Provide an analysis of the motivational theories that could play a role in successfully leading employees through the change initiative.

Instructions

Today, you learned that your organization has a significant change initiative planned within the next 6 months. The chief executive officer (CEO) has asked you, the human resources (HR) director, to lead this change initiative. You will need to motivate your supervisors as they work directly with the employees; their role in this change will be critical. For this assignment, you will start by doing some self-analysis to prepare yourself to take on heading up the change initiative.

First, begin your paper by briefly describing the change that will take place at your organization. Then, browse the Internet to find one of the many leadership style quizzes that are available. Take the assessment to learn more about your personal leadership style. Consider a traditional leadership style test such as What’s Your Leadership Style?. An assessment that gives a more nontraditional leadership style assessment is The Leadership Legacy Assessment: Identifying Your Instinctive Leadership Style. However, feel free to find your own. Ensure that the assessment provides enough analysis for you to be able to determine your own style.

Once you have taken a leadership style assessment, you will then write a reflection paper that includes the elements listed below.

  • Compare and contrast your two top leadership styles. Did your results surprise you? Why, or why not?
  • Evaluate how your leadership style could impact employee motivation and the change initiative.
  • Select two supervisors from those portrayed in the unit lesson to join your change initiative team, and explain why you would choose them. What roles are they best suited to play in the change process, and how will you mentor them to utilize their strengths and improve on their weaknesses?
  • Provide an analysis of the motivational theories that could play a role in successfully leading employees through the change initiative.
  • Identify areas where you think you can improve on your own leadership skills to ensure this change initiative is a success.

Your reflection paper should be a minimum of three pages in length. Your writing should reflect an in-depth consideration and personalization of the concepts presented in this unit, and your interpretations should be insightful and supported.

Any sources must be properly cited. Adhere to APA Style when creating citations and references for this assignment. APA formatting, however, is not necessary.

Identify areas where you think you can improve on your own leadership skills to ensure this change initiative is a success.

Instructions

Today, you learned that your organization has a significant change initiative planned within the next 6 months. The chief executive officer (CEO) has asked you, the human resources (HR) director, to lead this change initiative. You will need to motivate your supervisors as they work directly with the employees; their role in this change will be critical. For this assignment, you will start by doing some self-analysis to prepare yourself to take on heading up the change initiative.

First, begin your paper by briefly describing the change that will take place at your organization. Then, browse the Internet to find one of the many leadership style quizzes that are available. Take the assessment to learn more about your personal leadership style. Consider a traditional leadership style test such as What’s Your Leadership Style?. An assessment that gives a more nontraditional leadership style assessment is The Leadership Legacy Assessment: Identifying Your Instinctive Leadership Style. However, feel free to find your own. Ensure that the assessment provides enough analysis for you to be able to determine your own style.

Once you have taken a leadership style assessment, you will then write a reflection paper that includes the elements listed below.

  • Compare and contrast your two top leadership styles. Did your results surprise you? Why, or why not?
  • Evaluate how your leadership style could impact employee motivation and the change initiative.
  • Select two supervisors from those portrayed in the unit lesson to join your change initiative team, and explain why you would choose them. What roles are they best suited to play in the change process, and how will you mentor them to utilize their strengths and improve on their weaknesses?
  • Provide an analysis of the motivational theories that could play a role in successfully leading employees through the change initiative.
  • Identify areas where you think you can improve on your own leadership skills to ensure this change initiative is a success.

Your reflection paper should be a minimum of three pages in length. Your writing should reflect an in-depth consideration and personalization of the concepts presented in this unit, and your interpretations should be insightful and supported.

Any sources must be properly cited. Adhere to APA Style when creating citations and references for this assignment. APA formatting, however, is not necessary.

Discuss Strategies and elements of a crisis plan should be reviewed periodically to ensure they are up-to-date and to add possible solutions learned from recent crisis experiences.

Application: Crisis Plan—Evaluation and Analysis

Strategies and elements of a crisis plan should be reviewed periodically to ensure they are up-to-date and to add possible solutions learned from recent crisis experiences. Evaluating a crisis plan typically involves examination of “what went right and what went wrong.” Changes that evolve from the evaluation process can include changes in leadership that result from failure to execute strategies and/or legal and ethical issues. Responding procedures may undergo changes because even “what went right” may be improved upon or expanded. Furthermore, resources may be updated because they are usually problematic for implementing any plan, particularly for a disaster of enormous scope. Financial considerations may be evaluated as well, and national, state, and local foundations and government agencies/departments may respond to revisions by providing resources in the form of grants to individuals or organizations. Plans and grants should continually be reviewed and renewed through this cycle of analysis.

