January 10, 2019

The Five Dysfunctions of a Team

Learning Activity #1 Patrick Lencioni’s book The Five Dysfunctions of a Team has become a classic treatise on best practices to use in creating and leading teams. First, watch the short video below: Next, refer to the PDF found at this link: The Five Dysfunctions of A Team Learning Activity #2 Respond to both of the following questions, and respond to three of your colleagues for each post. Make your initial post by creating a new topic. 1.Referring to the video and the PDF summary of the five dysfunctions, pick the dysfunction that you believe to be the most significant […]
January 10, 2019

Is all leadership, by definition, ethical or is it possible to have unethical leadership?

Learning Activity #1 Ethical leadership is a subject that scholars have debated for years. Is all leadership, by definition, ethical or is it possible to have unethical leadership? Download the article from the link below In it, I argue that ethical leadership is made up of two components, an ethical leadership process and and ethical leadership objective. Study the article and then respond to the following: Pick a famous leader whom you believe is or was either ethical or unethical. Argue your case in the discussion post using the criteria set forth in the article above. Make sure you […]
January 10, 2019

Groupthink, overcommitment and avoidance of failure, and the concept of a premortem

This week’s material covers the perils of groupthink, overcommitment and avoidance of failure, and the concept of a premortem, an analysis of potential failure scenarios before embarking upon a project or activity. The following podcast touches on all of these topics and attempts to make the case that failing early is good and avoiding failure at all cost is unhealthy. In addition, it applies market based economics to the prediction of failure in a novel way. Premortems are becoming increasingly popular and, in fact, a formal method for conducting them and prioritizing risks has been developed. Failure Mode Effects Analysis […]
January 10, 2019

Developing an Advocacy Campaign

The following application, Part 2, will be due in Week 7. To prepare: Review Chapter 3 of Health policy and politics: A nurse’s guide. In the first assignment, you reflected on whether the policy you would like to promote could best be achieved through the development of new legislation, or a change in an existing law or regulation. Refine as necessary using any feedback from your first paper. Contemplate how existing laws or regulations may affect how you proceed in advocating for your proposed policy. Consider how you could influence legislators or other policymakers to enact the policy you propose. […]
January 10, 2019

Structure of Inertia: Resource vs. Routine Rigidityby Clark Gilbert

As the text notes, the ability for an organization to change in order to meet changing business environments and threats is key to its success. Click on the Resources section of the classroom (at the top) then go to the library. In the search function, enter the term Resource Rigidity. Read the first article that appears in the search results Unbundling the Structure of Inertia: Resource vs. Routine Rigidity by Clark Gilbert. The article theorizes that these types of inertia are responsible for much of the inability of organizations to change and uses the newspaper industry as an example. Select […]
January 10, 2019

Instruments that can be used to assess and diagnose organizational culture

There are a variety of instruments that can be used to assess and diagnose organizational culture. One of these uses what is called the competing values framework. Proceed to the website: and follow the directions for registering and taking the individual Organizational Culture Assessment Instrument. (Note: use your personal email when registering and do not attempt to register and take the assessment from a work computer or from behind a computer protected by a firewall, it may result in issues. If you have trouble with the site, create another free email address such as a gmail address, and register […]
January 10, 2019

Create an original post to share your stress level

Stress is a pervasive and often destructive part of our working lives as we deal with deadlines, balance our work and personal lives, and deal with the today’s economic pressures. We often wonder if the level of stress in our lives has increased or if we are just more aware of it. Professor Mark Williams of Oxford University has studied this phenomenon and has some answers for us. Go to and view the video in the upper right corner to hear Professor Williams’ thoughts. Then, go to for the stress test. After taking the test, create an original […]
January 10, 2019

Proposed outline and a list of what you think are the critical issues facing the organization from an OB perspective

We are approaching the end of the course and your final project is due in Week 8. so we are going to go a bit easy on this week’s learning activities. In order to help you get started on your project, make an initial posting identifying which of the organizations you intend to analyze. In addition, include a brief proposed outline and a list of what you think are the critical issues facing the organization from an OB perspective. You will be doing additional research during the next two weeks, so you will not be held to these items, but […]
January 10, 2019

The organizational issues surrounding the Secret Service

We are wrapping up this week and I would like to have you spend most of your time on the final project. Accordingly, we have only one activity this week. The organizational issues surrounding the Secret Service have been widely reported and debated in the news and a new Acting Director has been appointed. He is a former agent with eperience on the Presiential detail. He has a very big challenge ahead of him, so let’s help him out. After reading about what has been going on at the VA, put yourself in the shoes of an OB consultant brought […]
January 10, 2019

Reach for the Stars—Developing Salespeople, Achieving Organizational Success

You are to review and analyze a case study that describes the effect of individual characteristics and behavior (individual level of analysis) on organizational performance and effectiveness. You will also propose recommendations for change and improvement. The case, “Reach for the Stars—Developing Salespeople, Achieving Organizational Success,” describes critical observations and incidents concerning employee (manager and worker) characteristics and behavior, and their effects on employee and performance organizational effectiveness. You must do the following: Identify and analyze the critical incidents (problems, situations, issues, and consequences) in the case that influenced individual and organizational performance and effectiveness. Make appropriate recommendations to improve […]
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