day 2 observations 09

day 2 observations 09 - To CSR 309 From Richard Feinberg...

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To: CSR 309 From: Richard Feinberg. CEO Re: day 2 observations and reflections On Day 2 I was an observer and consultant and according to the rules only had authority and responsibility to intervene when and if my intervention would help your learning. Very interesting evening. I would like to cover just some of the things that I saw. Your perspectives may be different but as the CEO of this class it is my observation that counts the most (of course because I am CEO) The class starts at 5:30…but you don’t . I am there. I am ready to go. Most of you are in your seat on time. Most of you have read the memo…nothing happens. Look at this from the CEO perspective. From the CEO perspective a very clear and very precise memo was written instructing the organization to do the business of the organization. It is almost 5:40 and no business is being done. The instructions are clear. Let me repeat…THE INSTRUCTIONS ARE CLEAR. You know how I know that the instructions are clear---I WROTE THEM. In listening to the conversation around me it is clear that the instructions were read but ignored. If you were the CEO looking at your organization for potential leaders whom would you be impressed with: 1. Those who don’t do anything just because they do not see exactly what it means. .or 2. Those who talk about it and struggle with it because they know the memo was not written to be ignored. A couple of people come over to me before 530 and ask me questions. I look and them and smile…I am not playing professor today where my role might be to answer the questions. They probably think I am a jerk. About 14 people (not that I actually counted them) come to class late. OK look at this from the CEO perspective. Lets say that President Cordova (The CEO of Purdue…if you ever have a chance to meet her DO IT…. So let’s say that President Cordova sets a meeting and I am invited and she is , in the back of her mind, thinking about people to put in charge of a special project. What does she think about people who come in late!!!. This is the first day of your new job…I am the CEO…you are late…YOU ARE FIRED. Class has started and there might be 129 individual conversations going on. Interestingly…when 2 people (a guy and a girl…I notice I am the CEO) go to the front people pay attention. Why do we need two? Even though they are trying to get something to happen there are 2 million things going on in the room and when the young woman suggests something be done someone yells NO and the effort stops (yes 2 million
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I counted them and because I am the CEO it is 2 million). What would an effective leader look like?
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