In March of 2012 Steve Parkland was hired as the new president at Charles Chocolates. He was immediately faced with numerous decisions about the future of the company. The board of directors had tasked Parkland with doubling or tripling the size of the company over the next decade, but the board and the senior management team had different opinions about the strategy that would accomplish this goal. The main issues that Parkland faced were how to increase the company’s operations while maintaining the traditional culture and support of the board.
Gordon Biersch had extensive growth plans of opening over 100 restaurants across the nation with in 8 to 10 years. However, the growth they envisioned demanded a lot of time, dedication and expertise. They debated upon three different organizational approaches (1)
In conclusion, the statement at the start of the chapter that “if we only draw upon one particular frame, then this will take us away from thinking about what is going on from an alternative perspective” reminds us as manager leading change in an organization to not just jump to the first idea on how to make change. We need to be able to think outside the box and make a change in how we react to change and what are first instincts of action would be. Having different perspectives in how to go about change will allow managers to really engage and figure out what the best plan of
As the Contract Manager at Western Bakeries, I successfully reviewed, developed and implemented new policies and operating procedures in conjunction with the business owner. I provided advice and ongoing support to the entire team in regard to strategic initiatives and operational issues that were impacting negatively on their business, successfully identifying potential issues, reviewing and negotiating effective staffing solutions, of which all produced positive outcomes.
* The management at Kellogg’s anticipated that the dynamism of times and trends would require them to adopt change and so, it directed itself to be more than just a “fair weather” believer i.e. planned for contingency and flexibility.
Another organizational crisis arose in 1995 when efforts to expand the Saint Louis Bread chain in order to increase brand awareness backfired as consumers favored Saint Louis Bread over its parent company. To solve this conflict, new divisional presidents were created for each chain, and in 1999 Shaich convinced the board of directors to sell all the Au Bon Pain cafes and restructure the Saint Louis Bread chain under the name Panera Bread. Panera’s current organizational structure utilizes vertical integration, with 17 fresh dough facilities that deliver to 1,591 cafes and franchises (“Our History”). Upper level managers now make menu and pricing decisions and overlook the marketing, franchise, concept development, legal, technology, supply chain, and human resource departments (“Organizational Chart”). Lower level
Richard Hoffman, the Executive Vice President, could not have been more right when he acknowledged that Peter Browning had a difficult job in front of him. It was Peter’s job to revitalize a mature business in the face of serious competitive threats, but without discouraging the loyalty and morale of a family style culture. Under Continental’s management, Peter Browning was faced with several issues.
Beginning a new business venture sounds like a easy task. All you need is a great idea, opportunity to select your team so you can begin to make some moves and find a few investors to invest in to this dream you have. Before you know it you are making a profit and moving onto a new location. Sounds easy but there is much more that goes into starting a new business than most people may know. To accomplish this, the business has to satisfy several objectives that exclusively add to the business. This paper will narrate some of the particulars of previous works from week two, three, and four with information such as the business and
Clifton's Cafeteria, in Los Angeles, is, as the name suggests, a full service cafeteria filled with food stations from which diners select delicious items to enjoy. Side dishes, like the mini Waldorf salad, crispy-topped mac and cheese, sweet corn, sweet potato fries, mashed potatoes with gravy and chicken salad, are perfectly portioned and match the entree items perfectly. Speaking of entrees, popular dishes include the prime rib and other meats from Clifton's carving station, fried chicken legs, juicy cheeseburger, grilled salmon topped with capers, pizza and patty melts on rye bread. Besides Clifton's classic candy station, they also have a ton of fresh baked desserts. Try the gooey pecan pie, the giant red velvet cupcakes, the whipped cream
The first step in developing a new business is to identify a passion and the second step is to devote to pursuing that passion. The book describes the toll of running and owning a business. Running a business takes lots of time, resources, and effort. Gary suggests that if you are pouring all this time and energy into something, you should at least do it for something you love; something that makes it worthwhile. Leaders in companies often times have to work hard and lead others to work hard as well. Hard work is when passion becomes reality. As business owners, and employees, are faithful in the menial, day to day things, they incline themselves (and their companies) for more. Dedication is attractive to customers. If consumers see the hustle a company invests into their products and services, they will be led to purchase or use the product. Ultimately, the leadership shown through dedication and passion play a major part in the successful
Kay Schmitt grew up on a chicken farm in Wichita Kansas. She had three siblings and an average childhood. Her father taught her many lessons about the business world, for he was always investing in new businesses or starting new businesses himself. Over his life time he owned, and operated dozens of businesses’. She learned many of her entrepreneurship skills from her father. After high school she attended Kansas State University where she met my grandpa. Like many woman in college at that time, she quite college in order to follow her husband. My grandparents moved to Scott City where she would later find her business success.
Numerous large businesses that are operating today were once started as small businesses. A new business is established to create a good or service that no other businesses have ever created or simply a product of higher quality than existing products, with the purpose of meeting customers’ needs and earning profits. Due to the technological advances at the present time, starting and operating a new business is less laborious. Nevertheless, would-be entrepreneurs should be familiar with the proper approaches to start their businesses.