Jack Welch Management Institute Week 10 When Exploring Team Dysfunction HW ASSIGNMENT 2: CASE STUDY Part 1: Due Week 7 and Part 2: Due Week 10 “A good lead

Jack Welch Management Institute Week 10 When Exploring Team Dysfunction HW ASSIGNMENT 2: CASE STUDY
Part 1: Due Week 7 and Part 2: Due Week 10
“A good leader…is someone who has energy, can articulate a vision and inspire others to perform, makes
the tough decisions, has the skill to deliver, and never fails to deliver the financials.”
Jack Welch
Leadership comes with many challenges. You need to motivate, inspire and encourage your teams to work
toward common goals. This assignment offers you an opportunity to apply what you have been learning about
leadership to a complex business situation. It is designed to help you synthesize the leadership practices we
have studied so far into informed recommendations that address the challenges presented in the case.
For this two-part assignment, you will evaluate how leaders can ensure collaboration and cohesiveness
among all team members. You will also demonstrate your ability to lead (e.g. appraise, evaluate, interpret,
etc.), through this case analysis. Be sure to consider suggestions from your reading of Lencioni’s, The Five
Dysfunctions of a Team. Additionally, this case analysis should incorporate concepts and examples from the
course lectures, discussions, videos, readings, and DiSC and TKI results.
NOTE: Assignment 2 is broken down into two parts. You will submit Part 1 (Problem and Analysis) of this
assignment in Week 7 and Part 2 (Executive Summary, Revisions to the Problem and Analysis, and
Recommendations) in Week 10.
Part 1: Problem and Analysis
Due Week 7, Sunday (15% of final grade)
During Weeks 4-6, we have explored a number of leadership topics from the perspectives of both team
members and team leaders. This assignment will help to integrate these topics with the materials from Weeks
1-3 of the course. As you work on the assignment, be sure to make use of all that we have learned from Week
1 through Week 7, e.g., personal leadership style, the DiSC, TKI, etc.
Instructions
1. Read the case, Blake Sports Apparel and Switch Activewear: Bringing the Executive Team Together
2. Write a 4 – 6 page paper to address the following:
a. Risk to the Business: Despite the success of the business and the talent of individual team
members, the Executive Team at Blake Sports Apparel suffers from a number of dysfunctions that
are impacting the business. What are the biggest risks this business is currently facing? Explain
your position and cite specific examples from the case to illustrate the potential impact of these
risks.
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b. Successes: It’s a natural tendency when exploring team dysfunction to focus only on the negative;
however, Blake Sports Apparel and this Executive Team have a long track record of wins and high
performance. Summarize the key successes and positive characteristics of this organization. What
are the strengths of the Executive Team?
c. Analysis: Explore the possible causes for the team’s dysfunction, using the questions below to
guide you. Include specific examples from the case to support your analysis.
i. How might the company’s early entrepreneurial success have sown the seeds for
dysfunction as the business grew?
ii. How would you characterize the level of trust, communication and information
sharing among this group?
iii. In what ways do alignment (or lack of alignment) around goals and incentives
impact team performance and cohesion?
iv. In what ways are the current team structures and decision making processes
impacting the business?
v. In what ways do CEO Cameron Barker’s leadership style and history with the
company contribute to the team’s dysfunction?
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locate the original source. Application and analysis of course materials and resources is
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ASSIGNMENT 2: CASE STUDY
Part 1: Due Week 7 and Part 2: Due Week 10
“A good leader…is someone who has energy, can articulate a vision and inspire others to perform, makes
the tough decisions, has the skill to deliver, and never fails to deliver the financials.”
Jack Welch
Leadership comes with many challenges. You need to motivate, inspire and encourage your teams to work
toward common goals. This assignment offers you an opportunity to apply what you have been learning about
leadership to a complex business situation. It is designed to help you synthesize the leadership practices we
have studied so far into informed recommendations that address the challenges presented in the case.
For this two-part assignment, you will evaluate how leaders can ensure collaboration and cohesiveness
among all team members. You will also demonstrate your ability to lead (e.g. appraise, evaluate, interpret,
etc.), through this case analysis. Be sure to consider suggestions from your reading of Lencioni’s, The Five
Dysfunctions of a Team. Additionally, this case analysis should incorporate concepts and examples from the
course lectures, discussions, videos, readings, and DiSC and TKI results.
NOTE: Assignment 2 is broken down into two parts. You will submit Part 1 (Problem and Analysis) of this
assignment in Week 7 and Part 2 (Executive Summary, Revisions to the Problem and Analysis, and
Recommendations) in Week 10.
Part 1: Problem and Analysis
Due Week 7, Sunday (15% of final grade)
During Weeks 4-6, we have explored a number of leadership topics from the perspectives of both team
members and team leaders. This assignment will help to integrate these topics with the materials from Weeks
1-3 of the course. As you work on the assignment, be sure to make use of all that we have learned from Week
1 through Week 7, e.g., personal leadership style, the DiSC, TKI, etc.
Instructions
1. Read the case, Blake Sports Apparel and Switch Activewear: Bringing the Executive Team Together
2. Write a 4 – 6 page paper to address the following:
a. Risk to the Business: Despite the success of the business and the talent of individual team
members, the Executive Team at Blake Sports Apparel suffers from a number of dysfunctions that
are impacting the business. What are the biggest risks this business is currently facing? Explain
your position and cite specific examples from the case to illustrate the potential impact of these
risks.
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b. Successes: It’s a natural tendency when exploring team dysfunction to focus only on the negative;
however, Blake Sports Apparel and this Executive Team have a long track record of wins and high
performance. Summarize the key successes and positive characteristics of this organization. What
are the strengths of the Executive Team?
c.
Analysis: Explore the possible causes for the team’s dysfunction, using the questions below to
guide you. Include specific examples from the case to support your analysis.
i.
How might the company’s early entrepreneurial success have sown the seeds for
dysfunction as the business grew?
ii.
How would you characterize the level of trust, communication and information
sharing among this group?
iii.
In what ways do alignment (or lack of alignment) around goals and incentives
impact team performance and cohesion?
iv.
In what ways are the current team structures and decision making processes
impacting the business?
v.
In what ways do CEO Cameron Barker’s leadership style and history with the
company contribute to the team’s dysfunction?
Professional Formatting Requirements:

