Discussion Topic: The Suarez Effect

Discussion Topic: The Suarez Effect

The Suarez Effect

Pat Talley and Carmelita Suarez are competing for the CIO position. Pat is task-oriented and doesn’t socialize well. Carmelita is popular with others and socializes easily with individuals at every level.


1. Who do you think the CEO should appoint as CIO? Why?
2. Is Pat sabotaging his career by thinking of relationship building as “office politics” that takes the focus away from day-to-day work? What advice would you give Pat, who is not a natural relationship builder?
3. What sources of power do Pat and Carmelita seem to use in the company? Which person do you believe will be more influential as CIO? Explain.

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