Assessment 1: Leadership Simulation and written basis for change with considerations
Assessment 1 is focused on optimising the operations of a simulated business from the perspective of a business leader who specifies the requirements for change. Within this assessment Assignment 1 involves contextualizing and specifying this requirement for change, including the need for change and the readiness for change, in the form of a written Leader’s Programme Journal which should be critically supported through the application of appropriate organizational change theory.
A description of a simulated organization or functional department (e.g. finance) in need of change (can be real with a name change and a disclaimer). The description should include a basic description of its market, ownership, competition and operations. The description can be extended to include diagnosis of external drivers acting on the business operations that may cause it to optimise operations through a significant transformation. For assessment 1 you will write an illustrated Leader’s Programme Journal from the perspective of a leader of this organisation who has recognised the need for optimising its operations and are therefore initiating a programme to achieve and sustain a correspondingly improved outcome for the business. You will also assess the readiness of the organisation to undertake the change associated with the proposed optimisation of its operations. Throughout your Journal you will critically support your analysis with reference to theoretical structures and models based upon discussions within the module and your own independent research.
A draft format for the Leader’s Programme Journal might include:
1. Introduction and description of the organisation - 300 words
If based on real company names and people should be renamed and add disclaimer
2. The internal or external driven needs for change - 600 words
Could be wk 2 -PESTEL then SWOT or Burke Litwin
3. The optimisation outcome to be achieved - 200 words
Needs to be efficiency cost cutting strategy as wk 3 delayering,
4. The readiness of the organisation to change - 600 words
Look at the force field analysis wk 4 then maybe the wk5 readiness method
5. Your readiness as a leader to lead change - 300 words
Reflect on your actions as Leader