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Week 4 Assignment

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Application: Final Project Proposal

Throughout your life, most likely you have observed leaders who rose above others (in your estimation) in terms of how well they managed people, problems, and challenges. These leaders are everywhere—whether it’s the community volunteer who starts a clothes drive for disaster victims in her state or the manager who achieves consensus from employees on a major innovation that will change the way an organization operates. What combination of abilities, behaviors, strategies, styles, and other factors enabled these leaders to effectively improve processes and outcomes?

The assignment (2–3 pages)

This week, for your assignment, you submit the second part of the Final Project, the Final Project Proposal, which is a 2- to 3-page (not including the Interview Consent Form) paper describing the leader you propose to interview and why you chose this leader for your Final Project. Also submit a list of interview questions you have created to ask him or her as well as the Interview Consent Form provided in Learning Resources for Week 1. Please be sure your Final Project Proposal adheres to the criteria stated in the Final Project Guidelines document.

Be sure to support your assignment with specific references to the resources and other current literature in the Walden Library. Use at least two scholarly sources from the library that were published within the past 5 years to support your paper.

Readings

  • Cohen, S., Eimicke, W., & Heikkila, T. (2013). The effective public manager: Achieving success in government organizations (5th ed.). San Francisco, CA: Jossey-Bass.
    • Chapter 6, “Understanding and Applying Innovation Strategies in the Public Sector” (pp. 115–140)
    • Chapter 10, “Shaping Organizational Goals and Strategies” (pp. 205–232)
  • Northouse, P. G. (2016). Leadership: Theory and practice (7th ed.). Thousand Oaks, CA: Sage.
    • Chapter 3, “Skills Approach” (pp. 43–70)
  • Berry, F. S. (2007). Strategic planning as a tool for managing organizational change. International Journal of Public Administration, 30(3), 331–346.
    Retrieved from the Walden Library databases.
  • Jaskyte, K. (2012). Boards of directors and innovation in nonprofit organizations. Nonprofit Management & Leadership, 22(4), 439–459.
    Retrieved from the Walden Library databases.
  • Moore, M., & Hartley, J. (2008). Innovations in governance. Public Management Review, 10(1), 3–20.
    Retrieved from the Walden Library databases.
  • Weerawardena, J., & Mort, G. S. (2012). Competitive strategy in socially entrepreneurial nonprofit organizations: Innovation and differentiation. Journal of Public Policy & Marketing, 31(1), 91–101.
    Retrieved from the Walden Library databases.
  • McNamara, C. (n.d). All about strategic planning. Retrieved February 20, 2014, from
    http://managementhelp.org/strategicplanning/index.htm

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