Examine the process of linking talent management to organizational goals to gain a competitive advantage.

Write a five (5) page paper in which you:

Outline the talent management program that led to success for the company.
Identify strengths of the program and how they led to goal accomplishment.
Describe opportunities for improvement in the talent management planning process.
Create at least two (2) more effective approaches to meet the talent management challenges in the future.
Use at least five (5) quality academic resources in this assignment. Note: Wikipedia and other Websites do not quality as academic resources.

Your assignment must follow these formatting requirements:

Be typed, double spaced, using Times New Roman font (size 12), with one-inch margins on all sides; citations and references must follow APA or school-specific format. Check with your professor for any additional instructions.
Include a cover page containing the title of the assignment, the student’s name, the professor’s name, the course title, and the date. The cover page and the reference page are not included in the required assignment page length.

The specific course learning outcomes associated with this assignment are:

Examine the process of linking talent management to organizational goals to gain a competitive advantage.
Analyze the process for crafting a talent brand and accessing talent channels.
Use technology and information resources to research issues in talent management.
Write clearly and concisely about talent management using proper writing mechanics.

Discuss how effective change initiatives can influence organizational performance.

The Brisson-Banks (2010) article in the required reading for this unit compares the five different change management models presented in this unit. It also describes various situational variables that could influence the effectiveness of each model.
Brisson-Banks, C. (2010). Managing change and transitions: A comparison of different models and their commonalities. Library Management, 31(4), 241-252.
In your article critique, be sure to include the following elements:

Evaluate different aspects of organizational change.
Discuss the role that leader vision plays in a change management strategy.

Compare leadership styles to the models of change.

Locate two sources to use as references (in addition to using the Brisson-Banks article) that support your article critique. Article critique should be two to three pages in length.
Be sure to include the rubric elements from the guidelines below:

accurate identification of the premise and supporting points from the article;
insightful and thorough analysis of information from the article, including using evidence and reasonable and compelling interpretations;
critical thinking clearly stating your informed and substantiated opinion, thorough evaluation of article’s premise, and supporting points;
organization resulting in clarity and logically arranged points to support the proposed solution;
academically credible sources meeting the assignment requirements and reference entries following APA format; and
clear and concise writing with proper sentence structure, grammar, and punctuation, and free from spelling errors.

Describe the various types of management careers that can be offered within each industry (lodging, and food and beverage).

To prepare for your assignment, review “Career Paths of a Hospitality Management Student”, located at http://www.hcareers.com/us/resourcecenter/tabid/306/articleid/573/default.aspx. This article provides an overview of the various responsibilities of managers that are commonly found in the hospitality and tourism industry.
Next, read “A Day in the Life of David Lindahl, General Manager of Daily Diner Frogtown”, located at http://minneapolis.eater.com/2013/7/19/6399397/a-day-in-the-life-of-david-lindahl-general-manager-of-daily-diner. Then, read “The Day in the Life of a Hotel GM vs. CEO”, located at: http://hospitality.cvent.com/blog/charmed-by-hospitality-marketing/the-day-in-the-life-of-a-hotel-gm-vs-ceo.

Write a four to five (4-5) page paper in which you:

Describe the various types of management careers that can be offered within each industry (lodging, and food and beverage).

Compare and contrast the differences between the General Management (GM) positions within the two industries. Analyze and describe the growth in overall employment within these two industries and how this overall growth is forecasted within the next ten years. Recommend at least three human resource practices in which each industry can better recruit and retain management talent for their respective industry.

Use at least three quality references. Note: Wikipedia and similar websites do not quality as academic resources.

Evaluate key judicial concepts that influence the decisions related to business

In this unit, you will select a case law pertaining to the topic of contract law.
Each case law analysis allows you to express yourself as clearly and fully as possible in dissecting a court decision. The purpose of the assignment is two-fold:

To give you the opportunity to read a real court decision.
To challenge you to think about how you would have decided the case. In your case law analyses, you must be able to navigate the court’s decision and summarize it; you are not expected to act as a judge or an advocate.

Using your selected court decision, prepare an analysis that responds to the following:

Articulate the importance, context, purpose, and relevance of law in a business environment:

Identify the parties who are before the court.
Provide a brief background of the problem. Summarize the facts in no more than 2–3 paragraphs.
Identify the specific disagreement between the parties.
Explain the ruling of the court in no more than 1–2 paragraphs.

