Google- Project Oxygen Case Study Solution

In order to deal with the underlying issue the first thing Google should do is, it must incorporate mentoring session in which the top managers get in direct contact with the CEO and VP of the company and the VP Or CEO act as mentors to develop the inspirational and aspiring trait among the managers. This will make a bridge for mangers to learn the traits by experiencing and getting in direct contact.

  • In order to develop an effective feedback system, the company must incorporate 360 degree feedback and evaluation process, by which not only the employees rate the managers but managers from other departments offer their feedback for employees as well. This will open various dimensions of improving the role of the manager. Moreover, the approach will help in sustaining the essence of the project oxygen which offers updated findings to improve the leadership style of the managers.
  • The company has to develop a culture of innovation more firmly into the organization while also sticking to the values offered by Oxygen 8 to accomplish the task.Google should make the oxygen 8 traits the mission statement of the company which will engrave the graveness of the quality of good managers while also offer an open platform for the mangers to develop and devise better traits of leadership which could add in Oxygen 8 while also promote democratic lean structure of the organization.

Implementation/Analysis

Assess the limitations and strengths of your recommended course of action; describe the drawbacks of your preferred course of action, and how the strengths exceed these limitations

Strengths

  • Since the company wants to offers a career development path to the managers and also integrating the traits of the top management into the managers which will make them the managers that the world wants to interact with.The mentorship program will offer a platform to the managers to learn from the top VP and CEO of the organization by interacting with them and learning how they work and deal with matter, what their leadership style is, and how they manage the teams.This will help Google in accomplishing the aim of Project Oxygen
  • Making the Oxygen 8 traits as part of the mission statement will signal that these traits are important to become the top performing managers.However, it will not restrict the managers totally frame their style according to the Oxygen 8 traits. Thus opening the new gateway to develop and identify the new dimensions that could add value to the process.

Limitation/Drawback

Though the process of Mentoring is a proven method, yet it is impossible to quantify the impact of the program on the performance and learning of the managers. In addition, even if the company offers an open gateway to choose the leadership style that the managers want to pursue, the element of human bias will remain there, which might hinder the proactive, innovative approach of the new managers.

Although the process of mentorship has a limitation, yet the process can be supported with the fact that employees learn more by getting in contact with the actual source. In this particular scenario, the source is the VP or CEO himself sharing and mentoring others, managers to become like them in the long run. The direct contact reduces the human bias which may change the perception of the manager if it comes to him from multiple stages and sources. In addition, developing such a culture of organization which promotes free thinking and leadership style will eliminate the factor of ‘Boxing in’……………….

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