Upon reading the Financial Times article of July 15, 2010 on BP’s oil spill (the article is attached), please address the following:
1. Briefly describe the kinds of moral accountability issues inherent (explicit or implied) in the article, specifically from several perspectives (choose 2 from the following):
a. A BP rig operator (on a platform other than that which exploded)
b. A 25-year-old postgraduate university student from a township on the Gulf of Mexico choice of their academic study is yours.
c. A UK based retiree with a major income stream from BP shares.
In other words, what do you imagine might be major concerns for these individuals in terms of impacts on them and beyond? While acknowledging financial implications please do not confine yourself to this one dimension you are encouraged to imagine wider perspectives.
2. Based on the above
a. Briefly describe what YOU consider to be 2-3 major leadership issues of vital importance for BP?s future? These issues may be ideas about some tensions you perceive between conflicting interests between stakeholders matters not readily resolved. Alternatively they may be tensions/concerns you see between BP?s espoused policies and the events before and or surrounding the Gulf oil spill, and THEN
b. Drawing on your critical assessment of leadership theories to date make an argument for how would you coach to change the practice of senior BP managers in responding to public critiques of their actions in the Gulf spill.
NOTE: Of central concern in #2 here are matters NOT of public relations (P.R.) and spin but of moral accountability to multiple stakeholders ? ie your view of what BP’s senior management NEED to do to demonstrate they (as individuals) understand the links between leadership and moral accountability to those stakeholders. Thus what is needed specifically in part 2(b) of the essay is a structured argument shaped as YOUR coaching approach to change the practice of BP’s most senior leaders.
In so doing you will also be illustrating your deepening personal and critical awareness of the theoretical and practical limitations/possibilities in the leadership / coaching / mentoring literature you’ve addressed to this stage. In part 2 (b) show how well you demonstrate a critical awareness of the literature (for example your reading of tensions, contradictions, gaps, bias in what you?ve read). Merely describing the literature (?Smith says, Jones says etc).
Make sure to:
1. Use the Harvard method of referencing
2. Ensure page numbers are used
3. Use 12 point font (preferably times, Ariel, bookman or any other standard font)
4. Use headings but no more than three levels of heading.
Typically, an essay will only have four level one headings. Level 1 heading refers to the main header (e.g. Introduction). Level two headings deal with sub topics within the discussion for example if you look at this briefing document it has one level one heading (i.e. Title), then a number of level two heading (i.e. background task, format etc), and the odd level three heading (i.e., Harvard Method)
5. Page set up use 1 inch margins for top and bottom, and 1.25 inches for left and right margins
Please consider the following:
? Key concepts defined
? Demonstrate understanding of the concepts and their relevance
? Clarity is the paper clear and concise
? Relevance are the examples, literature and research used relevant to the question
? Demonstrated critical thinking in answering question
? Do you use appropriate examples
? Do you demonstrate wide reading and understanding in the area
? Good use of quality literature sources, explained well
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