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2.1 Discussion Board : MODEL THE WAY and HOMER’S ODYSSEY (1) Choose one unique passage from either Chapter 2 or Chapter 3 of the Kouzes and Posner book (most passages are 1 to 3 pages in length) which focuses on a particular person or group. This passage will be “ unique” because no other classmates will have posted it already. (Take look at the Discussion Board to make sure you are not echoing anyone else’s work.) In your own words, write a brief synopsis of that person's, or group's, story or experience, as discussed by Kouzes and Posner. Write a paragraph of 100 to 200 words, and cite the specific page number(s) in the text. The passage that I have chosen is on Alex Anwar, director of a new business unit at Labo America. Other members of the company where very questionable about Alex being the leader because they thought he was too young and did not have enough experience. Alex made his values very clear. Alex was able to tell people what he expected of them by telling them what values and standards he hold himself too. By doing this he is able to explain the things that he does and the things that he is going to do by the values that he believes in. Alex also introduces himself as a fellow employee and not a manager. Alex also tells stories about how he uses his values in order to work with customers. By talking about his values with the team member they were able to understand who he is and what is important to him. (Kouzes and Posner page: _43-45_). (2) Compare and/or contrast that person or group to one other (in either chapter); e.g., in one or two paragraphs (100 to 200 words), you could analyze the ways in which your first person (or group) shares affinities or details with one other, as described by Kouzes and Posner. Or you might contrast the two, focusing on differences that really seem to matter. There are many similarities between Alex Anwar and Paul di Bari. Both of these leaders used their values to set the standards for the other members of the team. Each of the people had to talk about and express their values in order for other people to trust them and to know what is expected of them. Paul had the opportunity to show the other team members what his values are, “It would have been very easy for me,” Paul said, “to sit back and supervise the program from afar but in order to earn the trust and respect of both people involved, I had to establish a sense of trust through my work ethic.” ( Kouzes and Posner pg 51). This gave the team members a chance to see that Paul practices the same values and standards that he hold them to. (Kouzes and Posner page: _50-51_). (3) Now add a few more sentences (a short paragraph or two) in which you discuss two or more other factors from these chapters that also apply to your comparison (in Prompt 2). You can add discussion of other people analyzed, or you might wish to speak about broader contexts, lessons learned, or the ways that Kouzes and Posner bring all of this together. ( You might think of this paragraph, and this entire Discussion Board assignment, as an early "review" to prepare you for this week's quiz. It will help!)
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