Typed, double spaced professional font (size 10-12), includes headings and subheadings, with
one-inch margins on all sides. See the Sample Professional Paper under Course Documents for
an example.

References must be included and provide accurate information that enables the reader to
locate the original source. Application and analysis of course materials and resources is
expected, and additional research is welcome.

Include a cover page containing the title of the assignment, your name, the professor’s name,
the course title, and the date.

The paper’s length is 4 to 6 pages, excluding your Cover page and Reference list
.
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Rubric Assignment 2: Part I
Weight: 15%
Assignment 2 – Part 1: Problem and Analysis
Criteria
Unsatisfactory
Low Pass
Pass
High Pass
Honors
1.
Identify team
dysfunctions
and the
biggest risks
to the
business.
Did not or
unsatisfactorily
explains the
dysfunctions of the
senior team and the
biggest risks to the
business.
Partially explains
the dysfunctions
of the senior
team, but does
not connect these
to the risks they
pose to the
business.
Satisfactorily
explains the
dysfunctions of
the senior team
and presents a
basic connection
to the threats
these pose to the
business.
Excellent
explanation of the
dysfunctions of
the senior team;
makes a strong,
well-reasoned and
well-supported
connection
between these
and the risks they
pose to the
business.
Exemplary
explanation of
the dysfunctions
of the senior
team and
extremely well
developed and
clearly explained
connection to the
risk the business
faces includes
detailed citations.
Key successes of
the organization and
strengths of the
team and missing or
unclear or
inaccurate.
Basic summary of
key successes of
the organization
and strengths of
the team;
discussion lacks
clarity and/or
conciseness.
Good summary
of key successes
of the
organization and
strengths of the
team; discussion
may lack some
clarity or
conciseness
and/or or not
thoroughly
supported.
Very good
summary of key
successes of the
organization and
strengths of the
team; discussion
is clear, concise,
and wellsupported by
references and
examples.
Exemplary
summary of key
points; includes
unique and wellreasoned
insights; clear
and concise, and
supported by
references and
examples.
Did not or
unsatisfactorily
examines the
possible causes
of the team’s
dysfunctions.
Partially examines
the possible
causes of team’s
dysfunctions
Satisfactorily
examines the
possible causes
of the team’s
dysfunctions.
Fully examines
the possible
causes of the
team’s
dysfunctions.
Exemplarily
examines the
possible causes
of the team’s
dysfunctions.
Addresses three
questions with
depth and insight
Addresses four
questions with
depth and insight
Addresses all five
questions with
depth and insight.
Demonstrates
basic synthesis of
ideas and
understanding of
course concepts.
Demonstrates
very good
synthesis of ideas
and
understanding of
course concepts.
Demonstrates
critical analysis,
excellent
synthesis of
ideas, and
understanding of
course concepts
and unique
insights.
Weight: 15%
2.
Summarize
the key
successes of
the
organization
and the
strengths of
the team.
Weight: 15%
3. Analysis:
Examine the
possible causes
for the team’s
dysfunctions.
Weight: 60%
Addresses one or
none of the
questions with
sufficient depth or
insight
Little to no
synthesis of ideas
is demonstrated
and logical
reasoning is not
included or evident.
Addresses two
questions. with
depth and insight
Demonstrates
minimal synthesis
of ideas and
logical reasoning
from course
concepts.
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Weight: 15%
Criteria
4 The paper is
professionally
formatted and
includes in-text
citations,
references, and
is free from
grammar and
spelling errors.
Weight: 10%
Assignment 2 – Part 1: Problem and Analysis
Unsatisfactory
The paper is
unsatisfactorily
formatted.
It may not include a
cover page and
headings or lacks
professional
choices in
formatting, font,
and spacing.
Sources are not
consistently cited in
text, and accurate
references are not
included.
There are
mechanics and/or
usage errors.
Low Pass
The paper is
partially
satisfactorily
formatted.
It may not include
a cover page and
