Individual Deliverable #1 – Self Assessment and Job Application Memo
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The purpose of this project is to gain self-knowledge and apply that knowledge in an application for a leadership position.
You are also completing this project to help you develop the skills of self-analysis, research, critical thinking, and writing a report intended for executive review. Writing is critical because in business it is important to convey information clearly and concisely and to develop a personal brand. Developing a personal brand is important because it is the ongoing process of establishing an image or impression in the minds of others especially those in positions above you. Having a strong personal brand can lead to opportunities that include promotions.
Outcomes Met With This Project:
You have completed your role on the Succession Plan Committee. You and your Group identified leadership competencies for five internal positions and your group also recommended some internal candidates for consideration of those positions.
As you are putting away your notes from the Succession Plan Committee meetings, you come across this statement “These positions will need to be filled over the next 12-24 months. There is not an immediate need for any of them currently, but vacancies will be imminent. The preference is to fill these internally…”
You cannot help but wonder, “why not me”? The more you read the description of the open positions, the more you are convinced that you should put yourself forward as a candidate for one of these leadership positions.
Step 1: Leadership Competencies Table
Review the Leadership Competencies Table completed in Week Two to accompany the Job Announcement. (You may also wish to review any feedback received from your Instructor about your Table.)
Step 2: Upcoming Open Positions at Biotech
Position #1: Sales Director, Middle East
Location: Saudi Arabia
Answers to: Executive Director, Asia Division
Biotech’s Asia Division will be opening its first Middle East location in Saudi Arabia in the next 12 months. A Sales Director will be needed to head up this new division. A team of local salespeople will need to be recruited, hired, and trained by this leader. It is expected that this sales team may be largely men.
Two sources that are recommended for more information about doing business in Saudi Arabia are:
Position #2: Director of Research and Development (R&D)
Location: Headquarters, Yonkers, NY
Answers to: VP of Headquarter Operations
R&D is at the heart of Biotech’s success and, indeed, its future. The leader of Research and Development will lead a group of scientists and innovators, but does not need to be a scientist himself/herself. R&D is located centrally at Biotech Headquarters because R&D coordinates with all other departments and divisions. This is a high profile position.
Position #3: VP of Headquarter Operations
Location: Headquarters, Yonkers, NY
Answers to: President and CEO
The Headquarters houses R&D, HR, IT, Purchasing, and Finance. Each of these departments has its own “subculture”, and each department is fairly distinct from each other. The young, youthful subculture of IT often clashes with the conservative subculture of the Finance department, for example. Many of the members of the Finance and HR teams are baby boomers and are near retirement. This leader oversees the smooth operation of all of these departments and ensures the coordination of these departments with each other and with each of the four geographic divisions across the world.
Position #4: Executive Director, North American Division
Location: Chicago, Illinois
Answers to: President and CEO
This leader will head up the largest and most profitable division of Biotech. This division is seen as the “flagship” by the other divisions, since Biotech’s roots are in the United States. This Executive Director has the “ear” of the CEO, and spends a lot of time with the Barney family. This leader is faced with spearheading the future direction of Biotech in North America and is challenged with filling openings throughout the United States and Canada caused by fast growth and a retiring Baby Boomer population.
Position #5: Director of Finance
Location: Headquarters, Yonkers, NY
Answers to: Chief Financial Officer
This leader oversees the day to day operations of the finance department. This leader is expected to aid in strategic planning with the executive team of Biotech. Although a finance background is not required, this person is expected to bring a conservative approach to the strategic planning table, to balance out the high risk tolerance of the rest of the leadership at Biotech. A “big picture” perspective is definitely needed here
Step 3: Review
Review the Succession Planning Table-Part One that your Group used to outline leadership competencies for each of the five positions. (You may also wish to review any feedback received from your Instructor about this Table.)
Step 4: Self-Assessment Tests
Complete the following Self-Assessment tests (also found under Week Five Content). Save the results of each test, as they will need to be included in the Appendix.
Step 5: Choose One
Based upon the results of these tests, and your review of the leadership competencies required for each position, choose ONE of the five positions for which you wish to put yourself forward.
Step 6: Write a Memo
Write a memo to President and CEO, Maximillan Barney using the format outlined below:
Your Memo will be addressed to Mr. Maximillian Barney, the CEO and President of Biotech. The Memo should be single-spaced. The Memo should include the following structural elements:
The report should contain the following sections, with each section supported by course materials. Label each section using Roman Numerals I through X.
Step 7: Submit the completed Report in the Assignment Folder.
Submitting the project to the Assignment Folder is considered the student’s final product and therefore ready for grading by the instructor. It is incumbent upon the student to verify the assignment is the correct submission. No exceptions will be considered by the instructor.
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