Video Case Library

While it’s easy to find cases addressing executive leaders and first-time managers, having access to teaching and learning materials that explore the unique problems of undergraduate leaders and recent grads beginning their careers can be challenging. With this video library, we provide a set of cases that we hope will serve as learning resources for undergraduate instructors and employers wanting to help develop young leaders and prepare them for a successful transition into the workplace. These cases highlight TCU grads, including Neeley Leadership Program alumni.

Title: The Underperforming Team Member

Students are regularly confronted with the problem of an underperforming team member, and most often the choice is to avoid the issue. In this case, two student leaders use crucial conversation skills to address an underperforming team member, with surprising results.

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Title: Making Difficult Choices

All leaders face work-life issues. But for undergrads the choices can be even more challenging. In this case we see how hard it can be for a high-performing and highly conscientious student leader to say no to a leadership opportunity when faced with a major life event.

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Title: The Proactive Intern

We have all heard about the entitlement attitude of the young generation. But in this case we see the other side of the story—the challenge of a proactive intern who is trying to make a difference but struggling to figure out how best to do so.

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Title: Leading Volunteers

Student leadership is hard. Unlike leadership in organizations where hierarchy provides a basis for authority, student leaders must manage peers who are providing their services voluntarily. In this case, we see the techniques that one student leader used to coordinate and motivate peers to contribute to a large-scale collaborative project.  

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Title: The First Presentation Out of College

Many undergrads find presenting in the classroom stressful, but it can be nothing compared to realities of the workplace. In this case we see the challenge a student leader faces in his new job when he has to make a presentation to a not-so-friendly audience.  

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Title: Dealing with an Older Coworker

If you thought dealing with a teammate on a class project was hard, try dealing with a coworker who is twice your age. In this case, we see the experience of a recent grad from a student leadership program trying to understand why her new colleague might not be so open to building a relationship.

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Title: The Unexpected Job Transition

One thing we know about the workplace is that you have to be prepared for change. But that might come as a surprise to new hires who think they have found their dream job. This case highlights the case of a recent grad who finds that a major shift at work has made her fall out of fit before she had a chance to even get started.    

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