Evaluate key judicial concepts that influence the decisions related to business:

Was there a dissenting opinion? If so, explain why some of the judges or justices disagreed with the majority in the decision.
Do you agree with the court’s decision? Why or why not?

You may choose any court case, either state or federal, as the basis for your case law analysis; however, the case should be applicable to the assignment topic. The recommended Web sites for researching and locating a case are listed in the Resources area.
Your analysis should be no more than two pages, double-spaced. References and citations are to adhere to APA formatting and style guidelines. Prior to submitting your assignment, be sure to review the scoring guide to ensure you have met all of the grading criteria.

identify and discuss the 4 basic functions of management. Also, explain which function you feel is most important and why.

Research, identify and discuss the 4 basic functions of management. Also, explain which function you feel is most important and why.
The requirements below must be met for your paper to be accepted and graded:

Use font size 12 and 1” margins.
Include cover page and reference page.
At least 60% of your paper must be original content/writing.
No more than 40% of your content/information may come from references.
Use at least two references from outside the course material, preferably from EBSCOhost. Text book, lectures, and other materials in the course may be used, but are not counted toward the two reference requirement.

How do you distinguish between federal and state authorities for both operational and management functions? Explain.

A mass-casualty incident (MCI) creates a uniquely challenging management and coordination quagmire. These events can occur as a result of natural disasters, such as a tsunami, earthquake, or hurricane; they can be a result of an accident, such as a ferry sinking during inclement weather; or they can result from an act of violence, such as a terrorist attack like the 1995 Oklahoma City bombing or the attacks of September 11, 2001. In any case, these attacks present a unique challenge to law enforcement, emergency response teams, and government oversight.
As you explore the different methods used to deal with MCIs, as well as the different governmental agencies that may be involved, consider the following:
Primary Task Response: Within the Discussion Board area, write 400–600 words that respond to the following questions with your thoughts, ideas, and comments. This will be the foundation for future discussions by your classmates. Be substantive and clear, and use examples to reinforce your ideas:

What federal and state agencies are required to deal with an MCI resulting from a terrorist attack? Why?
How do you distinguish between federal and state authorities for both operational and management functions? Explain.

How do you ensure a fusion of effort between federal and state authorities? Explain.

MCIs resulting from terrorist attacks are considered the purview of law enforcement. This creates a challenge during multijurisdictional MCIs. During MCIs resulting from domestic terrorism, such as the 1995 Oklahoma City bombing, what law enforcement agency should have primary jurisdiction? Why?

How should federal law enforcement engage state and local law enforcement for support? Why?

Treating long-term physical and mental health effects following any MCI can prove costly to state governments. How should the federal government work with states to ensure that proper medical and mental health is provided? Explain.

What federal and state organizations should be responsible for these efforts? Why?

· Explain three strategies the organization could implement to improve its financial management or fundraising situation.

