Like to learn about business and management situations but don’t want to sit down to read a full book or find traditional business books a little long and boring? Read direct stories of real life business problems in the Leadership Fable series!
The Impact of Management brings us through a realistic situation where management is having a direct impact on the performance of the team, and following that, the company. Read along to see if you agree with the decisions made, and use the discussion questions to help you think of how you would have reacted to the situation differently.
Each novelette in the Leadership Fable series addresses a business problem, lesson, or story in a fictional form that will place you in the situation for full understanding of how problems unfold and how they can be fixed. Discussion questions are included in each Leadership Fable, making this series perfect for the casual business reader, school assignments, or work assignments.
Targeted Age Group:: 16 – 106
What Inspired You to Write Your Book?
I have spent years learning about leadership, business, and life in the workplace, though real life experience or years of education, including an MBA. Let’s face it, sometimes reading business books can be a bit boring and it’s hard to put yourself in the context of the lesson.
I wanted to create a series of Leadership and Management Fables that address real life business problems in realistic situations, coupled with discussion questions at the end to provide you to think about how you would have handled the situation differently.
I wanted the novelettes to be short, fun, realistic, and applicable for the casual business reader or student.
How Did You Come up With Your Characters?
Experiences from real life situations in the business world.
Jim looked at his calendar and sighed. His next meeting was with Beth, the CIO of Red Western Enterprises. While he liked Beth as a person, lately Jim really dreaded their meetings. Jim held the position of Vice President of IT Development, and he had 4 different departments reporting to him, including the one Beth was always on his case about, Hardware Development. Hardware Development was run by one of the most experienced directors on his team, Wade, and the department was in charge of one of the most important initiatives for the company this year – developing new technology. So far, Beth was not impressed with the progress the Hardware Development team was making. Jim rolled his chair away from his desk and grabbed his notebook, straightening his tie while doing so.
A few minutes later, Jim knocked on Beth’s open door. “Come in,” she said, looking up from a report on her desk. Jim took a seat at her desk and glanced at what she was reading.
“What’s that?” he asked, referring to the report.
“Oh, this is the quarterly sales report that just came out. You should have it in your inbox.” Beth picked up a highlighter and quickly circled two columns. “Take a look at our numbers.”
Jim scanned the report quickly and winced. Sales were down almost 3%. The other column Beth highlighted was the competitor’s sales, which grew almost 4%. RWE was still the market leader of industrial printers, but if this trend kept up they wouldn’t be for long.
Beth watched Jim read the report. Jim put it down and pushed his hair back. “Whew. Not so good, huh?”
Beth shook her head. “Not at all.”
The room was silent for a moment as Beth thought about what she was going to say. The truth was, Jim’s department was at least partially responsible for the downturn. New technology was coming in at a rapid speed, and RWE wasn’t turning out new initiatives to the printing world as fast as they used to be.
“Jim.” Beth started out. Jim flinched at the sharp tone in her voice. Softening her voice a bit, she went on. “I don’t understand what is happening here. For the last 4 quarters, our sales have remained steady at best, and the last 2 dipped. While I’m certainly not blaming it on your team, we haven’t been getting new products developed as quickly as we should be. We need to bring new technology to the marketplace to remain competitive.”
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Riley May has spent many years in corporate American in many recognizable companies and has faced a wide variety of business situations and different ways to address them. In addition to her work experience, Riley holds a master’s degree in Information Technology and an MBA. She is also the author of popular fictional chick blog, Minne Apple Girl, where she blogs a new chapter 3 times a week of her heroine’s story about love, life, and career and all the crazy things that can happen.
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