Alex was recently promoted from Associate to Sr. Associate at Jeffries, Smith, and West, an accounting company in Los Angeles, CA that specializes in tax audits for companies in the entertainment industry. Prior to this promotion, Alex didn’t have any managing experience with this firm, but with the promotion she now manages a team of six Associates and three Junior Associates. Many of the employees on her team are people that she has worked with previously and knows quite well from her experience as an Associate.
One of the Associates whom Alex has worked with and now manages is James. James has worked for Jeffries, Smith, and West for three years and has developed a reputation of “playing hard,” but not always “working hard.”
Alex has worked with James on two separate occasions. The first time was two years ago when they were on a team that did an audit for MGM. While on this project, Alex observed that James was a very competent person and excelled as a member of their team. The second time, Alex and James worked together was nine months ago when they worked on an audit for Viacom International Inc. While on this project, Alex saw a very different side of James. James seemed to be bored and unengaged with his work. On top of that, Alex overheard their managing Sr. Associate complain about James’ lack of organization and discipline.
Because Alex is now James’ manager, she is trying to figure out what she can do to help James be the employee that he was when working on the MGM job. To do so, Alex reflected upon the differences between the MGM job and the Viacom International Inc. job to see what kept him engaged and working hard in the MGM job or what caused him to be disengaged from the Viacom International Inc. job. One difference between the two jobs that stood out to Alex was the managing Sr. Associate. The managing Sr. Associate with the MGM job, Jackson DeRosa, was probably one of the best managers that Alex had encountered since being with the firm. She loved how he was so personable with his subordinates. He seemed to know each employee personally, and even more, he seemed to know what buttons to push to motivate his employees. Jackson was known throughout the company as being the only manager who always met his deadlines and everyone loved working for him. In sharp contrast to Jackson was Alex’s managing Sr. Associate on the Viacom International Inc. job, Gary Boone. In Alex’s opinion, Gary was a very critical boss that seemed to care only about the numbers and not his employees. Gary often had his employees work 14 hour days on the weekend. Since that time, Gary had left the firm.
If you were in Alex’s position,
Coaching styles: Driver, Persuader, Amiable or Analyzer
(Minimum of 750 words for each question, this excludes the reference section at the bottom from your word count. You are also required to use a minimum of FOUR scholarly external sources references. Use proper APA guidelines, you only have to make reference to the author and year of publication in your in-text reference, but APA guidelines encourage you to also provide the page number.
1. Explain what type of coaching style would you choose when working with James and why? (750 words)
2. Describe what behaviors you would engage in, while coaching James? Describe how this could motivate him to be more productive? (750 words)