For the project for this course, you will develop a Leadership Intervention Strategy (LIS) for a make-believe prison that has asked for your help.
What is a leadership intervention?
The term “intervention” refers to a set of sequenced, planned actions or events intended to help an organization increase its effectiveness. Interventions are often facilitated by outside organizational development consultants or employees within the organization who have the competencies associated with a trusted change agent. In this case, you are going to take the role of an outside consultant.
Interventions can be done at the individual level, team level, and organizational level. What is important to keep in mind is the objective of all interventions is to help improve the effectiveness of individuals, groups, teams, and organizations.
An intervention strategy can be relatively simple in terms of one initiative to address a problem. For example, a company develops a safety committee after this was identified as an operating deficiency. However, most intervention strategies are more complex and have more than one initiative or sub-strategies which make up one large strategy. The complex approach is what you will do for your Prison X – Leadership Intervention Strategy for this course.
Components to Include in the Project
Your deliverable for Week 1 of the project constitutes a case overview and an initial analysis of specific critical issues, needs, and challenges that may be affecting this organization and its culture.
Read the CASE (attached) of Prison X – Leadership Intervention Strategy.
Summarize the Case Scenario
- Provide a background of the purpose for intervention.
- Summarize the key facts of the case.
Conduct a Needs Analysis
- Analyze the specific critical issues, needs, and challenges that may be affecting this organization and its culture.
- Generally, evaluation of topics and sources should include four or five resources and one or two pages of analysis.
- Cite any sources you use in APA format on a separate page.
- Submit your plan in a 3 page Microsoft Word document.
LEA5140 – Case: Prison X Leadership Intervention Strategy
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Leadership Intervention Strategy
Case of Prison X
Leadership Intervention Strategy
You are an organizational and leadership consultant called in to develop a leadership
intervention strategy (LIS) for the state’s largest prison. You learn from several members of the
prison management team that they and 30 other management-level staff are actively seeking
employment elsewhere. Mass resignations appear imminent. These staff members feel that
they are undercompensated, overworked, unfulfilled, and underappreciated. The group
consistently complains about the leadership style of the prison warden, John Trevor. He is
described as distant, cold, uninvolved, and apathetic. When you meet with John Trevor
personally, you are surprised to find a pleasant, unassuming gentleman who is shocked to learn
of his team’s displeasure. John feels that his management team is an exemplary group of caring
professionals, and he is deeply disquieted about the possibility of these individuals leaving their
jobs. John expresses grave concern about the safety and security of the prison, other employees,
and inmates should there be a mass exodus of the management team. He is now looking up to
you to assess the situation and develop strategies to mitigate these issues.
Over the next few weeks, you will explore the challenges and opportunities of this
situation. Clearly, significant gaps exist between the prison warden and his management team.
These gaps could conceivably lead to safety, cost, and operations issues. Consider the
ramifications of a prison lacking a committed and cohesive management team. As part of a six-
month LIS, you will develop questions, analyses, solutions, interventions, and strategies to
improve the organization’s leadership, employee attitudes, perceptions, communication, and