“Layering Reports: The Executive Summary” at https://youtu.be/QRIjQ11GDyw “The Executive Summary: A Closer Look” at https://youtu.be/3Ka897Z8oRQ” Activity: After you have watched the videos, write a publish of your Executive Summary, then copy and paste it into a reply to this discussion prompt. After posting your document, give constructive comments and suggestions for revisions to at least two of your classmates. Keep in mind everything you have learned about writing clearly and concisely, using appropriate rhetorical strategies to persuade the reader, etc. Your instructor will not comment on the summaries, but in this exercise you will help each other to produce a 150-200 word Executive Summary that captures what you intend to include in your final researched proposal (Paper 6). Throughout your career as a manager, you will be asked (and will ask others) to provide feedback and suggestions on a variety of written documents, so consider this exercise a good head start on this practice. For this exercise (and in the final version as well) you will need to use headings to introduce the problem, provide brief but relevant background, propose your solution, and detail the sequential steps the decision-maker must take to implement your proposed solution. Including headings for these segments will help you address every one completely AND will help focus the reader. Please post your initial response to this discussion prompt by 11:59 p.m. ET Saturday. React to at least two of your classmates’ posts by the end of the academic week. CHECKLIST FOR publish EXECUTIVE SUMMARY Grading criteria: In correct format with “EXECUTIVE SUMMARY” as title (no memo or report headers, etc., needed) Addresses a specific REAL problem in your workplace, school, church, region, or volunteer Identifies (a) the Problem and (b) impact of Problem, and proposes (c) a Solution and (d) Steps that decision-maker must take to implement that Solution. At least one-half page single-spaced (around 300 words or so) Does not use “we” or “our” wording to identify research or recommendations (which would mask the amount of work/effort done by the writer alone) Does NOT tell the reader who the decision-maker is (because the reader IS the decision-maker) Wording makes it obvious that the Executive Summary is addressed to the decision-maker and not to the professor or to the class Expresses what is contained in the attached proposal and does NOT suggest what “will be written” or “will be researched” at a later date Uses appropriate spelling, grammar, vocabulary, spelling, and mechanics Reflects positive tone
In a two-page (500-word) memorandum to your employees, announce a management change that will cause some “disruption in the force.” You have met with senior leadership and the extensive deliberation that resulted has led to the need for you to announce the reorganization of your office. Effective in three days, you will have three departments instead of four (with eight employees each): The duties of the Accounting Department functions will be split between the Procurement Department (John Stowe) and the Sales Department (Henry Mazzel). The Operations Department (Miles Johnson) will not gain any new employees. The eight employees in Accounting will be assigned four each to the other two departments and the former chief of Accounting (Harry Plume) will be promoted and re-assigned to the Staff Advisory Council in another location by senior management. Harry Plume, the outgoing chief of the Accounting Department, is quite popular with his eight employees. There likely will be a nasty scene when his employees discover that they are being split up as a team and lose their popular leader. Counter the anticipated negative reaction in the wording of your announcement, remembering that the other three departments are also being affected. (An EFFECTIVE manager PRIORITIZES the presentation of information to control employee reaction through reader-focused writing. Accentuate the positive!) Grading criteria: Uses memorandum format Is written to your employees Contains all four components, appropriately addressed and with Subject line that will calm the readers Is positive and upbeat, explaining the positive value to employees Follows standard “bad news” memo process, with buffer, bad news, background, and “good will” conclusion Minimizes negative impact on employees Contains no grammar, construction, or paragraph issues
According to the documentation, how much did Stephen Tvedten owe in fines by April 5, 1998? Even if he were to belatedly comply with the order by the April date, did DEQ given him any way to avoid this bill? DEQ would not respond to Mr. Tvedten’s phone call, so did his letter of December 19, 1997 have any other purpose than to annoy David Price? (Please read the April 5, 1998 item from The Detroit News carefully before responding.) How could “debris” on the shore of a STREAM (not a river) cause additional damage in December in Michigan? If the dams are not rebuilt (the neighbors killed both beaver families), and thus are not holding back the stream, what would cause additional flooding on the lower landowner’s property?
