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Discuss: When the worst happens…

Sometimes a part of performance management involves dealing with uncomfortable situations. In this discussion, you will explore this facet of talent management.

Read the following scenario:

While an employee, Fred, is using his office to change clothes to participate in the company-sponsored yoga class, he notices that the webcam on his company computer is active, though he is certain he had not turned it on. Fred immediately alerts Security. Upon further investigation, IT finds that an employee, Ginger, has been tapping into multiple webcams across the organization. Gingers’s supervisor is requesting you assist with the conversation regarding this situation. 

Part I: Create a Script of the Conversation

As Ginger’s mentor, you have been asked to begin the conversation and learn her side of the story. For this assignment, create a script of the conversation you would have with both Ginger and Ginger’s supervisor. Be sure to consider confidentiality, company policy, procedures, etc. Recall the video

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 in Module 2, and how the TM assisted in that situation. Post the script to this discussion board. 

Part II: Critique Two Peers’ Scripts

Using this discussion board, read your peers’ scripts and leave comments. You are required to critique at least two scripts.

Note: Sometimes these types of uncomfortable situations can arouse emotions. If you feel this exercise has created a need to get support, Excelsior has a resource. ComPsych®

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 is the College’s confidential support, resources and information for personal and work-life issues. These services are provided at no charge to you.

Assignment Guidelines

Actively monitor your own discussion thread throughout the week and respond as appropriate. Review the discussion rubric to learn how to maximize your points.

D1: Strategic Decision Mapping

It is important to think from a practical standpoint about whether the organization should expand, reduce, or maintain its scope once the direction of the organization has been decided. The strategic thinking map of adaptive strategic alternatives provides choices for the organization.

The first question is based on what you have learned in the first three modules and on your own opinion, so that you may begin discussions immediately.

On March 26, 2010, President Barack Obama signed Public Law 111-148, the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act Links to an external site.

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 (PPACA) into law. One of the elements within the PPACA is Section 2022, The Medicare Shared Savings Program – specifically Accountable Care Organizations 

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 (ACOs). An ACO is an emerging healthcare reform model, limited to a handful of healthcare organizations across the country and defined as an entity that is clinically and fiscally accountable for the entire continuum of care that patients may need.

Remember that, as with prior discussions, the key to an interesting discussion is active engagement. Start with the first question as early as possible, even if you have not yet completed all of your readings. Please note that the first question is based in part on what you have learned earlier in this course so that you can begin right away.

The first question is based on your own experience so that you can begin the discussion immediately without having completed all of the assigned readings. You must apply your assigned readings to subsequent questions.

Let’s start with a reflective question based on your experiences, any prior learning, and/or opinion.

Based on what you have learned so far this term, do you think that healthcare organizations tend to give serious consideration to identifying competing alternatives? How so?


 what you have learned from the readings, let’s go through the rest of the discussion together, one question at a time. I will guide us through.

Do you believe that ACOs represent a vertical or horizontal form of integration for healthcare organizations?

Why would healthcare organizations and providers be interested in the development of an ACO? Consider different types of organizations and solo providers such as physicians.

Based on what we have learned in chapter 6 of the text and today’s healthcare environment, what opportunities are opened up through ACO’s? What challenges might healthcare organizations face?

Let’s now turn to different types and combinations of strategies. Review Exhibit 6-8 in your text. Organizations often pursue more than one strategy. What are some logical combinations of strategies, and how might they be linked together (e.g. a retrenchment and penetration strategy)? How might a combination of strategies advance the organization’s vision or mission?

Consult the Discussion Posting Guide for information about writing your discussion posts. Be sure to check your work and correct any spelling or grammatical errors before you post it. When you are ready to post, click on the “Reply” button for a new thread or “Reply” beneath an existing post to respond to the post. Then, copy/paste the text from your document into the message field, and click “Post Reply.”


Please read the latest Health Sciences Discussion Rubric  

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and the new Health Sciences Discussion Guidance. These documents lay out the basis for how you should engage in discussions and how you will be evaluated. Discussions are worth 30% of your final grade.


Participation in this discussion assesses the following module outcomes:

Analyze the steps involved in the decision logic of strategy development. (CO 4)

Integrate strategic thinking accomplished in situational analysis into a strategic plan for an organization. (CO 4)

Compare and contrast the nature of directional strategies, adaptive strategies, market entry strategies, and competitive strategies. (CO 4)

Identify strategic alternatives available to healthcare organizations. (CO 4)

Create Video and Discuss: Performance Management Tools


As companies try to become streamlined and effective in their hiring, better at evaluating and increasing the performance of employees, many are turning to Artificial Intelligence (AI) to assist with these processes. Human interaction and AI do not have to be adversaries. In this video, the speaker discusses how humans and AI can work together to create a better business.

Different fields gauge performance differently and measure performance differently. Research the performance management tools/systems that are commonly used in your discipline. Choose a tool to recommend to your organization. Using Zoom, record a video highlighting the pros of adoption of the tool as well as a candid evaluation of the cons. Briefly describe the tool’s purpose and how it works. Your video should be a persuasive pitch for the company to adopt the tool, so end on a high note.

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Part I: Make a Recommendation

Keeping in mind that different fields gauge performance differently and measure performance differently, research the performance management tools/systems that are commonly used in your discipline ( healthcare management). Choose a tool to recommend to your organization. Record a video highlighting the pros of adoption of the tool, as well as a candid evaluation of the cons. Briefly describe the tool’s purpose and how it works. Your video should be a persuasive pitch for the company to adopt the tool, so end on a high note.

Post your video to the discussion board along with a transcript.

