Case Study 2 Essay

1436 Words Nov 15th, 2014 6 Pages
Case Study 2: Team Effectiveness?

Colin and Raouf had been having one of their typical sidebar conversations during the meeting when an obviously irritated Henri looked at Colin. "In my 20 years of experience, I've never seen such a shabby hardware design. A first-year college student could do better," said Henri, raising his voice at Colin. "No wonder we're a month behind schedule. Now we're going to have to spend more time and money on redesign. If you were in over your head, Colin, you should have asked someone for help. I'll review the situation with Jack when he gets back on Friday. That's it—the meeting is over. We need to spend more time working than chitchatting at meetings." Everyone else on the project team was somewhat
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"Maybe you should talk to Henri first, Colin," suggested Raouf. "Yea, right!" chuckled Colin. "What do you think Jack will do?" asked Raouf. "Fire him, I hope," answered Colin. "I doubt it," Raouf said, "Jack seems to always cut him a break, like he feels sorry for him or something." "Maybe Jack should be concerned about all the good apples, and get rid of the one bad apple!" replied Colin.
Jack was back in the office Friday morning. He was just taking off his jacket when Colin appeared. "Jack, at one of the project meetings you said you had an open door policy, so I'm here to talk to you about a problem with Henri," Colin said. Jack began unpacking his briefcase and had a lot of things to catch up on after being out the whole week. He saw Colin was upset, so he said, "Sure, Colin, I have about 10 minutes before I need to meet with our contracts department to go over some amendments to the contract." Colin blurted out, "This won't take long. I just want to say that while you were out, Henri accused me of being a lousy designer in front of the whole project team. He blamed me for the project being a month behind schedule. He always does this kind of stuff. Why do you let him get away with it? Nobody likes him. Can't you get rid of him or assigned to some other project?"

Jack was taken aback. He responded, "Colin, you really seem upset. Let's get together on Monday when I have more time, and you can have the

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