MAN435 Case Study 2 Problems with John

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MAN 435
Case Study 2: Problems with John
Dr. Schleckser
16 Feb 2014

Read Case Study 4.3 in your text. Then answer the questions.

1 As the team leader, you have weighed the pros and cons of the five options and prepare a presentation to management on how to address this problem. What do you suggest?

As a team leader, my presentation to management would begin this way.

Since this will probably not be an isolated case, much thought and consideration was given to this problem, and how it has and could affect the firm and all our employees. John has had a tenure with this firm for over 15 years, his experience and commitment have proven to be very valuable to the company. Unfortunately, in recent times, John's productivity has diminished greatly. This decrease in productivity is due to the lack of promotion opportunities which John feels he deserves. Although, John has worked here for 15 years, he presently does not have an engineering degree, which is a prerequisite for advancement for all engineers. Because he is disgruntled, his performance has affected the team which he works with. Since John has demonstrated and can continue to have great value to the firm, my suggestion would be the following:

Have a meeting with John
Express to John that we value him, and appreciate his service to the company.
Inform John that we have a problem, and value his suggested solution.
Explain to John that the company policy for promotions is presently restricted to those who have engineering degrees, however, there would be a possibility that upper management may review and implement another track for promotion based on experience, productivity, and potential education advancement (this is where I would ask management to consider a promotion track for those who do not have engineering degrees, and each decision will be based upon the managers recommendation and reviewed by upper management). Indicate – WE DON’T WANT TO LOSE OUR GOOD PEOPLE.
Inform John that based on his

References: Covey, S. (2004). The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People. New York: Free Press Publisher Coleman, D. (1998), “What makes a Leader?” Harvard Business Review, 76 (6) Pinto, J. K. (2013). Project Management Achieving Competitive Advantage. Upper Saddle River: Pearson

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