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									General Business 365: Leadership Development I The Accenture Leadership Center Wisconsin School of Business Fall 2008
Instructional Team Loren Kuzuhara Department of Management and Human Resources School of Business 4176 Grainger Hall 262-4453 Shannon Elliott Student Services Coordinator School of Business 2261 Grainger Hall 262-8676 Course Description Because leadership is a skill that is honed through practice, this course provides students with a structured approach to help them to build on what they learned from their LeaderShape experience (e.g., vision, core values) to further develop and practice their leadership skills with the support and guidance of Accenture professionals partnering with School of Business faculty and staff. The course will provide students the opportunity for both interpersonal and intrapersonal leadership development through self assessment and leadership and team member involvement in a special "Vision Actualization Project (VAP)." Students will evaluate their own strengths and weaknesses, and formulate plans to enhance their strengths and improve areas of weakness. Students will also learn elements of project leadership and management including: the translation of a vision and core values into a concrete project, managing uncertainty, "thinking outside the box" in developing project objectives and parameters, creating a timeline and fostering a "process orientation, " managing communications and expectations with external stakeholders in a systematic manner (e.g., mentors, sponsors), presentation skills, and business report writing skills. Prerequisite: Completion of the August 2008 session of LeaderShape. Project teams will be formed based on LeaderShape family clusters. Class meetings Thursdays 4:00-5:40 2180 Grainger Hall

Course Objectives Students who complete this course successfully should be able to: 1. Apply core concepts learned from LeaderShape to the effective practice of leadership. 2. Independently develop strategies for self-improvement of their own leadership skill set. 3. Implement leadership best practices to facilitate the development and effectiveness of a team. 4. Define project scope and key goals. 5. Create and effectively manage a work plan and timeline. 6. Manage and coordinate relationships with external stakeholders in an effective and professional manner. 7. Give an effective business presentation. 8. Create a professional business report with recommendations. Required Materials Kouzes, J.M. & Posner, B.Z. (2008). The Student Leadership Challenge: Five Practices for Exemplary Leaders Farber, S. (2004). The Radical Leap: A Personal Lesson in Extreme Leadership These books can be purchased from the University Book Store. Class Meetings Each class will be very interactive. Students are expected to come to class prepared and to be actively involved in class discussions and activities. Students should arrive to class by 4:00 sharp and be prepared to stay until the end of class at 5:40 every week. Class meetings will consist of discussions of assigned leadership readings and exercises, guest speakers, team-building activities, and time to work on team projects. Evaluation Students will receive a traditional letter grade (A-F) for their work in the course based on the criteria below: Leadership self-assessments and exercises Class attendance and participation Vision Actualization Project presentation Vision Actualization Project summary report Mentor evaluation of team member effectiveness Bi-weekly status reporting to stakeholders Peer evaluations of individual project leadership Per evaluation of overall contribution to project 20% 10% 10% 25% 10% 10% 10% 5%

Descriptions of Assignments and Grading Criteria Leadership Self-Assessments and Exercises – The purpose of these self-assessments and exercises is to build on the leadership knowledge and skills developed at LeaderShape to enhance each students’ ability to practice effective leadership. These will include assessments such as the "Student Leadership Practices Inventory" and exercises that focus on issues such as communicating vision to followers and obtaining buy-in, leading with integrity, establishing leadership credibility, and handling special leadership challenges. Vision Actualization Project Team Presentation – Each team will be required to create a PowerPoint presentation to be delivered in-class near the end of the semester. Each team will have a maximum of 10-15 minutes for their presentation. All members of each team must be involved in making the presentation. Dress will be business casual for the presentation. Vision Actualization Project Final Summary Report - Each team will be required to create a written summary of their vision project. The guidelines for this report are presented below. Vision Actualization Project Written Summary Report - General Guidelines General Requirements for the Vision Actualization Project 1. Every effort will be made to form teams based on students' membership in their LeaderShape family clusters. Each team is strongly encouraged to review their individual vision statements from LeaderShape, develop a collective vision, and stretch themselves to pursue a project that will at least partially realize their collective vision. Important: Each member of a given team will be required to serve in the role of formal team leader for a minimum of two weeks during the semester (length of time will vary depending on the number of students in a given team). This will include running team meetings and providing effective leadership of the team in making progress toward the completion of their project.



The final written report associated with the completion of the project must contain the following:        Executive Summary Statement of the Project Vision Justification for Project with Supporting Background Research Methodology for Planning and Execution of the Vision Project Presentation and Description of the Key Elements of the Vision Project Presentation of Short-Term and Long-Term Recommendations for Implementing and Sustaining the Viability of the Vision Project Appendices

