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1 You have an idea to improve patient care that you would like upper management to support and fund. What type of communication tool would you use to present your idea and why?

Effective communication is an important aspect in ensuring a smooth progress of activities within an organization. The choice of the communication tool to use depends on the type of audience and the intended message. The intended message is to inform the upper management on an idea to improve patient care in which they ought to support and fund. The intention is to convince the upper management team of the importance of improving patient care, hence necessary to support and fund the idea. The appropriate communication tool to use is PowerPoint presentation having all the details of the idea and its applicability in the health care facility. The idea regards the adoption of nursing informatics by use of electronic health records and thus requires a power point presentation to explain the basis of the system and the importance of using it in improving patient care. The presentation ought to be accompanied by a comprehensive report about the idea and distributed to the management team during the presentation.

Communicating through a power point presentation shifts the focus from the presenter to what they are saying. It is a captivating and effective communication aid when appropriately used. Power point presentations are customized to focus on specific aspects of the idea. They are convincing, credible, and incorporate technical features like visual, audio and video materials that enhance the mode of delivery. The presentations are brief and easy to follow by use of slides for each issue (Atkinson, 2011).

2 What differentiates someone that is intrinsically motivated from someone that is extrinsically motivated? Give an example of how you would go about motivating an individual who is intrinsically motivated and one who is extrinsically motivated. What are the characteristics of a performance-driven team?

A person who is intrinsically motivated has an inner drive to complete an activity because he/she enjoys doing it and considers it valuable. On the contrary, a person who is extrinsically motivated gets pressure from outside that compels them to engage in an activity of complete a goal. He/she waits for external rewards (Reiss, 2012). I would motivate an intrinsically motivated person by helping him/her to maintain the focus and strive to achieve their goals by proving a conductive environment for what they love doing. For an extrinsically motivated person, I would motivate him/her by promising them of a reward after completion of an action. The reward can be in the form of money, praise, or prestige among other things. Also, the person can be engaged in a completion with others with a promise of a reward after beating the others.

A performance-driven team is composed of interdependent persons who work together in a particular manner to achieve a common objective. A performance-driven team is unselfish in everything that the members do. The team members put the team first in everything they do and understand when the team follows the right direction. Such a team operates like a strong family where the members truly love and appreciates the teammates to build a healthy and thriving culture. The members appreciate each other and listen to the contributions of each member for the success of the team activities.

A performance-driven team has diversity in which the members have a wide range of skills and experiences. They get support, guidance, and motivation from their experiences. Such a team sets clear goals and timelines that drive performance. The team measures the progress towards the goals at regular intervals to ensure progress of different elements promptly (Wolski, 2016).


Atkinson, C. (2011). Beyond bullet points: Using Microsoft PowerPoint to create presentations    that inform, motivate, and inspire. Pearson Education

Reiss, S. (2012). Intrinsic and extrinsic motivation: Teaching of Psychology, 39(2), 152-156 Wolski C. (2016) Characteristics of a High-Performance Team; Demand Media, Retrieved from             http://smallbusiness.chron.com/characteristics-high-performance-team-1402.html

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