Problem Sets #4 & #5
Questions to Guide Analysis of Individual Behavior
and Team Dynamics
There were two objectives to the 15.279 teamwork assignment. One was to give you practice in
researching, writing about, and presenting a real-world problem, situati
Guidelines for Effective Writing:
Create a Strategy and use it to inform your structure (purpose, audience,
Write clearly and concisely: Identify the who in your sentence, use verbs to
specify actions, make every word tell: because- du
Strategic communication =
Thinking purposefully about your message, which will allow you to both interact effectively w/
others and achieve your goals through communication
Structure can be direct or indirect:
-Informative Direct: main points followed by
Meeting Maker Makes News
You are one of six senior analysts in the Research and Economic Analysis Unit at the New York
headquarters of Sloan Corporation, a large, diversified financial services company. You report to
Chris Dowd, vice president
Communicating Across Cultures
taken from MIT Course 21F.019
Nonverbal Communication Variables*
Proxemics refers to how perceptions of personal space and the use of physical
space vary culturally.
Researchers have identified four zones of persona
Employee: This is a difficult process.
Supervisor: No it isnt. Dont worry. Once you get used to it, youll
find it easy.
Divide into groups of four and assign the following roles: two (2) conversationalists and
two (2) observers. As t
Cover Letter Formula The outline below provides an example of how to structure a cover letter. It is by
no means the only format, but it provides a good place to start.
I) Opening Paragraph
A) Answer the question: Who are you (school, degree, grad year)?
You work in the headquarters of a fast-growing management consulting firm that now
employs roughly 250 people in offices throughout North American and Europe. The
company's rapid growth has led to some growing pains, and costs have
Worksheet for Persuasive Cover Letter
Overall argument For example: Interview me because I am qualified for the job.
Interview me because I can meet your needs.
Interview me because I can do the job.
For example: I have
Creating a Policy
You are part of a three-person committee made up of the head of IT, the head of Human
Resources and the head of Communication. You have been asked by the CEO to devise a
policy for the use of email, instant mess
Problem Set #2
Should MacGregor Dining Be Re-Opened?
You are a member of the Students for Better Dining at MIT committee. You have been asked
by President Hockfield and Director of Campus Dining, Richard Berlin, to make a
recommendation as to whether or n
Problem Set #1
Clear, Concise Writing in E-Mail
The e-mails below are not written as clearly or concisely as they could be. In addition, they may
have problems in organization, tone, or mechanical errors. Rewrite each so they are appropriate
for the audie
Today, many interviews for professional positions are competency-based interviews.
That is, the questions are designed to elicit behavioral information (what you have done
in the past in a particular situation) and situational infor
Interactive Presentation: The Role of the Audience
You can contribute to a dynamic interactive presentation by asking the speaker to:
1. Tell you more about a particular concept or situation that has been mentioned or
discussed in the presentation.
The coordinator/facilitator should
-Focus the team toward the task
- Get all team members to participate
- Keep the team on deadline
- Suggest alternatives
-Help team members confront problems
-Summarize team decisions