SOCW6070 Walden University Week 5 Addressing Change Discussion

Due Monday 03/24/2019 by 2 PM EST

What does a leader do when things do not go as planned? How can a leader help to restore or improve an organization’s operations when a situation stalls or interferes with its functions? Although taking a proactive approach to planning is desired, change may occur suddenly and unexpectedly causing immediate consequences. A skilled leader must be able to assess a situation in order to prioritize the steps necessary to stabilize the organization. This process must focus on a short-term strategy to address immediate concerns and include strategic decisions that will affect the long-term sustainability of the organization.

For this Discussion, you address the Southeast Planning Group (SPG) case study in the Social Work Case Studies: Concentration Year text.

  • Post an analysis of the change that took place in the SPG.
  • Suggest one strategy that might improve the organizational climate and return the organization to optimal functioning.
  • Provide support for your suggested strategy and explaining in detail why it would be effective.

References

Lauffer, A. (2011). Understanding your social agency (3rd ed.). Washington, DC: Sage.

  • Chapter 10, “Agency Structure and Change” (pp. 324–352)

Northouse, P. G. (2018). Introduction to leadership: Concepts and practice (4th ed.). Washington, DC: Sage.

  • Chapter 7, “Creating a Vision” (pp. 141-157)
  • Chapter 8, “Establishing a Constructive Climate” (pp.159-180)
  • Chapter 10, “Listening to Out-Group Members” (pp. 217-237)

Finley, D. S., Rogers, G., Napier, M., & Wyatt, J. (2011). From needs-based segmentation to program realignment: Transformation of YWCA of Calgary. Administration in Social Work, 35(3), 299–323.

Plummer, S.-B., Makris, S., & Brocksen, S. M. (Eds.). (2014b). Social work case studies: Concentration year. Baltimore, MD: Laureate International Universities Publishing [Vital Source e-reader].

  • “Social Work Supervision, Leadership, and Administration: The Southeast Planning Group” (pp. 85–86)

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