Description below are two discussions. I will need a replies for both discussion 3-4 paragraphs each. After I submit my initial discussion, I will send you my classmates replies. I only need the initial post completed and the replies want be due until Friday. Week 6: Balancing Emotions The Blind Man and The Elephant It was six men of Indostan, to learning much inclined, who went to see the elephant (Though all of them were blind), that each by observation, might satisfy his mind. The first approached the elephant, and, happening to fall, against his broad and sturdy side, at once began to bawl: “God bless me! but the elephant, is nothing but a wall!” The second feeling of the tusk, cried: “Ho! what have we here, so very round and smooth and sharp? To me tis mighty clear, this wonder of an elephant, is very like a spear!” The third approached the animal, and, happening to take, the squirming trunk within his hands, “I see,” quoth he, the elephant is very like a snake!” The fourth reached out his eager hand, and felt about the knee: “What most this wondrous beast is like, is mighty plain,” quoth he; “Tis clear enough the elephant is very like a tree.” The fifth, who chanced to touch the ear, Said; “E’en the blindest man can tell what this resembles most; Deny the fact who can, This marvel of an elephant, is very like a fan!” The sixth no sooner had begun, about the beast to grope, than, seizing on the swinging tail, that fell within his scope, “I see,” quoth he, “the elephant is very like a rope!” And so these men of Indostan, disputed loud and long, each in his own opinion, exceeding stiff and strong, Though each was partly in the right, and all were in the wrong! So, oft in theologic wars, the disputants, I ween, tread on in utter ignorance, of what each other mean, and prate about the elephant, not one of them has seen! What is at the heart of clear communication? Perhaps it is the balance of emotions. How can individuals of diverse backgrounds, who may be of different genders, begin to “speak the same language”? How can individuals ensure that their use of emotions in diverse organizational settings is effective? Consider the Indian parable of the “The Blind Man and the Elephant,” by John Godfrey Saxe. How might these individuals communicate more effectively and with more balanced emotion? What tools might a leader use to ensure communication is clear and emotions are “in check”? This week, you will discuss ways organizational leaders can use reflection tools (e.g., emotional intelligence surveys, SWOT analyses, or personal leadership plans) to improve and/or sustain emotional balance within an organizational culture. You will also analyze a case study to determine the use of revealing or concealing emotions. References Saxe, J. G. (n.d.). The Blind Man and the Elephant. Retrieved from https://allpoetry.com/The-Blind-Man-And-The-Elephant Learning Objectives By the end of this week, you should be able to: Examine the extent leaders can or should support emotional balance in an organizational culture Assess when it is appropriate to reveal or conceal emotions in the workplace Discussion 1: Maintaining Emotional Balance In this week’s Discussion, we are going to take another step and examine how leaders can sustain and improve emotional balance within an organizational culture. For this Discussion, first reflect back on what you learned in Week 5 about reflection tools (e.g., emotional intelligence, SWOT, and personal leadership plans). Then, discuss ways organizational leaders can use reflection tools (e.g., emotional intelligence surveys, SWOT analyses, or personal leadership plans) to improve and/or sustain emotional balance within an organizational culture. To prepare for this Discussion, pay particular attention to the following Learning Resource: Callahan, J. L. (2008). The four C’s of emotion: A framework for managing emotions in organizations. Organization Development Journal, 26(2), 33–38. BY DAY 3 Post a cohesive response to the following: Based upon your results from Week 5, pick one reflection tool (e.g. emotional intelligence, SWOT, personal development plans) and assess how organizational leaders can use it to promote and/or sustain emotional balance within an organizational culture. What other reflection tools have you used in your own experiences that promote and/or sustain emotional balance within an organizational culture? Be sure to support your ideas by connecting them to the week’s Learning Resources, as well as other credible resources you have read; or what you have observed and experienced. General Guidance: Your original post, due by Day 3, will typically be 3 or 4 paragraphs in length, as a general expectation/estimate. Refer to the Week 6 Discussion 1 Rubric for grading elements and criteria. Your Instructor will use the rubric to assess your work. Read a selection of your colleagues’ postings. BY DAY 5 Respond to at least two of your colleagues’ postings in one or more of the following ways: Share an insight about what you learned from having read your colleagues’ postings and discuss how and why your colleague’s posting resonated with you professionally and personally. Offer another example, from your experience or observation, which validates or differs from what your colleague discussed related to the use of reflection tools. Offer specific suggestions that will help your colleague build upon his or her ability to use reflection tools as part of improving leadership skills within an organizational culture. Share how something your colleague discussed changed the way you consider using reflection tools to improve your own leadership ability. Return to this Discussion in a few days to read the responses to your initial posting. Note what you have learned and/or any insights that you have gained as a result of the comments that your colleagues made. SUBMISSION AND GRADING INFORMATION Grading Criteria To access your rubric: Week 6 Discussion 1 Rubric Post