Critical Thinking: Case Study
Read Case Study 5.2, “Why Aren’t They Listening?” in your textbook. Answer the four questions at the end of the case study.
Write a three-part essay (i.e., an essay that includes an introduction paragraph, the essay’s body, and a conclusion paragraph) that addresses the assignment’s guide questions. Do not address the questions using a question and answer format.
Your well-written paper should meet the following requirements:
Be five pages in length, which does not include the title page, abstract or required reference page, which are never a part of the content minimum requirements.
Use University academic writing standards and APA style guidelines.
Support your submission with course material concepts, principles, and theories from the textbook and at least two scholarly, peer-reviewed journal articles unless the assignment calls for more.
why Aren’t they listening?
Jim anderson is a training specialist in the human resource department of a large pharmaceutical company. in response to a recent company- wide survey, Jim specifically designed a 6-week training program on lis- tening and communication skills to encourage effective management in the company. Jim’s goals for the seminar are twofold: for participants to learn new communication behaviors and for participants to enjoy the seminar so they will want to attend future seminars.
The first group to be offered the program was middle-level managers in research and development. This group consisted of about 25 people, nearly all of whom had advanced degrees. Most of this group had attended several in-house training programs in the past, so they had a
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sense of how the seminar would be designed and run. Because the previous seminars had not always been very productive, many of the managers felt a little disillusioned about coming to the seminar. as one of the managers said, “here we go again: a fancy in-house training program from which we will gain nothing.”
Because Jim recognized that the managers were very experienced, he did not put many restrictions on attendance and participation. he used a variety of presentation methods and actively solicited involvement from the managers in the seminar. Throughout the first two sessions, he went out of his way to be friendly with the group. he gave them fre- quent coffee breaks during the sessions; during these breaks, he pro- moted socializing and networking.
during the third session, Jim became aware of some difficulties with the seminar. rather than the full complement of 25 managers, attendance had dropped to about only 15 managers. although the starting time was established at 8:30, attendees had been arriving as late as 10:00. during the afternoon sessions, some of the managers were leaving the sessions to return to their offices at the company.
as he approached the fourth session, Jim was apprehensive about why things had been going poorly. he had become quite uncertain about how he should approach the group. Many questions were running through his mind: had he treated the managers in the wrong way? had he been too easy regarding attendance at the sessions? Should he have said something about the managers skipping out in the afternoon? Were the participants taking the seminar seriously? Jim was certain that the content of the seminars was innovative and substantive, but he could not figure out what he could change to make the program more successful. he sensed that his style was not working for this group, but he didn’t have a clue as to how he should change what he was doing to make the sessions better.
1. according to the SLii model (see Figure 5.1), what style of leadership is Jim using to run the seminars?
2. at what level are the managers?
3. From a leadership perspective, what is Jim doing wrong?
4. What specific changes could Jim implement to improve the seminars?
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