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Analyze the New Business Realities relative to Wheatley’s leadership best practices.

Write an analysis of Margaret Wheatley’s theories and perspectives on leadership and organizations. There are no page number requirements for this assessment.
Introduction
An analysis of someone else’s perspective on the application of the theories of leadership allows you to compare and contrast them against your own work experience and gives you a broader context with which to consider best practices you might want to implement in your own career.
The resources for this assessment examine the new science of leadership as well as the use of personal, purpose, and change mastery. These resources can help you become familiar with why a sense of purpose gives meaning to and helps release the energy of an authentic and congruent leader. Out of a sense of purpose, leaders develop the courage to put language around their vision.
The suggested readings also address how a leader adapts to change and why noticing resistance to change helps a leader examine ineffective old patterns. In order to lead others through change, leaders must trust themselves to think simultaneously in the present and in the future. This requires the ability to adapt and deal with ambiguity and anxiety in the midst of unfolding reality.
Preparation
The following resources are required to complete the assessment.
CAPELLA RESOURCES
Click the links provided to view the following resources:

New Business Realities of the 21st Century [PDF].
Instructions
Research Margaret Wheatley’s New Science of Leadership theories. You will find useful information in the Resources, including Scott London’s interview, “The New Science of Leadership: An Interview with Margaret Wheatley,” and Margaret Wheatley’s book, Leadership and the New Science: Discovering Order in a Chaotic World.
Write an analysis of Wheatley’s theories and perspectives of leadership and organizations. Address the following in your analysis:
Identify the main points and theories of leadership reflected in Wheatley’s observations.
Describe examples from your work experience that reflect Wheatley’s observations.
Analyze the New Business Realities relative to Wheatley’s leadership best practices.
When referring to sources in your assessment, remember to use proper APA format for your citations and references. In addition, remember to edit and spell check your document before submitting it.
Competencies Measured
By successfully completing this assessment, you will demonstrate your proficiency in the following course competencies and assessment criteria:
Competency 1: Analyze the art and science of leadership.

Identify the main points and theories of leadership reflected in Wheatley’s observations.
Analyze the New Business Realities relative to Wheatley’s leadership best practices.

Competency 2: Reflect on personal leadership skills.

Describe examples from own work experience that reflect Wheatley’s observations.

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List the interview questions you plan to use for your chosen aspect of leadership.

