JWI 520: People Management-Assignment 3: Player Positioning Exercise

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Assignment 3: Player Positioning Exercise
Due Week 5, Sunday, midnight of your time zone (Weight: 10%)
Introduction
Player placement is a critical piece of the talent management picture. Consider these
challenges, which can result from inappropriate placement of your employees:
• Taking an A player and placing them in a B position can result in frustration and
demotivation. Eventually, the underutilized player will probably leave the organization.
• Taking a B player and placing them in an A position can result in lost opportunities for
the organization. Here too, the overwhelmed employee may well leave the organization.
Becker believes that effective talent management requires you to identify key positions and then
fill those positions with your top players who are well matched to those roles. Some will be hired
externally; others will be promoted internally. When assessing existing employees, how can you
decide which people to promote and where to place them?
Frustration
TALENT
PLACEMENT
Demotivate
d Player
Star
Performer
Under
Performer
Frustrated
Player
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Instructions
Use the Player Positioning Matrix as a framework to assess your direct reports in your
current workplace. If you have no direct reports, use a group of individuals with whom
you are familiar.
Your task is to decide which quadrant each person is in and to indicate the Type that
you chose in the Positioning column.
• Carefully review the four quadrants in Becker’s Player Positioning Matrix
• Create a Player Positioning Chart (see example below) with:
o A row for each employee
o The positioning for that employee
o A Rationale column with a brief assessment of each employee, explaining
why you positioned them in the selected quadrant
• Include 4 to 6 employees in your chart (use first names only and change the
names if you wish)
Player Positioning Chart (example)

Employee Positioning Rationale
Susie Type: Right
Player,
Right
Position
Excellent analyst, always looking to learn new skills and
improve her performance. Provides great support to every
team to which she is assigned. Very quick to get up to
speed in a new project or assignment. Her presentations
were good to start with, but she has improved them with
the addition of new ways to present data for a non
technical audience.
Fred Type: Right
Position,
Wrong
Player
Capable project manager but coasting in his present role.
Has the ability but not the desire to learn and develop.
Generally completes projects on time and on budget.
Communicates appropriately with coworkers and
stakeholders, but does not energize his team. In 2 years,
he has not introduced any new approaches to project
planning or improved his team’s performance.

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Formatting Requirements
• Typed, double-spaced, professional font (size 10 – 12)
• Include a Cover Page with the title of the assignment, your name, the professor’s
name, course title, and date.
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RUBRIC – Assignment 3: Player Positioning Exercise

CRITERIA Unsatisfactory Low Pass Pass High Pass Honors
1. Create Player
Positioning Chart
with 4-6
employees.
Weight: 20%
Does not
create a Player
Positioning
Chart with 4-6
employees.
Creates a
Player
Positioning
Chart but
includes too
few employees
or does not
follow the chart
format
correctly.
Creates a
Player
Positioning
Chart with 4-6
employees
and the chart
is adequately
formatted.
Creates a
Player
Positioning
Chart with 4-6
employees
and the chart
is well
formatted.
Creates a Player
Positioning Chart
with 4-6
employees and
the chart is
excellently
formatted.
2. Assign each
employee to a
Positioning
quadrant.
Weight: 10%
Does not
assign each
employee to a
Positioning
quadrant.
Assigns some
but not all of
the employees
to a
Positioning
quadrant.
Assigns all of
the employees
to a
Positioning
quadrant but
does not
provide much
variety of
Player types.
Assigns all of
the employees
to a
Positioning
quadrant and
provides a
good variety of
Player types.
Assigns all of the
employees to a
Positioning
quadrant and
provides an
excellent range of
Player types.
3. Write a
rationale for each
Player,
explaining clearly
why you placed
each one in the
particular
quadrant.
Weight: 60%
Does not write
a rationale for
each Player,
explaining
clearly why
you placed
each one in
the particular
quadrant.
Writes a
rationale for
some but not
all Players, or
gives a poor
rationale of
why you
placed each
one in the
particular
quadrant.
Writes a
satisfactory
rationale for all
Players and
explains
clearly why
you placed
each one in
the particular
quadrant.
Writes a good
rationale for all
Players, with
thoughtful
analysis of
why you
placed each
one in the
particular
quadrant.
Writes an
excellent
rationale for all
Players, with
thorough review
of past
performance and
analysis of why
you placed each
one in the
particular
quadrant.
4. Clarity, Logic,
Writing
Mechanics, and
Grammar
Weight: 10%
Mechanical
errors; writing
has an unclear
flow; student
fails to follow
formatting
instructions.
Mechanical
errors; writing
has an unclear
flow; student
does not fully
follow
formatting
instructions.
Some
mechanical
errors; writing
is adequate
has a clear
flow; student
follows
formatting
instructions.
Few
mechanical
errors; writing
is good with a
clear and
coherent flow;
student follows
formatting
instructions.
Minimal minor
mechanical
errors; writing is
excellent and
succinct, with a
clear, coherent
flow; student
follows formatting
instructions.
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