As a supervisor in criminal justice, you will need to be able to identify challenges to organizational structure and systems and propose evidence-based solutions to management. Strong written and verbal communication skills are necessary when interacting with every member of an organization. Supervisors must understand how challenges affect the organizational structure of the system. They must also be ready to communicate about such challenges before attempting to apply leadership philosophies and practices to make decisions about needed changes.
Leadership has invited you to speak at an upcoming meeting to share your recommendations on mitigating challenges with the organizations structure and systems. For this assignment, you will prepare the presentation that you would give at the meeting.
Select an example of a criminal justice organization at the local, state, or federal level. You will use this organizations structure as an example context for your presentation; you will not need to know the challenges facing the organization in real life.
Select 3 organizational challenges from the list below that this kind of organization might face. Cite at least 2 scholarly sources in your presentation in addition to the organizations website.
Potential Organizational Challenges
Use any of the following examples of challenges facing managers of criminal justice organizations that could threaten the organizations structure or systems:
Establishing consistent hiring and performance standards (screening out underqualified, unethical, or underperforming staff)
Building and maintaining diverse and inclusive teams and relationships
Reducing mistrust and turnover
Strengthening public confidence
Using staff and resources efficiently to handle cases more effectively
Addressing lack of integration and collaboration between departments, sectors, agencies, teams, etc.
Contingency planning: Recognizing predictable events and prioritizing decisions to make policies to prevent and handle them
Contingency planning: Developing teams to advise on unpredictable events and how to respond to them
Protecting civil liberties
Maintaining a safe, secure, and humane prison system
Countering terrorism and safeguarding national security
Coordinating law enforcement to handle increasing levels of violent crime and the opioid crisis
Addressing the overuse of specific strategies or use of a policy/program for overly short or lengthy durations
Budgeting for and delivery of ongoing training (in-person and remotely)
Balancing training needs with staff coverage
Establishing clear succession and promotion plans based on performance
Protecting against cyberthreats and determining new responses to risks from emerging technologies
Leading with compassion and confidence
Managing negativity and conflict
Improving morale or engagement
Handling policy violations, reporting, and accountability
Making consistent leadership decisions about disciplinary issues
Using sensitive investigative authorities by department law enforcement
Ensuring financial accountability of department contracts and grants
Reducing delays or errors in the administration of justice
Create a 10- to 12-slide Microsoft PowerPoint presentation as if you were a supervisor examining problems and proposing solutions within the organization. Your presentation should include the following information supported by evidence of challenges to the organizations structure and systems:
Describe the selected criminal justice organization that is currently undergoing organizational challenges.
Summarize 3 organizational challenges the organization might experience. Discuss how these organizational challenges affect the structure and systems of the organization.
Explain how the organization has addressed cultural and gender challenges at the leadership level.
Apply a different philosophy or practice for effective organizational behavior leadership to each of the 3 challenges. Recommend a strategy for preventing or reducing each organizational challenge based on the philosophy or practice.
Download and review the Presentation Template. This example has been customized to reflect your summative assessment presentation components and will help you get a better idea of how to organize your presentation so you can focus on the slide content. Inputting your content into this presentation template is optional; you can use presentation software and design layouts of your choice to customize your presentations appearance (i.e., color, images, and font). However, ensure you have faculty member approval in advance to use other software.
Whether you use the presentation template example or another template of your choice, include the following slides and topics in your presentation:
Introduction/Organization undergoing organizational challenges
Effects of challenge #1 on organizational structure and systems
Effects of challenge #2 on organizational structure and systems
Effects of challenge #3 on organizational structure and systems
Cultural and gender challenges addressed by leadership
Leadership philosophy and strategy for addressing organizational challenge #1
Leadership philosophy and strategy for addressing organizational challenge #2
Leadership philosophy and strategy for addressing organizational challenge #3
Presentation recording link (if recording using video software)
Format citations and references for any sources and images according to APA guidelines. Include citations either within the slides content or in the speaker notes on the slide where they are mentioned. Use the references slide to list your references. Cite at least 2 scholarly sources.
Record yourself delivering the presentation either by:
Recording narrations within the presentation slides without appearing on screen: If you record narrations for each slide within the presentation software, such as Microsoft PowerPoint, you do not need to record a video.
Recording a video or screencast of yourself delivering the presentation: If you record a video of yourself delivering the presentation, either by appearing on screen or by recording a voiceover, paste the link to your completed video on the presentation recording link slide at the end of your presentation.
For either format, ensure that slides are visible and your voice is heard clearly. Contact your faculty member for alternate deliverable formats if you need accommodations.
Submit your assessment.
Review the rubric for guidance on deliverable expectations.
Access the Sample PowerPoint presentation available in the APA Templates and Samples in the Center for Writing Excellence for formatting guidance and best practices.
To review foundational information about how to create slides in PowerPoint, watch How to Make a Presentation.
To learn how to record your screen in PowerPoint, watch the videos and read the instructions on the Record Your Screen in PowerPoint page on the Microsoft website.
PowerPoint includes a Speaker Coach tool that can help you record a presentation from within PowerPoint. For more tips on using the Speaker Coach tool, read the Suggestions From Speaker Coach and Rehearse Your Slide Show With Speaker Coach pages on the Microsoft website.
To use Microsoft Stream to record your screen and/or yourself, watch Using Microsoft Stream: Recording a Screen or Video and read the instructions on Using Microsoft Stream to Create a Video for a Discussion or Assignment.
If you choose to physically appear in your recording along with your slides, remember to present yourself professionally, as if you were interviewing for a potential employer. Watch Todays Tip: How to Film a Video of Yourself to prepare for recording.
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