Discussion 1: Reporting a Process Evaluation
Just as in needs assessments, interviews and focus groups are common tools for obtaining information about the processes involved in the implementation of programs. Process evaluation should include specifics about purpose, questions which the evaluation will address, and methods that social workers will use to conduct evaluations.
Review the many examples of process evaluation results described in Chapter 8 of Dudley, J. R. (2014). Social work evaluation: Enhancing what we do. (2nd ed.) Chicago, IL: Lyceum Books, or in the optional resources. Select an example of a process evaluation that produced valuable information. Compare the description of those results with the Social Work Research Qualitative Groups case study located in this week’s resources.
· Post a description of the process evaluation that you chose and explain why you selected this example.
· Describe the stage of program implementation in which the evaluation occurred, the informants, the questions asked, and the results.
· Based upon your comparison of the case study and the program evaluation report that you chose, improve upon the information presented in the case study by identifying gaps in information.
· Fill in these gaps as if you were the facilitator of the focus group. Clearly identify the purpose of the process evaluation and the questions asked.
References (use 3 or more)
Dudley, J. R. (2014). Social work evaluation: Enhancing what we do. (2nd ed.) Chicago, IL: Lyceum Books.
Chapter 8, “Improving How Programs and Practice Work” (pp. 167–207)
Plummer, S.-B., Makris, S., & Brocksen S. (Eds.). (2014b). Social work case studies: Concentration year. Baltimore, MD: Laureate International Universities Publishing. [Vital Source e-reader].
Read the following section:
“Social Work Research: Qualitative Groups” (pp. 68–69)
Document: Bliss, M. J., & Emshoff, J. G. (2002). Workbook for designing a process evaluation. Retrieved from http://beta.roadsafetyevaluation.com/evaluationguides/info/workbook-for-designing-a-process-evaluation.pdf (PDF)
Georgia Department of Human Resources, Division of Public Health.
Example of Process Evaluation
Boyce, C., & Neale, P. (2006). Conducting in-depth interviews: A guide for designing and conducting in-depth interviews for evaluation input. Pathfinder International Tool Series: Monitoring and Evaluation – 2. Retrieved from http://www.cpc.unc.edu/measure/training/materials/data-quality-portuguese/m_e_tool_series_indepth_interviews.pdf
Social Work Research: Qualitative Groups
A focus group was conducted to explore the application of a cross-system collaboration and its effect on service delivery outcomes among social service agencies in a large urban county on the West Coast. The focus group consisted of 10 social workers and was led by a facilitator from the local office of a major community support organization (the organization). Participants in the focus group had diverse experiences working with children, youth, adults, older adults, and families. They represented agencies that addressed child welfare, family services, and community mental health issues. The group included five males and five females from diverse ethnicities.
The focus group was conducted in a conference room at the organization’s headquarters. The organization was interested in exploring options for greater collaboration and less fragmentation of social services in the local area. Participants in the group were recruited from local agencies that were either already receiving or were applying for funding from the organization. The 2-hour focus group was recorded.
The facilitator explained the objective of the focus group and encouraged each participant to share personal experiences and perspectives regarding cross-system collaboration. Eight questions were asked that explored local examples of cross-system collaboration and the strengths and barriers found in using the model. The facilitator tried to achieve maximum participation by reflecting the answers back to the participants and maintaining eye contact.
To analyze the data, the researchers carefully transcribed the entire recorded discussion and utilized a qualitative data analysis software package issued by StatPac, which offers a product called Verbatim Blaster. This software focuses on content coding and word counting to identify the most salient themes and patterns.
The focus group was seen by the sponsoring entity as successful because every participant eventually provided feedback to the facilitator about cross-system collaboration. It was also seen as a success because the facilitator remained engaged and nonjudgmental and strived to have each participant share their experiences.
In terms of outcomes, the facilitator said that the feedback obtained was useful in exploring new ways of delivering services and encouraging greater cooperation. As a result of this process, the organization decided to add a component to all agency annual plans and reports that asked them to describe what types of cross-agency collaboration were occurring and what additional efforts were planned.
(Plummer 68-69)
Plummer, Sara-Beth, Sara Makris, Sally Brocksen. Social Work Case Studies: Concentration Year. Laureate Publishing, 10/21/13. VitalBook file.

Discussion 2: Social Work Agency Budgeting
Human services organizations cannot work in isolation because of the breadth and depth of social issues they address in their mission to provide services. By partnering with other organizations in the community, human services organizations can expand their service delivery. These community partners can complement the work of the social work agency and help raise additional funds for services. Strategic partnerships are not limited to nonprofit organizations; human services organizations may also work with local businesses. When considering community partners, administrators and leaders should keep an open mind and think about unique partnerships that will benefit the community.
For this Discussion, search for examples in your local community of partnerships between human services organizations and local businesses and/or nonprofits. (You may review the partnership example described at the top of page 306 in Understanding Your Social Agency, 3rd ed.) Consider how the human services organizations, nonprofits, businesses, and community benefit from these partnerships. Also consider limitations to these collaborative endeavors.
· Post a description of examples in your local community of partnerships between human services organizations and local businesses and/or nonprofits that benefit the community.
· Analyze the collaboration to identify aspects that provide benefits that go beyond the initial collaborative effort.
· Explain how these aspects may benefit the human services organization.
· In addition, identify aspects of the collaboration that may lead to challenges, and explain how they may challenge the human services organization.
References (use 3 or more)
Lauffer, A. (2011). Understanding your social agency (3rd ed.). Washington, DC: Sage.
Chapter 9, “Fundraising and Development” (pp. 285–320)
Bowman, W. (2011). Financial capacity and sustainability of ordinary nonprofits. Nonprofit Management & Leadership, 22(1), 37–51.
LeRoux, K. (2009). Managing stakeholder demands: Balancing responsiveness to clients and funding agents in nonprofit social service organizations. Administration & Society, 41(2), 158–184.

