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1: In the following scene, Amy (employee) and Jeff (manager) are sitting in Jeff’s office. There are papers in front of Jeff on his desk when the scene opens but his attention is focused on Amy.

Amy: (Concerned and reluctant) I’m sorry to bother you with this but I’m a little upset by the way one of our team members is acting.

Jeff: (Concerned) What’s the problem?

Amy: (Opening up) Well, there’s one person on the team who tries to take all of the credit for the progress we’re making.

Jeff: (Intently listening) What do you mean?

Amy: (Elaborating) Well, this individual insists on writing all of the memos himself and when he gave a presentation to the engineers last week, I was told by several people that he came across like he was single-handedly responsible for all of the progress we’ve made.

Jeff: (Sympathizing) Well, the best advice I can give is to try to keep the team, including him, focused on the team’s overall goals. Everyone in the company knows you’re doing this project as a team and while he might be contributing to the success of your team, he isn’t solely responsible.

Do you think that it is justifiable for Amy to be upset? Why?

Discuss the effects of personal and political agendas on teams.

2: Personal and political agendas can prevent teams from achieving their goals. True or False?
3: Setting unattainable goals will drive team members to put forth extra effort. True or False?




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