Week 5 Activity Perception
Choose a film that you have seen recently, and which you particularly enjoyed. Now find a friend or colleague who has seen the same film, and who hated it.
Discuss your views of that particular film. What factors (age, sex, background, education, interest, values and beliefs, political views, past experience) can you identify that explain the differences in perception between you and your friend or colleague?
The “Golden Circle” is a movie that I found interesting unlike Joyce my friend. The movie is awesome such that I find the cable care scene and the climax a bit enjoyable. Joy finds the movie more of a waste of time as some actors appear abruptly in cameo who are not fully utilized which paints a picture that Matthew did not know how to make good use of the celebrated performers.
Visit www.greatplacetowork.co.uk and take a look at the UK’s 50 best places to work, as well as the 100 best workplaces in Europe.
Find out what these companies do to motivate their staff.
The companies have got various ways to motivate and retain their employees including the good communication. Proper communication is termed as the key factor to any business success. The managers keep open lines of communication and listen to their views and ideas. This makes them feel connected to the progress of the company. Keeping them updated of the emerging issues in the business encourages regular meetings which draw the employees and managers even closer for a stronger relationship. Allowing the employee-ownership after they get clear guidance and instructions lets them use their own initiative in their undertakings. This promotes the belongingness to the company and improves their motivation. The managers encourage the employees to take breaks which allows for them to get time to develop themselves and freshen up to maximize their potential. The managers approach the employees personally to encourage them to take leaves which symbolize the care about their wellbeing and self-advancement.
Please read the following case study from your prescribed textbook and answer the 3 questions at the end:
When teams are kept too big, it becomes a challenge to manage them hence failure to achieve the desired results. Failure to maintain consistent team members necessitates unnecessary orientations which reduces coordination and leads to a waste of time.
Watch the following video:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XKUPDUDOBVo (Ten Leadership Theories in 5 minutes)
1. What is the difference between trait and behaviour theories of leadership? Are the theories valid?
Trait theory observes the individual’s best characteristics to be pursued for best leadership, and has the idea that a leader must have some specific virtues which are normally inborn while the behavioral theory rejects the idea of inborn potential or approaches to leadership and features leadership as a set of actions that every leader should undertake in relation to the organization. The theories are valid as they help to identify the ideal person to assume the leadership position.
2. How can organizations select and develop effective leaders? Provide 1 example.
The managers should identify the employees who possess integrity and good ethical practices. A leader is identified by virtues such as the ability to confront mistakes rather than turning away from them. a leader should be one who embraces responsibility by performing well and accepting responsibility and embracing the challenges in the organization. Leaders are selected mostly based on their technical skills. For instance, if an employee is able to handle customers diligently, he or she is appointed as the new supervisor.
Week 6 - Motivation
Please read the following case study from your prescribed textbook and answer the 4 questions at the end:
Case Study: Delegate power or keep it close?" p.360
Week 9 Case - Delegate power or keep it close p.360
1. If you were Samantha Parks, how would you prioritize which projects or parts to the projects to delegate?
I would decide on projects to delegate based on the difficulty and importance of the task.
2. In explaining what makes her decisions hard, Samantha said, “I hire good people, creative people, to run these projects, and I worry that they will see my oversight and authority as interfering with their creative process.” How can she deal with these concerns without giving up too much control? Samantha should explain the guidelines of her expectations and her level of involvement and ensure that the people who she delegates projects to have enough experience and have worked in the company for quite long to gain trust.
Should executives try to control projects to maintain their position of authority? Do they have a right to control projects and keep in the loop on important decisions just so they can remain in charge? I think the executives should delegate some projects to the relevant team leaders who are trusted. This promotes good relationship and exploitation of talents of the employees.
What are some tasks in an organization that a top executive should never delegate to others?
Investor relations and fundraising
Traditions and etiquette
Please read the following case study from your prescribed textbook and answer the 3 questions at the end:
Case study: "Choosing your battles?"p.391
1. What do you think of the elements of successful teamwork Hackman has identified? Do you believe these elements are necessary for effective team performance?
The elements identified are valid as they feature the characteristics of an effective team. The elements are necessary since they contribute to the effectiveness of a team. Keeping small and consistent team members ensures easy supervision.
2. Can you think of other conditions necessary for teams to be effective?
The team should have competent team members who possess both interpersonal and technical skills.
A team requires recognition and support from the organization.
A good system for monitoring the performance and providing feedback to the members.
3. What specific steps might you take early in the team’s life to ensure that the new team is able to avoid some of the problems identified by Hackman?
I would ensure that every team member is aware of their responsibilities and understand their accountability levels. Setting a strategic vision is also a good idea to ensure that the members remain consistent.
Identify three to five sustaining innovationsthat have affected you over the past year.
Earlydoc – Online medical advice
Algae CO2 Emission Capture
BlueGen – onsite electricity
Identify three to five disruptive innovations that have affected you. Did you welcome these innovations because they were Beneficial’s, or did you have cause to complain?
The iPod by Apple
The iPod brought a strong technology in the business model and the innovation was good as it made downloading of music easy while the 3D Printing is an innovation worth to embrace as it makes it easy to have greater job performed by just printing. Creating things like furniture, cars, and clothing by just printing is a nice experience.
Advanced robotic generates societal benefits such as robotic surgical systems which makes procedures easier.
Based on your studies of Organisational Behaviour in the past 11 weeks, explain whether interpersonal skills, motivation, group behaviour, leadership style, conflict management, structure, predominant leadership style, training and HRM practices are all culturally relative.
These elements are culturally related as they work hand in hand to ensure successful and healthy business environment. If one factor is weak, it creates problems to the other and affects the whole organization. Thus these factors need the necessary attention to be paid to them to ensure good performance of the organization.
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