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BUS520 Complete Course week 1 to week 11

BUS 520 BUS520 Complete Course
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BUS520 Week 1 Discussion
"Does diversity in the workplace really make a difference? And is it really so bad if employees aren’t satisfied with their jobs?" Please respond to the following:
·         Watch the video titled “Diversity’s real power” (2 min 6 s) from Management Tips with Todd Dewett, located at http://www.lynda.com/Business-Business-Skills-tutorials/Diversitys-real-power/126132/174433-4.html?org=strayer.edu. Investigate two to three (2-3) reasons why diversity is important to an organization’s success. Speculate on the major potential ramifications to an organization if said organization does not practice diversity management.
·         Analyze the manner in which job satisfaction impacts both individual performance and an organization’s ability to meet its objectives. Give at least two (2) examples of the major organizational factors that contribute to job satisfaction.

BUS520 Week 2 Discussion
Does diversity in the workplace really make a difference? And is it really so bad if employees aren’t satisfied with their jobs?" Please respond to the following:
·         Watch the video titled “Diversity’s real power” (2 min 6 s) from Management Tips with Todd Dewett, located at http://www.lynda.com/Business-Business-Skills-tutorials/Diversitys-real-power/126132/174433-4.html?org=strayer.edu. Investigate two to three (2-3) reasons why diversity is important to an organization’s success. Speculate on the major potential ramifications to an organization if said organization does not practice diversity management.
·         Analyze the manner in which job satisfaction impacts both individual performance and an organization’s ability to meet its objectives. Give at least two (2) examples of the major organizational factors that contribute to job satisfaction.
BUS520 Week 3 Discussion
"Leading with Your Head and Your Heart"  Please respond to the following:
Watch the video titled “Appreciating emotional intelligence” (4 min 28 s), located at http://www.lynda.com/Business-Skills-tutorials/Appreciating-emotional-intelligence/137886/151208-4.html?org=strayer.edu. Next, detail the significant ways that an awareness of emotional intelligence can improve a leader’s effectiveness. Select a situation in which you demonstrated emotional intelligence that improved your effectiveness as a leader, either in your professional or personal life.

BUS520 Week 3Assignment
Assignment 1: Emotional Intelligence and Effective Leadership
Due Week 3 and worth 260 points
According to the article “Emotional Intelligence and Effective Leadership”, one of the most important constructs in leadership today is the concept and application of emotional intelligence (EI). Imagine that you are an internal consultant to an organization of your choosing and the CEO has tasked you with preparing a presentation for the Board of Directors on what emotional intelligence is, and its influence on leadership and the people within the organization. You will create the presentation using PowerPoint or other equivalent software. Note: You may create and / or make all necessary assumptions needed for the completion of this assignment.
Review the “Death by PowerPoint” presentation, located at http://www.slideshare.net/thecroaker/death-by-powerpoint, for tips on effectively creating engaging presentations.
In preparation for this assignment, review the following additional resources on emotional intelligence:
Resources
Batool, B. F. (2013) Emotional Intelligence and Effective Leadership. Journal of Business Studies Quarterly, 4(3), 84-94. (Note: Available in the Strayer Library)
Robbins, S. P., & Judge, T. A. (2015). Organizational behavior (16th ed.). Upper Saddle River, NJ: Prentice Hall. (Note: Refer to Chapter 3)
Prepare an eight to ten (8-10) slide presentation in which you:
Fully explain emotional intelligence, and give two (2) examples of the concept. Next, examine the concept of “emotional quotient” compared to traditional “intelligence quotient.”
Suggest two to three (2-3) reasons why leaders’ need emotional intelligence to manage today’s workforce. Speculate on at least two (2) possible consequences should a leader not possess emotional intelligence.
Explore the elements of emotional intelligence that leaders must be aware of to increase leadership effectiveness.
Recommend a strategy that the organization could undertake in order to improve the social skills of leaders within the organization and thereby positively influence their emotional intelligence. Support your recommendation with specific examples that illustrate why the strategy would be effective.
Include speaker’s notes for each slide to indicate what you would say as you were delivering the presentation to the Board of Directors.
Use at least three (3) quality academic references in this assignment. You may include the resource(s) provided in the assignment. Note: Wikipedia does not qualify as an academic resource.
Your assignment must follow these formatting requirements:
Include a title slide containing the title of the assignment, the student’s name, the professor’s name, the course title, and the date. Include an APA formatted reference section. The title and references slides are not included in the required slide length.
The specific course learning outcomes associated with this assignment are:
Explore how individual differences, personality traits, and perspectives impact the productivity of an organization.
Use technology and information resources to research issues in leadership and organizational behavior.
Write clearly and concisely about leadership and organizational behavior using proper writing mechanics.

