Describe specifically Stairs business plans now and in the future (e.g. vision and mission, green plans etc.)


Assignment 2:  Loads of Fun


Leaders, as discussed in weeks 4, 5, and 6 have a need to develop as individuals in order to be successful relationship builders. The material in these weeks focus on the ways a leader may enhance his or her personality, emotional intelligence, and relationship building skills to engage and motivate employees.


In this assessment, students will read the case study provided. The goal of this assignment is for the students to write a paper which designs a personal leadership plan for Tara Brandt who is about to take over the family business. The plan should address how Tara can facilitate her role as daughter, leader, and change agent to make a successful transition from the boss’s daughter to CEO. In essence how will Tara best use her individual skills to transition to her new role as CEO?


Outcomes Met:

  • use leadership theories, assessment tools, and an understanding of the role of ethics, values, and attitudes to evaluate and enhance personal leadership skills
  • develop and implement methods for establishing a constructive organizational structure and culture that fosters positive employee and employer relationships
  • evaluate the culture and policies of an organization to recommend and implement improvements that support its vision, success, and sustainability
  • assess the interactions between the external environment and the organization to foster responsible and effective leadership and organizational practices



Step 1:  Review “How to Analyze a Case Study” under Week 4 Content.

Step 2:  Create a Word or Rich Text Format (RT) document that is single-spaced, double-spaced between paragraphs, 12-point font.  The final product will be between 4-5 pages in length excluding the title page and reference page.

Step 3:  Review the assignment grading rubric.

Step 4:  Follow this format:

  • Title page with title, your name, the course, the instructor’s name;
  • Introduction paragraph in which purpose of the plan is explained.
  • Body Paragraphs:
  • Evaluate Stairs current role in the business;
  • Discussion Stairs  plans for business future;
  • What individual Leadership skills does Tara need to accomplish business goals?
  • Identify leadership relationship building challenges that are facing Tara;
  • Assess the environment for change in her plan.
  • Summary paragraph


Step 5:  In writing a case study, the writing is in the third person.  What this means is that there are no words such as “I, me, my, we, or us” (first person writing), nor is there use of “you or your” (second person writing).  If uncertain how to write in the third person, view this link:

Step 6:  In writing this assignment, students are asked to support the reasoning using in-text citations and a reference list.  A reference within a reference list cannot exist without an associated in-text citation and vice versa.  View the sample SPA paper under Week 4 content

Step 7:  In writing this assignment, students are expected to paraphrase and not use direct quotes.  Learn to paraphrase by reviewing this link:

Step 8:  Read critically and analyze the scenario provided under Week 6 Content.

Step 9:  Jot down or highlight key facts from the scenario.  Consider making an outline to capture key points in the paper.

Step 10:  In your paper, respond to the following elements of leadership and plan design:

  • Evaluate Stairs current role in the business and how that affects her leadership potential
  • Describe specifically Stairs business plans now and in the future (e.g. vision and mission, green plans etc.);
  • Leader as individual- assessments; style, and ways that Tara can best establish her personal self with the employees;
  • Identify the relationship building challenges facing Tara including current management staff and father and ways she can build the relationships to meet her goals;
  • Assess the environment for change and how Tara will implement the ideas she has to build her future at the business.


Step 11:  Create the introductory paragraph.  The introductory paragraph is the first paragraph of the paper but is typically written after writing the body of the paper (Questions students responded to above).  View this website to learn how to write an introductory paragraph:

Step 12:  Write a summary paragraph.  A summary paragraph restates the main idea(s) of the essay.  Make sure to leave a reader with a sense that the essay is complete.  The summary paragraph is the last paragraph of a paper.

Step 13:  Using the grading rubric as a comparison, read through the paper to ensure all required elements are presented.

Step 14: Proofread the paper for spelling and grammatical issues, and third person writing.

  •          Use the spell and grammar check in Word as a first measure;
  •          Have someone who has excellent English skills to proof the paper;
  •          Consider submitting the paper to the Effective Writing Center (EWE).  The EWE will provide 4-6 areas that may need improvement.
  • SPA style free from plagiarism A+



WA6 Annotated Bibliography

The topic i choose was

High school education does not get ready to college student to take college level classes.


ASSIGNMENT:  Create a complete Annotated Bibliography for your course project using all the research sources you have found.  You should have at least four or more secondary academic-quality sources.  Your annotations should be evaluative and critical (not just descriptive).  [For more, see the tutorial How to Write an Annotated Bibliography.

GUIDANCE:  An Annotated Bibliography is a list of references on a single topic unified by a central thesis.  All research sources should be fully cited in correct SPA format.  In addition, each source should have a critical evaluation (about three sentences long). The annotation represents your own original ideas expressed in your own words.  Do not copy-and-paste from the sources. See Annotated Bibliographies on the Purdue OWL website.


(1) THESIS — Your project’s thesis should be stated first in your Annotated Bibliography.  A thesis is a single stand-alone sentence (with a subject and verb) which is a capsule summary of the one main point of your entire project.

(2) CITATIONS — Each research source should be documented individually in a references citation using full, correct SPA format.  See SPA style & format.  Arrange the list of citations in alphabetical order, based on the first word in each citation (usually the last name of the primary author).

(3) ANNOTATIONS — Each reference should also have an annotation that explains clearly why you chose the specific source, how it is relevant and valuable for your course project, and how you expect to use it in your final paper (WA8).  A good annotation is about 75-100 words long; has about three complete sentences; and supports your key points and generalities with specific details, hard facts, and concrete examples.

FORMAT:  Use standard business document style: 12-point regular Times New Roman font, single-spaced, in a Microsoft Word document (doc).


  • Gives strong critical evaluations of all sources showing their value and relevance
  • Gives full citations for all sources in correct SPA format; document is formatted in correct SPA style
  • Has complete, accurate publication information for all research sources
  • Links all research sources strongly and directly to thesis, theme, and outcome
  • Has strong, well-focused thesis; very specific & targeted; highly unified theme
  • Cites and evaluates four or more academic-quality sources
  • No typos, misspellings, or errors in English mechanics, with correct format for the e-document

LENGTH:  375-500 words (about two pages).

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