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Over the last few weeks, you have learned how to start identifying the roles and skills needed to build an effective team. You have also discovered methods for selecting and evaluating potential candidates. Now it is time to put your team-building techniques into practice by participating in a case study with real employees from Joe Gibbs Racing! This assignment gives you an opportunity to demonstrate your knowledge of actual team-building techniques and leadership qualities. In addition, this assignment prepares you to complete your final course assignment, A Report for Vice President’s Approval of your team, due in Week 10.
Imagine that you work at JGR. The CEO has tasked you with being the Team Leader for a committee that will plan a one-day summer team-building retreat. All JGR employees will be attending the event. The purpose of the retreat is to foster unity, trust, and cohesion between the organization’s employees. The event will start with a welcome and introduction, and then everyone will break out into group team-building sessions. The whole team will reconvene for a company-wide lunch, followed by a keynote speech. As the Team Leader for the event planning committee, your job is to choose four other JGR employees to be on your committee.
Download the Week 7 JGR Roles and Employees [DOCX]. In the Week 7 document, read the four role descriptions, Logistics, Budgeting, Programming, and MC/Host. For this assignment, you will choose four team members to fill these team roles. Watch the Week 7 Strayer Talk, Building Your Team: Finding the Right Balance, which describes the 10 JGR candidates you may choose from for your Fantasy Team. Brief information on the candidates is also provided in the Week 7 document. Complete a 10–12 slide PowerPoint presentation in which you do the following: 1. Describe the role of Team Leader and how you will fulfill that role. Explain your skills and personal strengths needed to be an effective team leader. Think about your personal DiSC assessment results from JGR100. What is your DiSC work style, and how will you select team members to complement your skills? What will you be responsible for as Team Leader? What will you handle personally, and what will you delegate to other members of your team? 2. Select a candidate for each of the four roles described above, and justify your selections. Review the candidates by viewing the Week 7 Strayer talk and the document JGR Employee Profiles. Consider how each choice’s particular skills and personality will help them perform their role successfully. How do these team members’ strengths complement yours? What skills and/or personality traits do they have that will help your team in areas where you feel challenged? Explain how chosen team members complement you in more than one case. 3. Create 10–12 Microsoft PowerPoint (PPT) slides for the JGR CEO in which you present the team you have put together for the one-day summer team-building retreat. Include a title slide and reference slide, in addition to the required slides (not included in the 10–12 slide count).
HOW TO WORK ON THIS ASSIGNMENT(EXAMPLE ESSAY / DRAFT)
Building a successful team is crucial for achieving organizational success. Effective team-building involves identifying the necessary roles and skills needed for a team and selecting the right candidates for those roles. In this assignment, we will apply team-building techniques by participating in a case study with real employees from Joe Gibbs Racing (JGR). As the Team Leader for the event planning committee, we will choose four other JGR employees to be on our committee and plan a one-day summer team-building retreat.
Role of Team Leader:
As the Team Leader, our primary responsibility is to ensure that the event is a success and achieves its goal of fostering unity, trust, and cohesion among JGR employees. We will fulfill this role by using our leadership skills and personal strengths to manage the team, delegate tasks effectively, and make sound decisions. Our DiSC work style is “Dominant,” which means we are results-driven, assertive, and goal-oriented. We will use our strengths to provide clear direction to our team, set objectives, and motivate team members to achieve their goals.
Selection of Team Members:
We have carefully reviewed the JGR employee profiles and the Week 7 Strayer talk to select the best candidates for each role. Our selections are based on each candidate’s particular skills, and personality, and how they complement our leadership style.
Logistics: For the Logistics role, we have chosen Ethan, who has a DiSC work style of “Conscientious.” Ethan’s attention to detail, analytical skills, and ability to organize resources make him a great fit for this role. He will be responsible for coordinating transportation, lodging, and other logistical aspects of the event.
Budgeting: For the Budgeting role, we have chosen Sarah, who has a DiSC work style of “Steady.” Sarah’s careful planning, patience, and ability to work well under pressure make her an ideal candidate for this role. She will be responsible for managing the event’s budget, negotiating with vendors, and ensuring that expenses stay within the allocated budget.
Programming: For the Programming role, we have chosen Alex, who has a DiSC work style of “Influential.” Alex’s creativity, communication skills, and ability to inspire others to make him the perfect candidate for this role. He will be responsible for designing and organizing the team-building sessions, selecting appropriate activities, and coordinating with external speakers.
MC/Host: For the MC/Host role, we have chosen Katie, who has a DiSC work style of “Steady.” Katie’s calm demeanor, excellent communication skills, and ability to work well under pressure make her a great fit for this role. She will be responsible for welcoming guests, introducing speakers, and ensuring that the event runs smoothly.
In conclusion, we have chosen a team of skilled and talented JGR employees to plan a one-day summer team-building retreat. As the Team Leaders, we will use our leadership skills and personal strengths to manage the team effectively, delegate tasks appropriately, and ensure the event’s success. We believe that our team members’ skills and personalities complement ours, and together, we will foster unity, trust, and cohesion among JGR employees. We look forward to presenting our team to the JGR CEO and planning a successful event.
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