many managers do you know have had formal academic training in the field of
management? How well-prepared are they to assess the validity and value of
Assume you were asked to become CEO of a company whose board of directors
wanted you to lead as a higher ambition leader. What are some of the first
things you’d consider doing? Why?
9. Discuss ways that management can provide
employees who survive organizational downsizing reasons to stay with the
would you go about persuading your boss to adopt a strategy of “responsible
restructuring”? Provide specific examples of strategies and practices that you
would advocate and how they might help the organization meet competitive
Drawing upon (but not repeating verbatim) Schein’s definition, explain (in your
own words) what organizational culture means to you.
What are the challenges to achieving organizational transparency?
would you go about establishing transparency in a department that you manage?
Provide specific steps.
What are the benefits of an organization that values and promotes camaraderie?
is the partnership method effective?
Think about a time when you were unsatisfied and unmotivated at work. Why were
you feeling this way? Did your compensation package play a part in your
long could you survive in a work environment that paid handsomely, but where
you are bored, unchallenged, and have little control over what you do?
What is your personal action plan for success?
What are four positive leadership strategies? Why are each of them uniquely
is a positive climate obtained? What might detract from it, or prevent it from
Discuss and identify situations where “bad” leadership has been effective, not
in the sense of the end point but in terms of the means employed.
Compare and contrast a real life example of good leadership with “bad”
leadership. How are they similar? How are they different? Discuss.
Identify a time you (or a friend) sabotaged your (their) own performance.
Discuss strategies to catch/avoid self sabotage.
Which of the costs of power bothers/worries you the most? How could you
mitigate this cost?
are Collaborative Work Systems different from team-based organizations?