The Lumen and Absorb Teams at Crutchfield Chemical Engineering

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1. What are the differences between the two elite technology development teams at Crutchfield Chemical Engineering in terms of motivation and creativity? The Lumen Team is obviously much more motivated and creative than the Absorb Team. This situation is created by the leadership styles of the team leaders. Max is showing very effective leadership while Chip is acting like a mere manager rather than a leader. Although trait motivation levels are similar in both teams, Chip kills all the motivation and creativeness of his team members with his insensitive, close minded and destructive attitude. We can see this from electronic daily diaries of the two teams. The Lumen Team members are highly motivated and very eager to innovate and…show more content…
Everyone knew exactly what she/he should do throughout the process. However, in the Absorb Team, there is a serious lack of proper communication. Chip does not discuss issues or keep people updated on certain issues which leads to team members to feel clueless about the future. In the Lumen Team, Max is always appreciative and encouraging towards his team members while Chip is just the opposite in his team. Therefore, the Lumen Team members could show their creativeness much more easily but the Absorb Team members couldn’t. While the Lumen Team members enjoy to be a “team” under the leadership of Max, the Absorb Team members do not even feel “to be a team”(even one of them wanted to leave the team) because of Chip’s ineffective leadership style. 3. From your reading “Managing for Creativity”, what are key components to enhance creativity? How do the teams compare? -Helping employees do their best work by keeping them intellectually engaged and by removing distractions. -Making managers responsible for sparking creativity and eliminate arbitrary distinctions between “suits” and “creatives”. -Motivating by intrinsic rewards such as sending them specific conferences for intellectual stimulation. -Flexible workday guidelines to encourage people to start each day at whatever time is best

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