Have students research sexual harassment cases in recent years. Consider how the women in the cases dealt
with the harassment. How could companies better communicate proper interpersonal relationships in the work-
place? How does sexual harassment hinder communication in an organization?
Taking exercises online: Many of these suggested exercises can be made digital for those teaching hybrid or
online classes. Simply conduct discussions on your online forum, discussion boards, or course management
systems. In particular, Exercises 1, 3, 4, 5, and 7 lend themselves to this conversion.
CLASSROOM MEDIA RESOURCES
All the Way LBJ (2016, 121 minutes). Use this HBO TV movie to examine the leadership style of the accidental
president after the assassination of JFK. Johnson passes civil rights legislation and many other social reforms
while leading the fight in Vietnam. Johnson had an in-your-face type of leadership that caused people to either
love him or hate him.
Big Brains. Small Films: The Technologista Series (2013) (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pWxRowQjuf4).
This video clip features short interviews between young girls and ten technology leaders at IBM. The video is
related to a web-based series of resources that can be accessed at <http://ibmblr. tumblr.com>.
Confirmation (2016, 110 minutes). On October 11, 1991, Anita Hill was called to testify during the Senate
confirmation hearings for Clarence Thomas’s appointment to the Supreme Court. She said she was testifying as
to the character and fitness of Thomas to serve on the high court and was ambivalent about whether his alleged
conduct had in fact risen to the level of being illegal sexual harassment. The HBO movie is a discussion starter
about the nature of sexual harassment in an organization.
The Intern (2015, 121 minutes, Rated PG-13). The movie tagline, “Experience never gets old,” speaks to the
nature of organizational culture. Robert DeNiro plays a senior citizen intern who helps to change the company
culture and encourages the boss to be the leader. This movie provides not only an example of organizational
culture but of authentic communication.
The Internship (2013, 121 minutes, Rated PG-13). Vince Vaughn developed this movie script after watching a
60 Minutes episode about the Google work culture. This movie illustrates organizational culture and leadership.
Kitchen Nightmares: “Amy’s Baking Company” (2013, Season 6, Episode 16, 43 minutes, Rated TV-14). This
episode of Gordon Ramsay’s kitchen makeover series has received a great deal of attention in online circles.
The episode features a husband-and-wife team who own and operate Amy’s Baking Company in Scottsdale,
Arizona. The episode demonstrates the dark side of organizational leadership as the couple creates a negative
environment for their employees and customers. In a particularly ironic twist, the owners go so far as to suggest
that they are being bullied by online restaurant reviewers. Ask students to consider the negative implications of
how Amy’s is organized as well as why our society tends to be so fascinated with stories like this.