Note: Review the Multimedia Tips page for more information about tools and best practices. We recommend the use of Zoom for this recording, but please use a video tool that you are familiar with. If you are using Zoom to record your video, see the instructions for using Zoom that are attached on this page. 

Part II: Review Peers’ Pitches

View at least two of your peers’ pitches. Share what you think worked well and what they might do to make it even better? Would this tool be a good solution for your discipline? Why or why not?

Assignment Guidelines

Actively monitor your own discussion thread throughout the week and respond as appropriate. Review the discussion rubric to learn how to maximize your points.

If you have not already set up your Zoom account, please see these instructions.  

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Note: you will be recording an MP4 file that will 
 locally to your computer. Please upload that MP4 file to the discussion. Please also include a written transcript in your post. For more information on starting a Zoom meeting and recording, please see these links:

Best Practices for Establishing a Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion (DEI) Plan



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Now that you have reviewed all of the requirements for this consulting teams assignment, be sure to utilize this discussion board to collaborate. If you are meeting synchronously, be sure to have a group member take meeting minutes and post them to this discussion board. You will be graded individually using the collaborations rubric on your participation evidenced on this board. Be sure to post early and often to make sure your group is successful!

The final plan will due in module 5.

Provide a rough draft submission to get us started for this portion of the assignment below.

Best Practices for Establishing a Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion (DEI) Plan

The need for DEI at the workplace has been by the claim that the more diverse an organization’s workforce is, the better the performance. However, diverse groups can’t work together if they lack the necessary skills. Cultural Intelligence is the aspect that ensures DEI efforts generate a meaningful outcome. Diversity aims to increase representation at different levels of the organization, while equity ensures fair access to opportunities. Inclusion, on the other hand, creates an environment where individuals with different identities can feel embraced. A DEI plan integrates cultural intelligence with DEI initiatives to ensure improved organizational performance “8 diversity, equity, and inclusion best practices,” 2021). The following are best practices in establishing a sustainable DEI plan for employees.

The DEI journey starts with evaluating the company’s current DEI status. This assessment could be done by surveying employees to identify gaps and areas of improvement. The second step is identifying the best solutions to diversity problems. These solutions could include attracting and recruiting diverse talent, eliminating bias during recruitment, facilitating an inclusive onboarding of new employees, and providing consistent learning and development to reinforce the importance of DEI. The third step is implementing the solutions. Clear communication should be given regarding what the DEI intends to achieve. The fourth step entails measuring impact and outcomes. This can be achieved by collecting feedback from employees on how they feel about the company and its performance. The last practice involves ensuring the sustainability of the DEI efforts. Sustaining the work can be done by identifying underrepresented groups and keeping track to ensure those gaps are filled. A thorough commitment to DEI touches every aspect of the employee lifecycle.


8 diversity, equity, and inclusion best practices. (2021, August 23). Lever. Retrieved from

As a part of developing your DEI plan for Speedy Pro, you have been asked to
identify best practices companies use for establishing and sustaining DEI for their
employees with respect to race, gender, national origin, age, gender/sexual
preference, pregnancy, and other protected categories. It is best to post early and
often as you work together. Your team will begin by researching best practices in
DEI from companies and the literature. We recommend that you each do some
research on best practices related to your discipline. Then share your results on
this discussion board and collaborate to prepare your �nal recommendations.

Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Plan

IND502 M3.2: Consulting Team Speedy Pro DEI Plan

Researching DEI Plans
As you examined in Module 4, DEI is an important aspect for all organizations and

individuals. DEI programs are often comprehensive, and as you will see, there will be three

portions to the plan you will be creating together. Remember to divide up your roles so you

can conduct your work e�ciently and e�ectively. Many companies have successfully created

DEI programs to the bene�t of all To begin your group’s research, here are two websites you

may �nd helpful. Be sure to go above and beyond these in your own discipline’s research:

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Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Plan

Program Goals
The �rst portion of your consulting group’s plan for Speedy Pro’s DEI program should be the

goals of the program. There are three pieces to the plan that you should be including in your

goals section:

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Determine which pieces of the best practices of the companies you researched

that you will include in your program. Note why they have been found to be best

practices and give examples of where they have been successful. 


The next part of this assignment will be your consulting group’s implementation plan.

Outline the steps you recommend for implementing the DEI program at Speedo Pro, including

the following information at a minimum, along with any other details you would like to share:

Develop your vision statement for the organization around DEI.

Create 2-3 goals based upon your group’s vision statement. Describe the actions

you will take for each goals. (Use the SMART goals formula to help you write your


First, decide how you will begin. Where will your initial focus be? What comes

after that initial focus? Describe your strategy.

Who owns the program?

Evaluation Recommendations
Part 3 of this assignment will outline your recommendations for evaluating the success of the

DEI program for this company. You should have a measurement plan for each of your goals.

 Include the following in your evaluation recommendations: 

Will the steps look di�erent depending upon which protected group you are

focusing on?

Include a communications plan to introduce the new program to employees sand

supervisors. Tailor to speci�c stakeholder groups as appropriate.

How will you build awareness of the program?

What barriers and obstacles do you anticipate and how do you plan to overcome

them? (Note: Research will provide some resources for this item)

Your plan should be an organized, solid recommendation for Speedy Pro to easily follow.

Remember, you will be responsible not only to the group, but also individually based upon

your contributions to the group. Happy collaborating!

Who is responsible for evaluating this plan?

What variables/metrics will you use to evaluate success for each goal of the

program? Be speci�c.

How will you measure each variable/metric? Use of a table or chart to depict the

alignment of your metrics with goals is encouraged. 

Be sure all of your metrics are inclusive of all a�ected stakeholder groups.

What is your plan for reporting any areas for improvement?