To prepare for this assignment:

  • Thinking about Hurricane Katrina, review pp. 164-175 of the article, “After Katrina: Building Back Better Than Ever,” and think about how the recommendations made might be applied to other natural disaster situations and/or locations.
  • Review Chapters 3, 4, 5, and 17 in your course text, Crisis Intervention Strategies, paying particular attention to the information on response efforts to Hurricane Katrina.
  • Review Chapters 9 and 12 in your course text, Crisis Management in the New Strategy Landscape, focusing on how organizational learning can be a useful part of crisis management evaluation and analysis.
  • Review the article, “Project CREST: A New Model for Mental Health Intervention After a Community Disaster.” Consider how response analysis led to the development, in this example, of a useful new disaster intervention training.
  • Review the article, “Styles of Suicide Intervention: Professionals’ Responses and Clients’ Preferences,” and reflect on how the authors investigated and analyzed professional responses to client suicide.
  • Using Hurricane Katrina as your natural disaster case study, think about and evaluate the strategies used in the Mississippi crisis plan.
  • Research the impact of Hurricane Katrina on either the Alabama or Louisiana coast line.
  • Then consider which elements or strategies of the Mississippi crisis plan might be applicable and/or relevant to use in Alabama or Louisiana.
  • Research the demographics for either the Alabama or Louisiana coast line and determine how the Mississippi crisis plan could be used in either of those states.
  • Consider what you think might need to be added to the Mississippi crisis plan were it to be applied to recovery efforts in either Alabama or Louisiana.

The assignment: (46 pages)

  • Based on your evaluation of strategies and the situation in the Hurricane Katrina natural disaster, explain which strategies you would use and why.
  • Based on your analysis of the Mississippi crisis plan, explain which elements of the plan might be relevant/applicable to either Alabama or Louisiana.
  • Identify any element of the plan that might be missing for either Alabama or Louisiana.

Discuss the process of management and its functions in real organizations and the legal, moral, and ethical dilemmas we face as individuals and in our roles as part of the managerial process.

The group project is aimed at the process of management and its functions in real organizations and the legal, moral, and ethical dilemmas we face as individuals and in our roles as part of the managerial process.  Students will be divided into teams of three and provided a topic to work on but they will be working against each other.  Each student will take either a “pro” or “con” side to a topic taken from business, government, or education. Further, each situation will be fraught with ethical considerations and ramifications.  As individuals, each team member will search, discuss, analyze, and report information back to their classmates and course instructor with slide presentations they will post in the Discussion Board.

Again, each student will be provided with a topic to be handled by teams of three. Each team member will be presenting opposing arguments, one for and one against that topic, the third will play both roles. The point is that as managers, clarity of thought influences not only the quality of their life but all those who work for them.  As decision-makers, managers often need to be willing to take a position and try to influence others to make a decision that they try to promote.  To be effective, they should be willing and able to describe their rationale for the choice they made.

After a topic is assigned, students will develop PowerPoint slides to support their position (20 slides max, not including references slides listing your sources). The rest of the teams will ask at least one question per team, but no more than three questions, so each person may clarify/defend their position. The exception is that you may not ask questions of your counterpart who is arguing the opposite side of your position.  Instructors will judge the quality of your presentation based on the criteria found in the rubric. Furthermore, the instructor may also question if they feel a position lacks merit. Additionally, instructors will look at the quality of your questions and answers to other students and at the end, a student’s rationale for choosing one side of an argument over the other.

The slides will be posted on the Discussion Board for everyone to view by the date listed on the course schedule.  All questions must be submitted to the Discussion Board and the answers posted by the scheduled dates as well.  Finally, after all the questions are in and the questions answered, each student will select the position for each topic that they feel is the better of the two and explain their rationale for that decision in the Discussion Board, again as per the course schedule.

