Eric Peterson's Leadership

Topics: Inventory, Management, Supply chain management / Pages: 2 (451 words) / Published: Oct 18th, 2009
LEAD: Eric Peterson
1. What are the underlying causes of Erik Peterson's problems?
 Leadership:
- Hardy – Peterson tension: both lack of experience in the technical field; no clearly defined reporting relationship
- Peterson’s lack of expertise: lose confidence, can’t win arguments with Green and Cantor
- Curt – others tension
- Corporate – GMC tension: conflict of interests, lack of communication (change of standard and equipments without notifying Peterson), unaligned vision (target on high margin vs. reach out to larger customer base), undefined reporting relationship
 Operational:
- Equipments could not arrive on schedule -> delay installation process (due to Curt’s inability of managing inventories)
2. How effective has Peterson been in taking charge of the Hanover Start-up?
 Regarding Curt:
- Peterson wants to replace Curt with a more experienced leader in planning and managing, but it was not approved by the corporate. Peterson then took different approaches such as offering 1-1 counseling sessions, assigning him the weekly meeting leader role, establishing an inventory control system, and later on, hired a separate construction coordinator to assist Curt
- The 3 initial approaches were not effective. Peterson realized it but he didn’t push harder to find out WHY they didn’t work. He should have more in-depth / frequent communication with Curt (maybe let him know that the Corporate values him and he has the ability)
- Peterson’s effort to hire the construction coordinator was effective but temporary – can divide up Curt and Peterson’s work load but it’s not easy to find such person. Also creates more tension between Curt and this coordinator if this becomes an established position
- Peterson’s approach to solve the open-bay or closed pickups was a good idea (so that Curt and Trevor can see how their ideas get tested in the situation without failing anyone upfront)
 Regarding personnel changes
- Promotion of Melissa was effective as

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