Note: This is not a substitute for the
In-Class Test but a substitute for a formal Final Examination
during Examination Period;
everyone does both the In-Class Test (alone) AND this Project
(as part of a team).
Groups will be assigned after the "enrol without
permission of course director" date has passed
is a term-long project. Do NOT leave it until the last
the Final Exam Substitute Project"
You will be divided
into eleven groups Group 1 throu Group 11, to match up with the
chapters in Sandberg. Everyone is responsible for carefully
reading the Introduction, from which everything else stems.
Each group will be responsible for a
submission that includes an essay of four pages, done as a
group, relating a chapter of the required reading to the website
course material (that matches your group number), and a two-page note from each of the group
members detailing their own learning and "i" statements.
This means what you learned about the topics in the
course. Do NOT write about what you learned about group
work. If we were an OB course, it might make sense, but
Sandberg, Sheryl (2013) Lean
In: Women, Work, and the Will to Lead. New York: Alfred A.
is the best book on the topics covered in this
course the way that I teach it that I have seen in the 23
years that I've been teaching this course. Plan on reading
the entire book (it will help with your in-class test) and
then work intently on your group's assigned chapter. See
the end of this page for the list of chapter headings.
In order to keep
you from delaying work on the project until too late in the course, a
Proposal requires you to hand in,
early in the term, a proposal for
your project, which tells me what you are writing about, what your
specific thesis statement will be for the essay, and a short
statement of how you will handle lack of contribution by any
Your Thesis Statement
A complete thesis statement means that in the Proposal, you write a
thesis statement that takes a stand on the issue which you are
investigating. While obviously your thesis statement will relate closely
to the name of the chapter you've been assigned, note
that a thesis statement clearly states YOUR position; it is not a
statement of the issue, but a statement of the position on the issue
that your group's paper will take.
Writing the Paper
When writing the paper, do not use broad generalities.
the language and terminology of the topic you are studying, both
from the book and from the website. Be sure to refer to
relevant readings/class discussion/postings, and the book.
All of this constitutes
showdown" part of your assignment. Your assignment also must
include your own personal reactions to and feelings abut the issue ("i" statements).
In this group project your usual "I"
statements will sometimes be "we"
statements and sometimes the "I' of individual comments. Also read about
The course syllabus tells
you that you must be able to write an essay to take this course.
In marking, I start with the expectation that you can write an
essay and part of your mark is for essay format.
Note that beyond these
instructions, unlike what you may have experienced in high
school, you do not get a sheet detailing exactly what must go
into the assignment. At the university level part of the
learning process is for you to figure out what to put in, what to emphasize,
and what to leave out.
How to Prepare Your Document
preparing the paper to submit it, whether in person in the Fall
Hybrid class or by uploading to eServices in the Winter Internet
section, ensure that all pages are
double-spaced, in black type in not less than
11-point font (Times New Roman is best, and use only one font), with not less than 1 inch margins all
around, in portrait format not landscape, in single column
format, keeping everything as simple as possible - no fancy
graphics, no charts, no pictures, no colour - just
writing. Write exactly the number of pages specified and
as specified. Note that if you choose a font larger than 11, you are still
restricted to the set number of pages.
Do not put your name(s) on any page other than the
cover page so that I may mark fairly, without knowing whose
paper it is, and be sure not to put
individual student numbers on any
group work, to ensure your student number remains confidential.
For the Fall Hybrid course
cover sheet follow the instructions on the
Ground Rules page, under "Cover Sheet". Use ordinary typing paper
(no coloured paper, no watermark, no expensive rag bond, no
stiff paper, no laminated pages, nothing enclosed in plastic); staple the paper; do not bind it in any
other way (no cover).
Follow instructions strictly.
Winter Internet course, use the
Cover Sheet for the Office of
Computing Technology and e-Learning Services as your only cover
sheet. Do not use an additional
If handing it in in person,
use a cover sheet as described above for the Fall Hybrid
From eServices re: Cover Sheet: Assignment Upload
will not accept/attach files that have spaces in the file
name. Please see the information on this page before your
Assignment submission deadline.
This is a term-long project. Do
NOT leave it until the last week.
NOTE: YOU CANNOT DO THIS PROJECT ALONE. PART OF THE
CURRICULUM OF BUSINESS EDUCATION IS LEARNING TO WORK IN TEAMS. I
WILL NOT GRADE ANY SOLO PAPERS.
There are no marks for presentation
(students find it too frustrating trying to get it perfect with
very little time). Just come on the last day of class prepared
to speak as a group about interesting things you learned (from
the book, not about such things as group work). You may all
speak or just one or two. You may just talk without notes, or
use a very few notes, or you may do a skit. Be creative;
entertain us - the holiday season will be upon us by then and
this will be my last class I teach at York before my retirement!
This is your final exam substitute; I have
to have it marked in a very short time due to School
regulations, so the best offer I can give you for extensions is
one day 24 hours), with a mark of 50%. Send it to my email
But best to get it in on time for full credit. You do
afterall, have the whole term to do it.
The Final Exam
it's what you have to hand in
1. Start with the cover sheet.
After the Cover Sheet, insert the Group
Immediately after the Group Essay (use no dividing
sheets of paper), insert the individual group members'
submissions. Label each submission clearly
at the top as to who wrote
it, and put them in
Insert one separate sheet, if needed, headed "References"
which lists only those sources other than the course
materials to which you made
specific reference in the paper.
5. Submitting: Bring
only one copy to the last day of class, on-campus.
This is a term-long project; do NOT leave it until the
Sandberg, Sheryl (2013)
Lean In: Women, Work, and the Will to Lead. New York:
Alfred A. Knopf.
1. The Leadership Ambition Gap: What Would You Do if
You Weren't Afraid?
2. Sit at the Table
3. Success and Likeability
4. It's a Jungle Gym, Not a Ladder
5. Are You My Mentor?
6. Seek and Speak Your Truth
7. Don't Leave Before You Leave
8. Make Your Partner a Real Partner
9. The Myth of Doing It All
10. Let's Start Talking About It
11. Working together Toward Equality