Pioneer Academy Openness Is E

Please answer discussions below.


  1. Ginni Rometty is the CEO of IBM. Shortly after taking on the role of CEO and being frustrated by the progress and sales performance, Rometty released a five-minute video to all 400,000 plus IBM employees criticizing the lack of securing deals to competitors and lashed out at the sales organization for poor sales in the preceding quarter. Six months later, Rometty sent another critical message, this time via e-mail. How effective will the video and e-mail be in communicating with employees? How should she follow up to these messages?
  2. Social media, such as Facebook, is now widespread. Place yourself as a manager that has just received a “friend” request from one of your direct reports. Do you accept, reject, or ignore the request? Why, and what additional communication would you have regarding this with the employee?
  3. During a cross-functional meeting, one of the attendees who reports to a manager who is also at the meeting accuses one of your reports of not being fit for the position she is in. You disagree and feel that your report is a good fit for her role. How do you handle this?


  1. You are the newly appointed commissioner of a major sports league that is currently in a very public game three of a best-of-seven-game playoff. After an emotional opening ceremony that recognizes a tragic event in the community that is widely praised, you settle in to enjoy the game. Early in the game, a player on one team is seen celebrating a scoring play by acting out a racially insensitive behavior after the play. How would you act in a leadership position? Read the ESPN article [ (Links to an external site.)] and comment on how this commissioner acted in this instance.
  2. Identify a charismatic leader and a leader with little charisma. What are the traits and skills that allow them to succeed in their roles? How can you incorporate the traits that allow them to be successful in their roles into the skills you will need to have in a leadership position?
  3. You are at a meeting, and during the meeting someone on the team addresses their manager and points out a crucial mistake that could doom the project. The person says that their manager should have caught it and because of that should resign. As a leader of the group, how would you deal with the subordinate, the manager, and communication with the entire team?


Please read the following article in Harvard Business Review article about “Learning Charisma”: (Links to an external site.) This article describes Charismatic Leadership Tactics (CLTs) that research has found distinguishes more charismatic leaders from their less charismatic equivalents. Charisma is related to the concept of transformational leadership.

For this discussion topic, I would like you to develop a message or short speech to your (fictitious) team of employees. Pretend that you are trying to inspire them to increase their sales revenue (use your imagination–pick any product or service that works). Make sure your message uses at least four of the CLTs from the article. You may either type out the short speech, record it as an audio file and upload it, or record it as a video file and upload the YouTube or Google Drive link. At the end of your submission, make sure you explain which CLTs you used.


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