Case Study – A Day in the Life of Alex Siminov

| October 23, 2015

Week 5 Assignment Alex Siminov
Case Study – A Day in the Life of Alex Siminov
Directions:
Read the following case study: A Day in the Life of Alex Siminov.pdf .
Think about the facts of the case and answer the following questions:
How has Alex demonstrated each of the path-goal theory leadership behaviors- INSTRUMENTAL BEHAVIOR, SUPPORTIVE BEHAVIOR, PARTICIPATE BEHAVIOR, and ACHIEVEMENT-ORIENTED BEHAVIOR??
Where would you place Alex on Blake and Mouton’s Leadership Grid?
How would you describe Alex’s leadership or managerial philosophy? Theory X, Y or Z or something else or a combination?
Use a Word document to formulate your answers. Submit your document as an rtf file using the Assignment link.
Grading:
This assignment is worth 20 points toward your course grade. I will grade all of your case study assignments on the basis of how well you fulfill the assigned questions, how well you show that you understand the chapter terms and ideas, and when possible, your consideration of additional perspectives. Refer to the following table to understand how your case study assignment will be graded:
Required Response
Completed all tasks, answered all questions
Wrote substantive responses of 1 or 2 paragraphs (6 – 8 sentences) for each question
12 points
Use of Terms and Ideas Learned; Consideration of different perspectives
Used terms and ideas from readings correctly to clarify, explain, or support an argument
When possible, used additional sources to discuss other perspectives related to issue
When possible, used knowledge from personal experience to further support statements
8 pointsBUS 200 PRINCIPLES OF MANAGEMENT
Case Study – A Day in the Life of Alex Siminov

Before his morning coffee break, Alex Simonov finished his daily reports and taught the new kid how to file. During his coffee break, he sat with two of his subordinates and asked for their ideas about some new equipment he was thinking of purchasing. They gave him several ideas he hadn’t thought of and alerted him to some possible alternative machines. Returning to his office, he contacted the manufacturer and asked for their catalogs.
As he finished his last call, Sylvia entered his office with a frown on her face. After some friendly conversation, she finally explained her problem: “Mr. Simonov, I can’t work at my desk any longer. That chair is wobbly and squeaks every time I move in it. It’s driving me crazy and has been for weeks.
“Why have you waited so long to tell me this, Sylvia?”
“I know you’re busy and we have a cutback on our departmental budget. I didn’t think you could do anything. But now I’m desperate!”
“I’ll take care of it. Give me a day or two, will you?”
“Sure. Thanks, Mr. Simonov.”
No sooner had Sylvia left than his telephone rang. It was Alice Goulos from the neighboring office. Alice and Alex discussed their views on their bosses’ proposals for the expansion of their facilities and finally agreed on a united approach. They formulated their counterproposals and recorded their justifications for them.
Over lunch, Alex talked with his boss about the staff retirement party for Lisa Gardino. Several other managers joined their table and the conversation turned to sports, then to politics, and finally to the future of the economy.
After lunch, Alex met with the personnel director to discuss filling the vacancy in his department. The two agreed on an up-to-date job description and its specifications. Alex was promised some candidates to interview within ten days.
Returning to his office, Alex worked on his subordinates’ appraisals. He referred to his notes, in which he had recorded major and minor events as they had unfolded over the past several months. Alex kept detailed notes about project assignments, their due dates, and the results of subordinates’ efforts. He used his own rating scale from 1 through 6, 6 being the highest rating for a given project completed on time and in perfect shape. Looking ahead on his calendar, he blocked out time for several interviews during which the results of his efforts would be shared.
His day ended with a discussion at the desk of one of his subordinates. Alex explained to Jonah Watson that the company was gearing up for another class in its management training program and was looking for qualified applicants. Alex suggested that Jonah would certainly qualify and could attend if he was interested in doing so. Alex would write the recommendation and reschedule the work so that Jonah could attend.
It was nearly 6 P.M. when Alex left for home.

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