What should be done to better assure that you are making a good decision?

You have just been promoted from front-line supervisor to be one of the firm’s senior managers. During your business education, you learned that the primary role of a manager is to make good decisions. As a supervisor, you had frequently been making routine decisions, but you realize that decision making for the overall company can and will have far greater impact on the company and its employees.
Your boss, the chief executive officer (CEO), realizes that you do not have much practice in this higher level, decision-making process and has asked you to write a memo describing your understanding of how to make important decisions.
Your memo should address the following questions:

Describe at least 3 criteria that would determine whether the manager is making good decisions. What should be done to better assure that you are making a good decision?  
In the realm of decision making, what are assumptions? Rather than use a dictionary definition, cite several specific assumptions that would go with any real-life decision you have made or have seen made at a company at which you have worked.  
Given the importance of proper assumptions, your boss asked you to assess the accuracy of certain business assumptions and what could you do to test or confirm the credibility of them. The following were major assumptions for each firm:  

An automobile manufacturer’s assumption that the demand for SUVs would continue because gas prices would continue to rise  
An airline’s assumption that there was a need for an airline that provided no added amenities

MUST BE 4 PAGES IN LENGTH AND APA STYLE!

Describe how the decisions managers make differ based on the level of the position such as supervisor, mid-level manager and senior manager.

This DB has three parts.  

A key characteristic of an effective manager is good interpersonal skills.  Among the interpersonal skills that must be built are: motivation, communication, effective confrontation, coaching and development.  Describe the importance of each of these interpersonal skills for a manager. 
A commonly used acronym for goal setting is SMART.  Goals must be specific, measurable, achievable, realistic and time-bound.  Describe a professional goal that you have set listing how it fits into the SMART categories. 
Describe how the decisions managers make differ based on the level of the position such as supervisor, mid-level manager and senior manager.

What is the most important characteristic a project manager must have to be successful?

 NEED TO ANSWER ALL TWO DISCUSSION QUESTIONS…also specify which answer goes to which discussion question 

question 1
 In this discussion, please address the following:

What is the most important characteristic a project manager must have to be successful? Explain your answer.
Should a project manager only concern be their project and their project only? Explain your answer.
Should a project manager be more of a “leader” or a “manager” when it comes to their project? Explain your answer.

question 2
 Separation of Church and State is a tenet of American Government. Discuss how Augustine and Aquinas might view the current relationship between the government and religion. 

Explore the major impact of the stock market crash and the Great Depression on the rural and urban black communities throughout the United States.

Please respond to the following questions: (Note: Please respond to the following in at least 175 words. In addition, please make a substantive comment (at least five sentences) to one [1] of your classmates. Make sure to provide examples that will expand your classmate’s response. Do NOT attach responses to the thread.
In responding to this week’s questions students need to keep in mind that these are “mini essays” more than “discussions”. This is the only opportunity that students will have to demonstrate their command of the topics under discussion, so every student should make these responses count. This applies to the classmate response as well. 

From the e-Activity and this week’s readings, explore the major impact of the stock market crash and the Great Depression on the rural and urban black communities throughout the United States. Provide at least two (2) examples of the actions that members of both communities took in order to counteract the effects of the economic adversities in question. Explain two (2) ways in which the Depression or World War II assisted African-Americans in their fight for freedom and equality in the US. Support yo

Explain market segmentation or anything else that would help target your consumers and position your product for success in the marketplace.

 
Targeting
Context/overview: During Week 1 you invented a product. This week you will target and position your product.
Write a 3-5 page paper stating your USP – unique selling proposition. Explain market segmentation or anything else that would help target your consumers and position your product for success in the marketplace.
Your target market section should address the following:
• Describe your target market, whether a business or consumer market, using segmentation variables. These include the use of demographics, psychographics, geodemographic, geographies, behavioral segments, or other segmentation criteria.
• Describe your rationale for selecting the target markets that you did. State why these markets are attractive to you as a marketer.
• Describe the market in terms of its anticipated growth, revenue opportunities, past performance, etc. Utilize our author’s criteria for segmentation to demonstrate that your target markets suggest the likelihood of success—the market needs to be identifiable, measurable, sustainable, accessible, and reachable.
The requirements below must be met for your paper to be accepted and graded:

Write between 750 – 1,250 words (approximately 3 – 5 pages) using Microsoft Word in APA style, see example below.
Use font size 12 and 1” margins.
Include cover page and reference page.
At least 80% of your paper must be original content/writing.
No more than 20% of your content/information may come from references.
Use at least three references from outside the course material, one reference must be from EBSCOhost. Text book, lectures, and other materials in the course may be used, but are not counted toward the three reference requirement.
Cite all reference material (data, dates, graphs, quotes, paraphrased words, values, etc.) in the paper and list on a reference page in APA style.

References must come from sources such as, scholarly journals found in EBSCOhost, CNN, online newspapers such as, The Wall Street Journal, government websites, etc. Sources such as, Wikis, Yahoo Answers, eHow, blogs, etc. are not acceptable for academic writing.  

Determine the consequences that should be enacted when Financial Firm Management fails to perform their fiduciary obligation to investors.

 
Assignment 2: Investment Risk Management

Risk management negligence within the financial services industry contributed to one of the most significant economic crisis in the recent history of the U.S. During this time, Lehman Brothers, a global financial services company, filed for bankruptcy protection. This created the largest bankruptcy ever within the financial services industry. In order to complete this assignment, you will need to search the Internet and Strayer databases for information related to Lehman Brothers’ bankruptcy, the financial risk factors that contributed to the failure, and management’s responsibility for the failure.

