ssignment 1: Finding the Leader in You: Self-Assessment / Johari Window
The Johari Window emphasizes that we may not be aware of everything that there is to know about ourselves. Others may know things about us that we just cannot see or are unwilling to admit. One way to improve our personal relationships is to increase what we know about ourselves and what others know about us. The following two (2) behaviors are key to improving personal and professional relationships:
Openness to Feedback – we have to recognize that others see things in us that we may not be aware of and accept information they provide. Willingness to Disclose – we have to trust others enough to share personal information with them.
Grasping the realities of organizational behavior begins with an understanding one’s own personality and behavioral tendencies. Assignment 1 is designed to address issues of personal understanding, planning, and professional development. By analyzing your own assessment, you will understand how intuitiveness, culture, diversity, and leadership style influence decision making. Reference the scores of the assessments that you completed for homework in Week 1 as you complete this assignment.
Write a two to three (2-3) page paper in which you:
Develop a profile of your personality characteristics and assessment results. Summarize the results of the assessments you completed for homework in Week 1. Analyze how attributes / scores speak to your relationships and career choice. Submit the completed Self-Assessment Score Sheet as an appendix in Assignment 1. Use at least three (3) quality academic resources in this assignment. Note: Wikipedia and other Websites do not qualify as academic resources.
Assignment 2: Integrating Culture and Diversity in Decision Making: The CEO and Organizational Culture Profile
Choose one (1) of the following organizations to research: Google, Zappos, Southwest, Hewlett Packard, Xerox, W.L. Gore, DuPont, or Procter & Gamble. Use a variety of resources (company Website, newspaper, company blogs, etc.) to research the culture of the selected organization. Note: Use Question 6 as your conclusion. An abstract is not necessary for this assignment.
Write a three to four (3-4) page paper in which you:
Provide a brief (one  paragraph) description of the organization you chose to research. Examine the culture of the selected organization. Explain how you determined that the selected organization showed the signs of the culture that you have identified. Determine the factors that caused the organization to embody this particular culture. Determine what type of leader would be best suited for this organization. Support your position. Imagine that there is a decline in the demand of product(s) or services supplied by the selected organization. Determine what the change in culture would need to be in response to this situation. Use at least three (3) quality academic resources in this assignment. Note: Wikipedia and other Websites do not qualify as academic resources.
Assignment 3: Teamwork and Motivation
Imagine that you are the owner of a small manufacturing company. Your company manufactures a commodity, widgets. Your widget is a clone of a nationally known widget. Your company’s widget, WooWoo, is less expensive and more readily available than the nationally known brand. Presently, the sales are high; however, there are many defects, which increase your costs and delays delivery. Your company has fifty (50) employees in the following departments: sales, assembly, technology, and administration.
Write a five to six (5-6) page paper in which you:
1. Design an organization motivation plan that encourages:
a. high job satisfaction
b. low turnover
c. high productivity
2. Propose two (2) methods to motivate all of the employees in the organization. Rate these methods in order of importance.
3. Propose three (3) ways to motivate the minimum wage service worker. Support your suggestions with a motivation theory.
4. Analyze the relevance of the individual worker in today’s organizational context.
5. Re-create and complete the following Individual Work to Teamwork chart using Microsoft Office or an equivalent such as OpenOffice.
The left-hand column is filled with terms that describe an individual worker. Fill in the right-hand column with descriptive terms that suggest the desired change in behavior from individual work to teamwork. Use Chapter 8 as a reference. Note: The graphically depicted solution is not included in the required page length.
Individual Work to Teamwork
TEAM MEMBER(change in behavior from individual to team member)
6. Use at least three (3) quality academic resources in this assignment. Note: Wikipedia and other Websites do not qualify as academic resources.
Assignment 4: Leadership Style: What Do People Do When They Are Leading?
Choose one (1) of the following CEOs for this assignment: Larry Page (Google), Tony Hsieh (Zappos), Gary Kelly (Southwest Airlines), Meg Whitman (Hewlett Packard), Ursula Burns (Xerox), Terri Kelly (W.L. Gore), Ellen Kullman (DuPont), or Bob McDonald (Procter & Gamble). Use the Internet to investigate the leadership style and effectiveness of the selected CEO.
Write a five to six (5-6) page paper in which you:
Provide a brief (one  paragraph) background of the CEO. Analyze the CEO’s leadership style and philosophy, and how the CEO’s leadership style aligns with the culture. Examine the CEO’s personal and organizational values. Evaluate how the values of the CEO are likely to influence ethical behavior within the organization. Determine the CEO’s three (3) greatest strengths and three (3) greatest weaknesses. Select the quality that you believe contributes most to this leader’s success. Support your reasoning. Assess how communication and collaboration, and power and politics influence group (i.e., the organization’s) dynamics. Use at least five (5) quality academic resources in this assignment. Note: Wikipedia and other Websites do not qualify as academic resources.