Overview of Assignment:
For this assignment, you are expected to draft a two-page memorandum analyzing the case study
contained in: Groysberg, B, and Baden, K.C. (2018). Case Study: When Two Leaders on the Senior Team
Hate Each Other. Harvard business review, 97(1), 145-149 (Available via SSU Library)
Purpose of Assignment:
This assignment will help you develop two important skills. First, you are expected to read, understand,
and critically analyze a case study and mine it for leadership lessons. That skill will be of great value to
you as examples of effective (and ineffective!) leadership abound in multiple places. Second, you are
expected to draft a focused essay critically analyzing the text and answering specific questions outlined
below. That task provides you with the opportunity to practice effectively communicating higher-level
critical analysis in written form, also an important skill.
You are expected to draft a two-page essay that does two things:
First, identify and unpack the set of issues emanating from the case, and write a summary of
those issues. Then, analyze them. You might find the Goleman (from an earlier module),
Kotter, Blomquist, and Goffey & Jones readings useful in framing your analysis. You might use
the Goodwin and the Detert to think about this issue as well. A note on Blomquist – try using
the six thinking hats approach. It helps you develop clarity around a decision.
Second, explain how you would approach resolving the issue. In other words, if you were in
charge, what would you do, and why?.
Be sure to follow the format outlined at the end of this memorandum. it will make your work
General Writing Standards:
Your paper must be single-spaced, 12-point Times New Roman font, and have one-inch margins. You
are limited to three pages, I will stop reading at the end of the third page. Therefore, choose your
words carefully, and make every word count. Cite your sources, APA in-text citations are appropriate.
Your paper should follow the below format.
Audience and Voice:
You are writing an essay about a specific and focused topic coming from a case study written as a
teaching case. You should assume that the reader is familiar with it. Therefore, you do not have to
restate all of the facts to prove that you’ve read it. Even so, you should write an essay that clearly sets
forth the purpose in an opening paragraph (answer the question, why is the reader taking time to read
it?); provides a road map for the structure and tone of the paper by identifying the specific
points/questions you are covering; analyzes those questions logically, discretely, and concisely; offers
remedies; and, has a conclusion supported by evidence. Generally, writing in the first person is not
recommended for this type of paper. Headings may be useful. Please see the recommended outline at
the end of this memorandum.
Self-Evaluating your Work:
In thinking about your content, style, and overall writing, make sure you fully understand what you are
asked to do in the assignment. Follow the writing standards and be sure to proofread your work. Self-
assess your own work to make sure you meet or exceed those standards.
General Advice for the Writer:
In writing your paper you should begin by doing the readings, and while doing them think about the
questions youve been assigned. However, it is not enough to simply go through the readings looking
for quotes that match a theme. Rather, you should find some aspect of the assigned topic and deal
with it on a deeper and more meaningful basis. You cannot effectively do this assignment unless you
first fully understand the reading.
Form and Writing Conventions: 40%