Make use of all you have learned like: your personal leadership style, the DiSC, TKI, etc. You will need to formulate your recommendations with a consideration of the time and resource constraints described in the case that have the potential to undermine the trust the team leader is seeking to build.The document attached give full details.
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CASE STUDY: BLAKE SPORTS APPAREL AND SWITCH ACTIVEWEAR
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HOW TO USE THIS TEMPLATE:
This is a template and checklist corresponding to your Assignment 2 Part 2 paper, relating to the
“Blake Sports Apparel and Switch Activewear” case study. It covers the Assignment 2 Part 2 instructions
to help ensure that you include everything required by the assignment. See below for an explanation of
the color coding in this template.

All green text includes instructions to support your writing. You should delete all green text
before submitting your final paper.

All blue text indicates areas where you need to replace the instructions with your own
information. Replace the blue text with your own words in black.

Headings and subheadings are written in black, bold type. Keep these in your paper.
In this paper you should write in the third person, using “he” or “she” or “they”. Do not use the
second person “you” or the first person, “I” in your case study paper.
Note that this Assignment 2 Part 2 template is already formatted with all these specifications.
The final paper that you submit for grading should be in black text only with all remaining green text and
blue text removed.
BLAKE SPORTS APPAREL AND SWITCH ACTIVEWEAR
Blake Sports Apparel and Switch Activewear
Write Your Name here
Leadership in the 21st Century
Write Your Professor’s Name here
Write the Date here
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BLAKE SPORTS APPAREL AND SWITCH ACTIVEWEAR
You must integrate some of the course material from Weeks 1 to 10 of the course
to support your paper: for example, leadership styles, the DiSC, the TKI, the Vroom-Yetton
decision making model, Goleman’s model of EI, Goleman’s leadership styles, Lencioni’s The
Five Dysfunctions of a Team, Jack Welch’s Winning, etc.
Use the sections and sub-sections below to organize your paper. For each section,
read the directions in green, which explain what topic to cover in that section then delete.
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Executive Summary
For Part 2 of Assignment 2, you will create an Executive Summary and place it on page 2
of the overall paper — therefore, you will need to add a page to your Assignment 2 Part 1
response. Your Executive Summary (or Abstract) should be one paragraph and should not
exceed 120 words.
NOTE: To count the number of words in a paragraph: select the paragraph; then click Tools at
the top of the screen; then, on the drop-down menu, click Word Count.
An Executive Summary is a concise summary of the most important elements of
your paper. All numbers in the Executive Summary, except those beginning a sentence, should
be typed as digits rather than words – i.e., “I recommend three changes to improve team
communication …”
To create your Executive Summary for this assignment, write a paragraph that concisely
summarizes the key points of your paper by addressing the following three questions: What are
the problems (dysfunctions and risks to the business)? What are the possible causes? What
solutions do you recommend?
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Include here the sections that you wrote for Assignment 2 Part 1. Be sure to make any
changes needed based on the feedback you received from your professor in the grading of your
Part 1 paper. As a reminder, headings for all sections and sub-sections of Part 1 are included
below. Replace these headings and sub-headings with your content from Assignment 2 Part 1.
Introduction
The Case: Problems and Successes
Dysfunctions and Risks to the Business
Successes and Strengths
Analysis
Impact of Early Entrepreneurial Success
Trust, Communication and Information Sharing
Impacts on Team Performance and Cohesion
Team Structures and Decision-Making Processes
CEO’s Leadership Style
Recommendations
For Part 2, you will add the Recommendations section. In this section, you will be acting
as a leadership consultant to Cameron Barker and applying the principles and practices from this
course as you make recommendations for change. Using the following sub-sections for guidance,
provide your recommendations for improving teamwork and resolving conflicts more
effectively. Under this main Recommendations heading, write a short paragraph, introducing
what you will be covering below. However, the in-depth analysis should occur in the following
sub-sections.
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Increasing Trust and Improving Communication
Recommend what Barker can do to increase trust and to improve communication within the
Executive Team. Cite specific examples and integrate course material to support your
recommendations.
Incentivizing Team to Improve Alignment and Meet Goals
Recommend how Barker might create incentives for the Executive Team to improve
alignment and to help them to meet their collective goals. Integrate course material to support
your recommendations.
Improving Team Meetings
Explain what can be done to make Executive Team meetings more effective. Be specific
and refer to course materials to substantiate and support your recommendations.
Making Team Changes
Make recommendations as to whether Barker should make any change to the Executive
Team, either in terms of team leadership and members and/or in terms of overall structure.
Explain and support your recommendations.
Identifying Changes Needed in CEO’s Leadership Style
What, if anything, does Barker need to change about his own leadership style and his
behaviors in order to make his Executive Team more effective? Explain and support your
recommendations.
Taking Additional Actions
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Recommend one or two additional actions that Barker should take to improve team
dynamics and performance and to ensure that both Blake Sports Apparel and Switch Activewear
can improve collaboration and succeed in their market segment.
Conclusion
Write a summary paragraph that brings together the essential elements of the case, your
insights, and your recommendations in a clear and concise way. This goal of the Conclusion is
to tie your whole paper together, reminding the reader of the essential points of your analysis.
This is the last section of your paper. Do not introduce any new information in your Conclusion.
The page immediately following the conclusion paragraph should be your References or Sources
page. See the last page of this document for a sample References/Sources page.
References
1. Jack Welch. 2005. Winning
2. Daniel Goleman.2000. Leadership That Gets Results. Harvard Business Review
3. JWI505. Week 3. Video. Lorenzo Simonelli. Improving Communication
4. Boris Groysberg and Katherine Connolly Baden. 2017. Blake Sports Apparel and Switch
Activewear: Bringing the Executive Team Together. Harvard Business Review
5. Everything DiSC Workplace. 2012.
6. Jon R. Katzenbach. 1993. The Discipline of Teams. Harvard Business Review
7. Patrick Lencioni. 2002. The Five Dysfunctions of a Team: A Leadership Fable
8. Michael Smith. 2001. Writing a Successful Paper. The Trey Research Monthly
9. Jim McNerney. Characteristics of Successful Leaders

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