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Strategic Management:

Module 8: Human Resources Lectures: Four Lectures

Prepared by Bernie Erven, Department of Agricultural, Environmental and Development Economics at The Ohio State University.


Lecture 1: How Do I Lead, Motivate and Evaluate Employees?

Preparation

Read “Leading, Motivating and Evaluating Employees.”

Purpose of Lecture

This lecture is designed to provide participants an overview of three important human resource activities: leading, motivating and evaluating employees. The leading discussion emphasizes situational leadership and the fact that managers can use employee characteristics to guide their choices of leadership styles. The motivating discussion emphasizes making motivation an employer-employee partnership. The evaluating employees discussion emphasizes the importance of providing feedback to employees and the practicality of a simple process for getting started that does not require complex forms and procedures.

Structure of Presentation

The order of presentation closely follows the “Leading, Motivating and Evaluating Employees” reference. The speaker notes suggest several opportunities for participants to provide feedback about their own situations and challenges they are facing as managers.


Lecture 2: How Do I Build My Reputation as an Employer?

Preparation

Read “Building Your Reputation as an Employer.”

Purpose of Lecture

This lecture is designed to help participants understand the advantages that come from being viewed as a preferred place of employment. The lecture incorporates three ways of building a positive reputation: designing jobs that employees like, emphasizing teamwork and using appropriate human resource practices.

Structure of Presentation

The order of presentation closely follows the “Building Your Reputation” reference. The speaker notes suggest several opportunities for participants to provide feedback about their own situations and challenges they are facing as managers.


Lecture 3: How Do I Provide Feedback to Employees?

Preparation

Read “Providing Feedback to Employees.”

Purpose of Lecture

This lecture is designed to introduce participants to a set of questions that farm managers can use to get employee reviews started in their businesses. The lecture emphasizes the need to make employee reviews a practical management tool in the farm business setting. Participants should understand that starting and succeeding with a simple evaluation process is preferable to trying and failing with a complex system.

Structure of Presentation

The order of presentation closely follows the “Providing Feedback” reference. The speaker notes suggest several opportunities for participants to provide feedback about employee evaluations.


Lecture 4: How Do I Manage Conflict?

Preparation

Preparation
Managing Conflict (pdf)

Presentation
How Do I Manage Conflict? (ppt)

Read “Managing Conflict.”

Purpose of Lecture

This lecture is designed to introduce participants to a basic approach to managing conflict. Opportunities for making conflict situations into win/win situations are emphasized throughout the lecture. Participants should understand that managing conflict is preferable to avoiding conflict or insisting on win/lose outcomes.

Structure of Presentation

The order of presentation closely follows the “Managing Conflict” reference. As explained in the speaker notes, an actual conflict situation currently faced by one of the participants is incorporated into the discussion.

 




Strategic Management

The Setting (Intro)

Strategic Direction

Business Environment

Business Strengths

Identifying Strategies

Implementing Strategy

Monitoring & Control

Human Resources

Succession Planning


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