Assignment 1: Discussion—Communication and Leadership

Communication is the process of conveying information and meaning. Effectively, this occurs when all parties understand the message or information and its meaning. Your ability to speak, listen, read, and write will have a direct impact on the success of your career. To improve your performance and get ahead in an organization, you have to be open to feedback.

Use the Argosy University online library resources and your module readings to respond to the following:

  • Analyze your own skills on the job and explain if you are readily open to feedback and criticism at work. Give a recent example of how you took criticism. This example can be a positive or negative experience.
  • Based on your example, explain how you can improve your ability to accept criticism. Select two tips from the readings you can use to improve your written communication.
  • Describe your weakest communication (listening) skill on your present job. Explain how you will improve your listening ability.

Write your initial response in a minimum of 200–300 words. Apply APA standards to citation of sources.


Assignment 2: LASA 2—Conflict Management Report

The workplace can be an especially stressful environment. Personal conflicts between coworkers, fear of layoffs, and heavy workloads can be causes of negative stress. This stress can be carried to our homes and after-work activities, impacting personal health. Allowing these stressors to build and intensify will only further impair the work environment. For this assignment, you are required to review a scenario regarding a woman (Kate) who has experienced negative stress stemming from her work environment. Then, you will compare your own conflict management skills and experiences against Kate’s experiences. Follow the directions below to write an 8–10-page report on conflict management.

Review the following scenario:

Kate has been employed by a well-known manufacturing company for 12 years. She is the only female on her line and the fastest worker. She has been promoted several times through mergers and acquisitions, but has always been looked over for a senior management position. Kate believes she is qualified for advancement but thinks her manager has a problem with her personally. To top it off, Kate did not receive a semiannual or annual review, which would have resulted in a raise. Her coworkers (all males) have urged her to go to management and report what she believes to be discriminatory behavior from her immediate manager.

Now, complete the following tasks:

  1. Discuss a situation you have been in where you felt you were passed over for a promotion, made to feel indifferent, or were discriminated against. Compare and contrast your story with Kate’s.
  2. Compare the possible ethical breaches of Kate’s manager against your own manager’s behavior. Utilize scholarly research on leadership theory as justification.
  3. Compare the possible legal breaches of Kate’s manager against your own manager’s behavior. Utilize scholarly research on leadership theory as justification.
  4. Recommend an approach Kate could have used to manage the negative risk both personally and professionally.
  5. Evaluate the advice Kate received from her coworkers.
  6. Referring to the conflict resolution strategies taught in this course, determine which one is best suited to resolve Kate’s conflict. Justify your position.
  7. In the chart below, evaluate your conflict resolution skills from the past five years. Rate yourself on a scale from 1–5, where 1 represents low performing and 5 represents high performing.

Conflict Resolution ApproachRate Yourself (1–5)

  • Preventing the conflict
  • Suppressing the conflict
  • Avoiding the conflict
  • Using false emotions for distracting the conflict
  • Eliminating the conflict
  • Accepting the conflict
  • Recognizing the value of the conflict
  • Encouraging interpersonal criticism
  • Managing the conflict
  1. Select one conflict resolution approach in which you ranked the lowest and develop an individual improvement plan for that approach.
  2. Explain how the mediation process could strengthen your conflict resolution and management skills.
  3. Discuss how the arbitration process could strengthen your conflict resolution and management skills.
  4. Implement some portion of your plan. Provide a detailed summary of the changes that occurred in your development as it relates to your ability to handle conflict.

Write an 8–10-page report in Word format. Utilize at least four scholarly sources (in addition to your textbook) to complete your research, referencing them within the text and at the end in a reference list. Apply APA standards to citation of sources. Use the following file naming convention: LastnameFirstInitial_M5_A2.doc.

Make sure you write in a clear, concise, and organized manner; demonstrate ethical scholarship through accurate representation and attribution of sources; and display accurate spelling, grammar, and punctuation.

Strategic Management and Organization Systems in Healthcare Human Resources

Evaluate and explain the role of human resources in healthcare organizations.


Examine how human resources can enhance organizational performance in various types of healthcare organizations.


Explain how issues related to the regulation of human resources by federal, state and other regulatory bodies affects organizational performance in healthcare management.


Review the model of Strategic Management of Human Resources and describe how it impacts an organization.


3-5 Pages excluding cover page, abstract page, and reference page. Students need to support their work with at least 4 academic or professional peer–reviewed sources published within the past five years.


