Case Study Analysis
September 13, 2013
Instructor: RHONDA HERB
Procrastination is a problem we all go through, if Carl was more proactive with the new hires, I know he could have regained control of a bad situation. Carl Robins was given the task to have the new hires trained by July, his operations supervisor Monica Carrols checked in on Carl and asked him how the new hires are doing. Carl assured Monica that everything will be done on time, after Memorial Day Carl checked on how the new employees were doing and everything was a disaster. Carl Robins should have immediately started to think about other options. Persuasion and alternative thinking is the key to solving a problem like Carl’s.
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Carl found out that the room he was going to have orientation in was in use by Joe from technology services. This really set Carl back and he panicked. According to "Lateral Thinking Workshop" (2013), "Using unconnected input to open up new lines of thinking” (Random Entry). ("Lateral Thinking Workshop", 2013). Instead of panicking Carl could have sought other options, Carl might have been able to set up the orientation outside or maybe he can shorten the orientation and get to the main points quickly enough to use the room for a short time.
Carl has earned his respect as a leader; Monica has given him the task to be a leader to the new hires. Carl does make a couple mistakes that he is going to learn from, but he has to learn to follow up on the schedule he set forth. Carl needs to take some leadership courses and learn how to be a more effective communicator and leader, thinking that everything is going to go right is taking a chance. When in a leadership position you need to take less chances and be more assured that everything is going to go right by following up with plans.
Most people know what it takes to be an effective leader, but learning to think laterally will benefit future decisions. A lateral thinker is a person who thinks of their plans failing and they are conditioned to having other options to make their plans succeed. If Carl thought laterally and was a more persuasive person he could have still got everything done on time, never be fixed on things happening one way, thinking creatively is why most people are in their leadership position.
Pinola, M. (2013). Add Terrible Tasks to Your To-Do List to End Procrastination. Retrieved from http://lifehacker.com/add-terrible-tasks-to-your-to-do-list-to-end-procrastin-1252366872
LATERAL THINKING WORKSHOP. (2013). Retrieved from http://www.edwdebono.com/debono/worklt.htm