Prepare to interview two organization leaders and write an assessment in which you outline the intended purpose and focus of your interviews, along with the interview questions.
Introduction
Over the course of your career, you will develop your own theories of leadership that will inform your attitudes and actions. Interviewing leaders after having done some research about leadership allows you to see effective leadership in action through the lens of scholarly research.
The resources provided in this assessment focus on two larger leadership topics: interpersonal and presence leadership and resilience and coaching leadership.
Interpersonal leadership and leading through presence focus on a leader’s ability to develop relationships and synergy and contribute to and spring out of his or her own personal power. There is a connection between knowing oneself and being able to listen to and learn from interpersonal feedback. A leader must examine whether he or she is open to other points of view or ways of working or, out of fear, shuts them down. Expressing yourself authentically, listening and appreciating others, allowing others to participate, and serving others are important leadership skills. Very possibly, good leaders develop these skills out of a comfort with their own inner self or being. Most great leaders have the capacity for deep reflection. Many use nature, music, meditation, or prayer to find inspiration and are able to quiet their thoughts and silence their own anxiety.
Resilience and coaching also play a part in leadership effectiveness. In the past most leaders believed that keeping their work and their life in balance lead to better health; however, shifting our attention from time management to energy leadership allows for creating a personalized formula for sustained energy and resilience. Signs of lack of resilience include fatigue, dullness, depression, and/or life threatening habits around coffee, cigarettes, alcohol, and obsessive or manic work behavior. Healthy leaders tend to include abundant energy, optimism, vitality, and close intimate and fulfilling relationships as a having resilience. Many experienced leaders manage energy in their lives over time. They loosen up and are happier, more involved, and resilient. Coaching is important to ensure growth as a leader. Many leaders pursue reflection by self-coaching—building awareness, commitment, and practice. Coaching others provides awareness to avoid curves in the road. Mature leaders feel a responsibility not only to earn a living through authentic self-expression but also to create value by their service to the community.
Preparation
As part of Assessments 3 and 4, you will need to interview two leaders in organizations of your choice. To prepare for these two interviews, complete the following at this time:
Decide on the level of leaders you would like to interview (for example, individual contributors, middle managers, or top managers).
Research and choose an aspect of leadership based on the topics in the Cashman text (personal mastery, purpose mastery, change mastery, resilience mastery and coaching mastery) to use as the focus for your interviews.
Request and schedule 45-minute interviews with two different leaders at your chosen level. You should conduct the interviews between now and when you begin work on the Assessment 3, as you will need to complete the interviews in order to complete Assessments 3 and 4.
Interview Pitch
Submit the following components for this assessment:
State your intended purpose for the interviews. Provide an explanation of the aspect of leadership on which you plan to focus and why you chose it.
Describe the level of leadership selected for your interviews.
Outline your schedule for both interview sessions; include the names and titles of the leaders with date and time of interview. If you have not been able to solidify your schedule, please include a report of your progress.
List the interview questions you plan to use for your chosen aspect of leadership. If you wish, you may use some of the questions from the reflection exercises in the related chapter of the Cashman text. You can use any leadership theories you like to help you develop your interview questions, including servant leadership, Kevin Cashman, Margaret Wheatley, articles from the Center for Creative Leadership, leadership stage theory, and other sources.
Conducting Your Interviews
As you conduct your interviews, remember the following:
At the start of each interview, explain who you are, what you are doing, what leadership mastery you will be exploring in the interview, and how you will use the interview material.
Clarify with your interviewees whether you have permission to use their names and organizations.
Take thorough notes or record the interviews so you can refer back to them as you work on Assessments 3 and 4.
Remember to edit and spell check your work before submitting.
Competencies Measured
By successfully completing this assessment, you will demonstrate your proficiency in the following course competencies and assessment criteria:
Competency 3: Create an effective theory of leadership.

Describe the purpose and rationale for leadership interviews.
Describe the level of leadership selected for interviews.
Prepare relevant interview questions for an interview protocol.

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Analyze the benefit of recalculating the cost of pickle production. 

write a 2-3 page supporting report.
Scenario
The Acme Pickle Company has distributed pickles under the “Florida’s Best” brand for eight years from its production facility in Jacksonville, Florida. It sells the pickles to stores in the southeastern United States. Acme normally produces between 8,000 and 10,000 cases of pickles a month but has the capacity to produce 12,000 cases without adding equipment or personnel.The owner of a twenty-store supermarket chain in Wisconsin, called Super Deals, visits friends in Florida and is impressed with the quality of “Florida’s Best” pickles. He approaches you, an Acme Pickle account manager, with an offer to buy 2,000 cases of pickles to use in a special promotion at his stores. He is thinking of something such as:
“Free jar of Florida’s Best pickles with every purchase of forty dollars or more—this month only!”
He offers Acme a price of $9.50 per case, knowing that it is a very substantial discount from the normal selling price of $20 a case. Acme’s management is inclined to turn the offer down, because their cost is calculated at $10.00 a case. They believe they would lose money if they sold at $9.50 a case. You, on the other hand, believe that some errors have been made in the cost accounting.
Your Role
You are the account manager for Acme Pickles.
Requirements
Your analysis for the Controller and Sales Manager is needed to suggest a different way of calculating the pricing of the pickles that may be lower. As part of your analysis, address the following items:
Explain why some production costs are variable and some are fixed.
Analyze the benefit of recalculating the cost of pickle production.

How would you recalculate it?
What would the result be?
What is the benefit to the company of recalculating the cost?

Analyze how financial accounting of production cost differs from managerial accounting of production cost.

