Why Is Chattanooga Dysfunctional

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Jack would identify multiple reasons why the Chattanooga team is dysfunctional. They are currently not demonstrating many of the foundational principles Jack believes make a winning team: outlining a clear mission and values, practicing candor, differentiating your organization and voice and dignity (Welch & Welch, 2005). In addition, it appears their leader is not practicing any of Jack’s eight rules of leadership nor demonstrating the 4E’s and 1P needed in order to “lead more and manage less”(Welch & Welch, 2005).

Mission and Values
I’m picturing Jack seated at a table in a conference room asking the Chattanooga management team “I know you’re named after the city of Chattanooga and you make ice cream, but who are you as a company? Where are you going? What are you trying to accomplish!” Jack would immediately state that Chattanooga Ice Cream (CIC) is having an identity crisis. They have no clear direction and that starts from the top. CIC can’t be everything to everyone. They can’t be known for supplying mid-price ice cream products by the market and all of a sudden want to compete with Ben & Jerry’s and Haagen-Dazs. Without a clear mission the Chattanooga team is running around in circles – just like in their meetings. They don’t know where their attention should be with no guiding force - a good mission statement. They are directionless and therefore picking at straws in terms of making a decision to address their upcoming 25% reduction in revenue.
Candor
Jack would then move on to candor which is non-existent in this team. Let’s start with Moore, who chooses not to directly confront his team members about their negative and derogatory behaviors, thinking that because he remains quiet during their tirades, they’d stop the behavior. His silence has had the exact opposite effect – his team is left to believe it is fine to trash one another behind each…...

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