MGMT 303 WRITING ASSIGNMENT
Due: Thursday January 18, 2018
Must be uploaded to BBL by 11:59PM on ONE PAGE.
Address memo to me: Sue Maligie
Jeff Bezos, founder and CEO of Amazon.com, has said that one of the key elements of being a good business leader is the capacity to tell the hard truths. “Leaders struggle with this problem all the time,” says Dr. David Thomas of the Harvard Business School. “From a leadership point of view, you always want to move toward telling the hard truths and helping people cope with the realities of change. But as a manager, you might be more inclined to minimize the complexity of a situation so things can run smoothly for as long as possible. It’s often a judgment call.”
Assignment #6 invites you to look at this business problem in the context of the organization with which you have the greatest familiarity – the State College of Business. How does, or rather how should, a professor at a College of Business deal with this problem? Should a professor tell students the hard truth or should he or she smooth things over as Dr. Thomas suggests. In essence, should professors treat students as they themselves would want to be treated? Or does their different position in the classroom/organization impose an imperative on them to treat students differently?
To make this assignment even more specific, this memo is to be directed to the “CEO” of your class – me. In other words — keeping the above problem in mind — can you come up with specific suggestions as to how I can improve this course?
If you’re having a hard time thinking of specific improvements in the course structure, then try to think of any questions you may still have about the topic of management and that may have gone unaddressed in the course of the semester. “In the future, Ms. Professor, you may want to also cover the topic of….”
Please note, writing to your CEO is obviously a tricky and delicate business. Too much “honesty” might result in alienation; too little might label you as a “brownnose”, someone who only tells the boss what he or she wants to hear; neither
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obviously is desirable. (For further definitions of “brown-nose”, please see http://dictionary.reference.com/browse/brown-nose).
To help make your point, I invite you to include a reference to a specific article on the Web, but please note, unlike in Memo #3, an attachment is not a requirement. It’s up to you as to how you will tackle the issue. If you think your words alone will suffice then so be it. If you want to include a reference to another source, then in my opinion so much the better. The choice is yours. Good luck!
One more thing – in the business world, managers don’t give grades per se; a memo is either acceptable or unacceptable. For this assignment we’ll use the same construct, hence your score will either be 30 points or 0 (zero).
Note: Memo is one page; an attachment, if you use it is extra and does not count toward the one page.