The making of the Brooklyn Bluebirds
Describe the types of conflict that seem to exist with the Bluebirds organization. What are the causes?
In the case of the Brooklyn Bluebirds there are a few different conflicts going on at the same time. In the case between Trudy Mills and Marty Bellman, there is a substantive conflict. The reason being is because it is over work content. Trudy hired Marty to be her team manager and help bring their record up. Prior to hiring, Trudy knew about Marty’s “fighting ways” but probably did not think it was this bad.
Marty refuses to listen to Trudy’s words because he wants everything to be done his way. He proclaimed “You hired me to manage, and that’s just what I’m doing. Keep your nose out of my business. Obviously that is not what you want to tell your boss because that could just lead you into getting fired.
Trudy is upset because Marty benched two of her best players and now both of them want nothing to do with the team. You could also argue that Marty has a personal conflict being he will only listen to himself and no one else. That attitude is definitely something he has to work out himself. You could also argue that this is a procedural conflict. Even though Marty gets to make some decisions without Trudy’s consent, he needs to realize that there is a broad guideline on how things should be done.
The conflict between Russ Thompson and Trudy is a personal conflict. Russ is a five-year veteran and a starting first baseman. Russ felt that he was getting underpaid in comparison to the other players Trudy brought in. Russ brought in a lawyer for the situation but it ended in a disagreement which upset both Russ and Trudy.
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Finally, there is the situation between Marty, Russ, and Mickey. This is a procedural conflict. The reason being is because Marty feels that both Russ and Mickey are not playing to their fullest abilities and therefore benches them. Russ’s reasoning for not playing so well is because he is not getting paid enough. Mickey’s reason was not stated. However, he did go to Trudy about the situation. Marty benching both players resulted in Russ and Mickey getting dressed proceeded by walking away from the field.
Is the conflict functional, dysfunctional, or both? Explain.
In this situation, the conflict is both. For the conflicts involving the individuals, they are dysfunctional. But if you take a look at the team in its entirety, you have a functional outcome. For the most part that is. The situation between Marty and Trudy is dysfunctional being they are only adding stress to one-another by all the arguing. If they were able to come to terms and agree on something then they would definitely be on functional terms. Then between Marty, Russ, and Mickey there is a dysfunctional conflict. By Marty benching both Russ and Mickey he has cause the team to be down players which could result in a loss of a game.
The situation between Russ and Trudy is a dysfunctional conflict. This is because Russ would is upset other players are making more than he is, especially being he has been on the team longer than they have. Russ would like to see more money come his way. This situation was basically ignored and is overlooked as if it never happened. That being said, Russ is feeling a lack of obligation to play for the Bluebirds and is considering being transferred to another team. If his behavior does not change for the better it will cause some loses for the team hurting their record.
Finally, if you look at the overall picture of the team and not the individuals, you could say that this is a functional conflict. The team has twenty wins and only seven loses. They are currently ranked number one and the fans are loving every moment of it. So even though there may be some intertwined conflicts the team overall is doing better than ever.
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Assume that Trudy has hired you as a consultant to help her resolve the conflict. Describe the steps that you would take.
If I were to be hired as a consultant to help Trudy resolve her conflict, there would be a few things I would implement. I would first bring back Russ Thompson and Mickey Ponds and have them put back onto the field. It is obvious that they are two of team’s best players and the team cannot afford to continue without them.
With Russ’s complaint about everyone’s wages being higher than his, Russ would have to understand that they were bought so that they would improve the team’s winning capabilities. For example, how the Yankees paid millions of dollars to bring in some of the league’s best players. Anyone who was previously on that team does not get a bonus for staying with them. But if he were to threaten to be transferred away from the team, I would look into two different things. The first thing I would do is to see if there was a signed contract stating what he were to be paid for an amount of X years. If so, I would explain that that is what terms he agreed on and his pay would stand as is. If Russ did not sign a contract or it had ended, then I would contact the manager to negotiate is a slight pay raise was possible for him in returning for signing a contract.
Lastly, dealing with Marty would be a little troublesome being he only wants to do things his way and not Trudy’s. I would have to explain to him that he is although he is to manage Trudy’s team, there are some decisions that he does not have the power to make. I would tell Marty that I understand he has a tendency for fighting, but he should keep the fighting off the field.
I would try to legitimize with Marty by telling him how even though he feels some players may not be playing to their fullest, there could be a reason behind it. For example, if he keeps getting on the players about their performance, he will just be adding more stress to them. If that stress keeps building up it could cause a lack of performance. If he would ease up on his players and show his feedback in a positive way then the team should be able to continue on with their great season.
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