BUS 642 Business Research Methods & Tools

Using the Ashford University Library, find a scholarly business research article on a topic you may want to write about for your final paper. Sample topics include, but are not limited to: •Manufacturing Quality/Cost Improvement •Service Quality Improvement •Systems Design •Accounts Receivable/Billing/Accounts Receivable Aging •Marketing/Advertising Issues •Sales of Goods •Investments •Product Safety •Workplace Safety •Labor Pools •Human Resources matters of broad concern •Population Studies Use the Library Research Tips Tutorial to help you complete this assignment. The tutorial covers what scholarly sources are and how to find them, generating and using keywords, and searching in the best library databases for business research. business-resarch-tips-business.png Read the scholarly article all the way through before you post. In your post, provide •The citation formatted according to APA style as outlined in the Ashford Writing Center (points will be deducted if APA formatting is incorrect). •The article’s research question. •The article’s hypothesis. •A brief description, in your own words, about how the article answered the research question and tested the hypothesis. •Your evaluation of how well the study answered the question and tested the hypothesis.

Assignment 1:

Part A: Your Marketing Plan Due Week 4 and worth 200 points At the end of this course, you will have created a marketing plan for a hypothetical product-based company. Each assignment focuses on a different section of the overall marketing plan. For Assignment 1, you will compile information on the company’s background information, an environmental analysis, your company’s short and long-term goals, and a SWOT analysis. For information on Website analytics, visit Google Analytics at Note: You may create and / or make all necessary assumptions needed for the completion of this assignment. Write a five to six (5-6) page paper in which you: 1. Write an introduction to your company. Describe your company, its location, and the product it makes or the service it provides. 2. Develop an environmental analysis that includes competitive, economic, political, legal, technological, and sociocultural forces. 3. Determine the primary and secondary target markets for your company. Next, analyze the primary and secondary target markets that you identified for your company. Be sure to cover the 4Ps, 5Cs and STP. 4. Decide the main goals that you would like to achieve within the next year (short term) and the mains goals that you would like to achieve within the next five (5) years (long term). Determine the most appropriate ways to measure both short- and long-term goals. Note: Consider the following metrics: tracking downloads of Website content, Website visitors, increases in market share, customer value, new product adoption rates, retention, rate of growth compared to competition and the market, margin, and customer engagement. 5. Develop both a SWOT analysis and needs analysis for your product. Each analysis should examine four (4) strengths, weaknesses, opportunities, and threats for your company. 6. Use at least four (4) academic resources as quantitative marketing research to determine the feasibility of your product / service. These resources should be industry specific and relate to your chosen product / service. Note: Wikipedia and other Websites do not qualify as academic resources. Your assignment must follow these formatting requirements: • Be typed, double spaced, using Times New Roman font (size 12), with one-inch margins on all sides; citations and references must follow APA or school-specific format. Check with your professor for any additional instructions. • Include a cover page containing the title of the assignment, the student’s name, the professor’s name, the course title, and the date. The cover page and the reference page are not included in the required assignment page length. Your Assignment must be saved as: Save the Assignment as Last Name_First Name_Week4_Assignment1 For Example: Doe_John_Week4_Assignment1 The specific course learning outcomes associated with this assignment are: • Analyze the marketing framework including the concepts of the 5Cs, STP, and 4Ps. • Develop strategies to assess performance and achieve marketing goals. • Examine the marketing science of customer behavior and products in the marketing exchange process and create dynamic strategies for competing. • Evaluate target customer segments and positioning products within these segments. • Use technology and information resources to research issues in marketing management. • Write clearly and concisely about marketing management using proper writing mechanics.

Negotiation Strategy Article Analysis

Use the Internet or other resources to find at least two articles that describe a business negotiation situation related to two different industry sectors within Fortune 500 companies that employs different negotiation strategies

Write a 1,400- to 1,750-word paper that describes the negotiation strategies used in your selected articles.

Assess how planning impacted the negotiation process in both situations.

Compare the two selected strategies and how they might apply in your work setting.

Format your paper consistent with APA guidelines.

Operations Management

Please write your reflection on the following 6 articles:

Three articles from “10 Must Reads on Leadership”

1. What Makes a Leader?

2. What Leaders Really Do

3. Level 5 Leadership: The Triumph of Humility and Fierce Resolve


And three articles from “10 Must Reads on Managing Yourself”


1. Managing Oneself

2. Management Time: Who’s Got The Monkey?

3. What To Ask the Person In The Mirror


Your reflection should be between 150 to 250 words for each article, APA format.