Explain the difference between the two accounting methods.
Identify the benefits and drawbacks of each method.

Recommend a plan of action to management regarding Super Deals’ offer.
Below is the cost report for a recent month. In this month, Acme produced 9,000 cases and sold them at $20 per case, which is Acme’s normal selling price. Nine thousand cases are well beyond Acme’s break-even point, enabling Acme to record a substantial profit at the nine-thousand-case level.Acme Pickle Company Cost ReportItemCostCucumbers$15,000Spices and vinegar11,000Jars and lids10,000Direct labor, paid by the case30,000Line supervisors, on salary10,000Depreciation on factory10,000Property taxes on factory3,000Insurance on factory1,000Total Costs:$90,000Cost per case (9,000 cases produced) $10.00
Deliverable Format
Your team lead wants to share this analysis across remote locations of the organization and is hoping you will set the standard for how analyses and decisions of this type should be presented and supported. Your team has requested either a recorded presentation (including slides and notes) or a presentation and supporting reporting that can be distributed as a model. Prepare a presentation of at least 9 slides using PowerPoint or software of your choice detailing your recommendation and the information you used to make your recommendation. You can either record the presentation or prepare a separate report supporting the presentation.If you choose to record your presentation, you may use Capella-supported Kaltura Media or another technology of your choice that produces a shareable URL. Kaltura is recording software that can be used to create webcam, screen, and audio recordings. Refer to the MBA Program Resources for the Using Kaltura tutorial to prepare for this option. If you choose to use something other than Kaltura Media, ensure that it creates a shareable URL and can be embedded in the courseroom to ensure faculty can access your recording.Note: If you require the use of assistive technology or alternative communication methods to participate in these activities, please contact DisabilityServices@Capella.edu to request accommodations.
Recommendation requirements:
Create a 2–3 page report to support your slides.
Related company standards:
The recommendation report is a professional document and should therefore follow the corresponding MBA Academic and Professional Document Guidelines, including single-spaced paragraphs.
In addition to the presentation or report materials, include:

Title (slide or page).
References (slide or page).
Appendix with supporting materials.
At least two APA-formatted references.

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Evaluate how the Department of Defense Mentor-Protégé program is useful for a small-business owner contracting with the federal government for the first time.

Please respond to the following:
Evaluate how the Department of Defense Mentor-Protégé program is useful for a small-business owner contracting with the federal government for the first time. Select a small business in your community and describe how this program would help.
If you owned the business you selected, describe what other resources provided by the Small Business Administration (SBA) would be useful for your purposes.

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Compute the key descriptive statistics for the current and past due amounts.

Week 4 Assignment – Case Study: Transforming Data Into Information
Overview
You are a supervisor at Regional Call Center’s Washington, DC, facility. Regional provides contract call center services for several companies, including banks and major retail companies. You have been with the company for slightly more than seven years, having joined Regional right after graduating with a master’s degree in business administration from Strayer University. After the monthly staff meeting, you were handed a new assignment by the company CEO. The assignment came out of a discussion at the meeting in which one of Regional’s clients wanted a report describing the calls being handled for them by Regional. The CEO had asked you to describe the data in a file called Regional Call Center and produce a report that would both graphically and numerically analyze the data. The data are for a sample of 57 calls and the following variables:

Account Number.
Past Due Amount.
Current Account Balance.
Nature of Call (Billing Question or Other).
Instructions

Summarize the case scenario of the Regional Call Center’s Washington, D.C. facility.
Develop bar charts showing the mean and median current account balance.
Construct a scatter diagram showing the current balance on the horizontal axis and the past due amount on the vertical axis.
Compute the key descriptive statistics for the current and past due amounts.
Repeat task 4 but compute the statistics for the past due balances.
Compute the coefficient of variation for current account balances.
Write a 4–5-page report (including a cover page and a source list page) to National’s client that contains the results of the completed tasks along with a discussion of the statistics and graphs.
This course requires the use of Strayer Writing Standards. For assistance and information, please refer to the Strayer Writing Standards link in the left-hand menu of your course. Check with your professor for any additional instructions.
The specific course learning outcome associated with this assignment is:

Apply strategies that are informed by the principles of statistical thinking and data-driven decision-making to enhance business process performance.

