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Please help me with a response so that I can write the following:

1. Discuss the relationship of leadership to the politics of the organization. Please be sure to address the following issues, along with presenting any other ideas about this concept that you find interesting:

(1) Your assessment of the practicality of Dr. Kennedy's advice, in light of the material presented in the other readings (be specific in your references). Any things that have changed, for better or worse, in the last ten years, from her article until now. Anything about her medical context that makes it problematical trying to apply her ideas in other places, such as, perhaps, your organization.

(2) Your overall thoughts on the management of power in social relationships, and the balance of personal vs. organizational responsibility for doing this management (please note -- there's no "one right answer" here, but when you've stated your conclusions, remember that you need to back up your argument with facts).

(3) What, if anything, does thinking about an "organization as a political system" add to what we have learned by thinking about an "organization as a machine", an "organization as an organism", an "organization as a brain", and an "organization as a culture"? Since this course is organized about the utility of various metaphors, this last item is particularly important to attend to!

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Let's take a closer look at these two interesting questions from various sources, which you can consider for your final copy. I also attached a chapter on policies and power, some of which this response is drawn, and which expands on the first question, as well as applies to the second question as well.

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1. Your assessment of the practicality of Dr. Kennedy's advice, in light of the material presented in the other readings (be specific in your references). Any things that have changed, for better or worse, in the last ten years, from her article until now.
Anything about her medical context that makes it problematical trying to apply her ideas in other places, such as, perhaps, your organization.

You must have taken this up in class, as I could not locate this article on-line so I cannot comment on it. However, you will need to incorporate your views on Dr. Kennedy's medical advise in terms of being problematic when applying it to other organizations. However, if you post it, I would be willing to give you my take on the article.

2. Your overall thoughts on the management of power in social relationships, and the balance of personal vs. organizational responsibility for doing this management (please note -- there's no "one right answer" here, but when you've stated your conclusions, remember that you need to back up your argument with facts).

Managing power in relationships requires a certain number of skills and experience. Power is the ability to get someone else to do what you want him or her to do. At the organizational level, power vested in managerial positions derives from three sources: rewards, ...

Solution Summary

By responding to the three questions, this solution explores aspects of the relationship of leadership to the politics of the organization. Supplemented with a chapter explaining this relationship between leadership and politics. References are provided.

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