Leadership and Communication Issues at Fameit Inc Case Study
Fameit Inc. (FI) is a manufacturing company that produces customized frames using all sorts of materials to create frames for certificates, pictures, paintings, etc., all over the world. There are 100 employees divided between manufacturing and sales representatives, with about 20 staff assigned to managerial/administrative positions in the various departments. About 2 months ago, the head of the production, James (in his position for the last 3 years), was in a meeting with his staff when the following conversation occurred:
Production manager James says at the end of a half-hour meeting to review the production schedule results: “Does anyone have anything to add concerning operations today?”
Production employee Maria: “Well, we are having some problems in production because some of our vendor acrylics are changing composition and are not resulting in the best quality product when they come off the line. Someone needs to speak with our vendor.”
Production Manager James: “Anyone else have that problem?” (He waits for 3 seconds for any response and then continues.) “Thanks everyone, I guess that wraps up this meeting. Now back to work!”
After a week, the production manager began to receive reports from the database system that quality control was rejecting some of the final products off the assembly line. In addition, customer complaints and returns now had gotten to a critical point, and executive management had been alerted.
The production manager had a special meeting of his department that same day and admonished the production team, saying:
“It is your responsibility to see that these products pass quality control. If there is a problem, you are to contact me. I hold you all responsible for this lapse in reporting this problem. I will decide shortly who will be working with me to resolve this issue.”
Production employee Maria just looked at her colleagues and said: “But boss, I did bring this up at the last meeting.”
Production manager James responded: “Well if there was a problem as important as this one, you should have sent a follow-up memo to everyone.” Looking at Maria, he continued, “Someone may be losing their job over this!” Then he adjourned the meeting.
Production employee Maria, speaking to another employee after the meeting: “I absolutely should not lose my job over this; I told him there was a problem. I am going to complain to the human resources department right away.”
Checklist: Respond to the following items regarding the scenario and the leadership and communication processes you learned about through your reading and learning activities.
Analyze the problems at this company as portrayed in the scenario.
Describe the leadership style demonstrated by the manager:
Name the leadership style.
Define the leadership style.
Explain why you chose this leadership style.
Explain the aspects of the leadership process that were neglected by the manager.
Describe the steps in the communication process.
Describe the steps in the communication process that were not addressed or completed.
Explain how the communication steps were not completed or addressed.
Examine and explain how the manager could have used the communication and leadership process to (1) build a better relationship with the employees in his department and (2) make employees more effective on the job.