BUS520 Week 4 Discussion
"I used to be indecisive. Now I’m not so sure"  Please respond to the following:
Watch the video titled “Making decisions” (4 min 4 s), located at http://www.lynda.com/Business-Skills-tutorials/Making-decisions/160362/182193-4.html?org=strayer.edu. Next, provide an example of how your personality and values have influenced your actions and / or decisions in your current or past organization. Be specific as to the particular action or decision that your personality and values influenced. Next, construct your own decision-making maxim, and explain the significant way(s) that your personality and values align to said maxim.
Analyze the manner in which perceptions can influence the integration of diversity in an organization. Next, explore the influence that perception can have on the way in which a person would make an ethical decision based on the three (3) ethical decision criteria discussed in the text.


BUS520 Week 5 Discussion
"Moved to Action"  Please respond to the following:
Compare and contrast the significant similarities and differences among the theories of goal setting, self-efficacy, and reinforcement. Specify the theory that you believe most closely aligns with your current or future approach to motivating employees. Support your response with at least one (1) example that demonstrates your approach to employee motivation.
Examine a job that you have had in your current or past organization. Redesign the job so that it is both more satisfying to you and provides a benefit to the organization. Point out the specific ways in which the redesigned job achieves both of the indicated goals.
BUS520 Week 5 Assignment
Assignment 2: Using Motivation to Improve Performance
Due Week 5 and worth 220 points
Motivation is a complex subject, but its understanding and application is central to the success of management and organizational success. Imagine that you have been tasked by the CEO of your organization (current or past) with recommending actions to improve the motivation of the organization’s employees. The CEO has requested that you prepare a talking paper explaining to management what motivation is, the factors that influence motivation, the role of the leader in motivation, and ways the organization can inspire motivation. The talking paper should not be a reiteration of motivation theory, but should provide succinct points that cover the key topics of motivation and provides a road map that management can implement to improve motivation within the organization. Note: You may create and / or make all necessary assumptions needed for the completion of this assignment.
For an explanation of a talking paper and tips to create a successful one, read the article titled “How to Write a Talking Points Paper”, located athttp://www.ehow.com/how_8113844_write-talking-points-paper.html. Also, review the document titled “Talking Paper Instructions”.
In preparation for this assignment, review the following additional resources on motivation:
Resources:
Berry, J. (2014). Revolutionising motivation. Training Journal, 10-13. (Note: Available in the Strayer Library)
Write a two to four (2-4) page talking paper in which you:
Synthesize the concept of motivation, and examine the substantial reasons why motivation is difficult to understand.
Evaluate the potential effectiveness of the model positioning of motivation, and propose at least one (1) action that the organization can take in order to apply the concept.
Detail the feedback control loop, and suggest one (1) way that the organization can use the feedback control loop to determine whether management’s actions are motivating or demotivating.
Assess the manner in which leaders can influence employee motivation through goal setting, impression management, and encouragement.
Devise a plan to redesign a job of your choice within the organization, outlining the steps that the organization would need to take to redesign the job to encourage and develop motivation for employees.
Select one (1) theory of motivation from pages 185 to 206 in the textbook. Outline a plan to integrate the selected theory into the organization.
Recommend the key to success in implementing your plan of action to increase motivation within your chosen organization.
Use at least three (3) quality academic references in this assignment. You may include the resource(s) provided in the assignment. Note: Wikipedia does not qualify as an academic resource.
Your assignment must follow these formatting requirements:
Be typed, double spaced, using Times New Roman font (size 12), with one-inch margins on all sides; citations and references must follow APA or school-specific format. Check with your professor for any additional instructions.
Include a cover page containing the title of the assignment, the student’s name, the professor’s name, the course title, and the date. The cover page and the reference page are not included in the required assignment page length.
The specific course learning outcomes associated with this assignment are:
Analyze the relationship between the basic organizational behavior models of individual, group, and organizational processes, and the productivity of an organization.
Explain the variety of motivational theories and job design considerations.
Use technology and information resources to research issues in leadership and organizational behavior.
Write clearly and concisely about leadership and organizational behavior using proper writing mechanics.


BUS520 Week 6 Discussion
"No Man is an Island"  Please respond to the following:
Suggest at least one (1) scenario in which understanding the Five Stages of Group Development could help you to work more effectively in groups in the future. Provide a rationale for your response.
Reflect on at least one (1) experience that you have had being a member of a group and at least one (1) different experience that you have had being a member of a team. Classify the characteristics of being a member of the group that made the experience different from being a member of the team.

