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Rob Thomas

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Introduction
Rob Thomas works for The Braid group as Managing Director for their Chicago office. He has been sensitive to the lack of diversity at the Braid group. As managing director he believes he should work towards remedying this situation. He is sure that he will be successful in garnering support from most of the senior partners in accomplishing this objective. However there are some other senior partners who, he believes, will be unwilling to support this change. Moreover the partners do not wish to dilute the criterion for selection process to the firm. Despite the fact that his company had done well under him but so far he had been unsuccessful in furthering his goals. The primary reason behind this appears to be the fact that Rob Thomas is over protective about his image in public and does not appear to be willing to compromise the same, even to attain his personal goal of bringing diversity to The Braid Group workforce.

Objective
• To access Rob Thomas’ leadership effectiveness.
• To analyze whether or not it is possible to maintain one’s image and at the same time pursue one’s personal goals.

Case Analysis
Rob Thomas is a managing director at The Braid Group and heads their Chicago office. He is personally committed to the issue of workforce diversification and firmly believes that bringing workforce diversity at The Braid Group could be a possible way of attracting non-traditional clients. From the time he was appointed as head of the Chicago office he aspires to leave his legacy at Braid Group and achieving diversity in their workforce is what he believes it should be his legacy. While he is committed to achieve this goal, somehow he is pulled back by his insecurity to maintain and protect his image of a peacemaker in the organization.
He is aware of the fact that senior partners at his firm are more or less split across the middle when it comes to this sort of change which will definitely usher in a paradigm shift in the firms hiring policy. He is sure of getting support from some senior partners and of getting no support from some of the older partners. Therefore he finds himself in a dilemma whether or not to go through with his plan of initiating the process of diversifying the workforce at The Braid Group.
Even when an opportunity presents itself in the form of Linda Kraus’ promotion to partner, yet he approaches it in measured steps. He even knows that promoting Kraus, who has played an essential part in recruiting female associates and is a role model to female employees in the firm, will give a boost to his own efforts. But still he does not get on the wrong side of the senior partners. In his own words, he did not want to make enemies.
But still he decides to give it his best shot. He gets down to lobbying with the people who will vote for the same. He tries to convince them that it will be in the best interest of the firm. However the senior partners aren’t very keen to promote Kraus because of the fact that she is not very good at networking with clients and therefore she has often been found wanting of bringing in new clients to the firm. Despite the fact that he tries his best in putting across his case to the senior partners, it appears to be a half-hearted approach.

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