headings or lacks
professional
choices in
formatting, font,
and spacing.
Sources are not
consistently cited
in text, and
accurate
references may
not be included.
There are some
mechanics or
usage errors.
Pass
High Pass
The paper is
satisfactorily
formatted.
The paper is
professionally
formatted.
It includes a cover
page and
headings, but may
lack professional
choices in
formatting, font,
and spacing.
It includes a
cover page,
headings,
professional
formatting, font,
and spacing.
Sources may not
be consistently
cited in text, and
accurate
references may
not be included.
There may be
some minor
mechanics or
usage errors.
All sources are
consistently cited
in text, and
accurate
references are
included.
There are no
mechanics or
usage errors.
Honors
The paper is
exceptionally
formatted. It is
highly professional
in look and easy
to quickly locate
information.
It includes a
cover page,
headings,
professional
formatting, font,
and spacing.
All sources are
consistently cited in
text, and accurate
references are
included.
There are no
mechanics or
usage errors.
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ASSIGNMENT 2: CASE STUDY
Part 2: Executive Summary, Revisions, and Recommendations
Due Week 10, Sunday (Weight: 25%)
During Weeks 7-10, we have explored a number of leadership topics from the perspective of leading in
organizations. The assignment will help you integrate what you have been working on throughout the
course. Make use of all you have learned since Week 1, including your personal leadership style, the
DiSC, TKI, etc. You will need to formulate your recommendations with a consideration of the time and
resource constraints described in the case that have the potential to undermine the trust the team leader
is seeking to build.
For this assignment, you will continue your analysis of the Blake Sports Apparel case by providing an
Executive Summary, revisions to the problem and analysis, and recommendations for improving
teamwork and resolving conflicts more effectively. You will also have the opportunity to improve Part 1
(Problem and Analysis) based on the feedback that you received from your instructor.
NOTE: Since this component of the assignment is a continuation of the work you completed for Part 1,
you should continue your work in the same document that you submitted for Part 1 (Problem and
Analysis). Even though the Executive Summary comes first in the paper, it is often written last since it
presents a synopsis (or overview) of the entire paper.
Instructions
1. Read the Blake Sports Apparel and Switch Activewear: Bringing the Executive Team Together case
again.
2. Write a paper that addresses all of the following:
a. Executive Summary: Briefly summarize key points of the paper:



What is the problem or issue?
What are the possible causes of the issue or problem?
What solutions do you recommend?
b. Problem and Analysis from Part 1 of this assignment: Implement any feedback that you
received from your instructor.
c.
Recommendations: Acting as a leadership consultant to Cameron Barker (and
applying principles and practices from this course), what recommendations would you
make to improve teamwork and resolve conflicts more effectively? Use the questions
below to guide you:
• What can Barker do to increase trust and improve communication?

How can Barker incentivize the teams to improve alignment and meet
their collective goals?

What can be done to make team meetings more effective?
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Should Barker change the teams either in terms of team leadership and
members and/or or overall structure? Explain.

What, if anything, does Barker need to change about his own leadership
style and his behaviors in order to make his Executive Team more
effective?

What additional actions should Barker take to improve team dynamics
and performance and ensure that both Blake Sports Apparel and Switch
Activewear improve collaboration and thrive in their market segment?
Professional Formatting Requirements

Typed, double spaced professional font (size 10-12), includes headings and subheadings,
with one-inch margins on all sides. See the Sample Professional Paper under Course
Documents for an example.

