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FMC ABERDEEN: Leadership, Motivation, Job Satisfaction

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An organization is a consciously coordinated social unit, composed of several people whose main focus is to achieve a common goal or set of goals.

A successful organization understands the cultural differences in various divisions or branches. It uses culture and group dynamics to overcome management challenges, implement strategic initiatives, and develop business opportunities.

Organizations with an exceptional "company" culture are usually run by leaders who understand and practice effective cultural leadership principles. A culture or sub-culture that works effectively in one part of an organization may not work well in another. Those who have made it to the top have done so by building a high performance workplace around the corporate culture.

Focus should be on developing a basic understanding of leadership, motivation, job satisfaction, etc., and how the corporate culture is what makes something work in one part of an organization, but not another.

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Leadership

At FMC, one of the challenges will be team leadership ?a long-term issue for the plants will be having leaders that are well-trained in participatory principles and leaders that are committed in order to keep the team members on track, but yet not to take over control of the team. Leadership style, however, differs across different divisions. In a work team situation, a leader that is able to give control over to the team, allow the team to set the rules, have flexible hours, to take responsibility and to learn from mistakes are often hard to recruit and difficult to train, especially for those (like at Green River), when they are schooled in a more autocratic style management style.

Indeed, this is a challenge for many leaders, who have been trained in a more autocratic style leadership style. To facilitate using participatory principles, based on the principle of trust, the leader must trust in the team's ability to get the work done and step back and let the team work its magic. The team leader, in other words, facilitates, not controls the process.

However, a good exmaple of particpatory leadership is at Aberdeen FMC Plant where management has leaders that are in direct contact with their employees, their suppliers, and their customers. In contrast to the autocratic methods of FMC Green River who, according to some authors maintain superficial contact with the world through meetings, presentations, reports, phone calls, email, and a hundred other ways that don't engage all of their senses. This is not enough. Without more intense contact the manager simply can't fully internalize the other person's experience. They need to give reality a chance to make them really experience the world. "The difference between reality and many managers' perception of reality is as great as the difference between an icy blast of arctic air piercing thin indoor clothing versus watching a weather report of a blizzard from a sunny beach in the Bahamas? (http://www.qualityamerica.com/knowledgecente/articles/CQMStyle2.html ).

FMC Green River ?Appears to be autocratic, or transactional as other authors refer to this type of leadership. The first four refer to the competencies and abilities and the last three to personal behaviors:

1. Accepts Organizational Goals
2. Uses Extrinsic Motivators
3. Works Within Existing System
4. Takes Action
5. Direct
6. Dominating
7. Action-oriented (see http://changingminds.org/disciplines/leadership/styles/transactional_leadership.htm.

In comparison, FMC Aberdeen - Appears to be authoritative/relational/ transformational (depending on the author who is defining these types of leadership styles and related skills). The first five lited below are competencies and skills, whereas the sixth on the list refer to personal characteristics:

1. Creates Commitment Through Participation
2. Motivates Intrinsically
3. Promotes Teamwork
4. Manages Politics
5. Works Within Existing System
6. Participative & Consultative

In other words, FMC Aberdeen seems to have some of the qualities associated with transformative leadership (see http://www.strategosinc.com/leadership_levels.htm). FMC Aberdeen's Participatory leadership style --> high employee motivation, increased job satisfaction, high employee morale, culture unity and identity, and increased productivity.

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FMC Aberdeen Case Study: Organizational Analysis

Begin by reading FMC Aberdeen case study. This should be read in its entirety and will be used for all assignments in this course.

All of your individual projects will culminate in production of a formal proposal to the Plant Manager. To accomplish that objective, you are to conduct an organizational analysis for Kenneth Dailey, site manager for FMC Corporation's Green River, Wyoming facility. Dailey wants to determine what type of organizational design will be best suited to the Wyoming subsidiary of FMC Corporation. He is particularly interested in the possibilities represented by the FMC Aberdeen model, but is open to all valid recommendations and plans for implementation. Your drop date for the final analysis is in five weeks with the unit 5 IP. However, each week you will submit work for the unit, which will then be included in your final report.
An organization is a consciously coordinated social unit, composed of several people whose main focus is to achieve a common goal or set of goals.

A successful organization understands the cultural differences in various divisions or branches. It uses culture and group dynamics to overcome management challenges, implement strategic initiatives, and develop business opportunities.

Organizations with an exceptional "company" culture are usually run by leaders who understand and practice effective cultural leadership principles. A culture or sub-culture that works effectively in one part of an organization may not work well in another. Those who have made it to the top have done so by building a high performance workplace around the corporate culture.

As you prepare for each assignment your focus should be on developing a basic understanding of leadership, motivation, job satisfaction, etc., and how the corporate culture is what makes something work in one part of an organization, but not another.

Assignment:

During the next five weeks, you will be using the Step by Step Analysis format to look at various areas of interest, culminating in the preparation of a formal proposal for the Plant Manager.

The following represents the steps and stages you would undertake to conduct and present an Organizational Analysis, using the Step-by-Step Analysis Approach. Using this method, you first provide an Introduction and Background into the organization you are analyzing. Based on a careful evaluation of your data and information, your analysis draws from the principles, theories, and strategies of Organizational Behavior, by utilizing your text book, the Library, and other credible sources. You then make recommendations and provide alternative actions to either management or a client. This is fully explained and outlined in detail below:

Introduction and Background: Provide a small introduction to issues, factors, and problems you will analyze and address in your paper from an organization behavioral standpoint.

Organizational Behavior Analysis: Analyze the issues for the week (for example week 1 management ability, job satisfaction, organizational commitment, and organizational ethics) as they relate to Aberdeen and Green River. Refer to the assignment list for the issues for the week.

Alternatives and Recommendations: Propose and analyze alternatives for Green River based on principles of organizational effectiveness. Each recommendation should include some written discussion and a corresponding rationale. It is important that these conclusions flow logically from the previous steps. Please Remember: A set of recommendations must really be meaningful and realistic. The recommendations must be actionable.

Implementation with a Contingency Plan: Present an Implementation Plan: You can provide an implementation plan, which includes a set of actionable initiatives for issues that are prioritized, ranked in order of importance, realistic, and within the collective capabilities of the organization. Also include a Contingency Plan: All organizations are affected by internal or external changes. As a result, it is important to have a contingency plan in case of either unanticipated change or implementation failures.
The topics to analyze for this unit are:

The Management of Ability
Organizational Commitment
Job Satisfaction
Organizational Ethics

As you follow the Step by Step Analysis you will keep in mind the differences that exist between FMC Green River and FMC Aberdeen with regard to management of ability, commitment, satisfaction and ethics. State what the corporate culture and work environment is like at Aberdeen, then at Green River. What is each facility currently doing in each of these areas and is that effective? Based on the corporate culture, identify alternate methods for Green River to consider and how will you implement your recommendations?

Please submit your assignment.

Objective: Identify the organizational behavior concepts and theories present in real business world examples.
Identify processes and methods that can improve the behavior and attitudes of organizational members.
Describe how individual differences influence organizational activities.
Recognize situations that present potential ethical and legal issues and develop solutions for those issues.
Assess organizational behavior theories and determine their impact on organizations
Analyze how social perception influences both individuals and an organization's performance and success

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