HBR Articles can be found in the week’s module.
HBR Readings in Executive Development: The HBR discussion will center on a focal Harvard Business Review article that I have carefully selected and curated for this course. EVERYONE MUST READ THE ARTICLE!
All student must provide one response to the posting. You will need to analyze, synthesize, and evaluate the article’s importance to our understanding of current trends in executive development and workplace dynamics. DO NOT SUMMARIZE! Use the readings form the class (i.e., text, PDFs, and videos) to help provide a vocabulary for understanding executive development.
You will be assessed on your ability to clearly identify the problems of the case, provide clear solutions, and generally apply the material from this course to understanding and solving issues in executive development and management more generally.
In addition, you will need to comment on the responses of at least two others (three postings minimum). The purpose of the response is to demonstrate your ability to explain and apply the topics of this course (readings, videos, etc.). Therefore, if all you say is something to the effect of, “I agree!” “She has a point” or “I don’t agree” and fail to provide any further explanation or context, well, then you can expect NOT to get any points for that type of response…sorry, not sorry.
Purpose: The purpose of the HBR reading is to get you acquainted with what the brightest minds in the world of management are saying. To connect the readings and discussions with real-life applications and to see the difficulties and intricacies of implementation and application.
The purpose of this assignment is to demonstrate your ability to explain and apply the topics being discussed in class and in the readings
Finally, this assignment is given with the purpose of helping you to develop your critical thinking. It is meant to help you to look deeper at the world around you and to not take what you see at face value as the “truth”. I want you to approach problems with an open mind and consider all the possibilities when devising a solution. As the Irish Playwright, Oscar Wilde said, “the pure and simple truth is rarely pure and never simple.”
Skills: Skills are behaviors we perform (i.e., things we can do) and that can be learned. With time, they can be refined, and we can become better at executing them. The purpose of this assignment is to help practice the following skills that are essential to developing your Executive Edge:
Knowledge: Knowledge refers to the recollection of facts and information. This assignment will help you to become familiar with the following:
Task: All student must provide one response to the posting. Remember, analysis is more than just summary (i.e., describing). Analysis involves breaking down ideas into smaller parts, synthesis involves assembling and arranging ideas, and evaluation involves making and defending judgments based on evidence. The purpose of this assignment is to demonstrate your ability to explain and apply the topics being discussed in class.
Criteria for Success: Excellent work is characterized by depth of analysis. This means that you took some time to think about the implications of what you read. You tried to connect different aspects of what you’ve learned and provided an explanation. In addition, you did more than just reiterate what was in the article; you connected, contrasted, and evaluated.
I want to you to show me that you understand and can apply the material from this course. Successful assignments (and those earning a higher grade) will have made an attempt to understand and explain all of the course material and demonstrate application of the course material.
Successful work will have the following characteristics:
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