BUS520 Week 7 Discussion
"More Than Words" and "Who Will Lead Us?"  Please respond to the following:
Watch the video titled “Getting your body language to match your words” (4 min 40 s), located at http://www.lynda.com/Business-Skills-tutorials/Getting-your-body-language-match-your-words/184804/368346-4.html?org=strayer.edu. Next, give two (2) specific examples of how body language can be a barrier to effective communication in the workplace. Then, suggest a strategy that you could use in your current or future workplace to ensure that your body language does not interfere with the message you want to communicate.
Select which leadership theory most accurately describes your current or future approach to leadership. Based on the selected theory, give one (1) example from your personal or professional life when your leadership was effective and one example when your leadership was not effective. Reflect on a lesson that you learned from the ineffective leadership experience which you could apply to similar situations in the future.

BUS520 Week 8 Discussion
"Power, Politics, and Conflict: Can't We All Just Get Along?"  Please respond to the following:
Watch the video titled “Using positive power and politics” (3 min 8 s), located at http://www.lynda.com/Business-Skills-tutorials/Using-positive-power-politics/126132/182373-4.html?org=strayer.edu. Based on this week’s readings and the video, break down the ethical considerations that an organizational leader should contemplate prior to using political power that will impact organizational stakeholders.
Consider a conflict that you or someone that you know is currently experiencing at work. Using the conflict process discussed in the text, recommend an approach for resolving the conflict. Propose the conflict management techniques that you believe would be most effective to achieve the desired outcome(s) of your recommendation.
BUS520 Week 9 Assignment
Assignment 3: Ethical Climate Survey
Due Week 9 and worth 300 points
A study by the U.S. Sentencing Commission recognized the importance of organizational culture and its impact on an organization’s commitment to ethical conduct and compliance with the law (LRN, 2006). Imagine that a business of your choosing is concerned about recent ethical breaches by its employees. The business has hired you as a consultant to evaluate the current ethical climate of the organization. The leadership has requested that you to develop a comprehensive survey that the business can use to determine the ethical climate of the organization. Note: You may create and / or make all necessary assumptions needed for the completion of this assignment.
In preparation for this assignment, read the article titled “Measuring Your Organization’s Climate for Ethics: The Survey Approach”. Also, for tips on writing effective survey questions read the article titled, “Writing Good Survey Questions”, located at https://www.surveymonkey.com/mp/writing-survey-questions/.
Write a four to six (4-6) page paper in which you:
Provide a brief (one [1] paragraph) description of the organization for which you are providing consulting services.
Recommend key steps that the organization can take to create a strong culture.
Develop an introduction paragraph to the survey explaining the tie between organizational culture and ethical conduct.
Designate at least two (2) groups within the organization who will take the survey, and provide a rationale as to why these two (2) groups should complete the survey.
Develop a one (1) paragraph invitation to participate in the survey explaining the purpose and intended use of the survey.
Develop criteria for conducting the ethical climate survey of the organization. The criteria should identify:
Who the target audience is;
The method by which the you will administer the survey;
Instructions for participants on accessing and completing the survey.
Construct at least three (3) sample questions that address each of the following areas (12 questions total). At least two (2) of the twelve (12) questions should require an open-ended response.
Determine the organizational culture
Examine the ethical climate of the organization

BUS520 Week 9 Discussion
"Built on More Than Rock and Roll"  Please respond to the following:
Analyze your current or past organization to determine whether it is a centralized or decentralized structure. Support your conclusion with examples that demonstrate the centralized or decentralized nature of the organization. Next, give your opinion on whether or not this is the most effective structure for the organization in question.
Categorize your current or past organization into one (1) of the five (5) most prevalent ethical climates discussed in the text. Examine the impact that the selected ethical climate has on the organization’s culture. Justify your response.
BUS520 Week 10 Discussion
"Want to attract qualified workers? And are you and your organization poised to deal with potential changes?"  Please respond to the following:
Use the Internet to explore the website of one (1) company that has an online application process. Next, critique the online application process and site design to determine whether it would encourage or discourage job seekers to apply. Suggest one (1) recommendation to increase the site’s appeal to job seekers. Include the URL for the website that you selected.
Evaluate your current or past organization’s ability to effectively respond to change. Specify the forces for changes that have impacted the organization. Provide at least one (1) example for each identified force for change.

BUS520 Week 11 Discussion
"But when will I ever use this?"  Please respond to the following:
Rate the three (3) most important concepts that you learned in this course in order of importance (one [1] being the most important). Provide a rationale for your response.
Determine ways you plan to apply what you learned in this course to your current or future position.

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