After reading Chapter 4 and watching the video, conduct some research and locate one professional source that discusses managing meetings/teams.
Jerry Blaire is the regional manager of a national electronics franchise retail store. This franchise has over two hundred locally owned stores throughout the eastern United States. As the regional manager, Blaire is responsible for an urban area in which there are eight stores plus the remainder of the state, which has another six stores.
The regional manager is the liaison between the manager-owner of the stores and the corporate offices in Boston. Responsibilities include monitoring the individual stores to ensure the provisions of the franchise agreement are maintained, dealing with any complaints from managers, taking product orders, introducing new products, and managing the regional advertising program.
Blaire has been with this company for seven years, and before that, he worked with a home entertainment retail store for three years after he earned his degree in marketing.
Blaire is responsible for coordinating the advertising campaign for all fourteen stores in the region. A major part of the campaign involves store hours, which had traditionally been from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m., Monday through Saturday. The minimum number of hours required by the national office is 40 per week. However, several of the managers have been pressuring lately to change the store hours, especially those from downtown areas. They maintain that their business is minimal after 6 p.m., so they would like to close earlier. Meanwhile, the suburban stores want to stay open later because they do more business in the evening. According to the provisions of the franchise agreement, all the stores in a region must maintain the same store hours.
The problem is getting more attention from the store managers and is a frequent topic of discussion as Blaire makes his visits. Blaire has decided to have a meeting for all the managers so he can systematically analyze the problem of store hours.
- What type of leadership style should Blaire use in this meeting? Why?
- What meeting format would you recommend?
- What special problems would you anticipate for this meeting?
- What preliminary arrangements are particularly important for this meeting?
- Do you think it is a good idea for Blaire to have a meeting, or should he make this decision about hours himself?
Initial response, 400+ words (include properly formatted citations and corresponding references from the assigned readings/videos in support of your response); then, respond to two classmate posts, 100+ words each.
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