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RUNNING HEAD: BLUEPRINT FOR PERSONAL & PROFESSIONAL GROWTH Blueprint for Personal & Professional Growth (BPPG) MMBA 6510: Leading People Tammy Wortherley Professor Dr. Brown February 24, 2010
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Name: Tammy Wortherley Response Part 1: Teaming and Interpersonal Relationships Note: This question references the Team Activity in Weeks 1–3. Date Completed: 2/24/10 Spend time in reflection and introspection related to your experiences in decision making, teaming, and interpersonal relationships. Explain your ideas for improvement based on the Worksheet for Assessing the Decision-Making Process . Based on the worksheet for assessing the decision-making process, I feel that my team could enhance the level of success if we continually try to improve in the following areas: Asking a variety of people for help. When considering outside sources, it will always be important to ask other companies and that organizations leaders what he or she has experience in a similar situation. Often times it can cause awareness to think outside the box. An example of this is the Wrigley’s Chewing Gum company. Initially, Wrigley’s sold soap and baking soda. As a promotional effort in 1891 “the company decided to offer a pack of chewing gum with each of the products” (Wrigley’s 2010). In turn, the company realized that the true calling of the company should be to sell gum versus soap. Without the unbiased thought processes of the company’s critical thinkers, we would not have a great product today. Secondly, by stepping out of traditional roles, an organization can learn to grow from one another. As Dubrin shared with us “Jan Hayden stated that nothing promotes teamwork better than picking up a sledgehammer and reducing a house to rubble while volunteering for the habitat for humanity” (Dubrin, 2007). When individuals come together outside of
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the familiar office space, it can peak an employees productivity level and more so, creative thinking levels. Lastly, by listening to objections with an open mind, it can cause the group to expand his or her thinking ability to another level, however, the leader of the group has to be the one to initiate the process and to achieve buy-in. Followers are more likely to be motivated by leaders they can trust who aren’t completely self absorbed within their own interests of achieving a goal. When a leader makes a statement and a follower sees it come to fruition, which is critical. “It is important to be the type of leader that will do what he or she said they were going to do” (Zenger, 2009, P.5). Part 2:
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