How I became a Pirate by Melinda Long and David Shannon is a story about an high spirited young boy named Jeremy Jacob who explores joining a team of Pirates on their crusade of living a pirate lifestyle. The story illustrates several organizational behavior concepts that motivate success and key specific concepts. These behaviors include perception, self-efficacy and the effectiveness of a successful team. All together the characters demonstrate their intrinsic rewarded fearless attitudes as they sing sea chanteys, enjoy the ocean, overcome obstacles, find and bury treasure. Their ability to create a positive Team Composition is especially evident and positively adventuresome.
The story begins as it introduces the main character Jeremy Jacob, an driven boy who possesses traits of self-efficacy also known as social cognitive theory or social learning as his dreams of becoming a pirate shortly become reality after meeting Pirate Braid Beard one sunny morning. Jeremy’s intrinsic rewarded motivation to explore and enjoy the pirate lifestyle naturally developed the self-efficacy theory. The Self efficacy theory, developed by Albert Bandora refers to an individual’s belief that he or she is capable of performing a task. . Individuals with high self-efficacy are more confident in the ability to succeed against all odds. Bandora believes that there are several ways the Self efficacy can be increased by Enactive mastery, Vicarious modeling, Verbal persuasion and Arousal. Jeremy exampled each level of Performance with in the story. His Enactive mastery was shown as Jeremy began to ramble of his knowledge of pirates...“Pirates have green teeth…. when they have any teeth at all”. Jeremey is confident that he is a true pirate at heart and knows he can handle the lifestyle so he willingly accepted the invition to become the official pirate treasure digger and board the pirate ship for a sail thus Vicariously modeling the other pirates, finding hiding spots for...
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