Benefit Dinner for Girls Softball Dug-outs
The Wisdom Seekers
May 12, 2005
The MBA Class at Averett University has been tasked with creating and implementing a community project for our Oganizational Behavior class. Community projects refers to a service that a person performs for the benefit of his or her local community, or to solve particular problems related to the needs of their community. The team decided to sponsor a Mother's Day spaghetti dinner for the athletic department at the United Christian Academy (UCA). The funds would be used exclusively to build dug-outs for the girls softball team. The United Christian Academy is a small private Christian school located in Stanardsville, Virginia. UCA serves the community through a preschool program for children 3 and 4. It also conducts school for K-5 through 12th grade. The spaghetti dinner seemed perfect for our purpose of collecting money to build the girls softball team some dugouts. We wanted to engage in a community project that included certain characteristics such as an activity that would produce long-lasting benefits for the community. The team also wanted an uplifting and positive experience for all involved and a process that included a variety of challenges which would demostrate our individual talents. As a team we all participated in the decision making for the entire project. Each participant showed leadership and demostrated motivation to get the project underway and completed with a successful turnout.
We are the Wisdom Seekers and our team member are made up of 4 people. The team began the decision making process by first exploring the paramenters involved in a community project and the possibilities to work towards a worthy cause, while applying organizational behavior principles.
Once the team came up with a general consensus for the project, the decision making was shared at all levels. Sometimes, the team had to rethink certain approaches quickly, for example by becoming more persistent and persuasive with merchants. As the dead line for the dinner approached we needed to take into consideration all factors surrounding the cause and try and get as much as possible from each merchant. In most cases, there was reluctance about donating something to a group that was not very well known and in other cases there was resistance in general to donating at all. Many merchants wouldn't donate without first receiving a request in writing, so we created a letter designed to overcome this obsticle. We have included a copy of this letter at the end of this paper for your review. The team had multiple different personality types and traits that would allow us to pull on multiple strengths from different team members. B has a very creative side so in creating posters and bulletins this came in extremely vital. We used these bulletins to send home to the students and to post throughout local businesses to advertise the event. Her creative side allowed us to advertise in a way that caught the customer's eye and allowed us to have a higher profile. G has a very defined sense of purpose, he has the ability to remove himself from the emotions of the situation and make decisions. When quick decisions had to be made we relied heavily on Gene's opinion to forcast a positive outcome. P was the constant driving force that kept us all together, our peace maker. P's personality is one that allows her to make light of the situation and bring us all back into the circle without creating any further conflict but helping to resolve all the issues outstanding. T's personality is one of a driving force and this came in the handiest in getting donations from merchants. An A+ personality doesn't give up easy and would continue to request donations even after being told no repeatedly. These personalities of the team made it possible for us to make quick decisions based on...