Wolf Elmore Brewer, Inc.
---- Alex’s Difficult Decision
Alex Wolf, the founder of Wolf Elmore Brewer, Inc., and as he is getting old also the company is in a stably increasing situation, at present Alex is considering to retire and leave his company to other person. Alex’s partners Jim Elmore and Jack Brewer, the loyal employees who both worked for this company nearly ten years, is the highest potential candidate in Alex’s list. They were promoted to vice-presidents in 2004, both of them are trying their best to help company’s development and they have their own responsibility field in the company. All the things is under Alex’s control for such long time, it would be tough to ...view middle of the document...
But after the crisis the company was turning into bigger and bigger, Alex, Jim and Jack dedicated themselves into different area, the informal oral communication was also changed into formal or written communication. They only could meet each other during the conferences and meetings and the content was only about working. When they didn’t put private emotion and relationship into their conversation it was hard for them to know or understand others thoughts and ideas beyond work and job, the barriers emerged. Silence is the most horrible barrier that they are facing, it directly slow down the company’s speed and caused the information absence among the team. For instance, Jack is away from Alex and Jim so he could not share his thoughts with them and other people also can’t understand his behaviors because of lacking of information and communication. The communication among them seems getting worse, but one thing that Jim and Jack are doing great is they give the feedback quickly, if they want to share the information upward to Alex they always can do it efficient.
Alex recognizes both Jim and Jack are skillful partners, they all have the capacity to maintain company normally working. However, Jim and Jack are focusing on different area in company. Jim is focusing on the relationship with clients and state, most time he is doing managing for company and helping Alex as his “right hand”. And Jack always pays attention to design and technique field. His works helped company get good reputation in Portland. In the way of Alex thinking, Jim is a good assistant in the company and he currently taking the second place in the company; in addition, Jim has a long term relationship with clients and state all the work he is familiar with is necessary for a leader. As for Jack he was playing the professional role to control the designing and technique part in the company. After he joined the team he worked out lots of excellent projects, and earn the good reputation for the company, many young designers and co-workers in the company like to ask Jack about the professional advice.
Alex’s way to choose a new leader in the company is not very effective. His favorable options are Jim and Jack, but he forgot they joined company in different time which mean the functions and purposes for their work are different. And basing on the present result, they did the perfect job. One thing that Alex felt subjectively dissatisfied is they could not take enough responsibilities form Alex. But Alex never thinks in the objective angle, he thinks they should behave responsible for the work also take care with part of his work. He never talks about his thought with them and only blame them in the work. Maybe Jim and Jack still regards himself as Alex’s employee rather than a potential owner just like Alex.
Alex, Jim and Jack is focusing different benefit and consequence in separate parts, so their way of behaving and thinking is different. Alex as the founder of...