Paddle Sports Assignment
Here is a global leadership challenge:
You have been assigned to lead a virtual team to launch a new product line into select markets on the Paddle Sports Assignment. Paddle Sports has designed a new series of consumer ping-pong tables. The manufacturing processes and design elements will give Paddle Sports an opportunity to leapfrog its competitors in the midrange ping pong table space, so company leaders are very excited about getting the project moving forward and meeting rollout deadlines.
Regional sales and marketing managers in Brazil, Korea, Canada, the UK, and Italy are on your team. You also have 2 new channel sales partners in Dubai and Australia.
Customer services will be executed by managers in India and Iowa who will be on your team. You will also work with an IT Director in Singapore and a Managing Director of Manufacturing in China. Please address every prompt within #4.
The lists below have several key considerations and issues that you will need to consider to establish a cohesive and committed team that will work together to produce a successful launch of the product.
2: Points of Emphasis
- Time zones
- Supply chain
- Performance evaluations
- Accounting and taxation
- Measurements (metric system, dates)
- Contract negotiation
Communication standards (frequency of it; direct/indirect, etc.)
- Open mind
- Nonverbal communication
- Language skills
- Common sense
A) What do you believe will be Paddle Sports biggest obstacles? Why?
B) For any global company, from the list provided, what do you believe are the more important “Points of Emphasis?” Why?
C) From the list provided, select 3 – 5 areas of “Competencies” that you would emphasize with your Executive Management Team.
Why are they more important than the others?
D. Any recommendations for Paddle Sports?