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Is time spent at the meetings productive, or is a lot of time wasted?

Please watch the following short video on diversity in teams, then follow the instructions to complete the SLP assignment.
Ryde, R. (2004). Diversity in teams [Video]. Available from Books24x7. Available in the Trident Online Library.
One of the biggest complaints among managers is the huge amount of time they have to spend in meetings. Ideally the purpose of meetings is to put everyone’s heads together to solve a problem or make a decision. But far too often they can lead to unproductive, time-wasting conversations and even conflict.
For this assignment, think about some recent meetings you’ve attended where a significant decision had to be made. Think carefully about how some of the problems regarding group decision making that were discussed in the background readings apply to what you’ve experienced. Then write a 2- to 3-page paper addressing the following issues:
Are all voices equally heard, and is diversity of the group reflected within the feedback?
Is time spent at the meetings productive, or is a lot of time wasted?
Are the decisions that are made solid ones? Or do they suffer from problems mentioned in the background materials such as groupthink?
Are ideas expressed at meetings creative and original, or are original ideas discouraged?
Based on what you’ve described in Questions 1–4 above, what kind of group decision-making process would you recommend be used in meetings you attend? Base your answer on readings from the background materials such as Sims (2002).
SLP Assignment Expectations
Follow the assignment instructions closely and follow all steps listed in the instructions.
Stay focused on the precise assignment questions; don’t go off on tangents or devote a lot of space to summarizing general background materials.
Make sure to cite readings from the background materials page. Rely primarily on the required background readings as your sources of information.
Include both a bibliography and in-text citations. Citation and reference style instructions are available at Trident University’s Introduction to APA Style, 7th edition .
The following references are videos:
Braintools (2017). Brainstorming: Generating many radical, creative ideas. Retrieved on 18 March 2017 from www.mindtools.com/brainstm.html
CDC (2017). Gaining consensus among stakeholders through the nominal group technique. Retrieved on 18 March 2018 from www.cdc.gov/healthyyouth/evaluation/pdf/brief7.pdf
Haughey, D. (2017). Delphi technique: A step-by-step guide. Retrieved on 18 March 2017 from www.projectsmart.co.uk/delphi-technique-a-step-by-step-guide.php

How unethical are you?

Read HBR “How (un)ethical are you?” Banaji, Bazerman, & Chugh (2003).
an important fact from the UNIT reading,
what this fact means,
why this post is important to you.
.
I am looking for such statements as “I think”, “I believe”, “My opinion is” through-out your Journals
Most of us believe that we are ethical and unbiased. We believe that we, make good decisions, are objective, and reach fair and rational conclusions. Research shows that most fall short of our inflated self-perception, where we have the illusion of objectivity. These unconscious or implicit biases can be contrary to our consciously held, explicit beliefs. The prevalence of these biases suggests that the most well-being person unwittingly allows conscious thoughts and feeling to
influence our objective decisions.

How to avoid catastrophe

Read HBR “How to avoid catastrophe” Tinsley, Dillon, Madsen (2011).
an important fact from the UNIT reading,
what this fact means,
why this post is important to you.
I am looking for such statements as “I think”, “I believe”, “My opinion is” through-out your Journals

Were you given the opportunity to take on a new role to better utilize your strengths and skills?

Q1. Your team isn’t just people who work under you; you must surround yourself with people who can advise you, challenge you, and keep you honest—including mentors, coaches, and advisors. All members of a team must be aligned towards common goals. The team must have shared expectations and clearly identified priorities. Last week, you put together a fantasy team of four JGR employees to plan and run a daylong conference. Think about this team’s individual strengths and weaknesses. Then determine whether your team would most benefit from a coach, advisor, or mentor. What sort of person do you think would be a good advisor, mentor, or coach for this team based on the team need and why? How will their expertise make the team more cohesive?
Q2. Never forget that the most important member of your team is you. You must behave as a team player—in Joe’s words, “lead from ahead, not above.” To foster collaboration and success within your team, you need to lead by example and be a member of your own team. Don’t ask your team members to do things you wouldn’t do yourself. This helps break down barriers between team members and leaders and creates a sense of teamwork. This week, you see examples of how other leaders apply these principles to their own teams. Identify someone in your professional work life (past or current) who leads by example. Describe their specific actions and the impact that those specific actions and their leadership has on others.
Q3. As the needs and goals of your team evolve, you will need to be flexible and able to adapt your team. You may have to fill vacant positions or realign to accomplish your goals. As you move forward, it’s important to fill the roles with the strengths you need and move people to where they perform best. Sometimes you will have to change your strategy, but not your people, so you can play to your strengths. Changing needs do not always require a change in members. It’s up to you to use each team member in the most effective way. This week, we learn how to lead a team to success using the talent one already has. Think about a past or present position you’ve held. Were you using all of your strengths and skills in that position? Were you given the opportunity to take on a new role to better utilize your strengths and skills? How did this affect your performance?

