Activity:After you have watched the videos, write a draft of your Executive Summary, then copy and p

  

Activity:After you have watched the videos, write a draft of your Executive Summary, then copy and paste it into a reply to this discussion prompt. After posting your document, give constructive comments and suggestions for revisions to at least 3 of your classmates. Keep in mind everything you have learned about writing clearly and concisely, using appropriate rhetorical strategies to persuade the reader, etc.Your instructor will not comment on the summaries, but in this exercise you will help each other to produce a 150-200 word Executive Summary that captures what you intend to include in your final researched proposal (Paper 6).Throughout your career as a manager, you will be asked (and will ask others) to provide feedback and suggestions on a variety of written documents, so consider this exercise a good head start on this practice.For this exercise (and in the final version as well) you will need to use headings to introduce the problem, provide brief but relevant background, propose your solution, and detail the sequential steps the decision maker must take to implement your proposed solution. Including headings for these segments will help you address every one completely AND will help focus the reader. Please post your initial response to this discussion prompt by 11:59 p.m. ET Thursday. React to at least three of your classmates’ posts by the end of the course week.CHECK LIST FOR DRAFT EXECUTIVE SUMMARYGrading criteria:

In correct format with “EXECUTIVE SUMMARY” as title (no memo or report headers, etc., needed)
Addresses a specific REAL problem in your workplace, school, church, region, or volunteer
Identifies (a) the Problem and (b) impact of Problem; and proposes (c) a Solution and (d) Steps that decision maker must take to implement that Solution.
At least one-half page single-spaced (around 300 words or so)
Does not use “we” or “our” wording to identify research or recommendations (which would mask the amount of work/effort done by the writer alone)
Does NOT tell the reader who the decision maker is (because the reader IS the decision maker)
Wording makes it obvious that the Executive Summary is addressed to the decision maker and not to the professor or to the class
Expresses what is contained in the attached proposal and does NOT suggest what “will be written” or “will be researched” at a later date
Uses appropriate spelling, grammar, vocabulary, spelling, and mechanics
Reflects positive tone

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Memorandum
TO: Dr. Lawrence Clark
FROM: Andrew Etan
DATE: June 29, 2019
SUBJECT: Final Project Proposal
Introduction:
Hello Dr. Lawrence, I am writing this memo to seek approval for the topic I have selected for my project
and to confirm I conform to your directions and expectations. The memo defines the current specific issue
that needs to be resolved in my personal career. In this memo, I will address the specific issue, the
research to conduct, an analysis and a solution that will provide a detailed plan on how to solve the issue.
Actual Problem:
ABC Brigade (BDE) is having a communication issue that is impacting the effectiveness and morale of
the unit. ABC BDE is a US military unit that supports and covers Soldiers spread over 20 countries in
Europe. The military is supposedly one of the most disciplined forces in any country and that it has some
of the best-developed communication and leadership structure (Ball, Qela & Wesolkowski, 2016). Even
without stressing on the importance of an effective communication channel in the ABC BDE duties, it is
clearly important and dear to the carrying out of tasks throughout the European footprint. Contrary to the
expectations, effective communication is not working in ABC BDE.
I am currently assigned to the Headquarters (HQ) of this unit which controls and provides support for the
functionality of multiple underlying units. As the head of the organization, we must mimic the example
that is expected from the underlying units. Currently, we are having major communications issues at the
HQ’s level which trickles down and creates uncertainty. Those in the leadership ranks, both the Officers
and NCO’s Non-Commissioned Officers (Sergeants), are finding pleasure in undermining their subjects
and acting as they please not minding who the causalities of their actions will be or what effect they will
have to the overall mission in countries they serve all over Europe. Wrong people are recognized for
accomplishments and those that worked in the accomplishments are left dejected.
Decision Maker
The decision maker in this issue is the COL Combat Joe commander of the unit and secondary CSM
Eddie Jump. It is in this office that a change can be communicated and effected in the other levels of the
entire system. All the offices in this unit receive orders from COL Combat Joe commanding.
Proposed solution:
Proposal 1: Redefine the chain of command and Set Communication Protocols
There is an already established chain of command but it is missing its purpose. There is a need to clearly
define the do’s and don’ts for the different levels of command to guard against the misuse of the available
powers and privileges. The communication protocols along the chain of command need to be well
established and defined also. For a proper redefinition of the chain of command and the communication
protocols, the following will need to be done;
• a study of the levels of command in the unit
• a restudy of the needs of each command level
• a definition of the boundaries within which the office holder of each command unit should work

a study and documentation of an overlapping mechanism that allows for a junior to seek attention
to an issue from an office higher from their immediate bosses.
Proposal 2: A change in the unit leadership and training the leaders to fairly treat their employees and
give credit where it is due. To achieve this there will be a need for an established correction measure for
anyone that does otherwise.
These proposed solutions will help alleviate the misuse of powers in the leadership ranks, help develop a
fair rewarding system and thus develop trust among those in the system leading to better results in their
undertakings.
Gantt chart:
Task
Week 1
Week 2
Week 3
Week 4
Week 5
A study of the levels of
command in the unit
A restudy of the needs of each
command level
A definition of the boundaries
within which the office holder
of each command unit should
work
A study and documentation of
an overlapping mechanism
that allows for a junior to seek
attention to an issue from an
office higher from their
immediate bosses.
Draft, document and validate
the possible correction
measures
Compile a draft solution to the
ABC Brigade (BDE)
communication issue
Compile a final report
Conclusion:
ABC Brigade (BDE) has a serious communication and coordination breakdown that could lead to its
downfall if not addressed. People in leadership are misusing their powers and authority at the expense of
their subjects and wrong people are appreciated for the efforts of others. This is demoralizing to many
people in the system and it is slowly killing the unit.
Proposed solutions to the problem are;
1. Redefining the chain of command and Set Communication Protocols
2. A change in the unit leadership accompanied with a training on the leaders to fairly treat their
subjects and give credit where it is due.
If these changes are implemented, the sanity of the unit will be restored.
Week 6
Reference
Ball, M. G., Qela, B., & Wesolkowski, S. (2016). A review of the use of computational
intelligence in the design of military surveillance networks. In Recent Advances in Computational
Intelligence in Defense and Security (pp. 663-693). Springer, Cham.

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