The report should be a minimum of 20 double-spaced pages in length (not including figures and tables). There is no maximum page limit for the written summary. This paper should use 11-point font and 1” margins. Students should be sure to provide a copy of their final report to their project sponsor as well. Guidelines for Successfully Completing the Vision Actualization Project General 1. Meet as a team and review your individual visions from LeaderShape and the core values t-shirts that you made for yourselves. Discuss each team member's vision and decide as a team on focusing on one of those visions for your project or develop a collective vision that reflects the input of each individual team member. Start brainstorming ideas for the project. DREAM, THINK BIG, GET OUTSIDE THE BOX AND YOUR COMFORT ZONE, AND SWING FOR THE FENCES!! CHALLENGE YOURSELF TO DO SOMETHING TRULY NEW AND DIFFERENT!! Develop your team charter that summarizes the goals and scope of your project. Be sure to select a team name as well. Develop your project timeline for completing the project. Determine the rotation schedule for leadership responsibility of the team for the semester. Begin background research on your project. Schedule meetings with relevant people who may be able to help you. Check your progress on your project against your timeline and adjust as needed. Important: Don't forget to submit your bi-weekly progress reports to your mentor and copy the course instructors. All teams are expected to meet with their mentors on a monthly basis, for a minimum of three meetings per semester. In other words, you should meet with your project mentor once in September, once in October and once in November. Mentors are invited to the class presentations on December 4th. When starting to write the summary report, create a template of the project with all of the needed section headers and start inserting your content and notes into the template. This will become a working version of your project. If your project involves data collection, try to complete this phase of your project ASAP so that you are not dependent on others for information you need. Deal with all problems related to the functioning of the team or progress on the project in a proactive manner.



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Cover Page 1. Use a descriptive and action-oriented title. 2. Insert a colorful and professional looking image or clip art. 3. Include the team name, names of all team members, the course number/name, and the date at the bottom of the page.

Executive Summary 1. The standard sections in an executive summary are: a. Objective b. Method c. Results d. Recommendations This section should not exceed one page! Be sure to insert section headers each part of the executive summary. Bullet-point your key results and recommendations.



Statement of Project Vision This is a statement of what your objective(s) are for your project and what you envision for the scope of the project. Justification for Project with Supporting Background Research 1. Conduct Internet and library research as well as primary research (e.g., informational interviews) to learn more about your project. Present a summary of what you found that supports your case that your project is needed and that it is feasible.


Methodology for Planning and Execution of the Project Provide a detailed description of the specific steps you took to develop and implement your project. This should provide enough detail so that the reader can understand your developmental process for completing the project. Presentation and Description of Key Elements of the Vision Project This is the section in which you "bring your project to life" by including a detailed description of all elements of the project and include visuals (e.g., digital images, program materials, Web site content, etc.) whenever possible.

Presentation of Short-Term and Long-Term Recommendations for Implementing and Sustaining the Viability of the Project The goal here is to provide short-term and long-term recommendations that are specific and action-oriented. The recommendations should focus on the actions that need to be taken to continue with the implementation of the project and to sustain its viability. Appendices 1. This is where you will put miscellaneous documents that may be of interest to your reader, but that are not central to the project. This would include a copy of survey that was administered, an organizational chart, written comments from a survey, or other documents or materials that are related to your project. Be sure to label each appendix and cite it in your paper.

Mentor Evaluations – Each team’s mentor will evaluate the team's process and outcomes (the team’s project report). Peer Evaluations for Overall Contribution to the Project – Each team member will evaluate the contributions of his/her team members at the end of the semester. Peer Evaluation of Individual Project Leadership - Each team member will evaluate the leadership effectiveness of each team member's tenure as the formal team leader. Class Attendance and Participation – This grade is based on the degree to which students come to class and engage themselves in class activities and discussion.

GB 365: Leadership Development I Class Schedule – Fall 2008
Note: This is a tentative schedule and subject to change. September 4th Course Overview - Review of Course Syllabus Discussion of Key Learning Points from LeaderShape Vision Actualization Project (VAP) Overview – Strategies for Success Issues Related to Working with Project Mentors Vision Actualization Project (VAP) Team Meetings, Discussion of Visions and Core Values, and Initial Brainstorming of Project Ideas *Leadership Self-Assessment and Core Values Statement Due* (see separate handout for details) Discussion of Leadership Self-Assessment and Core Values Statement Key Learning Points from LeaderShape (continued) Project Management Team Charter and Project Timeline Workshop VAP Team Meetings, Discussion of Visions and Core Values, and Brainstorming of Project Ideas In-Class Team-Building Event - Pizza! **Executive Summary of The Radical Leap due** Note: Please read the entire book for this class. Discussion of The Radical Leap VAP Team Meetings ** Team Charter Due ** Team Informal Presentations of VAPs and Discussion Student Leadership Challenge (Part I) Student Leadership Practices Inventory (SLPI) VAP Team Meetings Student Leadership Challenge (Part II) VAP Team Meetings Student Leadership Challenge (Part III) VAP Team Meetings Team-Building Event – Corn Maze (Note: Class meeting will extend beyond regular meeting time)

September 11th

September 18th

September 25th

October 2nd October 9th October 16th

October 23rd October 30th

Leader Guest Speaker VAP Team Meetings Harvard Business School Leadership Case Study Analysis: "The Nice Guy" VAP Team Meetings In-Class VAP Team Meetings Harvard Business School Leadership Case Study Analysis: "The Very Model of a Modern Senior Manager" VAP Team Meetings Leadership Community Service Project Final Team Presentations ** VAP Summary Reports Due ** Discussion of Leadership Learning Points – LeaderShape, Leadership Development I and Beyond Wrap-Up Class Celebration Event – Location TBA

November 6th November 13th

November 20th December 4th December 11th

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