A final group presentation is due in Week 8. You have received your group assignments by now. Your group presentation will be based upon the below case study, and you will be required to include concepts, course readings and theories that we have learned over the past 8 weeks.
Analyze the leadership scenario below, taking care to respond to each of the essential elements within it, and use your analysis as the basis for the group presentation.
Note: No GROUP assignment is due for Unit 5, however, you will need to start preparing for the Unit 8’s Final Presentation NOW.
Request for Proposals: Mid-American Manufacturing Company
The Mid-American Manufacturing Company has sent out an RFP for proposals to increase employee productivity. In order to develop a proposal, your consulting team has done some homework. Here is what your consulting group has learned about the company:
The leadership team consists of 10 members:
Chairman of the Board—2 years
Senior Vice President—new
Assistant Vice President—3 years
Director of Global Research—7 years
Director of Community Research—8 years
Director of Administration—10 years
Research Analyst—10 years
Office Manager—30 years
The Mid-American Manufacturing Company is a seventy-five year old established manufacturing company in the Midwest. The company has a solid reputation in the community for producing quality products. There are 100 employees at the headquarters and five satellite offices throughout the country. Much of the communication is online and meetings may be held in person and through video conferences.
Over the past four years, the company has experienced turnover at the highest levels. There have been two interim chairs, three senior vice presidents and three new team members. There is no succession plan. The senior vice president is often overruled by the President. The assistant vice president does not have all of the qualifications for the position but was in the right place at the right time to move from research analyst to the current position in the department.
The three directors staged a coup to oust the previous senior vice president, who was near retirement. The previous senior vice president is now a research analyst in the department with a vast amount of institutional knowledge. Everyone thinks the senior vice president, now research analyst, will retire when eligible. The directors were left to their own devices during the staff upheaval and created their own working environment. When a research analyst retired last year, a new research analyst was brought in. On the analysts first day, there were no keys to the office, no password to the computer, and no type of orientation or introduction to the team.
Staff meetings are contentious as the new Senior Vice President works to exert power and control over the department, especially the directors. The team is resistant to that authority. Amazingly, the production in the company is still above average although employees have not been pushed to deliver an excellent product for quite a while.
There is no innovation to be seen in the company. Things appear stagnant. The Chairman of the Board wants the President and Vice President to turn up the heat on employee productivity and wrote the RFP with that in mind. While the RFP is about company productivity, the leadership team is in crisis. Given the background information your team has uncovered, you have decided to focus first on the leadership team since that is where decisions are made. Direct your presentation to the leadership team.
Analysis and Presentation Details
First, diagnose the situation at Mid-American Manufacturing by considering the theories and elements of leadership listed below:
Next, design a 7-10 minute video presentation that directly addresses the issues you have discovered at the Mid-American Manufacturing Company. Your task in the presentation is to convince the Chairman of the Board to hire your team as the consultants for the project. Your team is free to fill in the gaps and backstory as needed to develop your plan. Creativity is encouraged. Every member of the team must participate in the planning and implementation of the presentation.
Finally, upload an MP4 file containing your presentation video, as well as an accompanying document that briefly describes each member’s responsibilities and contributions to the project.
The project/ presentation would need to cover the key areas listed below: The area below in bold with a star is my part.
-Introduction and purpose of our consulting team
-Diagnosis of situation at Mid-American Manufacturing
*Addressed Issues discovered at the Mid-American Manufacturing Company*
-Benefits of hiring our team for the project and why they should
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