by Day 3 and Respond by Day 5 To participate in this Discussion: Week 6 Discussion 1 Discussion 2: Reveal or Conceal? Upon reading the following Learning Resources related to emotional balance, explore the following situation: Sujit is the manager of a small team. He has risen through the ranks of the company and is deeply committed to his work. Recently, his company accelerated the production time line, but is still expecting the same results from all employees. Sujit and his team now have one-third of the time they need to do their jobs. No additional compensation (either financially or in the form of additional paid days off) will be offered to employees for meeting the new time lines. It is not the first time this has happened since he has been with the company, but this is the most extreme. It should also be noted that in this company’s culture, it is not considered acceptable to miss a deadline. The team has expressed its concern and dismay to Sujit, who, in turn, has shared his concern with other managers within the company. However, he has not taken the steps to discuss this matter with his superiors, as within this culture, that action is likely to be seen as admitting weakness or making excuses. His reluctance to approach his superiors is complicated by the fact that the economy is not stable, and there are very few job opportunities at competing companies. Sujit had a colleague who “went to bat” for his team and was terminated shortly thereafter. As pressures mount, Sujit and his team are becoming increasingly strained and are no longer able to maintain adequate work–life balance. The products are still being delivered on time, but with great cost to all team members. Sujit has noticed the pressure is taking an emotional toll on his team, and also on him. His team members have come to him to talk about how the pressure is impacting their perceptions of their work and their abilities, not to mention what it is doing to their well-being outside of work. Sujit has a midyear review with one of his superiors who exhibits the deeply held beliefs of this company’s culture. While he is expecting a positive review, he is feeling the strain of how the results have been achieved. Increasingly, he is feeling pressure from his team to speak up on their behalf, as they experience degraded work–life balance, fatigue, and job dissatisfaction. He himself is no longer taking lunch, is not sleeping well at night, and is having problems with his personal relationships. His boss opens the conversation with, “So, Sujit, how is everything going?” In this example, would it be most wise for Sujit to reveal or conceal his emotions to his boss during this meeting? Why do you feel this is the best answer for this situation? Suggest some language Sujit may say in response to his boss’s prompt. Discuss how Sujit’s choices might impact the culture of the organization. To prepare for this Discussion, pay particular attention to the following Learning Resources: Callahan, J. L. (2008). The four C’s of emotion: A framework for managing emotions in organizations. Organization Development Journal, 26(2), 33–38. Chiaburu, D. S., & Gray, B. (2008). Emotional incompetence or gender-based stereotyping? The Journal of Applied Behavioral Science, 44(3), 293–314. IIfeld, J. (2016, June 6). Emotions at work: Needless or necessary? Forbes. Retrieved from https://www.forbes.com/sites/forbescoachescouncil/2016/06/06/emotions-at-work-needless-or-necessary/#2352aa73917b BY DAY 5 Post a cohesive response to the following: Examine whether it would it be wise for Sujit to reveal or conceal his concerns to his boss during this meeting. Why do you feel this is the best answer for this situation? Suggest some language Sujit may say in response to his boss’s prompt. Discuss how Sujit’s choices could potentially impact the culture of the organization. Provide an example from your own experience where you faced something similar in which you found you or your team were experiencing circumstances in the workplace that were impacting your emotions or their emotions. What did you do at the time? Looking back, what would you have done differently, and why? (If you would not have changed things, why not?) To what extent do you think leaders can balance the emotions of their teams or influence organizational culture? What factors might impact their influence? Why would it be important (or not)? Be sure to support your ideas by connecting them to the week’s Learning Resources, as well as other credible resources you have read; or what you have observed and experienced. General Guidance: Your original post, due by Day 5, will typically be 3 or 4 paragraphs in length, as a general expectation/estimate. Refer to the Week 6 Discussion 2 Rubric for grading elements and criteria. Your Instructor will use the rubric to assess your work. Read a selection of your colleagues’ postings. BY DAY 7 Respond to at least two of your colleagues’ postings in one or more of the following ways: Share an insight about what you learned from having read your colleagues’ postings and discuss how and why your colleague’s posting resonated with you professionally and personally. Seek additional clarity or ask your colleague a question, with accompanying context that will help your colleague to think more critically or broadly about the importance of leadership in balancing emotions within an organizational culture. Offer an example related to a leader’s role in balancing emotions, from your experience or observation, which validates or differs from what your colleague discussed. Offer specific suggestions that will help your colleague build upon his or her ability to balance emotions in an effort to continuously improve his or her leadership skills within an organizational culture. Share how something your colleague discussed related to emotional balance changed the way you consider your own leadership ability.
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