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DeVry psyc305 all week discussions latest 2016 november

Week 1 discussion
Charismatic Leaders and Communication (graded)
Do you think communication is more important to leaders now
than it was in Hitler’s and FDR’s time? Explain why you think so or why you
disagree. Who is a more current charismatic leader that you know of, and how
are they similar to Hitler or FDR in their communication style?
Ohio State and Michigan Studies (graded)
Consider the findings from the Ohio State and Michigan
studies: Good leadership requires effectiveness on two dimensions – initiating
structure, commonly called task orientation, and showing consideration,
commonly called employee orientation. Evaluate a leader you know using those
two dimensions of good leadership. Describe how well that leader manages both
those dimensions. What is the outcome of their strengths or weaknesses in those
1. Describe a situation that would call for a more task
oriented leader.
2. In what situations would a more employee oriented leader
be more successful?
Which orientation do you reflect in your style of
leadership? Why do you tend to lean toward that style?

Week 2 discussion
Communication (graded)
It has been said that communication controls, motivates,
provides release, and facilitates decision-making. What happens in an
organization when communication is limited? How does downward and upward
communication affect the functions mentioned above?
Power – Its Use and Misuse (graded)
TS Eliot wrote, “Half of the harm that is done in this world
is caused by people who have power and want to feel important. They do not mean
to do harm… they are simply absorbed in the useless struggle to think well of
themselves.” (Manning & Curtis , p. 167)
Please do Exercise 8-1, p. 169. What kind of power does your
supervisor commonly use, and what has been the outcome of their behavior…on the
employees, on the company?

Week 3 discussion
Your Personality and Values (graded)
Values may be self-governing, but they do change with time.
The link between personality, values, and work ethic is difficult to decipher.
Your basic makeup is with you in every situation, especially in your
organization. Have your values changed as you have matured, or have they stayed
the same? Do you have different values than your parents or siblings? How do
values affect the cohesiveness of the workplace?
What’s Best for the Workers is Best for the Company?
A student who worked for Chipotle stated: “I love the
Chipotle standard that what’s best for the people (employees) is best for the
company and vice versa, so I always strive to do my best.” It sounds simple,
but in reality, that is a difficult culture to enact. Why do you suppose that
it isn’t common in most organizations? What is difficult about the
implementation of such a policy? Does everyone have the same definition of
“doing your best”? Will slackers perceive their best in a different
light? Can you count on most managers to model the appropriate behavior? Who
supervises the managers, and how are they held accountable, not only for
product, but for cultural expectations?

Week 4 discussion
Employee Needs (graded)
Please take a look at the bulleted needs described on page
286: survival, security, belonging, respect, and fulfillment. Then, describe
how your organization meets those needs, and explain what they could do
differently to better meet the fulfillment needs.
Happy Employees – common, or scarce? (graded)
To kick off this discussion, remember what we were
discussing this week about happy employees. Our lecture talked about making
employees number one. How prevalent do you find this to be? Do you think it is
common? Why or why not? Is it a lack of knowledge, ignorance, or arrogance? You
would think that this concept was easy to understand. Do you think today’s
managers and leaders forgot to read the handbook on effective employee

Week 5 discussion
Manage Team Diversity and Avoid Groupthink (graded)
Our text discusses the conclusion of research: Diverse teams
utilize diverse opinions and approaches and are generally more effective in
their accomplishment of tasks. Yet, the text states “diversity appears to
increase group conflict.”
In what ways does diversity make conflict into a positive
result? How can the appreciation and encouragement of people to be themselves
and share their thoughts result in cohesiveness and effectiveness?
What are some specific things you could do or say in any
group to decrease the conflict inherent in diversity and increase the
productivity inherent in many minds and styles working together?
How does dealing with diversity in teams help in avoiding
groupthink? Think about the forces of groupthink and how they can be dealt with
when diversity of opinions, ideas, strategies, is allowed to function in teams.
Organizational Climate: Warm and Open, or Chilly with a
Chance of Rain? (graded)
As stated in Chapter 5, organizational climate is the
hallmark of integrated purpose, strong focus on the advancement of the
individual, and respect for all members. Discuss any situations you have
encountered in your vocational experiences where this cohesiveness was evident.
How did you feel? How do you think this climate affected turnover?
If you have not experienced this type of corporation, what
kinds of expectations would you have when you join it? How do you think the
employees feel about their situation?

Week 6 discussion
Successful Change Management (graded)
Since change in the workplace is constant, a good leader
knows how to implement and lead effective change. A description on p. 418 and
419 explains how change affects top management, middle management, and
frontline employees. Read this section, and consider a time when you experienced
change in your organization.
Describe how people at those three levels in the organization
initiated or responded to the change. Did top management help his or her middle
managers prepare employees for and implement the change? Did management
understand the “losses” experienced by employees? Were employees resistant to
the change? How did management overcome that resistance?

Stress and Burnout Prevention (graded)
What is burnout? Who gets burned-out?
Read the stories about Joe in “We Buried Joe Today” and the
“A tragic story” about ambulance attendants on pages 432 and 433. Comment on
the stories and similar ones you may have heard about.

Week 7 discussion
Beneficial Conflict (graded)
Conflict can be beneficial to organizations, stimulating
cohesiveness and creativity. Of course, it can have the opposite effect.
Provide any examples of your experience with conflict. Read the article in the
Webliography entitled: Fight for What’s Right: Ten Tips to Encourage Meaningful
Conflict. Also, after reviewing the chapter, list the positiveresults that can
come from organizational conflict.
Cultural Sensitivity (graded)
Cultural sensitivity is crucial to local and global success.
It is very difficult to be aware of and sensitive to issues and traditions we
are ignorant about. How can we decrease our own ignorance? Can we be proactive
about it, or do we just have to wait until someone alerts us that we are being

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