Homework Question on Human Capital & Employee Management
1-In one or two sentences, describe each of the six (6) items in the leadership loop. AND provide an example of how you have met each of these items in the past or how you plan to implement them in the future. You may use work related or UD related examples from your past. If it is for the future, use work related examples.
2-Using either your current/past work setting or your work at UD, discuss the following in detail. You may answer them separately or collectively. [30-points]
- How are you and your peers currently competing with each other?
- How does this competition contribute to the overall strength of you and your peers? AND how does this competition hurt you or your team?
Where do you draw the line between healthy and unhealthy competition among your peers?
3-The author recommends that you maintain close friendships at work, avoid office politics and expand your circle of acquaintances. [40-points]
- Why do you think the author recommends making friends on the job and expanding your circle of acquaintances?
- What are the advantages and disadvantages of developing personal friendships among your peers at work?
- Should the level of friendship you develop at work be at the same or different from the friendships you have developed among your peers in class or at home?
What are the pitfalls of developing close intimate friendships at work? How do you strike a balance in maintaining close friendships and keeping it professional while at work?
4-What are some pragmatic things you can do in order to create an environment where people are comfortable sharing their ideas? How do you ensure that the people you don’t like or respect are also given the opportunity to share their ideas?
5- Evaluate and Discuss giving examples, some of your own weaknesses, faults or blind-spots? Discuss a minimum of three (3) where you feel you could improve on or strengthen. What kinds of things can you do to strengthen each of them?
Homework Answer on Human Capital & Employee Management
The items in the leadership loop are caring, learning, appreciating, contributing, verbalizing, leading, and succeeding. Caring entails showing concern and taking an interest in people, which I have met in the past by putting myself in other’s shoes. Learning is about knowing others, which I have met by taking time to talk to others and hearing their stories. Appreciating entails the respect that a person has for others, an aspect I have met in the past by having positive assumptions about others and appreciating their unique skills and experiences.
Contributing involves the addition of value to others, an aspect I have met in the past by filling the gaps left by others or playing a part in their growth. Verbalizing entails the encouragement and affirmation given to others, which I have met by helping other people believe in themselves. Leading revolves around influencing other people, and I have met this by driving others to the exhibition of certain behaviors and embracing responsibility. The final step is succeeding that entails winning with people, a perspective I have met by allowing myself to win constantly together with the individuals around me.
I compete with my peers by ensuring that our duties and responsibilities are completed in time, and this has led to the development of trust between us contributing to our overall strength in the long run. As a team, we prioritize our organization, and through this, we have embraced healthy rather than unhealthy competition.