BGMT 365 Week 1 Discussion

Discussion #1

You will read the discussion below and follow the instructions provided.  You will create the memorandum and submit in the discussion area.  Post the entire memorandum into the discussion area rather than provide as an attachment.

Do not post in the discussion area until you have written the memorandum.  If the seal is broken without posting, a zero for this assignment will be automatically assigned.

You will read the following scenario and provide the memorandum by Saturday, 11:59 p.m. eastern time.  By Monday, 11:59 p.m. eastern time, you will read the memoranda of your classmates and will comment on at least three other classmates addressing the following

  • Comment on the positive aspects of the memo posted by others.
  • Comments on key leadership language that could be used to strengthen the memo.
  • Would you change your response in the memo?  If so, why? if not, why not?  

By Tuesday, 11:59 p.m. eastern time, respond to the classmates who responded to your memorandum.

Note: No postings will accepted after Tuesday at 11:59 p.m.   

Read the Following Case Scenario

A recent survey was taken among employees at Biotech Health and Life Products (Biotech).  The results were alarming, as it appeared the leadership has been less effective than in the past.  Some of the common complaints seemed to focus on the lack of vision, a breakdown in communication and a lack of connection with staff. 

You have read the results and as Vice President of Biotech, you completely agree with employees.   Leadership is the cornerstone to success in any organization and to permit poor leadership can only spell trouble. It occurred to you that the place to start change was staring you in the face – the new management hires planned for Warehouse Operations in Detroit and Brisbane.  Mumbling to yourself “but what do I want them to look like?” you decide that you must write a memo to HR Director, Jennifer Dion to make sure the “right” description of a leader is asked for in the soon-to-be released job description.  Scrambling around on the desk, you find the old job announcement so that you can make some changes.  It reads, “Biotech is looking for experienced warehouse managers who focus on keeping the distribution speed high and shipping costs low.  Manager must be able to motivate employees to keep distribution, packing, and shipping moving smoothly and efficiently.  Must be someone who can handle a fast-paced environment, is used to meeting deadlines, is driven and results-oriented.  Goal oriented and policy adherence critical to succeed in the department.”

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