. Building a Learning Organization

Part B: Going Beyond the Case

I have attached the full instructions, my previous part A paper and the case

Instructions As you know, a core principle at JWMI is “learn it today; apply it tomorrow.” This assignment is a continuation of the work you did in Part A, but the questions challenge you to go beyond simply analyzing what Satya Nadella did at Microsoft. It is time to consider how you can apply the leadership principles presented in the case to your own career. To prepare for Part B of this assignment, reread the entire case and review the feedback you received from your professor on Part A.

Write a 6-7 page paper that draws links between the case and your own leadership journey. Of the six topic areas below, select four (4) you would like to focus on.

1. Learning from Nadella’s Example

2. Building a High Performing Culture

3. Channeling Conflict

4. Effective Communication

5. Fostering Diversity and Learning

6. Building a Learning Organization

Make sure you consider each question in your response. Remember, a good response paper is one in which you: (a) show you understand what happened in the case, (b) apply tools and citations from course materials, and (c) offer insights into how you can apply the case and course materials to your own leadership journey.

1. Learning from Nadella’s Example

a. What characteristics does Nadella display that most closely align to traits you have, or aspire to develop, in your own leadership style? How are you most different from him in your leadership style?

b. What did he bring in terms of his own background (professional and personal) that helped him to be successful in stepping into the CEO role?

c. What makes Nadella an “authentic leader”? What actions did Nadella take that demonstrate he believes in role-model management?

d. Why is it important for leaders to take (appropriate) risks?

2. Building a High Performing Culture in Your Organization

a. In what ways is the culture in your current or former organization similar to what Nadella faced when he took over Microsoft?

b. If you wanted to change or realign this culture, where would you begin?

c. What would be your biggest challenges? Why?

d. What steps can you take to build a learning culture?

3. Channeling Conflict

a. In what ways did Nadella embrace conflict in his role as leader?

b. What are some of the biggest potential areas of conflict within your own organization?

c. How well do you and your organization handle conflict now? Explain.

d. How do you determine which conflicts to embrace and which conflicts to avoid, and once you make that decision, what can you do to encourage a positive resolution to the conflict?

4. Effective Communication

a. What were the biggest communicative barriers that Nadella faced in creating “one Microsoft”?

b. Are these barriers unique to large corporations, or do all organizations face them?

c. Do they occur in your own organization? Explain.

d. What tools and communication practices would be most useful to you in building teams that embrace a common vision?

5. Fostering Diversity and Learning

a. How did Nadella seek to enhance diversity at Microsoft?

b. Why is diversity – in terms of culture, experience, background, and viewpoint – so important for an organization?

c. What are some risks or obstacles to instilling more diversity?

d. What steps can you take to make your organization stronger by bringing in more diversity?

6. Building a Learning Organization

a. What did Nadella do to transform his team from “know-it-alls” to “learn-it-alls”?

b. On the “knowledge-learning” spectrum, where does your organization fit?

c. Jack has said that to be an effective leader, you have to be confident enough to ask a lot of questions and not be afraid of looking like the dumbest person in the room.

i. How can you promote a hunger for learning in your team?

ii. How can you support team members who may be too afraid to ask questions or challenge the status quo?

d. As an MBA student, especially if you have been out of school for a long time, what does a “learn-it-all” mindset mean to you? What will you do to embrace it?

JWI 510: Leadership in the 21st Century

Assignment 2: Part B

Professional Formatting Requirements:

 Typed, double spaced professional font (size 10-12), includes headings and subheadings, with one-inch margins on all sides. See the Sample Professional Paper under Course Documents for an example.

 References must be included and provide accurate information that enables the reader to locate the original source. Application and analysis of course materials and resources is expected. Additional research is welcome.

 Include a cover page containing the title of the assignment, your name, the professor’s name, the course title, and the date.

 The paper’s length is 6-7 pages, excluding your Cover page and Reference list.

 Before submitting your paper, use Grammarly to check for punctuation and usage errors, and make the required corrections

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