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Based on your readings this week, what would be your top three criteria for evaluating the performance of supply chain partners?

There are three discussion topics. Choose any two topics.

Supporting your views with references:
When you make an assertion of fact, state that it is based on your own experience or provide an in-text citation for the reference source you used to support your response.  A minimum of two sources is required for the main topic, and for the reply posts. You do not need two sources for each topic, but you do need two sources across your main topic responses.  For maximum credit, you will need three or more.  You will also need a minimum of two references to support your reply responses to classmates.  For maximum credit, you will need three or more.
See Content>Discussion Expectations for full instructions.
TOPIC 1: Channel Partners PROMPT: Based on your readings this week, what would be your top three criteria for evaluating the performance of supply chain partners? Morsa images / E+ Collection / Getty ImagesTOPIC 2: Supply Chains
PROMPT: Choose a product that you used today. Look up where it was made and the different channel partners used to deliver that product to you. Are you surprised? Nitat Termmee / Moment / Getty ImagesTOPIC 3: Pricing
PROMPT: Describe the concept of price bundling. Why might a company initiate this pricing strategy? Give an example of a company that implements price bundling and how the combined pricing strategy affects customer behavior. (Think about the telecommunications industry, restaurants, software, etc.)

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What do you need, or must happen, for you to succeed?

Assignment: 1st Step to the Final Project
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During this course, you will learn to develop all the essential elements of a Business Plan, it can either be an existing company on the NASDAQ exchange which is the “American stock exchange, which is located at One Liberty Plaza in New York City known as the New York Stock Exchange” or “a company that you would like to start one day”. Some of your plans will be hypothetical, as access to certain information in the company is restricted, but you can focus on the actual existing customers and products or services the company offers to the public. If you are developing your own company it will be made up so just answer the questions that are being asked.
These sections are due between weeks 1-2.
Student Instructions:
Complete these sections of the Business Plan.
Consider it a research assignment.
You are not to leave the question you need to answer in the Business Plan. Make sure to answer them in paragraph form.
Vision/Mission Statement and Goals
A. Vision Statement
The vision/mission statements are clear summaries of where the business is headed. It describes what the business produces, who the products are produced for, and unique business characteristics. It will reflect the values of the management team and the type of business culture you are trying to create.
B. Goals and Objectives
What do you want your business to achieve? Be specific in terms of financial performance, resource commitments (time and money) and risk.
When will various milestones be achieved?
C. Keys to Success
What do you need, or must happen, for you to succeed?
Company Summary
The material in this section is an introduction to the firm.
A. Company Background
What does your business do?
Who were the founders of the business?
What were the important milestones in the development of the business?
B. Resources, Facilities, and Equipment
With what do you produce your products or services?
What are the land, equipment, human and financial resources?
Who provides them?
How are resource providers rewarded?
C. Marketing Methods
What is your annual sales volume in dollars and units?
Explain how you work with others to improve returns. This may include a strategic alliance with suppliers or customers that you can leverage.
Do you use forward contracting, options, or futures? If so, how?
How much does it cost to produce and deliver your products and services?
How is contracting used?
D. Management and Organization
Who is currently on the management team?
How have management responsibilities been divided among the management team?
What are the lines of authority?
Who acts as the president/CEO? spokesperson? Chief Financial Officer?
Who determines employees’ salaries and conducts performance reviews?
What is the educational background of the management team members?
What is the management team’s reputation in the community?
What special skills and abilities does the management team have?
What additional skills does the management team need?
Who are the key people and personnel that make your business run?
Who do you go to for advice and support?
Do management and employees have avenues for personal development?
Sketch a diagram of lines of authority for your operation.
E. Ownership Structure
Who are the primary stakeholders in your business?
Describe the legal form of your company, such as partnership, proprietorship, or corporation.
Do you need special permits to operate or a record for inspections? If you do, please describe them.
F. Social Responsibility
What environmental practices do you follow?
What procedures do you use for handling chemicals?
What noise/dust/timing/odor policies do you have?
What will be the roles of management and employees in community organizations?
What will be your involvement at the local/state/national level in commodity organizations?
What training and new employee orientation practices will you offer to ensure the proper handling of hazardous materials and safe operation of equipment?
G. Internal Analysis
What are the strengths and weaknesses of your firm?
What are the relative strengths of each enterprise or business unit within the firm?
What are the core competencies (things you are doing better than others) of your firm?
What things can you build on? Think only about the things that you can control.
Suggested areas to consider:
knowledge and work
financial position
productivity
family
lifestyle
location
resources
What enterprise or business unit should be exited?
What enterprise or business unit shows promise?
The Business Plan is divided into 4 sections: Due week 1-2; 3-4; 5-6;7-8. Each section of the Business Plan needs to be 2-3 paragraphs some maybe more. The final submission will be adding the executive summary (explanation of the executive summary is under 1st assignment) to all 4 steps throughout the course into one document.

