Short faux memo addressing group member’s lack of participation using “expert power.”


Well, I am disappointed to have to address this issue with your team. As you know, I was looking for you to create a highly effective and efficient team. In order to achieve this goal, all team members must carry their weight equally. A few weeks ago, you read about loafing behaviors in teams, and even advised one of our clients on how to deal with this. Now, of all things, I have received an memo from one of your team members expressing his/her concern that one of you, who has been assigned by the team to analyze a competitor’s website, has failed to attend scheduled meetings. The team clearly needed this analysis to complete a project for our client on time. Consequently, your team is falling behind and we may lose this client’s business.

We cannot have this situation occur in this company, especially from “experts” in organizational behavior.  You need to resolve this by working together as if each of you were leaders of your team. Tell me how would you use your power and influence to develop the effective and efficient team that I need you to be.

Come on people – let’s work together and get it done!


Create a paper (200 words) for a memo addressed to the team member that is not attending meetings. In the memo, use the power tactic “EXPERT POWER” and apply this to motivate this team member. Support your choices with material on expert power (1 reference).

Following this, provide a paragraph explaining the power you were attempting to use and why you chose it.


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