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It seems like every week we are hearing about another scandal involving corporations, churches, universities, health-care organizations, political parties, NGO's, and other organizations. Leaders are constantly pressured to cope with rapid change while balancing the demands of customers, regulators, investors, and other stakeholders. The need for leaders who can sustain survival and still embody positive values within the organization has never been greater. The key task for leadership is to align the personal and professional values and ethics of individual employees with the organization's culture and values.

This module's discussion involves a two-part exercise where you will be asked to choose a new CEO from six possible candidates on the basis of the fit between the candidate and the organization's values and culture. You will be assigned to one of three groups, each representing a different company. Your assignment will be based on the last number of your Social Security Number. During the first week you will select your preferred candidate. The second week we will discuss these selections and implications for the organization as a large group. (This exercise is adapted from Reilly, A.H. and Ehlinger, S. (2007) Choosing a values-based leader: An experiential exercise. Journal of Management Education 31(2)245-262.)

Week 1: Individually, find your assigned group and read the description of your company in which is the (Blue Company). Identify 2 or 3 key values you think would be desirable in a new CEO for that company. Then review the profiles of the six candidates and

As a group, discuss the candidates' strengths and weaknesses and vote on the candidate you would select to interview.

Post one interview question per group member that would further elucidate the candidate's values and allow you to evaluate how well he or she would fit the organization.

Blue Company

Part One: Company Profile

You are a Board member of the following company. After much study, the Board has decided to name a new CEO to lead your organization. Given the environment of ongoing change, however, you do not want to make this decision hastily. Before reviewing candidate portfolios, you decide to list ideal CEO characteristics to ensure that your chosen candidate can deal with the changes facing your firm as well as adhere to your organizational values. Your task is to find the best fit in terms of your firm's values and CEO candidate attributes.

Company Values

Great work environment, diversity, standards of excellence, customer satisfaction, community involvement, environmental responsibility, and profitability

Company Mission Statement

Establish Blue Company as premier in our industry in the world while maintaining our uncompromising principles while we grow. This firm has grown rapidly in recent years through innovative product development and through national and international expansion. Although dominant in the industry, the external environment of this firm has undergone several major changes.
Stakeholders within and outside this company question if Blue can withstand these changes and adapt accordingly, especially given the rapid pace of the industry changes coupled with ever-higher demands of customer service. Blue employees and managers pride themselves on their effective communication processes.

Use the Blue Company Forum to discuss the following:

What specific attributes and values will our new CEO require to lead our firm in this period of change?

Now, review the profiles of the six candidates, and

- As a group, discuss the candidates' strengths and weaknesses and vote on the candidate you would select to interview.

- Post one interview question per group member that would further elucidate the candidate's values and allow you to evaluate how well he or she would fit the organization.

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What specific attributes and values will our new CEO require to lead our firm in this period of change?

1) What is your opinion on Tina's Answer to the QUESTION above and Candidate 4?

TINA's ANSWER and Candidate 4

1. Honesty and integrity
2. Strong verbal skills
3. Consistency

Candidate strengths and weaknesses

Candidate 1 - strong leader, overcome humble beginnings, personable, effective communicator, 4 decades of experience which means he is older so how long will he be able to run the company

Candidate 2 - family business experience - was she only allowed to become CEO so young because she was family or based on her abilities, visionary who brought unity after turmoil, quick decision maker - does she take worker experience into account or is it her decision alone, uses educated consultants - does she know business herself or not, loyal

Candidate 3 - great speaker, military experience, knowledgeable of wide variety of technologies, pioneer - piloted several projects, hard charger who persevered many trials

Candidate 4 - top professionals in field and respected leader, performs well under pressure, values community and customers, motivator, leads by example, strong work ethic, personally took failing company by developing a successful solution

Candidate 5 - strong ethics and morals, values based leadership, good communicator, challenges others, leads by example with younger employees

Candidate 6 - started at bottom - could be example for employees, eager to take command and lead, top professional writer in the field, expert with media, strong entrepreneurial talents

Choosing the candidate that best fits the firm's values was very difficult as each candidate had something different to offer. I feel we need a candidate that will bring us through the trouble times and back to being the #1 leader once again. I believe that candidate 4 will be the person to do this. He is a top, respected leader in the industry, performs well under pressure (we are experiencing that right now and need someone that will maintain stability), and he is known value community and customer which could help with stability for the employees by keeping them involved. He also has a history of motivating average employees by setting the example and strong work ethic. I think this will work to our advantage to keep the employees motivated during this trying time and restructure. He also has experience working with a previous failing company which should give him an upper hand with turning our company back around.

The question I would propose is - If you were selected to lead the company, how would you instill stability to keep employees motivated, dedicated, and loyal to the company during this turmoil?

CANDIDATES 1 THRU 6

Candidate (1) - Known to lead groups to great success; Humble beginnings, with much triumph over personal and work adversity; Well liked among his peers; has been acknowledged internationally for his successes; Effective communicator; Career spanning four decades; Transitioned success in one industry into many other industries

Candidate (2) - Part of a business; took on CEO role at age 26; Brought unity to an organization where there was much conflict and divisiveness; Visionary; Adept at quick decision making, "shooting from the hip;" Surrounds herself with an educated group of consultants; Her loyalties are to her organization above all.

Candidate (3) - His powerful words are remembered by all who hear him; Military experiences provided the forum for developing his leadership skills; received great accolades internationally; Knowledgeable about a wide variety of technologies in his field; Pioneer in the industry; piloted several projects before using them on a larger scale; Persevered through many trials to rise through the ranks of the organization.

Candidate (4) - One of the top professional in his field; respected as a leader of the industry; Consistently performs well under strict scrutiny by critics and management; Works with community to increase knowledge of products and services; History of motivating average performers into outstanding performers through his example, leadership, and very strong work ethic; When the organization was failing, he took personal responsibility to change the situation and develop a successful solution.

Candidate (5) - Unwavering commitment to ethics and morals; Attained international respect for his focus on values-based leadership; Known more for the things he had said rather than what he has done; Continually challenges others to be their best; Strong influence over younger employees with his high standards.

Candidate (6) - Began at the entry level of her industry before developing an international reputation for her accomplishments; Eager to take command of projects; willing to take the lead in innovation; Her writings on the industry are among the top sources for professionals and novices in the field; An expert in using the media to communicate her message; Strong entrepreneurial talents.

2) What is your opinion on MICHELLE's ANSWER to the question above and Candidates 1?

MICHELLE's ANSWER and CANDIDATE 1

CEO Values

1. Adapability
2. Integrity
3. Fortitude

My choice - Candidate 1

- Known to lead groups to great success
His integrity is proven with other groups, which the company has been lacking from their previous poor management.

- Humble beginnings, with much triumph over personal and work adversity
He has demonstrated fortitude to overcome difficult circumstances and will be able to provide a stable leadership while displaying confidence in his performance.

- Well liked among his peers; has been acknowledged internationally for his successes
He has a history of effective communication in critical, stressful environments among diverse populations.

- Effective communicator
He will be able to communicate restructuring challenges and create smoother transisions.

- Career spanning four decades
He has experience and success in the industry.

- Transitioned success in one industry into many other industries
He demonstrates adaptability, which the company will need for their on-going changes.

Interview Question
If you knew a decision was wrong for the company how would you handle it?

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