The point of this exercise is to help each of you develop clarity of thought. Be advised that instructors may ask pointed questions from each student to determine whether the basis of a position is an opinion or rationally based ideas on these topics.  Just as with other assignments, facts, figures, and expertise, carry a lot more weight when arguing a position that does opinion alone.

Give the instructor and other students facts when arguing positions.  Facts, data, and analysis in addition to insight are all potent tools in any manager’s arsenal.  Finally, please note that some positions will be easier to argue than others when grading, instructors will take that into consideration as well.  So even if it seems the other side has an easier position to defend, instructors will compensate for that issue.

list three ways in which change can impact your leadership at work and two ways it can impact your leadership at home or in your personal life.

 Discussion 1

After watching the Change is Good… You Go First (Links to an external site.) movie clip, list three ways in which change can impact your leadership at work and two ways it can impact your leadership at home or in your personal life. What was the most important thing you learned from the clip?

Guided Response: Your initial post should be at least 200 words in length.  Support your claims with examples from required material(s) and/or other scholarly resources, and properly cite any references. Respond substantively to at least two of your classmates posts.

Discussion 2

Read the article, “Doing Good Requires Authentic Leadership (Links to an external site.).” Based on the content presented in the article, why is it important for a leader to be consistently authentic with his or her stakeholders? How can an authentic leader’s sense of purpose, values and relationships connect with and improve his or her community? How does a leader’s authenticity and integrity relate to servant leadership? Respond to at least two of your classmates’ posts.

Guided Response: Your initial post should be at least 200 words in length.  Support your claims with examples from required material(s) and/or other scholarly resources, and properly cite any references. Respond substantively to at least two of your classmates posts.

Discuss the scope and impact of the outsourcing of US jobs to countries who can produce similar goods/services as the US worker but with much lower wages and, therefore, costs.

Option #1: Global Outsourcing

There are some who believe that outsourcing has been a boom to the American consumer as product and service prices have been lowered considerably based on the use of cheaper foreign labor. Others believe that it has devastated the American worker as jobs have been outsourced to foreign countries whose wages, again, and much cheaper. At the center of this circumstance is the human resource professional, who is charged with assembling and managing a motivated workforce in the most effective and efficient manner. Write a paper that addresses the following:

  • Discuss the scope and impact of the outsourcing of US jobs to countries who can produce similar goods/services as the US worker but with much lower wages and, therefore, costs.
  • Assess the role human resources plays within an organization in determining whether products/services should be produced/manufactured in either the US (domestic country) or a foreign country.
  • Finally, assess the role and responsibility that human resources should undertake to provide US workers with a greater sense of security in their employment. In other words, what specific strategies or tactics should a human resource department take to better ensure US employees remain employed within their organization rather than losing their job to lower-paid foreign workers.

Your paper should be:

  • 5 pages in length not including title and reference pages

Assess the role human resources plays within an organization in determining whether products/services should be produced/manufactured in either the US

Option #1: Global Outsourcing

There are some who believe that outsourcing has been a boom to the American consumer as product and service prices have been lowered considerably based on the use of cheaper foreign labor. Others believe that it has devastated the American worker as jobs have been outsourced to foreign countries whose wages, again, and much cheaper. At the center of this circumstance is the human resource professional, who is charged with assembling and managing a motivated workforce in the most effective and efficient manner. Write a paper that addresses the following:

  • Discuss the scope and impact of the outsourcing of US jobs to countries who can produce similar goods/services as the US worker but with much lower wages and, therefore, costs.
  • Assess the role human resources plays within an organization in determining whether products/services should be produced/manufactured in either the US (
  • domestic country) or a foreign country.Finally, assess the role and responsibility that human resources should undertake to provide US workers with a greater sense of security in their employment. In other words, what specific strategies or tactics should a human resource department take to better ensure US employees remain employed within their organization rather than losing their job to lower-paid foreign workers.

Your paper should be:

  • 5 pages in length not including title and reference pages

Discuss the scope and impact of the outsourcing of US jobs to countries who can produce similar goods/services as the US worker but with much lower wages and, therefore, costs.