Assignment: 2nd Step to the Final Project
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These sections are due between weeks 3-4. which is step 2 of the Business Plan. Remember that every section should be 2-3 paragraphs.
Products and/or Services
Describe the products and services you plan to sell.
How is your product or service unique?
Are you producing a commodity or a differentiated product?
How does your product or service compare to other products in
Quality? Price? Location?
What experience do you have with this product/service?
Market Assessment
A. Examining the General Market
How is the market characterized?
Are there clear segments in the market? Describe them.
What important customer need(s) is the market not currently fulfilling?
What is the growth potential for each segment of the market?
What opportunities and threats does your firm face?
What does an analysis using the Five Forces model suggest about your industry? Who is your competition (in light of the Five Forces)?
What trends, relevant to your business, do you see?
What are the drivers of change?
What political and legal issues do you face, such as zoning, environmental laws, inspections, etc?
B. Customer Analysis
Who will be your customers?
What do you sell to each of the customers?
How does your product/service solve a key customer problem?
How difficult is it to retain a customer?
How much does it cost to support a customer?
C. Industry Analysis
A comparison of companies is similar.
D. Strategic Alternatives
What can the company do that they aren’t doing now?
Strategic Implementation
A. Production
How will you produce your product?
What value will you create and capture with your product?
What is your competitive advantage?
What technology will you use, i.e. reduced tillage, GPS systems, etc.?
What processes will you use to produce products?
What growth options will you use to develop the business unit?
Enterprise Expansion
Replicate
Integrate
Network
What is the anticipated timeline?
B. Resource Needs
In order to effectively organize your business, you need to ensure the resources are available. Assess those needs here.
Human
What skills are needed?
How will human resources be acquired?
Financial
What level of financial resources will be needed?
Physical
What type, quantity and quality of physical resources will be required?
C. Sourcing/Procurement Strategy
On what do you base a decision to buy products or services? Price? Quality? Convenience? Extra service? A combination?
By what venue will you find suppliers — local dealer, Internet, direct from the manufacturer, etc.?
D. Marketing Strategy
What is your sales plan?
What advertising and promotion will be used to increase sales/awareness?
Where will you sell products/services?
Will you use the open market or contracts?
Do you have a preferred market outlet?
Are you a qualified supplier for a specific processor or buyer?
How will you price the product?
Hedging, forward pricing, options
How will you use these to mitigate your risk?
Contracting
Will you use production or marketing contracting to reduce risk?
Insurance
How will you use crop, liability and other insurance?
E. Performance Standards
What performance standards will be used to monitor this enterprise or business unit?
What are the acceptable performance standards?
What yield or output levels could you attain?
What efficiency levels will you reach?
What procedures will be used to monitor performance?
Who is responsible for monitoring performance?
What industry benchmarks will be used to assess performance?

