DISCUSSION ASSIGNMENT INSTRUCTIONS
The student will complete Four Discussions in this course. The student will post one thread of 300-400 words by 11:59 p.m. (ET) on Thursday of the assigned Module: Week. The student must then post 2 replies of 200-250 words by 11:59 p.m. (ET) on Sunday of the assigned Module: Week. Where appropriate in both the thread and replies, major points are supported by lecture material, Scripture, examples, and/or thoughtful analysis.
This course utilizes the Post-First feature in all Discussions. This means you will only be able to read and interact with your classmates’ threads after you have submitted your thread in response to the provided prompt.

Week 4

After reading “Discipline 3: Overcommunicate Clarity” and “Discipline 4: Reinforce Clarity” in The Advantage (Patrick Lencioni) students are to respond to the following prompt: What do you believe are the two most effective ways to communicate and reinforce clarity of mission within an organization and why?
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DISCUSSION ASSIGNMENT INSTRUCTIONS
The student will complete Four Discussions in this course. The student will post one thread of 300-400 words by 11:59 p.m. (ET) on Thursday of the assigned Module: Week. The student must then post 2 replies of 200-250 words by 11:59 p.m. (ET) on Sunday of the assigned Module: Week. Where appropriate in both the thread and replies, major points are supported by lecture material, Scripture, examples, and/or thoughtful analysis.
This course utilizes the Post-First feature in all Discussions. This means you will only be able to read and interact with your classmates’ threads after you have submitted your thread in response to the provided prompt.
Week 3

After reading the first four chapters in The Advantage (Patrick Lencioni) students are to respond to the following prompt: Of the “six critical questions” presented by Lencioni for creating clarity within an organization, what two questions do you believe are the most important for organizations to address, and why?

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ORGANIZATIONAL CULTURE: OVERVIEW ASSIGNMENT INSTRUCTIONS

OVERVIEW
Throughout the class you will work on a series of assignments that focus on the organizational culture for one specific non-profit organization. To complete this series of assignments, students are asked to identify one specific non-profit organization (i.e. church, non-profit ministry, para-church organization) and to utilize the same organization for all three assignments.
The three specific assignments that will utilize the same non-profit organization are:
1. Organizational Culture: Overview Assignment
2. Organizational Culture: Assessment Assignment
3. Organizational Culture: Action Plans Assignment

INSTRUCTIONS
As the first step in the series of Organizational Culture assigments, you will identify the organization (please choose an organization that you have personal knowledge of) and provide a general overview of the organization using the “Three Levels of Culture” identified by Edgar Schein.
The Three Levels of Culture presented by Edgar Schein are:
1. Artifacts
2. Espoused Beliefs and Values
3. Basic Underlying Assumptions
Please note this is not an assessment of the organization; rather, this assignment is designed to provide information about the non-profit organization.
You should keep in mind the following as you complete the assignment:
1. The assignment should be formatted according to current APA formatting standards.
2. The assignment should demonstrate interaction with the course resources.
3. All academic papers at the doctoral level should include a title page.
4. Please include section headings throughout the assignment.
5. Reference the grading rubric for more details about the assignment.
The suggested outline for this assignment (Organizational Culture Overview Assignment) is the following:
1. Introduction (no more than 1 page)
a. Include the name of the organization
b. Include your relationship to the organization
2. Overview of Organization’s Artifacts (1 page)
3. Overview of Organization’s Espoused Beliefs and Values (1 page)
4. Overview of Organization’s Basic Underlying Assumptions (1 page)
5. Conclusion (no more than ½ page)

Note: Your assignment will be checked for originality via the Turnitin plagiarism tool.

Effective Communication and Clarity Reinforcement in Organizational Mission

In response to the reading materials “Discipline 3: Overcommunicate Clarity” and “Discipline 4: Reinforce Clarity” from Patrick Lencioni’s The Advantage, the focus shifts towards the pivotal aspect of communication and clarity within an organization’s mission. The role of effective communication in reinforcing the mission’s clarity cannot be overstated, as it fosters alignment, understanding, and commitment among all members.

1. Transparent and Consistent Messaging: The first key method to communicate and reinforce clarity within an organization’s mission is to maintain transparent and consistent messaging. This involves frequently sharing information about the mission, its goals, and progress across all levels of the organization. Regular communication ensures that every member is well-informed about the mission’s purpose, objectives, and any changes that might occur. This helps prevent misunderstandings and keeps everyone aligned with the organization’s direction.

Consistency in messaging is equally important. When the leadership consistently communicates the mission’s message through various channels such as emails, meetings, and internal platforms, it reinforces the importance of the mission and demonstrates the organization’s commitment to it. By consistently highlighting the mission’s relevance and progress, leaders create a culture of unity and shared purpose.

2. Storytelling and Visual Representation: The second effective way to communicate and reinforce clarity of mission is through storytelling and visual representation. Human brains are wired to remember stories more effectively than facts and figures. Sharing stories that exemplify the mission’s impact or instances where the mission was successfully upheld can evoke emotions and create a memorable connection for employees. These stories help employees understand the practical significance of the mission and inspire them to contribute more meaningfully.

Visual representation also plays a crucial role. Utilizing visual aids such as infographics, diagrams, and charts to depict the mission’s goals, progress, and impact can simplify complex ideas. Visuals resonate well with individuals who have different learning styles and can enhance the understanding of the mission across the organization. Visuals also serve as a constant reminder of the mission’s importance and progress.

In conclusion, effective communication and clarity reinforcement within an organization’s mission are pivotal for fostering alignment, commitment, and understanding among all members. Transparent and consistent messaging, along with the power of storytelling and visual aids, contribute to a culture where the mission becomes ingrained in the fabric of the organization.

References:

Lencioni, P. (2012). The Advantage: Why Organizational Health Trumps Everything Else in Business. Jossey-Bass.
Brown, B. (2010). The Power of Vulnerability. [TED Talk]. Retrieved from https://www.ted.com/talks/brene_brown_on_vulnerability
Duarte, N. (2018). DataStory: Explain Data and Inspire Action Through Story. Ideapress Publishing.
Schein, E. H. (2010). Organizational Culture and Leadership. John Wiley & Sons.

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DISCUSSION ASSIGNMENT INSTRUCTIONS
The student will complete Four Discussions in this course. The student will post one thread of 300-400 words by 11:59 p.m. (ET) on Thursday of the assigned Module: Week. The student must then post 2 replies of 200-250 words by 11:59 p.m. (ET) on Sunday of the assigned Module: Week. Where appropriate in both the thread and replies, major points are supported by lecture material, Scripture, examples, and/or thoughtful analysis.
This course utilizes the Post-First feature in all Discussions. This means you will only be able to read and interact with your classmates’ threads after you have submitted your thread in response to the provided prompt. Week 2

After reading the first three chapters in The Advantage (Patrick Lencioni) students are to respond to the following prompt: Of the “five behavioral principles that every team must embrace” (trust, conflict, commitment, accountability, and results) to build a cohesive leadership team, what two principles have you found most difficult to address, and why?

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