1. Some representatives of the Mary Kay Cosmetics, Inc., drive pink cars. Using the words and concepts of Chapter 14, what is Mary Kay Cosmetics management doing by ‘giving away pink cars?’
Mary Kay’s pink car program is an example of a ceremony meant to formally embody the corporate culture of excellence in team building. Unlike a bonus plan that may not be visible to all team members, Mary Kay’s pink car is a tangible and understandable goal that each salesperson can strive for. Since the program is about team sales and is awarded to the team leader, it specifically encourages the creation of teams and rewards the leadership of those teams.
2. Organizational Culture is a ‘mushy’ concept. You can’t see it, yet you know it’s there. Think about the organization in which you currently work (or have worked in the past). Was its culture predominantly hierarchy, market, clan, or adhocracy? What indicators are you using to draw your conclusions—identify two or three for us if you can?
Based on my understanding of an adhocracy (an organizational structure that is flexible, adaptable, and informal), I believe my current company fits nicely into that description. My company has very few rules or guidelines regarding how business is conducted. For the most part, we strive to hire excellent employees with high technical skills and encourage them to focus on meeting customer needs.
3. After you have listen/read our media story for Lesson 14, you will know about Jimmy Fallon ‘taking over the The Tonight Show from its prior host, Jay Leno. The Tonight Show is one of the major profit centers for NBC, Inc. You have also read about several explanations of leadership in Chapter 12. Think about the ‘leadership that was required to make the decision’ to replace Jay Leno with Jimmy Fallon. What Chapter explanation of leadership do you believe best describes the leadership required to implement the strategic decision made by NBC managers? Explain your answer.
The decision to replace Jay Leno with Jimmy Fallon is an excellent example of transformational leadership. Although the two performers are very popular, they are also quite different. After the failure of Conan O’Brien, it is clear that NBC managers realized that a major change was needed in order to keep The Tonight Show atop the ratings in its time slot. Not only did they change the show’s host, they made a myriad of changes to create a new vision for the show. This includes changing not only the other on-stage talent, but also the show’s producer. Setting a vision and putting the wheels in motion to achieve that vision is the definition of transformational leadership.