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Into the Fray Team 11: Michele Lang, Blair Kostick, Tom Pacewicz, Bhavesh Joshi, Clint McBride “You think you’re above the fray, but nobody is…”

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1 Into the Fray Team 11: Michele Lang, Blair Kostick, Tom Pacewicz, Bhavesh Joshi, Clint McBride “You think you’re above the fray, but nobody is…”

2 Background Lafleur SA, President of US operations resigned unexpectedly Lucien Beaumont Triggered rumors and internal turmoil Multiple people are qualified and desired the solution Michael Feldstein Danille Harcourt Outsider – Charles Brooke (CFO of competitor) Outside – Genevieve Basset (ex-Lafleur employee)

3 Background Michael was picked up after Lafleur merge with Campos Grew in rank and was well-rounded Knew the CEO Through risk avoidance he avoided company politics Has a family Wife put her career on hold so that Michael may get ahead in his Kids in primary school

4 Problems Michael wanted the CEO job, but felt that “politics” were not needed Fears that Danille Harcourt is trying to undermine him and take his job Michael feels that the China offer may be a way for taking him out of the picture for running for CEO Torn between the China offer and staying at the UC branch and hoping for the CEO position

5 Problems Known Risks of taking the China offer: Possible Loss of face within company Relocation of Family Company Failure in China Secondary Risks: Wife has to find another job / loss of income / unhappy family life Loss of future positions in US

6 Story Conclusion Lafleur would not give Michael the China position unless they knew he could handle it Brainstormed with wife of various options and the risks associated Regain alliances with co-workers Danille Harcourt

7 Story Conclusion If he wants to keep within the company and higher position, it would be in his best interest to take the China option. However compromise for: Request specific details on term “success” help find a job for his wife Trips to US/French Branches Time line of China position

8 Overall Conclusion Healthy competition is good, and needed Social Alliances Work/Social politics are not always bad and unproductive In the upper levels of management, everyone is talented Just having a connection to upper management isn't enough

9 Any Questions?

10 Work Cited Schwalbe, Kathy. Information Technology Project Management. 6th ed. Boston, MA: Course Technology/Cengage Learning, Print. Peebles, M. Ellen, et al. "Into the Fray." Harvard Business Review 83.1 (2005): Business Source Premier. EBSCO. Web. 14 Nov

11 Key PM Terms Risk Risk avoidance Trigger Brainstormed Secondary risks Chp. 10 Term - compromise


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