Quiz 14 – Diagnosing and Strategizing

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Diagnosing and Strategizing

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CCQ206.14.01. Among the statements a-d pertaining to determining the nature of the leadership challenge choose the one that is invalid or choose e if all are reasonably valid.

a. In the activist challenge, the group or a faction of the group refuses to face some element of reality that actually might improve the people’s quality of life or institutional performance.

b. In the development challenge, the group can make significant improvements to its quality of life or organizational performance if latent abilities become effective.

c. In the transition challenge, there is the possibility of great gains if the group can transition its current value set to a new value set.

d.  In the crisis challenge, the group faces a potentially explosive situation that could threaten the life of the group or some aspect of the prevailing order.

e. All of a-d are valid.

CCQ206.14.02. Among the statements a-d pertaining to determining who is us choose the one that is invalid or choose e if all are reasonably valid.

a. A story of us expresses the values, the experiences, share by the us we are evoking at the time.

b. Social scientists often describe a “story of us” as collective identity.

c. A story of us can also distinguish our community from another, reducing uncertainty about what to expect from those with whom we interact.

d. The collectivity can be everyone in a particular company, or a particular political jurisdiction.

e. All of a-d are reasonably valid.

CCQ206.14.03. Among the statements a-d pertaining to engaging the issue (getting on the dance floor) choose the one that is invalid or choose e if all are reasonably valid.

a. Ron Heifetz and Marty Linsky use the image of a dance floor and a balcony to describe different perspectives.

b. Students typically have spent many years studying matters from a detached perspective and now have to learn how to get off the balcony and onto the dance floor.

c. Once one becomes engaged in a problem that involves other people and institutions new ideas, perspectives, and potential solutions emerge that are much less likely to occur to the detached observer.

d. Once you have engaged the issue on the dance floor, you should remain there until the issue is resolved.

e. All of a-d are reasonably valid.

CCQ206.14.04. Among the statements a-d pertaining to framing the problem choose the one that is invalid or choose e if all are reasonably valid.

a. The first step is to describe the problem and name the interested parties, or stakeholders.

b. Describing the problem involves recognizing problematic conditions, identifying the problem that those conditions create, and specifying individuals as well as collectives that have a stake in the problem or its solution.

c. When a problem has been identified, it is not yet a policy matter until its issues for policy are specified, where issues refer to stake­holders’ concerns, political disagreements, and value conflicts.

d. The next step is to propose a solution, typically one that relies on policy instruments that government can use.

e. All of a-d are reasonably valid.

CCQ206.14.05. Among the statements a-d pertaining to identifying strengths, weaknesses, opportunities and threats (SWOT) choose the one that is invalid or choose e if all are reasonably valid.

a. A SWOT analysis can be carried out for a product, place, industry, or person and involves specifying the objective of the venture or project and identifying the internal and external factors that are favourable and unfavourable to achieve that objective..

b. A realistic recognition of the weaknesses and threats that exist for your effort is the first step to countering them with a robust set of strategies that build upon strengths and opportunities.

c. SWOT usually reflects your current position or situation and a drawback is that it might not encourage openness to new possibilities.

d. Although SWOT was a popular technique in the late 20th century but is rarely used today.

e. All of a-d are reasonably valid.

CCQ206.14.06. Among the statements a-d pertaining to taking a detached perspective (from the balcony) choose the one that is invalid or choose e if all are reasonably valid.

a. The biggest challenge to taking a detached perspective is seeing yourself objectively.

b. Sustaining good leadership requires the capacity to see what is happening to you and your initiative as it is happening.

c. It is possible to learn to be both an observer and a participant at the same time, through techniques such as watching people’s body language.

d. Ron Heifetz and Marty Linsky use the image of “getting off the balcony and going to the dance floor” for taking a detached perspective.

e. All of a-d are reasonably valid.

CCQ206.14.07. Among the statements a-d pertaining to vision statement choose the one that is invalid or choose e if all are reasonably valid.

a. An organization’s vision statement describes what the group is going to do, and why it’s going to do that.

b. Your vision communicates what your organization believes are the ideal conditions for your community.

c. Vision statements are brief proclamations that convey the community’s dreams for the future.

d. Vision statements should be understood and shared by members of the community.

e. All of a-d are reasonably valid.

CCQ206.14.08. Among the statements a-d pertaining to mission statement choose the one that is invalid or choose e if all are reasonably valid.

a. Mission statements are similar to vision statements, but they are more concrete and more action-oriented.

b. Mission statements provide substantial detail of how an organization might go about fixing their problems.

c. An organization’s mission statement describes what the group is going to do, and why it’s going to do that.

d. Some general guiding principles about mission statements are that they are concise, outcome-oriented, inclusive.

e. All of a-d are reasonably valid.

