1. What are the issues that Robin is dealing with?
Though Robin¡¦s initial revolt against the sheriff paid rich dividends, certain issues have crept up in the near past and have prevented him from gaining a competitive advantage over his foe. In detailing the issues Robin is currently dealing with I will also use the SWOT analysis to identify where and how Robin can become successful. As Robin¡¦s forces have increased, he has lost control over the men. With the smaller army he exactly knew the responsibility of each person but now he felt he had no longer control over them. He also felt that discipline was on the decline and the motive with which he had started his campaign had become diluted. Growing size of the forces had also strained the food resources of the forest and in turn Robin had to buy food from other villages that resulted in financial drain. Travellers, whose goods Robin and his men used to loot, had started to outthink Robin and now had started to use other alternative routes thereby preventing Robin¡¦s men from stealing it. Additionally, Robin¡¦s foe, the sheriff was growing stronger day by day and was getting better organized than Robin. Adding to the cacophony, Robin was approached by conspirators who were interested in overthrowing the current king and the sheriff. Using the SWOT model, I will detail the current situation of Robin Hood.
XLarge size of force
XSupport of the town people
XTrusted lieutenants Weakness
XLack of cohesion amongst large force
XRobin¡¦s hands-on approach and lack of effective delegation of authority XDepletion of food supplies
XLack of cause amongst his followers
XCrafting and executing an effective strategy
XMobilizing large force towards a common objective
XSupport of barons who wanted to overthrow Prince John
XReinstatement of King Richard Threats
XSheriff¡¦s growing strength
XPrince John¡¦s spies
XDepleting food resources
XLack of financial funding as merchants were using alternative routes to avoid being looted 2. What alternatives are available to Robin?
Using the above SWOT table, opportunities in the SWOT table translate to possible alternatives available to Robin. As we have seen in the extract, Robin initially started off with a complete command over his army. Since the size of his forces started swelling, he has been that much less influential in his control...