Assignment: 3rd Step to the Final Project
New Attempt
Due Jul 29 by 11:59pm
Points 25
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This is step 3 of completing your Business Plan. It needs to be completed in Week 5 and Week 6. Remember 2-3 paragraphs in each section.
Financial Plan
A. Financial Projections
How will you fund the business?
What are your desired debt and equity position?
Who will provide capital debt funds?
What role will leasing play in your financial strategy?
Will you use outside investors for equity capital?
How will you manage the financial risks your business faces?
What operating procedures, such as developing cash flow budgets or spending limits, will you have to ensure adequate money for debt repayment?
What are the important assumptions that underlie your projections? These assumptions may be associated with both external or internal factors.
What financial aspects of your business (equity, asset growth, ROA, ROE, etc.) will you monitor?
What procedures will be used for monitoring overall business performance?
What level of performance will your business shoot for? These should be targets for next year and in five years. They should be financial performance standards used to monitor the overall business.
What yield and output levels could you attain? What efficiency levels will you reach?
B. Contingency Plan
What will you do if you can’t follow through with your primary plan?
How are you preparing for an emergency in your business?
How will the business function if something happens to one of the key members of the management team?
These sections will be added to the final business plan at the end of the course. Each section of the Business Plan needs to be 2-3 paragraphs some maybe more.

Final Project: Create a Business Plan for an Existing Company is almost finished
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Business Plan
During this course, you have learned to develop all the essential elements of a Business Plan, it was either an existing company on the NASDAQ exchange which is the “American stock exchange, which is located at One Liberty Plaza in New York City known as the New York Stock Exchange” or “a company that you would like to start one day”. Some of your plans will be hypothetical, as access to certain information in the company is restricted, but you can focus on the actual existing customers and products or services the company offers to the public. If you are developing your own company it will be made up so just answer the questions that are being asked.
Attached is a Business Plan Template, fill in the information it is asking for it is under the Home Tab, under e-text.
This week is the final step to completing the Business Plan. The Executive Summary. It comes first in the Business Plan but is wrote last. It is a summary of everything you wrote. The sections you should include in the Executive Summary is:
Executive Summary
This section is a summary of the information from the pages that follow. Prepare it last, after the business plan has been written. It should not exceed two pages. Headings to use in the Executive Summary:
A. Vision/Mission Statement
B. Company Summary
C. Products/Services
D. Market Assessment
E. Strategic Implementation
F. Expected Outcomes
The Executive Summary is a brief description of A-F that that is above. It is part of a Business Plan. Your Business Plan is mostly steps 1-2-3. The executive summary completes it.
Your final project should include in one document:
Title Page
Index of all your pages so number your pages.
Executive Summary
Step 1
Step 2
Step 3
Reference Page

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 Explain Walmart’s communication systems and strategies.

Explain Walmart’s communication systems and strategies. Integrate this information into a compare and contrast style research paper between Target, CVS, and Publix. Then create 2 slides on a PowerPoint to summarize paper.

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What are the reactions to the disability/different ability by the characters?

Watch a feature-length film that either focuses on a disability/different ability or has a main character that has a disability/different ability. There is a list of applicable films in this week’s content if you need help finding one.
After reading this week’s material and watching a film the meets the criteria above, identify the disability/different ability in this film and address the following questions:
What are the reactions to the disability/different ability by the characters?
Does it seem as if there is a stereotype associated with the disability/different ability portrayed in the film?
Is the disability/different ability used as an important plot point? How so?
Also, briefly discuss how the reading material informed your viewing of the film.
Respond to at least three of your classmates.
Remember to show how you incorporate the class materials into your response to the topic.

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How do you leverage the information obtained through cost volume profit (CVP) analysis to determine the goods and services provided to consumers?

How do you leverage the information obtained through cost volume profit (CVP) analysis to determine the goods and services provided to consumers? Please justify your response.