By the due date assigned, submit your response in the Discussion Area below, using the lessons and vocabulary found in the reading.
A special focus of this course is executive communications that are succinct, strategic, and supported. Accordingly, your initial post should not exceed 500 words in the discussion forums.
Select any one of the following starter bullet point sections. Review the important themes within the sub questions of each bullet point. The sub questions are designed to get you thinking about some of the important issues. Your response should provide a succinct synthesis of the key themes in a way that articulates a clear point, position, or conclusion supported by research. Select a different bullet point section than what your classmates have already posted so that we can engage several discussions on relevant topics. If all of the bullet points have been addressed, then you may begin to re-use the bullet points with the expectation that varied responses continue.
- Individual development is described as a short-term orientation to performance improvement. In contrast, career development is a more long-term approach. Which has the greatest impact on the organization (individual development or career development)? What types of topics or activities might be used for each (individual versus career development)? Should development always focus on job- or organizational-specific concerns or might development include any type of development for an individual (including things that don’t specifically relate to the job/organization)? Leadership lessons you can learn?
- Many organizations suggest that human resources (HR) are their most valuable resource. A competitive advantage can be achieved by maximizing everyone’s contribution. Therefore, sustainable competitive advantage is based on an organization’s ability to utilize its most valuable resource—people. Relative to physical and financial resources, how important are human resources? In other words, are human resources more important? Less important? Of the same importance? What factors should we consider when trying to answer these questions? Do you agree that the only way to sustain a competitive advantage is through an organization’s HR? Leadership lessons you can learn?
- Have you ever had a leader who was also a good coach? What did she or he do? How did she or he make you feel? What were some of the attributes that she or he possessed? Was there one attribute that seemed to be most important or most crucial to being a good coach? Leadership lessons you can learn?
- Organizational and leadership experts can perform at least two different roles. One is the role of a consultant. The other is the role of a coach. What is similar about a consultant and a coach and the process that each uses? What is different? Can the same person perform both? Can the same person perform both in the same organization? Are there other similar roles (e.g., counselor, advisor, mentor, etc.)? How do those roles compare/contrast to the coaching role? Leadership lessons you can learn?