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Week 1 Workbook
ENG 101 Workbook
The Introductory Communication Assignment 1.1
Think of today as your first day on a new job. Today’s assignment is an opportunity for you to introduce yourself to me and tell me about who you are and what’s important to you. Please type this up in an informal letter. There is no particular format of length required, but do put thought and effort into your writing and try to convey the information as eloquently as possible.
The program that you are enrolled in and why you chose that program of study
Where you live/what campus you attend
The length of time you’ve been at Laurus College
Your career/work background: what have you done, where have you done it and for how long
What are your goals? Your next steps? Your dream job?
Your educational background
Tell me 2 things you’re really good at doing
A few of your hobbies or interests
What you want to get from this class
Assignment 1.1 Response page
Phrases and Gestures Assignment 1.2
Generate a list of phrases and nonverbal expressions specific to our culture that a person from another culture might not understand. The first one is an example to get you thinking. Add an image if you can find one to illustrate the non-verbal expression.
Phrases or Expressions
Example: Sticking your tongue out at someone in Tibet is a sign of respect.
What’s the Difference? Assignment: 1.3
Choose another culture to compare with the United States. What words, gestures or customs are different? What would be considered an insult in another country, but that is just part of our everyday communication in the United States?
Create a visual example to share.
Country you chose to compare:
Assignment 1.3 Comparison Collage
Copy and paste your visual examples in the space below:
I’ve Been Listening! Assignment 1.4
Listen carefully during the lecture. Whenever you hear one of the following words put a check next to it. As soon as you have 5 checks in a horizontal, vertical or diagonal direction, use the drop down menu next to the raised hand icon on your tool bar to put a green check next to your name.
United States of America
Flat Organizational Structure
What is your Color Personality? Assignment: 1.5
Many companies will give you a personality test during the hiring process. This personality test helps the company analyze your personality characteristics to see how you’ll fit within the organization. Finding a company culture that fits your personality will help you succeed in your job and find greater fulfillment. Review the colors below and see which one best fits you.
Analyze the 4-color personality chart to see which color best fits your personality; mark an X on the appropriate line.
BLUES: The Do-gooders
Life is a series of commitments for blues. They survive on personal relationships and are always looking for ways to sacrifice personal gain. Blues are perfectionists and worriers. Blues can also be emotional and are susceptible to mood swings.
Reds are the power takers of the community. Reds are logical and determined. Emotions are unimportant to the decision making process for reds as they are vision and task oriented.Reds: The Power Wielders
Yellows: The Fun Lovers
Yellows are motivated by having a good time. They are enthusiastic and spontaneous. They find friends easily but can be self-centered. Yellows are the life of the party and are only concerned with having fun.
Whites are motivated by peace and happiness. Whites will do anything to avoid confrontation. They want nothing more from life than to feel comfortable.Whites: The Peacemakers
Terms and Definitions: Company Culture Assignment: 1.6
Organizational culture is a pattern of shared basic assumptions that the group learned as it solved its problems. Organizational culture affects the type, amount, and quality of communication with an organization. There are seven primary characteristics that when taken together make up a company’s culture.
Use the chart below to analyze the seven primary characteristics of company culture. Choose which ones are most and least important to you by giving them a numeric rating of 1 through 7 (1 most important and 7 least important).
How important is it to you?
Rate it on a scale of 1-7
1 most important and 7 least important
Innovations and Risk Taking
The degree to which employees are encouraged to innovate or take risks
Attention to Detail
The degree to which employees are expected to exhibit precision, analytical skills and attention to detail
The degree to which management focuses on results or outcomes rather than on the techniques and processes used to achieve outcomes
The degree to which management decisions consider the effect of outcomes on people within the organization
The degree to which work activities are organized around teams rather than on individuals
The degree to which people are aggressive and competitive rather than easygoing
The degree to which organizational activities emphasize maintaining the status quo rather than focusing on change
Find the Right Workplace to Succeed Assignment 1.7
It’s expensive for a company to hire and train an employee, so the hiring process focuses on finding the right person to fit the company culture. Knowing your personality will help you find a work environment where you not only fit in, but can be successful.
Think about 3 companies where you’d like to work and visit them online. Explore their website to find out more about the kind of work culture they promote, what job positions are currently open, and to learn about their location, number of employees and any interesting benefits. Then fill out the chart below and list 3 reasons why the company would be a good fit for you.
3 Reasons Why this company is a good fit
Assignment 1.7 continued
Cross-functional Team – A cross functional team has individuals from various departments to meet to solve organizations problems.
Cultural Context: where we live and how we live influences the way we communicate and help to shape the formality of our interactions.
Formal Communication: A formal communication network in an organization is established by management and follows the hierarchy within the organization.
Group norms – a norm is a standard or average behavior.
Group: Communication between more than two people. Generally, goal oriented.
Interpersonal Communication: between two people. The goal is to exchange information and accomplish tasks.
Intrapersonal Communication Barrier: It is a type of communication that happens with one’s own self.
Intrapersonal: Inner communication; the thoughts in your head; talking to yourself; thinking and problem solving; internal.
Non Verbal Communication: Nonverbal, meaning without the use of words.
Organizational culture: is the behavior of individuals within an organization and the meaning that they attach to it.
Organizational: Communication between groups or departments within an organization. Usually, goal oriented.
Public: Communication between an organization and the public. Usually centered on building goodwill.
Social Context: Our relationships with others influences the outcome of our interactionsrontation.