References must be included and provide accurate information that enables the reader to
locate the original source. Application and analysis of course materials and resources is
expected, and additional research is welcome.

Include a cover page containing the title of the assignment, the student name(s), the professor’s
name, the course title, and the date.

The paper’s length is 8 to 10 pages, excluding your Cover page and Reference list.
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Rubric Assignment 2: Part II
Weight: 25%
Criteria
Assignment 2 – Part 2: Executive Summary, Revisions, and Recommendations
Unsatisfactory
1. Executive
Summary:
Summarize key
points of the
paper.
Does not or
unsatisfactorily
summarizes key
points of the
paper.
Weight: 30%
It lacks logic,
clarity, and
conciseness.
2. Problem and
Analysis
Revisions:
Implement
feedback from
the instructor
(from Part 1 of
this assignment).
Low Pass
Pass
High Pass
Honors
Partially
summarizes key
points of the
paper.
Satisfactorily
summarizes key
points of the
paper.
Fully
summarizes key
points of the
paper.
Exemplarily
summarizes key
points of the
paper.
It may lack some
logic, clarity and
conciseness.
It is somewhat
logical, clear, and
concise.
It is mostly logical,
clear, and concise.
It is highly logical,
clear, and
concise.
Does not or
unsatisfactorily
implements
feedback from the
instructor or did
not include the
Problem and
Analysis.
Partially
implements
feedback from the
instructor.
Satisfactorily
implements
feedback from the
instructor.
Completely
implements
feedback from the
instructor.
Exemplarily
implements
feedback from
instructor.
A few of the
changes may lack
some clarity, logic,
and conciseness.
The changes are
somewhat logical,
clear, and
concise.
The changes are
mostly logical,
clear, and
concise.
The changes are
highly logical,
clear, and concise.
Does not or
unsatisfactorily
makes
recommendations
to improve
teamwork and
resolve conflicts
more effectively.
Partially makes
recommendations
to improve
teamwork and
resolve conflicts
more effectively.
Satisfactorily
makes
recommendations
to improve
teamwork and
resolve conflicts
more effectively.
Completely makes
recommendations
to improve
teamwork and
resolve conflicts
more effectively.
Exemplarily makes
recommendations
to improve
teamwork and
resolve conflicts
more effectively.
Rationale is well
supported with
course reading
materials and
external sources
as appropriate.
The student
demonstrates
thought leadership
and rationale is
effectively
supported with
course reading
materials and
external sources as
appropriate.
Weight: 20%
3. Recommend
ways to improve
teamwork and
resolve conflicts
more effectively.
Weight: 40%
Rationale is not
supported with
references to
course reading
materials and
external sources
as appropriate.
Rationale is
partially supported
with references to
course reading
materials and
external sources as
appropriate.
Rationale is mostly
supported with
references to
course reading
materials and
external sources
as appropriate.
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Weight: 25%
Criteria
4. The paper is
professionally
formatted and
includes in-text
citations,
references, and
is free from
grammar and
spelling errors.
Weight: 10%
Assignment 2 – Part 2: Executive Summary, Revisions, and Recommendations
Unsatisfactory
Low Pass
Pass
High Pass
The paper is
unsatisfactorily
formatted.
The paper is partially
satisfactorily
formatted.
The paper is
satisfactorily
formatted.
The paper is
professionally
formatted.
It may not include a
cover page and
headings or lacks
professional
choices in
formatting, font, and
spacing.
It may not include a
cover page and
headings or lacks
professional choices
in formatting, font,
and spacing.
It includes a cover
page and headings,
but may lack
professional choices
in formatting, font,
and spacing.
It includes a cover
page, headings,
professional
formatting, font,
and spacing.
Sources are not
consistently cited in
text, and accurate
references may not
be included.
Sources may not be
consistently cited in
text, and accurate
references may not
be included.
There are some
mechanics or usage
errors.
There may be some
minor mechanics or
usage errors.
Sources are not
consistently cited in
text, and accurate
references are not
included.
There are
mechanics and/or
usage errors.
All sources are
consistently cited in
text, and accurate
references are
included.
There are no
mechanics or
usage errors.
Honors
The paper is
exceptionally
formatted. It is highly
professional in look
and easy to quickly
locate information.
It includes a cover
page, headings,
professional
formatting, font, and
spacing.
All sources are
consistently cited in
text, and accurate
references are
included.
There are no
mechanics or
usage errors.
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