Weston Nurseries, Inc. (A & B)
Weston Nurseries is a family owned business which has been operated by the Mezitt family for four generations. Peter Mezitt founded Weston nurseries in 1923, and it has grown to employ 250 people on hundreds of acres of land. The nursery has a reputation for high-quality products, a wide variety, and only selling what they grow themselves. Peter’s son Ed inherited his love for landscaping, and the two worked hand in hand for many years growing and developing the nursery. When Peter passed away, his grandchildren Wayne and Roger inherited the business. Each of them cares greatly for the success and longevity of Weston Nurseries, however they often disagreeing with how to move forward and make business decisions. Their extremely different personality characteristics have caused tension whenever business decisions need to be made, and has been negatively impacting business. Weston Nurseries Predicament and Key Players
The main predicament facing Weston Nurseries is the tension and power struggle between Wayne and Roger Mezitt. The siblings have very different leadership strategies and decision making criteria. This has led them to arguments, frustration, tension, and is severely impacting the employees and business. Although Wayne and Roger Mezitt are the key players in this case, there are other key players that influence and motivate the business decisions of Weston Nurseries. Ed, their father is, still very involved in the nursery and often acts as a mediator between the brothers. Ed had grown up watching his father Peter start the business from the ground up. He knew the history and the successes, as well as the struggles. Another family member that adds to the dynamic is Wayne’s son (Roger’s nephew) Peter. Peter marks the fourth generation to join the business. Knowing the business was struggling as a result of ineffective management, the siblings sought out help in the form of a board of advisors. Later, it was decided that the board would be awarded full power and responsibilities of Weston Nurseries. The three board members are Peter Markarian, Barbara Gardner, and Gary Furst.
Concepts from the course: Leadership, Power, and Influence
The main reason that Ed is a key player is because he is the one who got his sons to work for the Nursery in the first place. Ed was a workaholic (just as his father), and often imposed his will on others-including his sons. Ed had raised his sons working in the nursery. Both Wayne and Roger felt pressure and responsibility from Peter and Ed to preserve the nursery, which means that Ed was demonstrating coercive power to keep his sons in the family business. The belief among many is that this pressure used to ensure they would carry on the family business is what led to a lot of the resentment between Wayne and Roger. Wayne and Roger saw themselves as the determining factor of Weston Nurseries survival. Both of them had goal internalization, however as a family business, there is an additional complicated element that is not existent in typical businesses. Because they are relatives, there is a longer history of interaction, and each business move carries personal weight. When Peter passed away, he put terms in his will that if Wayne and Roger were in the business for 10 years, the business would belong to them. This is an example of reward power that Peter had over his grandsons because they had the perception that they would be rewarded with company ownership if they stayed with the Nursery. Peter had also used an exchange tactic by writing the terms in his will. Essentially he was offering them a reward for something in return: commitment to the family business. Both of the grandsons stayed in the business and became the owners. They had equal partnership and right to decision making. However Ed, their father naturally assumed that Wayne would be the successor. This was because he gave Wayne expert power because of his educational...
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