CCQ206.14.09. Among the statements a-d pertaining to objectives choose the one that is invalid or choose e if all are reasonably valid.

a. Objectives refer to specific measurable results for the initiative’s broad goals.

b. An organization’s objectives describe in precise detail how strategies will be implemented.

c. There are three basic types of objectives: behavioural objectives, community-level outcome objectives, and process objectives.

d. An organization’s objectives generally lay out how much of what will be accomplished by when.

e. All of a-d are reasonably valid.

CCQ206.14.10. Among the statements a-d pertaining to strategies choose the one that is most valid or choose e if none are reasonably valid.

a. Strategies explain how the initiative will reach its objectives.

b. Strategies refer to specific measurable results for the initiative’s broad goals.

c. An organization’s strategies generally lay out how much of what will be accomplished by when.

d. An example of a strategy is: By the year 2006, increase by 30% the percentage of families that own their home.

e. None of a-d are reasonably valid.

CCQ206.14.11. Among the statements a-d pertaining to action plan choose the one that is invalid or choose e if all are reasonably valid.

a. An organization’s action plan describes in great detail exactly how strategies will be implemented to accomplish the objectives developed earlier in this process.

b. The key aspects of the intervention or changes to be sought are outlined in the action plan.

c. The action plan refers to specific changes to be sought and the specific steps necessary to bring about changes.

d. Generally, organizations will have a wide variety of action plans that apply to people from the different parts, or sectors, of the organization and community.

e. All of a-d are reasonably valid.

CCQ206.14.12. Among the statements a-d pertaining to developing mission and vision statements choose the one that is invalid or choose e if all are reasonably valid.

a. It often takes several drafts of vision statements to fully capture the dreams of those involved in the effort.

b. The process of writing a mission statement is much like that for developing your vision statements, and the same brainstorming process can help you develop possibilities for the mission statement.

c. Learn what is important to people in the community by conducting public forums or listening sessions.

d. Developing effective vision and mission statements are two of the most important tasks an organization will ever do.

e. All of a-d are reasonably valid.

CCQ206.14.13. Among the statements a-d pertaining to creating SMART objectives choose the one that is invalid or choose e if all are reasonably valid.

a. You can collect your own baseline data for the information related to your specific issues and ways to gather this information include the use of surveys, questionnaires, and personal interviews.

b. Changes in behavior, outcome, and process must be able to be tracked and measured in such a way to show that a change has occurred.

c. SMART objectives should be aspirational because their main role is to inspire greater commitment and effort.

d. Your organization will need to take a good look at its resources, as well as talk to experts who have a sense of what is not only possible, but likely.

e. All of a-d are reasonably valid.

CCQ206.14.14. Among the statements a-d pertaining to developing successful strategies choose the one that is invalid or choose e if all are reasonably valid.

a. Organize a brainstorming meeting and remember that people will work best in a relaxed and welcoming environment.

b. A strategy should point out the overall path without dictating a particular narrow approach.

c. A good strategy takes advantage of current resources and assets, such as people’s willingness to act or a tradition of self-help and community pride.

d. Check the alignment of your strategy with the mission and vision, and adjust the mission and vision accordingly.

e. All of a-d are reasonably valid.

CCQ206.14.15. Among the statements a-d pertaining to developing an action plan choose the one that is invalid or choose e if all are reasonably valid.

a. Develop an action plan composed of action steps that address all the proposed changes with a plan that is complete, clear, and current.

b. While the plan might address general goals you want to see accomplished, the action steps will help you determine the specific actions you will take to help make your vision a reality.

c. While developing an action plan, you may realize that you need to go back and refine your mission, vision, and strategy so they fit with the action plan.

d. Keep everyone informed about what’s going on and communicate to everyone involved how his or her input was incorporated.

e. All of a-d are reasonably valid.

CCQ206.14.16. Among the statements a-d pertaining to countering opposition choose the one that is invalid or choose e if all are reasonably valid.

a. One of the best ways to prevent opposition is to plan in advance what you’re going to do, and convince potential opponents to either join you, or at least to not actively oppose you.

b. Convey the issue in terms of how your group thinks about it; you don’t want to be constantly on the defensive, only responding to your opponent’s arguments.

c. In most cases, when you settle your dispute with your opponent, there will be a compromise. Your group should be aware of signs that might indicate such a negotiation is possible.

d. You should respond to your opponents counterattacks with a variety of strategies, including deflecting the issue and discrediting your opponent.

e. All of a-d are reasonably valid.

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