UIC Fall 2010
Laura Nash Model Example 2
Facts: This actually happened to me at my last job. In a departmental meeting with the vice president, Frank my supervisor took credit for some ideas that I had about the department. Frank is a nice guy but a little forgetful. I asked a couple coworkers if that had happened to them and they said no it had not happened to them. I talked to Frank in private and he apologized and said he did not realize that he had used my ideas. Later in a meeting with the vice president he gave me credit for the idea. Frank and I had a good working relationship so I don’t think Frank meant to use my idea. It was a misunderstanding and we cleared up the misunderstanding and continued to work together.
Laura Nash Model
1. Define problem:
Frank used Mark’s idea in a meeting and Mark does not know if Frank stole his idea or if it was an honest mistake. The problem is that in general we think stealing is wrong. Did Frank steal Mark’s idea?
2. Define problem for Frank the other stakeholder in this story. . The other stakeholder is Frank. At first Frank does not realize there is a problem. Mark told Frank that Frank used his idea then Frank needs to decide what to do about the situation. In the long term Frank may have a problem because if Mark is unhappy with Frank their working relationship suffers.
3. How did this situation arise?
The situation arose because Frank used one of Mark’s ideas in a meeting but did not tell the vice president that it was Mark’s idea. Mark is unsure if Frank stole the idea or does not realize that the idea was not his.
4. Who do Mark and Frank give their loyalty? Loyalty can have several meanings but it is related to trust and respect, Mark gives his loyalty to himself and Frank. Mark believes he has good ideas and wants those ideas recognized. Mark also gives his respect to Frank. Mark and Frank have worked together for...