How has decision-making evolved as part of organizational and leadership strategies?

Chester Barnard, a retired telephone executive and author of The Functions of the Executive, imported the term “decision making” from the language of public administration into the business world. Decision-making then replaced narrower descriiptors such as “resource allocation” and “policymaking.”
The introduction of that phrase changed how organizations and specifically leaders thought about what they did and began a new direction of action and desire for conclusiveness. William Starbuck, professor in residence at the University of Oregon’s Charles H. Lundquist College of Business sums this up in the following: “Policymaking could go on and on endlessly, and there are always resources to be allocated. ‘Decision’ implies the end of deliberation and the beginning of the action.”
Discuss the role decisions play for organizational leaders and respond to the following questions:
– Is there a set standard of what a ‘good’ decision is? Why or why not?
– How has decision-making evolved as part of organizational and leadership strategies?

Summarizes your assessment results and identifies your strengths and weaknesses (see Personal SWOT Analysis Submission Guidelines rubric)

Part 1: Complete the following assessments. Part 1 of this assignment requires a narrative (one page maximum) that summarizes your assessment results and identifies your strengths and weaknesses (see Personal SWOT Analysis Submission Guidelines rubric)
*DISC Personality Test: ATTACHED
*Grossman & Valiga Leadership Characteristic and Skills Assessment (parts 1 & 2, pages 32-36)
*Creative Ability Scale (Grossman & Valiga, pages 137-138)
*Clifton Strengths Finders Assessment (Optional)
Compare assessment results, reflect on your identified strengths and weaknesses.
Show your results to others and take into account both your perspective and the view others may have of you.
Part 2: Part 2 of this assignment requires a personal SWOT Analysis in a matrix format (see Personal SWOT Analysis Submission Guidelines).
*Review SWOT Analysis, Personal SWOT Analysis, and SWOT Analysis Worksheet on the Mind Tools Website.
*Utilize the tools to demonstrate understanding of SWOT by constructing your own personal SWOT Analysis Matrix•
Save your assessment results and SWOT analysis as they will be useful in formulating your Personal Strategic Plan. As you are working your way through this course, begin to think about your vision for nursing, your vision for yourself in your current practice setting, your vision for yourself as an advanced practice nurse, and how you would utilize your strengths to purpose your vision

Are ideas expressed at meetings creative and original, or are original ideas discouraged?

Please watch the following short video on diversity in teams, then follow the instructions to complete the SLP assignment.
Ryde, R. (2004). Diversity in teams [Video]. Available from Books24x7. Available in the Trident Online Library.
One of the biggest complaints among managers is the huge amount of time they have to spend in meetings. Ideally the purpose of meetings is to put everyone’s heads together to solve a problem or make a decision. But far too often they can lead to unproductive, time-wasting conversations and even conflict.
For this assignment, think about some recent meetings you’ve attended where a significant decision had to be made. Think carefully about how some of the problems regarding group decision making that were discussed in the background readings apply to what you’ve experienced. Then write a 2- to 3-page paper addressing the following issues:
Are all voices equally heard, and is diversity of the group reflected within the feedback?
Is time spent at the meetings productive, or is a lot of time wasted?
Are the decisions that are made solid ones? Or do they suffer from problems mentioned in the background materials such as groupthink?
Are ideas expressed at meetings creative and original, or are original ideas discouraged?
Based on what you’ve described in Questions 1–4 above, what kind of group decision-making process would you recommend be used in meetings you attend? Base your answer on readings from the background materials such as Sims (2002).
SLP Assignment Expectations
Follow the assignment instructions closely and follow all steps listed in the instructions.
Stay focused on the precise assignment questions; don’t go off on tangents or devote a lot of space to summarizing general background materials.
Make sure to cite readings from the background materials page. Rely primarily on the required background readings as your sources of information.
Include both a bibliography and in-text citations. Citation and reference style instructions are available at Trident University’s Introduction to APA Style, 7th edition .
The following references are videos:
Braintools (2017). Brainstorming: Generating many radical, creative ideas. Retrieved on 18 March 2017 from www.mindtools.com/brainstm.html
CDC (2017). Gaining consensus among stakeholders through the nominal group technique. Retrieved on 18 March 2018 from www.cdc.gov/healthyyouth/evaluation/pdf/brief7.pdf
Haughey, D. (2017). Delphi technique: A step-by-step guide. Retrieved on 18 March 2017 from www.projectsmart.co.uk/delphi-technique-a-step-by-step-guide.php

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