For this assignment, you will write a case study analysis that focuses on the communication strategy of an organization of your choice. In this assignment, you will need to a) summarize the communication strategy of your chosen organization, b) analyze the communication strategy of your chosen organization, and c) explain how you would integrate the communication strategy into the current organization where you work or into a former organization where you have worked. A. Summarize the Communication Strategy Locate an article that discusses the communication strategies used by your chosen organization. After reading your chosen article, you may find the exercise below to be helpful in developing a summary paragraph. Identify the author(s) of your chosen article, and complete the following exercise: [Insert author’s name here] discusses how innovative communication processes have helped [insert name of the organization here] resolve [insert issue here]. The top reason [insert author’s name here] holds that position is __________. A second reason [insert author’s name here] holds that position is __________. A third reason [insert author’s name here] holds that position is __________. After filling in the blanks, you should have a list of the positions and claims made by the authors about your chosen organization. Shape your notes into a summary paragraph. (Do not simply include the list that you completed in the exercise above.) Remember that the summary paragraph is where you will present information from the source. You will provide your analysis and interpretation in the following section of the paper. B. Analyze the Communication Strategy Be sure to include how the communication strategy impacts the organization on multiple levels. Feel free to use the four levels of sales, services, value chain, and continuous improvement as a model, which was discussed in the case study on the Dell Computer Corporation in the Unit VI Lesson. (Note: Your categories may be different.) In the analysis portion of the assignment, discuss any problems (or potential problems) with the communications in your chosen organization, and provide potential solutions based on your research. Include ways that effective management could help to provide a solution. C. Explain Integration Techniques Finally, explain how this communication strategy could be integrated into your current or former workplace. You will need to reference at least two academic sources. Use the standard five-paragraph format (introduction/body/conclusion). APA format should be used. The assignment should be a minimum of three pages in length. Content, organization, and grammar/mechanics will be evaluated.
All business writing either persuades or informs. Often, business writers are asking for changes they cannot implement themselves. This assignment will give you ACTUAL experience in causing change in another organization. This assignment contains two parts, so read and follow instructions carefully. Correspondence to Supervisor Write a brief (200-300 word) note, memo, e-mail, or letter to the supervisor of some person who has provided excellent service for you or for someone else in the last two months. The service you reference must have been “above and beyond the call of duty,” and you must write to real named people about a real event that really happened in your life. Your note must request the supervisor to take action to formally recognize the employee’s act. Merely commending the employee yourself is NOT what is required, as that will merely be posted in the employee’s file and result in an embarrassingly low grade for you. Deliver your request to the supervisor. NOTE: The person to whom you are writing can be any supervisor in any establishment with which you have had contact (not just in your imagination–in real life–see above). The supervisor CAN NOT be someone YOU supervise, nor can the employee singled out be someone who works for you. Merely commending the employee yourself is NOT what is required, as that will merely be posted in the employee’s file and result in an embarrassingly low grade for you. Memo to Your Instructor Write a 400-500 word report to your instructor (in business memo format) describing the supervisor’s reaction and other consequences of your request. Include a copy of your request to the supervisor as the last page of your report to your instructor and submit both documents in ONE MS Word file. Remember that NO ACTION by the supervisor constitutes a valid result for the report. Grading Criteria submitted on time meets length requirement contains no proofreading, grammar, or construction errors focuses on the information needs of the audience follows appropriate memo format – to, from, date, subject in heading, block style paragraphs, headings and subheadings, etc. (Correspondence to supervisor can be written in email, memo, or letter format. If you are not sure which one to use, look it up in look it up in articles and online sources). is single-spaced with double spacing between paragraphs is addressed to the recipient (memo 1-the supervisor, memo 2–me, with memo 1 included as the last page) and recipients are identified by both name and title includes note to supervisor as last page note to supervisor includes request for supervisor action in subject line and in the first sentence of the note
Please review these instructions for this assignment. Then produce an approximately 500-word evaluation of Bill Blizzard’s performance in a narrative format (no bullets), referring to the employee in the third person (as Bill and Mr. Blizzard, not as “you”). Your effort will be graded on adherence to guidelines, content (including the presence of these required headings: ACCOMPLISHMENTS, STRENGTHS, AREAS NEEDING IMPROVEMENT, SPECIFIC RECOMMENDATIONS FOR IMPROVEMENT, and PROMOTION POTENTIAL), and fairness to this employee and to you as his employer. Remember to document all successes AND failures using the FACT, QUANTITY, and IMPACT/RESULT of each significant success or shortcoming. NOTE: For this ONE assignment, you are permitted (and encouraged) to make use of the phrasing supplied in the instructions. Consider the instructions as YOUR notes about YOUR employee, rather than merely instructions for a paper. So (for this paper ONLY) it is not plagiarism for you to write “Bill has been” (followed by a phrase or sentence that appears in the instructions). Grading Criteria: Narrative format (may include “created” corporate logo, if desired), single-spaced, with double spacing between paragraphs Uses all required specific headings Documents all strengths and weaknesses of Mr.Blizzard Strengths section is well developed Areas needing improvement section is well developed Recommendations section is well developed Focuses on the information needs of the audience Positive, confident tone Emphatic, concise, fluent sentences No proofreading errors