Option #1: Global Outsourcing

There are some who believe that outsourcing has been a boom to the American consumer as product and service prices have been lowered considerably based on the use of cheaper foreign labor. Others believe that it has devastated the American worker as jobs have been outsourced to foreign countries whose wages, again, and much cheaper. At the center of this circumstance is the human resource professional, who is charged with assembling and managing a motivated workforce in the most effective and efficient manner. Write a paper that addresses the following:

  • Discuss the scope and impact of the outsourcing of US jobs to countries who can produce similar goods/services as the US worker but with much lower wages and, therefore, costs.
  • Assess the role human resources plays within an organization in determining whether products/services should be produced/manufactured in either the US (domestic country) or a foreign country.
  • Finally, assess the role and responsibility that human resources should undertake to provide US workers with a greater sense of security in their employment. In other words, what specific strategies or tactics should a human resource department take to better ensure US employees remain employed within their organization rather than losing their job to lower-paid foreign workers.

Your paper should be:

  • 5 pages in length not including title and reference pages

Assess how this trend has affected the promise and security of continued employment for some/many in the United States economy, including an assessment on how the nature and type of employment is changing for the typical US worker (e.g., more part-time employment or static wages).

Project Choice for Options 1 & 2: Annotated Bibliography

In your second Portfolio Milestone, provide an annotated bibliography of at least five peer-reviewed/academic resources that you will utilize in your Portfolio. Following each citation, include a minimum of one paragraph to present a brief overview of the references along with the specific information that you will utilize in your Portfolio.

PORTFOLIO PROJECT GUIDE

 

Option #1: Future of the Workplace

As we have learned, the nature of the workplace is changing rapidly. The rise in the use of robots and artificial intelligence has decimated the employment prospects for many employees in many industries. It has also changed the nature of the role of human resource professionals. With that as a background, compose a paper that addresses the following:

  • Provide a general overview on the rise in the use of robots and artificial intelligence in the workplace. Present evidence that the use of robots and artificial intelligence is increasingly taking the employment opportunities to which humans have traditionally performed, including the level and scope of this trend.
  • Assess how this trend has affected the promise and security of continued employment for some/many in the United States economy, including an assessment on how the nature and type of employment is changing for the typical US worker (e.g., more part-time employment or static wages).
  • Present the criteria a human resource professional should review before determining whether a position should be filled by a robot or through artificial intelligence.
  • Discuss how these trends will affect the role of human resources, including the typical human resource functions such as recruitment, compensation, labor relations, risk and liability management, and organizational effectiveness.
  • Finally, discuss the role and duty a human resource professional has to ensure full employment for employees and, most importantly, the responsibility human resources should assume for those workers displaced by a world where robots and artificial intelligence are increasingly performing.

Your paper should be:

  • 12-15 pages (approximately 3,000-4,500 words) in length (not including title and reference pages).

Provide a general overview on the rise in the use of robots and artificial intelligence in the workplace.

Project Choice for Options 1 & 2: Annotated Bibliography

In your second Portfolio Milestone, provide an annotated bibliography of at least five peer-reviewed/academic resources that you will utilize in your Portfolio. Following each citation, include a minimum of one paragraph to present a brief overview of the references along with the specific information that you will utilize in your Portfolio.

PORTFOLIO PROJECT GUIDE

 

Option #1: Future of the Workplace

As we have learned, the nature of the workplace is changing rapidly. The rise in the use of robots and artificial intelligence has decimated the employment prospects for many employees in many industries. It has also changed the nature of the role of human resource professionals. With that as a background, compose a paper that addresses the following:

  • Provide a general overview on the rise in the use of robots and artificial intelligence in the workplace. Present evidence that the use of robots and artificial intelligence is increasingly taking the employment opportunities to which humans have traditionally performed, including the level and scope of this trend.
  • Assess how this trend has affected the promise and security of continued employment for some/many in the United States economy, including an assessment on how the nature and type of employment is changing for the typical US worker (e.g., more part-time employment or static wages).
  • Present the criteria a human resource professional should review before determining whether a position should be filled by a robot or through artificial intelligence.
  • Discuss how these trends will affect the role of human resources, including the typical human resource functions such as recruitment, compensation, labor relations, risk and liability management, and organizational effectiveness.
  • Finally, discuss the role and duty a human resource professional has to ensure full employment for employees and, most importantly, the responsibility human resources should assume for those workers displaced by a world where robots and artificial intelligence are increasingly performing.

Your paper should be:

  • 12-15 pages (approximately 3,000-4,500 words) in length (not including title and reference pages).