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Incentive Systems

Incentive Systems

The article, "Rewarding the Technically Effective but Egotistical Team-Destroyer" talks about a common issue where there is an employee who is intelligent and effective at finding solutions but is extremely egotistical and could not care less about anybody else but himself or herself. The incentive systems at many companies are set up to favor these kinds of individuals as long as they keep producing concrete results. In extreme cases, even an egotistical boss may be very effective at getting things done despite the consequences to others.

From this employee's perspective, involvement in the company is measured in personal power and the paycheck. It is not an organization of people or even an entity for creating something of value. As long as the position and financial success makes the person feel powerful, he or she will remain loyal to it. But beware for those persons who get in the way of that goal.

Critical Analysis

Based on the readings for this week, submit an analysis for each of the following 3 questions. Provide adequate, relevant support for your position. Clearly label each question you are answering.

1. As a manager, how would you coach this individual to be an effective team player and contributor on this project?

2. As a colleague, what would you say to this individual if he or she was part of a team you were working on for the development of a new product?

3. What would you say to this individual if he or she were your supervisor or manager?

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1. As a manager, how would you coach this individual to be an effective team player and contributor on this project?

I would try and steer this individual in a more positive direction. It seems from the scenario that many people in this organization are selfish individuals and are out for their own self. This usually begins with a manager or team leader. I would encourage this individual that when working with their team, that they should encourage other members of the team and provide positive feedback. This will bring positive results. Second, when you are leading a team, it is best not to criticize and be constantly placing pressure ...

Solution Summary

This solution provides information on being an effective team member and how team members should be rewarded.

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