Keller vs Mcgregor

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This two cases show us different views or approaches of how to manage a team, people and company. From one side, we can see Keller, a very successful executive, who is completely involved with his people, the company’s process and every interaction his team makes inside and outside the organization, and, from the opposite side, we can see McGregor, a very well experimented operations executive, who lets his team take all the decisions (delegates 100%), and pushes them to keep taking them.
McGregor, along with his introverted and powerful personality, is a very well experimented operations manager, with full knowledge of how the refinery he has been managing for many years works. With a team who is very devoted to him, McGregor took no part in everyday decision making, without keeping control of details. He had a tough but effective coaching approach, pushing and confronting his executives, guiding them carefully through a decision making process, in order for them to analyze the best and most practical way to come up with solutions. This also helped all his direct reports to grow within the organization quite quickly, until they became managers of their own refinery. Evidently, when he had to take decisions, he made them without hesitating. This management approach let McGregor to have time for himself, to improve his golf skills, and to live life with more time on his hands.
Keller, a very young and very well prepared (Harvard Business School) successful executive, had other great skills and a very different way to interact with his team. With amazing people skills, and a very fast growing career, Keller was a manager whose abilities were focused on supervising every aspect of the business. Due to his analytical abilities, he was a result oriented manager. His management style made him have several confrontations with his Commercial and Marketing Manager, Brodsky,…...

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