The paper "Managing Human Behaviour in Public " is an outstanding example of a management assignment. Like any other leader, Sam seems to be faced with a difficult situation and the way in which he handles it is a great determinant of whether the project will be a success or a failure in the end. From the case, it is evident that the group that Sam was supposed to work with was the hardest one and his appointment as the manager was an uphill battle and a major pullback to him. From my understanding of the case, I would advise Sam that, though the work was meant to be done by volunteers, he should ask the other management team to at least offer some form of incentives to the employees who will be allocated the work (Bratton, 2007).
This is based on the notion that, in most volunteer organizations, the workers are not paid. This usually has a great effect on motivation as well as the overall performance of the individuals. In most instances, a great number of volunteers mainly lose sight of their work ethics, feel less motivated to work and may eventually do away with the tasks since they feel that they are not getting enough from their efforts and contributions to the project (Denhardt, Denhardt & Aristigueta, 2008).
In such instances, the employees are likely to give less priority to the new tasks since it is voluntary and deal with other tasks and commitments and mostly the tasks and duties that they will be paid for completing. Additionally, it is evident that, though Chris allocated Sam the task, he had to rely on other employees to ensure the successful completion of the task.
In this respect, Sam needs to come up with a group of employees who are well organized, self-motivated and diligent. This kind of team players will be of great help in the completion of the allocated tasks. This will ensure that the selected team players meet the deadlines and complete the work with the highest level of standards (Denhardt, Denhardt & Aristigueta, 2008). In this respect, Sam will have little pressure and there will be a high level of satisfaction among him as the manager and the other employees working on the task.
I would advise Sam to take note of both the smaller and the bigger issues in the organization. The bigger issues are affected greatly by smaller issues. In resolving the smaller issues, I would advise Sam as the manager in charge of the project to have one on one meeting with the various candidates for the task (Society for Human Resource Management, 2010). At the same time, he should consider the current work situations and this entails duties and tasks that they are currently undertaking.
This is a major consideration since, if the participants have other tasks, which are urgent, they will not be in a position to undertake the new roles effectively and on time. Additionally, Sam should not force the employees to be part of the task and thus he should consider past experiences of the employees prior to engaging them in the task. Through this, some of them could have past experiences while others may lack the experience but they may learn from others.
By doing this, Sam would have an empowered workforce that will be able to undertake future tasks with a lot of professionalism and in a timely manner (Mullins, 2006).