Leadership, Followership, Teamwork Final Exam

Watch the movie, That Thing You Do, written and directed by Tom Hanks (1996). Answer the Final Exam questions based on the movie to analyze The Wonders with respect to leadership, followership, and teamwork.That Thing You Do Poster  Source: http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/en/5/51/That_Thing_You_Do!_film_poster.jpg

Your written answers should include specific references to the appropriate authors and concepts. There is no word limit per question. You can go beyond the space provided. Write as much as you need to answer each question. The key is to show me that you understand the concepts from the course and can apply them to The Wonders. For each question give specific examples from the movie.

Image of That Thing You Do Cast  Source: http://www.threedonia.com/wp-content/uploads/2012/01/ttyd.jpg

Main characters (left to right)

– Mr. White (Tom Hanks) – 2nd manager

-Jimmy (Jonathon Schaeh) – lead singer, guitar

-Faye (Liv Tyler) – Jimmy’s girlfriend

-TB Player (Ethan Embry) – bass, vocals

-Guy Patterson (Tom Scott) – drummer

-Lenny (Steve Zahn) – guitar, vocals

Image of Chris Ellis

-Phil Horace (Chris Ellis) – 1st manager

Image of Larry Antonio

–           -Scott Pell “Wolfman” (Larry Antonio) – 2nd bass player

  1. Use Tuckman’s five stages of group development to describe the evolution of The Wonders as a band. List each stage and give an example. (10 pts)
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  • Were the Wonders an effective team? Use Rath’s five characteristics of strong teams. List each sign and give an example pro or con. (10 pts)
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  • Describe The Wonders’ band members with respect to two followership models. What type of follower was each of the band members: Jimmy, Lenny, TB Player, Guy, and Faye? Describe why you think so. (10 pts)
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  • How was each band member motivated? Use Sinek’s and Pink’s two models. Give specific examples from the movie for each. (10 pts)
Jimmy. Motivation concept: ______________________________. Example how met and by whom:              
Lenny. Motivation concept: ______________________________. Example how met and by whom:              
TB Player. Motivation concept: ______________________________. Example how met and by whom:              
Guy. Motivation concept: ______________________________. Example how met and by whom:              
Faye. Motivation concept: ______________________________. Example how met and by whom:              
  • How were each band member’s needs met? Address all four of Rath’s basic follower needs. Pick a different need for each person and give specific examples from the movie. (10 pts)
Jimmy. Need: ______________________________. Example how met and by whom:              
Lenny. Need: ______________________________. Example how met and by whom:              
TB Player. Need: ______________________________. Example how met and by whom:              
Guy. Need: ______________________________. Example how met and by whom:              
Faye. Need: ______________________________. Example how met and by whom:            
  • What was each leader’s predominant contextual leadership style? Name the model (Lewin’s, Leader-Participation, Path-Goal, Situational), and author(s). Show how they used different styles. Did anyone change styles during the life of the band? Give examples from the movie. (10 pts)
Mr. White. Leadership Model: __________________________. Author: _________________________. Leadership Style: ______________________________. Change style: Yes or No. Explain:                
Phil Horace. Leadership Model: _________________________. Author: _________________________. Leadership Style: ______________________________. Change style: Yes or No. Explain:                
Jimmy. Leadership Model: __________________________. Author: _________________________. Leadership Style: ______________________________. Change style: Yes or No. Explain:                
Guy. Leadership Model: __________________________. Author: _________________________. Leadership Style: ______________________________. Change style: Yes or No. Explain:              
  • Identify each leader’s predominant leadership philosophy (authentic, servant, spiritual, transformational, transactional). Choose one for each person. List author and dimension within the model that best represents them. Give examples from the movie. (10 pts)
Mr. White. Leadership Philosophy: __________________________. Author: _____________________. Leadership Dimension: ______________________________. Explain:                
Phil Horace. Leadership Philosophy: __________________________. Author: _____________________. Leadership Dimension: ______________________________. Explain:                
Jimmy. Leadership Philosophy: __________________________. Author: _____________________. Leadership Dimension: ______________________________. Explain:                
Guy. Leadership Philosophy: __________________________. Author: _____________________. Leadership Dimension: ______________________________. Explain:    

     
  • Describe the leadership of Mr. White, Phil Horace, Jimmy, and Guy Patterson. Within which Gallup Strengths Finder leadership domain do their main strengths seem to lie? Discuss whether and how their strengths complement or conflict with each other. (10 pts)
Mr. White. Strength Domain: ______________________________. Compliment or Conflict. Explain:                  
Phil Horace. Strength Domain: ______________________________. Compliment or Conflict. Explain:                  
Jimmy. Strength Domain: ______________________________. Compliment or Conflict. Explain:                  
Guy. Strength Domain: ______________________________. Compliment or Conflict. Explain:                
  • What predominant De Bono’s Six Thinking Hat did each leader use? Did anyone change hats during the life of the band? Did their hats complement or conflict with each other? (10 pts)
Mr. White. Hat: ___________________________ Change style: Yes or No. Explain:                
Phil Horace. Hat: ___________________________ Change style: Yes or No. Explain:                
Jimmy. Hat: ___________________________ Change style: Yes or No. Explain:                
Guy. Hat: ___________________________ Change style: Yes or No. Explain:                
  1. Based on the evaluation of the earlier questions, describe how The Wonders might have survived beyond being a one hit wonder. Include answers that address leadership, followership, and teamwork. Describe the three main problems and explain your solutions. Have fun! (10 pts total)
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Teamwork Problem:   Solution:                  
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