Organizational Leadership Case Study

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Question 1
1. I think the “fires” of the statement refers to certain sudden imminent issues these professionals have had to address throughout their careers. These issues have been “career-defining” because they have perhaps been not only sudden, but perhaps entirely unexpected, and have therefore served as learning experiences for the professionals, because they have had to make quick, but crucial, decisions in order to “put the fires out”, so to speak.
2. I believe that the statement “secrets of leadership are found at the bottom” means that leadership is not something that develops once one becomes a manager or achieves any other similar leader-role, or in other words, once one reaches “the top”. Instead, it is something that individuals
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The term organizational culture refers a system of values, beliefs, and assumptions that the whole organization share, and which basically serve as governing guidelines for how people within the organization should behave. Generally, an organizational culture can be described as the philosophies, attitudes, beliefs, behaviors, and practices that define an organization. Organizational culture is important because a healthy culture can help attract, and retain valuable employees, make employees more engaged in their work, promote synergy amongst employees, and also give employees a sense of direction in terms of …show more content…
I believe that what Ed Kiernan meant by “honest” cultures are cultures that fit the company or an organization – and its clientele – rather than trying to be something it is not to appeal to a wider portion of both potential employees and customers/users. A “forced” culture would then obviously be when a company or an organization attempts to appear to be something it is not. An example of a forced organizational culture can be found on page 100-101 in the text, where the authors discuss the case of the Sydney 2000 Olympic Games, where certain values was promoted by the Olympic movement, but the International Olympic Committee and the Sydney Organizing Committee drifted away from the values and essentially managed to create a culture where questionable and unethical practices were being overlooked, and thereby strayed away from the “Olympic

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