Discussion 3: Financial Capacity and Sustainability in Human Services
Receiving funding from a grant or other source of funds is a great accomplishment. Once the funding is received, the human services organization must be able to manage the funds effectively. The organization must also develop a plan to sustain the program after the funding period ends or the potential for change from the funded program may be limited. One way to determine an organization’s capacity for fundraising and/or financial management is to assess its strengths and weaknesses in these areas and consider ways to improve. This type of assessment should be undertaken before the organization begins to actively seek funds.
For this Discussion, you will evaluate an aspect of financial management or fundraising efforts in a human services organization with which you are familiar. Refer to the inventory tool on page 319 of Understanding Your Social Agency, 3rd ed., for ideas on how to evaluate an organization’s fundraising efforts.
· Post your brief description of an organization with which you are familiar (e.g., a field placement, a previous employer) and evaluate one area of the organization’s financial management or fundraising that needs improving, and explain why.
· Explain three strategies the organization could implement to improve its financial management or fundraising situation.
· Explain how each strategy supports improvement.
References (use 3 or more)
Lauffer, A. (2011). Understanding your social agency (3rd ed.). Washington, DC: Sage.
Chapter 9, “Fundraising and Development” (pp. 285–320)
Bowman, W. (2011). Financial capacity and sustainability of ordinary nonprofits. Nonprofit Management & Leadership, 22(1), 37–51.
LeRoux, K. (2009). Managing stakeholder demands: Balancing responsiveness to clients and funding agents in nonprofit social service organizations. Administration & Society, 41(2), 158–184.

Examine and evaluate the effectiveness and usability of Total Quality Management (TQM) in ambulatory care settings.

Ambulatory Care Quality” Please respond to the following:
Examine and evaluate the effectiveness and usability of Total Quality Management (TQM) in ambulatory care settings. Identify one (1) potential challenge facing an ambulatory care organization of your choosing and explain how Total Quality Management may help to resolve the potential challenge.

words: 300

Evaluate the components of operational risk and the application of corresponding risk management plans.

Competency
Evaluate the components of operational risk and the application of corresponding risk management plans.
Instructions
LTD Acceptance is a private property and auto insurance carrier that specializes in sports cars and motorcycles. This organization is owned by LTD Capital, a large equity group with over 15 holdings. LTD Acceptance is the parent company’s single largest holding as it drives 70% of total revenue. Due to the inherent risk involved in that segment of the market, many of LTD Acceptance’s competitors do not offer policies for sports cars or motorcycles. This market segment is underserved which is why the organization has 20,000 active policies for a sports car or a motorcycle.
LTD is headquartered in Houston, TX. LTD does not sell insurance directly to the public. Instead, it uses third-party agents to sell its policies. LTD handles all customer service needs including claims intake, policy services, and general questions. The company operates in four states: California, Texas, Louisiana, and Florida. Currently, LTD does not have an active system in place to ensure that its agents are in fact using LTD guidelines to screen potential policyholders. However, no evidence of negligence has emerged so far as the organization has yet to have a year in which it was not profitable. LTD has also had the good fortune of not suffering losses because of natural disasters or catastrophic events.
Organizations in every sector experience breakdowns or failures that compromise the efficiency and efficacy of their operations. This concept is defined as an operational failure. Operational failures have a direct and adverse impact on profitability. As such, the shareholders want assurance that the risk management team is actively working on mitigating the occurrence of these failures. As the newly hired senior risk analyst, you are responsible for outlining a plan to do just that.
For this deliverable, provide a report to your supervisor which provides a framework for managing operational risk exposures. Your report should include the following:

Explain why the operational losses cannot be broadly managed. Why do they have to be categorized?
For each operational risk exposure listed below, provide at least two examples of potential losses from the exposure and reasons why you need to manage it.

Internal fraud
External fraud
Employment practices and workplace safety
Clients, products, and business practices
Damage to physical assets
Business disruption and system failures

Your conclusion should align the effective management of operational risk exposures with organizational effectiveness.