Discussion: How Does Wanda Manage?

General Discussion Instructions

In order to prepare for this assignment, READ the information contained in the document “Salty Pawz Background.”

You are required to post to this discussion THREE TIMES, on THREE DIFFERENT DAYS. Please refer to the Discussion Grading Rubric for details regarding how your performance will be assessed. NOTE: Please be certain to read the entire discussion assignment since in some cases there is more than one question you need to discuss, respond to, or address. Be sure that you have answered the entire question!

Post 1: Initial Post

This posting should be a minimum of one short paragraph and a maximum of two paragraphs. Word totals for this post should be in the 100–200-word range. Whether you agree or disagree, explain why with supporting evidence and concepts from the readings or a related experience. Include a reference, link, or citation when appropriate.

Scenario

Wanda has been reading up on management, using magazines at the grocery store checkout line as her primary resource. She admits that popular magazines may not be the best source of information about management, but she has learned that leadership and management styles can have a large impact on the success of a business. She saw a book titled Leadership Secrets of Attila the Hun and thought it was a joke at first, but quickly realized that it is a serious work that has sold millions of copies. She doesn’t want her employees to think of her as some Mongol warlord, but at the same time knows she needs to be more of a leader and manager after the business expands. Once again, Wanda calls you!

For Discussion

  1. As Wanda works to establish herself as a leader and manager, which of the various leadership and management styles should she adopt? Are there circumstances under which the ones you recommend will NOT be appropriate, considering her business operations?
  2. Thinking of when you have been “managed” or you have “managed” others (even in a group project in school), how do you prefer to manage and/or be managed and why?


Posts 2 and 3: Respond to Classmates’ Posts

Instructions

After you have created your initial post, look over the discussion posts of your classmates and give at least two thoughtful responses to two different classmates (one per classmate) as outlined in the Discussion Grading Rubric.

A response posting should be a minimum of one short paragraph. Word totals for these posts should be in the 75–100-word range. Whether you agree or disagree, explain why with supporting evidence and concepts from the readings or a related experience. Include a reference, link, or citation when appropriate. The goal of your response posts is to extend discussions already taking place or pose new possibilities or opinions not previously voiced. Your goal should be to motivate the group discussion and present a creative approach to the topic.

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