What is the relationship between power and influence…
- Power vs. Influence
Last week you learned about power and this week you learned about influence.
Power is defined as: the extent to which a person is able to influence others so they respond to orders
Influence is defined as: to get others to follow one’s wishes
What is the relationship between power and influence? Does a person need power in order to influence? Does a person with power automatically influence others? When would a person have power without influencing others? When is it likely that a person can influence others without having power?
- Illustrate expectancy theory or goal-setting theory
This week you learned about both “Expectancy theory” and “Goal-setting theory”. Illustrate one of these theories by providing an example that is relevant for you.
- Goal-Setting theory
Goal setting is a widely used practice for motivating employee performance. Goal-setting theory describes how and why specific and difficult goals improve performance compared to “do-your-best” goals. When might goal setting not work to effectively motivate employees? Why?
- Motiving employees
Although this is the first week we have formally talked about motivating employees, this topic has come up on several occasions throughout the course. As a manager this is a major part of one’s job (particularly for first-line and mid-level managers). Using everything that you have learned in this course so far, respond to the following questions:
What is the best way to motivate employees? Although most people agree that employees are motivated by different factors, is there a motivational technique that works for most people? What is it? Why would you suggest that it works for most people?
- Motivating employees at Whole Foods.
Based on your reading of the Whole Foods case, what does Whole Foods do to motivate their employees? Where could Whole Foods improve?
Please note: you may use outside resources to answer this question