The Ill-Informed Walrus Essay

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CASE STUDY - THE ILL-INFORMED WALRUS Q1. Who is/are at fault? The Old Man, Basil, the herd, the competitors, the changing environment, etc? Allocate the proportion of “blame” to each of the parties whom you think should be held responsible. Why? Old Man - [1.7] Moral influence and [1.8] Moral influence refers to measures and policies that align the people with the sovereign (leader) so as to be in complete agreement and harmony with each other - No (or negative) influence on the people. Ruled by fear, not respect. - People (the herd) not aligned with him, i.e. no agreement and harmony between the herd and him. They were just following his policies out of fear. - Inability to influence, motivate and instill loyalty in his people to go through thick and thin with him. All left to join the new herd. - Failure to foster open culture - Too impatient to allow for effective and open communications - Attitude (terrible temper) does not allow for bad news - Not sensitive to hints/clues - Did not walk the ground. No connection with this people. - Action and words do not match. “Run a tight ship”, how to when he has no idea what is happening? - Accepted a single channel feedback. Does not try to verify reports even though all reports are always positive. - Never build a team/team spirit Basil - Failure to perform the role of ‘Linking Pin’ (a leader within the top that links the bottom, bringing message from the top and communicate to the ground, massaging and packaging messages from bottom to bring to top. Very important position, especially if the only one playing this role) well. - Lacks moral courage to speak the truth. Fear of punishment (reprimand and scold). - Did not communicate - Presented distorted facts (did not tell the truth) to please the Old Man - Feedback not representative of the herd. - As a leader (though not the

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