Respond to the e-mail your colleague posted as if you were Tim O’Connell and share how you would proceed

Respond to two or more colleagues’ posts in one or more of the following ways:

  • Respond to the e-mail your colleague posted as if you were Tim O’Connell and share how you would proceed.
  • Share an experience that is relevant to you colleague’s post regarding a high-stress situation in your professional career as a manager or leader that expanded how you approached developing job satisfaction and motivation for others.
  • Expand on a colleague’s post by examining lessons learned from the case and connecting or contrasting those with the readings and resources from the week.



TO: Tim O’Connell

FROM: Adam Harless

RE: Hybara Project

DATE: September 19, 2017


Good afternoon. I’ve been reading over your current dilemma and thinking about what Hybara Casino is asking and what you have to work with. First of all let me say that I feel you made a wise decision when you chose Kristen to replace Alessandra. I honestly believe that Kristen has the potential to become one of your best managers, but you either need to spend some time working with her or find her a good mentor. As Green et. al (2009) once said, it isn’t our job to produce software, it’s to build a team that can produce software. With that being said, my opinion is that you should choose Alessandra to manage the Hybara project. Kristen needs to be involved as much as possible though – this is a great learning opportunity for her and I believe Alessandra will be a great mentor for her. I would even go so far as to call this Alessandra and Kristen’s project, so that Kristen doesn’t lose face with her employees.

As far as the other employees are concerned, you cannot “make” Grahame and Veronica work during the holidays, especially seeing as how they have already purchased tickets and have made plans for family to come to town and visit. If you choose this route, you could see yourself losing some good employees. Perhaps Alessandra has someone that could also help? But, don’t forget about the other employees – they should be compensated with extra money or benefits for working those additional hours during the holidays. It’s not fair to Kristen or her employees for you to pay Alessandra that much money but expect them to take regular pay for such an enormous undertaking.

When all is said and done, you should congratulate everyone for all of their hard work and accomplishments with the Hybara Casino project. Good company morale is important if you want to keep workers happy.

If you have any other questions or need any extra advice, please let me know.

Adam Harless

Green, S., Shcrage, M., Walker, C., & Muller, P. (2009) Is the rookie ready? Harvard Business Review, 87(12), 33-40.


TO: Tim O’Connell

From: Lauren Brumer

RE: Hybara Project

Date: September 19 2017

Hi Tim,

I hope your day is going well, I know work has been a little stressful. I heard about your dilemma regarding Hybara Casino, and I think it’s a really great opportunity and it could be huge for the company! However, I know you are losing Alessandra and debating on promoting Kristen to take her place. I think that is a really great idea – Kristen is a smart girl and I think she would be great in this new role. She has the potential to do great things within the company but she just needs someone to guide her. As Green said, “Her programming style was infuriating—no safeguards, no process, just her “intuition”—and her ego was grating, but the team had responded to Alessandra’s rebel-with-a-laptop style” (Green, 2009). Alessandra clearly was not a good fit for the company.

We know that Kristen is committed to this new role, and everyone else is as well, but they already have previously scheduled plans that they cannot break. You can’t really make them work on holidays, they would end up quitting and leaving us even shorter-handed for this launch. They are all very happy here and we want to make sure it stays that way, so let them take their vacations and we will figure this all out. As a second option, we could always offer them a bonus to stay over the holidays and see how that works out that way? It may be worth the money in the long run.

In the end everyone’s hard work will be worth it! When this deal is done we should have a company outing to celebrate – to boost morale!

If you need any help, feel free to contact me.

Lauren Brumer


Green, S., Shcrage, M., Walker, C., & Mueller, P. (2009) Is the rookie ready? Harvard Business Review, 87(12), 33-40. Retrieved from:…

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