BUS/518 Discussion Questions Week 1-11
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BUS 518 Week 1 Discussion 1
Examples of Leaders. Please respond to the following:
Provide two examples of current leaders and describe how they demonstrate their leadership characteristics. What separates these characteristics from management techniques? How effective are actions by project managers (or individuals in other business leadership positions) in accomplishing company objectives?
BUS 518 Week 1 Discussion 2
Leadership Styles. Please respond to the following:
The five types of leadership styles are most applicable in certain situations. Discuss the applicability of each of the five types in project leadership situations and its usefulness in that particular situation.
BUS 518 Week 2 Discussion 1
Crisis Leadership. Please respond to the following:
How is crisis leadership different from leading under normal circumstances? If leaders wanted to fine-tune their crisis leadership styles, how would you suggest they practice without creating havoc to do so?
BUS 518 Week 2 Discussion 2
MBTI and Keirsey Temperament Sorter. Please respond to the following:
Describe the challenges you foresee in using the MBTI instrument or Keirsey Temperament Sorter in a project management situation and how you would address them.
Speculate the acceptance level of team members of these instruments. What would you do to convince your team that these are valuable instruments to use?
BUS 518 Week 3 Discussion 1
Capabilities of Team Members. Please respond to the following:
As leaders assess the capabilities of their team members, two questions must be answered to determine how to organize work. These questions are:
Can the person do the job?
Will he/she take responsibility for it?
Discuss how you determine others’ capabilities. If someone felt unprepared for the task you have assigned, what would you do?
BUS 518 Week 3 Discussion 2
Modeling Excellence. Please respond to the following:
Describe the behaviors of leaders modeling excellence. How do you assess excellence and how does that inspire you to perform at a higher level?
BUS 518 Week 4 Discussion 1
Channeling Motivation. Please respond to the following:
Comment on the following: “Project management has been linked to herding cats.” What challenges do you foresee in motivating others to work together to complete the project?
Argue the importance of project teams setting their own project plans.
BUS 518 Week 4 Discussion 2
Team Temperaments. Please respond to the following:
Determine how you as a project leader would handle having four team members with four different, distinct temperaments.
In the current business world, team projects are commonplace. Discuss the strategies you as a leader would implement in team decision making. Create a methodology that you would follow. Discuss the expectations of each step.
BUS 518 Week 5 Discussion 1
Project Initiating. Please respond to the following:
You are the project leader for organizing your community’s Fourth of July celebration parade this year. In previous years, the parade has been well attended and a favorite community project. The previous project leaders are no longer available and you must begin this project with no expertise or guidance. Determine what steps you would take to initiate the project and include how your leadership style would predict your actions.
BUS 518 Week 5 Discussion 2
Project Planning. Please respond to the following:
Now that your parade project has been initiated, describe planning steps you will follow.
Explain how you would vary your leadership style to ensure that the project is planned adequately.
BUS 518 Week 6 Discussion 1
Changing Views. Please respond to the following:
Consider the following situation: Key participants on your project management team were surveyed. The following are their responses.
Do you think most people want to do a good job? No
Do you believe most people are motivated by pay or the work itself? Pay
Do you trust most people to keep on working even if you aren’t around? No
Do you think most people are pretty “straight” with you, or that most of them have hidden agendas that they are trying to advance? Hidden agendas
Do you believe that you must protect yourself from political maneuvering by other would-be managers? Yes
Do you think people will take advantage of you if they get a chance? Yes
Do you think you can depend on most workers to do what they say they will do? No
What strategies would you use to change the project team member’ negative view of people? How would you know when their views had changed?
BUS 518 Week 6 Discussion 2
Leading New Technology. Please respond to the following:
New software has been purchased to reduce time in calculating customers’ accounts. Establishing rapport and effective communications with all team members is of primary importance to make this transition successful. Recommend and prioritize the actions that the project manager should take. Provide rationale for the choices you made.
BUS 518 Week 7 Discussion 1
Influence. Please respond to the following:
Discuss the importance of influence. How you would attempt to apply it to convince your team to work an extra day per week to earn time off later.
Analyze how you would influence your family to understand that you must now work the extra time.
BUS 518 Week 7 Discussion 2
Rosen’s Leadership Principles. Please respond to the following:
The American Red Cross has been asked to oversee the cleanup efforts in Japan after the earthquake and tsunami that occurred in March of 2011. Analyze the management principles applicable to organizing the project.
Justify your approach to the project with examples from your experience managing other projects.
BUS 518 Week 8 Discussion 1
Project Management Situations. Please respond to the following:
Discuss the leadership style, visionary, coaching, or affiliative, that would be best in the given situations below and provide support for your choice.
A nonprofit agency wishes to seek grants for funding purposes.
A new financial institution needs to staff its office.
The town council is assessing the need for additional traffic lights at a busy intersection to prevent accidents.
BUS 518 Week 8 Discussion 2
New Project Leader. Please respond to the following:
Project team members often have the following questions about their project team leaders. How would you recommend a new project team leader address these concerns? Recommend and prioritize the actions that the project leader should take.
Does the project leader know what he/she is doing?
Does he/she understand the technical challenges and issues facing the project?
How is the project leader going to treat the project team?
Why didn’t the company “pick one of us” to lead this project?
Does the project leader appreciate our expertise and experience?
Can the project leader provide us with any rewards?
BUS 518 Week 9 Discussion 1
Leaders’ Responsibilities. Please respond to the following:
The project leader’s responsibilities of authorizing, coordinating, and supervising work should be conducted with every project. Discuss which of these responsibilities allows for the greatest degree of control when working with team members. Provide the rationale for your choice.
BUS 518 Week 9 Discussion 2
Team Morale. Please respond to the following:
In these various project management situations, determine how you would maintain project team morale and customer acceptance during the execution stage of these projects:
Institute a new grading policy in higher education,
Reorganize the payroll system at an automotive supplier company, and
Work for a local candidate’s (the underdog) run for office.
BUS 518 Week 10 Discussion 1
Project Management. Please respond to the following:
Given various project management situations during the closing stage of a project, students will outline suggested leadership actions to deal with these situations. Appropriate rationale must be included to deal with the following:
All budgets for the project have been depleted and yet there are several steps needed to complete the project that require funding.
New information comes to light that radically affects the project’s scope; for instance, management has recently purchased equipment that functions more effectively than the project team’s solution.
Discuss whether or not there was a difference between the leader’s action steps and order, and the reason for the difference.
BUS 518 Week 10 Discussion 2
Project Leadership Framework. Please respond to the following:
Analyze the term, “project leadership framework,” and apply it to how you will organize your plans with a new course you are taking.
Argue for or against that project leadership is too vague a term to research. Support your opinion with examples.
BUS 518 Week 11 Discussion 1
Final Thoughts. Please respond to the following:
How has this course enriched your understanding of the principles of project leadership? Assess the value in your experience as you have applied the leadership styles, project completion steps, and strategies to work with other team members to a real-life situation in which you are currently involved.
If any part of this experience is problematic for you, ask your classmates for ideas about how to succeed.
BUS 518 Week 11 Discussion 2
The Future of Project Leadership. Please respond to the following:
What other areas of study (sociology, management, etc.) might impact the future development of project leadership research and why?
Discuss if and how leaders should integrate fun activities into their projects.
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