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Article Summary of A Day in the Life of Alex Sander: Driving in the Fast Lane at Landon Care Products by Larry E. Greiner, Elizabeth Collins

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Article Summary of "A Day in the Life of Alex Sander: Driving in the Fast Lane at Landon Care Products" by Larry E. Greiner, Elizabeth Collins Citation: Greiner, Larry E., Collins, Elizabeth, "A Day in the Life of Alex Sander: Driving in the Fast Lane at Landon Care Products" Harvard Business Publishing. April 2008. Article Summary written by: Rahim Greiner and Collins' article "A Day in the Life of Alex Sander: Driving in the Fast Lane at Landon Care Products" discusses the personality traits and behavior of Alex Sander and how it not only limits his career growth but also affects others within the organization. Alex Sander, a MBA graduate of MIT, is a product manager in the Toiletries division at Landon Care Products, Inc. ...read more.

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Alex admits that he gets ticked off pretty easily, is very inflexible at work relationships, and expects everyone to put in extra hours even if they have prior commitments. He thinks that his temper is actually an effective management tool that makes people finish tasks on time but does not realize that he is losing credibility among his peers and subordinates. Despite his work effectiveness and efficiency, Alex's difficult behavior and disregard for co-worker's feelings is limiting his desire to move further up in the organization. Based on the feedback from other people at his work place, Alex works tirelessly. However, the flip side is that Alex expects others to work the same way, and if they do not meet his expectations, then he feels that they lack commitment and dedication. ...read more.

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In conclusion of the article, Alex's manager Sam discusses this issue with another colleague at his hierarchy level to identify the best possible option to rectify Alex's attitude and behavior. Comments and Recommendations Alex needs to show more concern to the feelings and insights of his peers, as well as take the 360� review more seriously as a tool to improve his weaknesses. Alex should take emotional intelligence (EI) training that can help him read emotional and social cues from others. He should also focus on developing his interpersonal skills and leadership qualities including leading through motivation and leading by example. Further, his manager, Sam should enforce Alex to implement a reward system to praise co-worker contribution. ?? ?? ?? ?? ...read more.

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