Write a five (5) page paper in which you:

Based on the information you research related to Lehman Brothers, assess the factors that contributed to the financial failure of the firm, indicating how management failed to manage the risk related to each factor. Make a recommendation for how firms should manage these types of risks in the future. Provide support for your recommendation. 
High-risk investments such as mortgage-backed securities, had a significant impact on the valuation of investments held with Lehman Brothers, yet many financial institutions continue to use these investments today. Assess the sufficiency of risk management techniques used by financial institutions today, indicating whether or not you believe the risk is appropriately managed to avoid a subsequent financial crisis. Provide support for your position. 
Evaluate management’s role within a financial investment firm for establishing proper risk management procedures for high-risk investments and the appropriate level of accountability for portfolio performance. Determine the consequences that should be enacted when Financial Firm Management fails to perform their fiduciary obligation to investors, indicating how these consequences should be implemented. Provide support for your response. 
Given the recent debt crisis within the EURO zone of Europe, analyze the impact to the performance of foreign markets and recommend a strategy for financial firms to minimize investment risk in these markets. Provide support for your recommendation. 
Evaluate the role of the Federal government, if any, related to the regulation of investments by financial institutions including the scope of the role, the authority and enforcement capability within the regulatory agency, the benefits, and consequences of regulation. Predict how the regulatory environment may change over the next five (5) years. Provide support for your prediction. 
Use at least five (5) quality academic resources in this assignment. Note: Wikipedia and other Websites do not qualify as academic resources.

Your assignment must follow these formatting requirements:

Be typed, double spaced, using Times New Roman font (size 12), with one-inch margins on all sides; citations and references must follow APA or school-specific format. Check with your professor for any additional instructions. 
Include a cover page containing the title of the assignment, the student’s name, the professor’s name, the course title, and the date. The cover page and the reference page are not included in the required assignment page length. 

 The specific course learning outcomes associated with this assignment are:

Explain commonly practiced risk management techniques. 
Use technology and information resources to research issues in financial risk analysis. 
Write clearly and concisely about financial risk analysis using proper writing mechanics.

Discuss the special considerations for pitching a blogger.

Pitching the Story 
MPR professionals need to persuade connectors to use their message. It must be positioned as newsworthy. Common themes defining newsworthiness often include the following:

Firsts 
Trends 
Local, quirky personalities 
The underdog 
Impact on the audience 
Something of an unusual nature 

Part 1: Pre-Pitch 
Select a company to create a story that you wish to shop to a media outlet. Use the following guidelines:

Provide a brief overview of the company. 
Describe the media outlet being pitched. Include information on its target audience (the media outlet must be real). 

Part 1 of the Individual Project should be 1 page in length. Be sure to cite your resources.
Part 2: Writing an Effective Pitch Letter 

Write the pitch letter, which should include the following: 

An attention-grabbing opening 
The “hook” 
Background information supporting the pitch 
Support materials 
The action step 

Part 2 of the Individual Project should be 2 1/2 pages in length. Be sure to cite your resources.
Part 3: Follow-up and Other Considerations 

Describe your follow-up plan. 
Discuss the special considerations for pitching a blogger. 

Part 3 of the Individual Project should be 1 1/2 pages in length. Be sure to cite your resources.
Your assignment should contain a cover page, an abstract page, and a reference page in addition to the body. The body of the paper should be 5 pages, starting with a brief 1-paragraph introduction and ending with a short conclusion. The entire submission will be 8–10 pages in length.
Please submit your assignment as a Word document in APA format using the attached TEMPLATE. 

Evaluate the processes used in designing and producing goods and services.

Assignment 2: Inventory Management Due Week 8 and worth 300 points
 Research two (2) manufacturing or two (2) service companies that manage inventory and complete this assignment. Write a six to eight (6-8) page paper in which you:  

Determine the types of inventories these companies currently manage and describe their essential inventory characteristics.
Analyze how each of their goods and service design concepts are integrated. 
Evaluate the role their inventory plays in the company’s performance, operational efficiency, and customer satisfaction.
Compare and contrast the four (4) different types of layouts found with each company; explain the importance of the layouts to the company’s manufacturing or service operations.
Determine at least two (2) metrics to evaluate supply chain performance of the companies; suggest improvements to the design and operations of their supply chains based on those metrics.
Suggest ways to improve the inventory management for each of the companies without affecting operations and the customer benefit package. Provide a rationale to support the suggestion.
Use at least three (3) quality resources in this assignment. Note: Wikipedia and similar Websites do not qualify as quality resources.

Your assignment must follow these formatting requirements:  

Be typed, double spaced, using Times New Roman font (size 12), with one-inch margins on all sides; citations and references must follow APA or school-specific format. Check with your professor for any additional instructions.
Include a cover page containing the title of the assignment, the student’s name, the professor’s name, the course title, and the date. The cover page and the reference page are not included in the required assignment page length. 

The specific course learning outcomes associated with this assignment are:  

Evaluate the processes used in designing and producing goods and services.
Determine four layout patterns and when they should be used. 
Utilize the concept of supply chain management.
Employ the concept of capacity management. 
Evaluate the management of inventories and resources.
Use technology and information resources to research issues in operations management. 
Write clearly and concisely about operations management using proper writing mechanics.

Suggest how a firm can use social media to leverage its digital strategy.

1. Suggest how a firm of your choosing can use social media to leverage its digital strategy.  Be sure to give some details about the organization you have chosen. 

2. From the e-Activity, compare and contrast the advantages and disadvantages of direct marketing. Determine which companies, products, or services, are best suited for direct marketing. Select a company of your choice that engages in direct marketing. Analyze its method of direct marketing and make two suggestions on how it can improve upon the methods used.

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