A medical devices company missed its R&D goals by ten percent in the fourth quarter, and for the first time in the company’s history, sales goals were missed (by two percent). Further, a trend was emerging; R&D goals had been missed in three of the four quarters.
In addressing business leaders, the CFO espoused the company’s vision and mission, and reminded upper management to “stay the course” in efforts to make across-the-board improvements. However, she failed to address particular areas where immediate improvement was paramount.
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Richard built his E-commerce business from the ground up. As it grew, and his needs for additional expertise grew, Richard hired only the most knowledgeable people. In the early days, profitability was a matter of course…almost a given. Then competition stiffened, and Richard’s company had to be more innovative and market savvy than ever.
The early days had garnered a sense of self-reliance in Richard that was ill placed in more competitive times. Because he had attended the best schools, received his doctorate, and enjoyed business success right out the chute, Richard hadn’t learned to rely on the expertise around him. His managers offered suggestions for recouping profitability, but Richard kept doing business by his old norms. Eventually, Richard’s capable managers left the company for positions where they could make a difference. Richard was in trouble.
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