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Discussion 1: Choosing a Manager

Do you think a team will be happy with a manager who shares a good rapport with the team members but is unable to help them during crunch situations? Or will a team be better off with a manager who does not mix well with people but is always able to help the team members? Consider a third situation in which the manager shares a good rapport with the team members and is also able to help solve their problems. Obviously, the third situation is a win-win situation.

To achieve a win-win situation, a manager must be able to fuse the business strategy with technology, the organizational structure, and available resources. To do so, the three basic required skill sets for a manager are interpersonal skills, technical skills, and conceptual skills. These three skill sets allow a manager to make spur-of-the-moment decisions, soothe disturbances among team members, and disseminate information, wherever required, to ease the workload.

Scenario: You have to hire a manager to supervise the call center in your organization. There are two candidates vying for the position. One has strong interpersonal skills; the other has strong technical and project management skills.

By Day 3

Post a substantive response of approximately 200–250 words that is an analysis of the hiring scenario. Your analysis should address the following:

  • Which of these skills is more important?
  • For the selected candidate, what type of management development program would you use to strengthen the area of improvement?
  • Justify your responses.

Use the Week 6 Discussion 1 Template (located in this week’s Learning Resources) to develop a draft of your response. Then, post your finalized statement to the Discussion Thread.

Read a selection of your colleagues’ postings.

By Day 6

Respond with at least 75 words each to two or more of your colleagues’ postings in one or more of the following ways:

  • Ask a probing question.
  • Share an insight from having read your colleague’s posting.
  • Offer and support an opinion.
  • Make a suggestion.
  • Expand on your colleague’s posting.

Discussion 2: Leadership Development and Social Change

Leadership and management development can go beyond the day-to-day operations of an organization and can actually help contribute to promoting positive social change at many levels. The human resource skills of effective managers translate well in promoting social causes like gender and economic equality.

Based on your reading for this week:

Consider how companies can utilize leadership development to promote positive social change within an organization and around the community.

By Day 4

Post a substantive response of approximately 200–250 words that addresses the following:

  • Identify a company from your professional experience, including its industry and location.
  • Describe leadership development strategies that the company could employ within the organization to promote positive social change.
  • Explain how these leadership strategies could benefit both the company and the industry.

Use the Week 6 Discussion 2 Template (located in this week’s Learning Resources) to develop a draft of your response. Then, post your finalized statement to the Discussion Thread.

Read a selection of your colleagues’ postings.

By Day 7

Respond with at least 75 words each to two or more of your colleagues’ postings in one or more of the following ways:

  • Ask a probing question.
  • Share an insight from having read your colleague’s posting.
  • Offer and support an opinion.
  • Make a suggestion.
  • Expand on your colleague’s posting.

Return to this Discussion in a few days to read the responses to your initial posting. Note what you learned and the insights you gained as a result of the comments your colleagues made.

Be sure to support your work with specific citations from the Learning Resources and any additional sources.

 

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Discussion 1: Choosing a Manager

Do you think a team will be happy with a manager who shares a good rapport with the team members but is unable to help them during crunch situations? Or will a team be better off with a manager who does not mix well with people but is always able to help the team members? Consider a third situation in which the manager shares a good rapport with the team members and is also able to help solve their problems. Obviously, the third situation is a win-win situation.

To achieve a win-win situation, a manager must be able to fuse the business strategy with technology, the organizational structure, and available resources. To do so, the three basic required skill sets for a manager are interpersonal skills, technical skills, and conceptual skills. These three skill sets allow a manager to make spur-of-the-moment decisions, soothe disturbances among team members, and disseminate information, wherever required, to ease the workload.

Scenario: You have to hire a manager to supervise the call center in your organization. There are two candidates vying for the position. One has strong interpersonal skills; the other has strong technical and project management skills.

By Day 3

Post a substantive response of approximately 200–250 words that is an analysis of the hiring scenario. Your analysis should address the following:

  • Which of these skills is more important?
  • For the selected candidate, what type of management development program would you use to strengthen the area of improvement?
  • Justify your responses.

Use the Week 6 Discussion 1 Template (located in this week’s Learning Resources) to develop a draft of your response. Then, post your finalized statement to the Discussion Thread.

Read a selection of your colleagues’ postings.

By Day 6

Respond with at least 75 words each to two or more of your colleagues’ postings in one or more of the following ways:

  • Ask a probing question.
  • Share an insight from having read your colleague’s posting.
  • Offer and support an opinion.
  • Make a suggestion.
  • Expand on your colleague’s posting.

Discussion 2: Leadership Development and Social Change

Leadership and management development can go beyond the day-to-day operations of an organization and can actually help contribute to promoting positive social change at many levels. The human resource skills of effective managers translate well in promoting social causes like gender and economic equality.

Based on your reading for this week:

Consider how companies can utilize leadership development to promote positive social change within an organization and around the community.

By Day 4

Post a substantive response of approximately 200–250 words that addresses the following:

  • Identify a company from your professional experience, including its industry and location.
  • Describe leadership development strategies that the company could employ within the organization to promote positive social change.
  • Explain how these leadership strategies could benefit both the company and the industry.

Use the Week 6 Discussion 2 Template (located in this week’s Learning Resources) to develop a draft of your response. Then, post your finalized statement to the Discussion Thread.

Read a selection of your colleagues’ postings.

By Day 7

Respond with at least 75 words each to two or more of your colleagues’ postings in one or more of the following ways:

  • Ask a probing question.
  • Share an insight from having read your colleague’s posting.
  • Offer and support an opinion.
  • Make a suggestion.
  • Expand on your colleague’s posting.

Return to this Discussion in a few days to read the responses to your initial posting. Note what you learned and the insights you gained as a result of the comments your colleagues made.

Be sure to support your work with specific citations from the Learning Resources and any additional sources.

 

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