Article Review of Leaderships Is a Conversation

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Universiti Tunku Abdul Rahman Faculty of Accountancy and Management Bachelor of Accounting (Hons) Academic Year 2012 Year 1 Semester 1 UAEL 1023 English for Business Article Review – Leadership is a Conversation Tutorial group: Tutorial 1 Tutor: Ms.Ting Article Review: Leadership is a Conversation Submission Date: 25 July 2012 Name | ID number | Course | Melvin Choo Yeh Ming | 1002358 | AT | | | | | | | Leong Shu Wen | 1105091 | AT | REVIEW OF ARTICLE ENTITLED LEADERSHIP IS A CONVERSATION INTRODUCTION The authors of this article are Boris Groysberg and Michael Slind. It is published in the Harvard Business Review, June 2012. Boris Groysberg is a Professor of Business Administration in the Organizational…show more content…
The authors believe that this will help employees from all levels of the company hierarchy to gain a general understanding on where the company stands in its competitive environment. The authors then conclude the article by stating that the flow of conversation is out of control and that smart leaders learn how to use conversation to their benefit by managing the flow of information in an honest fashion. One-way communication has become an antique but people will listen to conversation that is intimate, interactive, inclusive and intentional. CRITUQUE In the article, Groysberg and Slind give several examples of how business communications are dealt with in our current world. However, some of the points raised are questionable. Such as that of Athenahealth where the company entrusts secret documents to all their workers and hence makes them all “insiders”. This is worrying, as to deem all employees as responsible is a clear generalisation. They are sure to be several bad apples in any company, waiting to spill their company secrets to a competitor. Athenahealth’s idea requires a high level of trust which is not possibly attainable in a world where white collar crime is rampant. Practices like these might lead to companies losing revenue as ideas are stolen by other companies. Therefore, communications between the top brass and the employees should be amiable and open, but not to the extent where company secrets are divulged easily. In addition to
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