leadership because it involves every group member in decision-making. This style has the benefit of generating high levels of team member satisfaction. The downside is that the team can become so focused on reaching an agreement that the decision is not always optimal. Kim used a participative leadership style, which solicited the opinions of others before making a decision. Because Kim asked for input from others, she was able to keep them engaged and think more about the choice. This form of leadership helps foster a sense of acceptance and trust among team members that can help defuse conflict.
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Psychology of Teams


Psychology of Teams
Question 1: Ethics and Teamwork

One ethical concern in the scenario is that there seem to be conflicting goals with one
member not actively participating in the team activities. Marie puts the work that she is supposed
to do in the team on Joe and Lisa and does not care about what is going on. Participation in
teamwork seems optional for some members raising concerns about how the team will achieve
effectiveness in achieving its objectives. The ethical concerns present for Marie include the lack
of morale given her lack of interest in participating in the team activities. The team can solve the
lack of morale in some of them by creating a plan for their tasks and balancing their
independence and accountability in the team tasks. The team can help ensure that all the
members actively participate by setting specific rules for the members every time they meet.
Question 2: Individual Behavior and Dynamics
Several issues in team dynamics may arise for Karl and the team when working with
Lisa. One of the issues is low engagement brought about by Lisa's willingly ignoring her duties
in the team. Everyone else was just agreeing with what they heard without providin...

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