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There are two major players in the Bunco Canada case study Nicholas the director of finance at Bunco Canada, and Paul, a certified management accountant and the staff accountant at Bunco Canada (Breward, 2010). These two individuals are the central layers in the day-to-day administration of Bunco Canada and are critical to the management of the organization due to their extensive stay at the organization. These two key players’ roles are very distinct due to their huge profiles in the organization. Nicholas was the director of finance at Bunco Canada. He also held other strategic roles, such as identifying opportunities for cost reduction, financial strategy, revenue growth, ameliorating controls, foreign exchange strategy, and managing transition teams for new acquisitions.

On the other hand, Paul was responsible for aspects such as plant costing, financial planning and budget analysis. Paul also acts as an informal advisor to his team members. He is a dedicated employee, witnessed by his decision to put in extra time at work and engagement in special projects that include process improvements and database optimization (Breward, 2010). Paul is so skilled in the finance area that he has become the sole expert on critical financial applications needed for monthly reporting. At times Paul is responsible for reporting on external financial reports.

The two key players at Bunco Canada, Paul, and Nicholas, share a cordial relationship. These two major players relate to each other in an executive and employee relation. Nicholas holds the executive position at Bunco Canada (Breward, 2010). He is the man in charge of making decisions. The organization appears to have only one executive, Nicholas, which gives him immense power over the organization. Paul is the employee, or rather he is subordinate to Nicholas. The two, however, appear to share a relationship that stretches far beyond a working relationship. Due to the extended periods of working together and the excellent performance that the two have produced over the years, the two appear to have developed far more than a working relationship. A friendly relationship appears to be in the mix, as witnessed by Nicholas’s caring towards Paul’s disability with Crohn’s disease.

The most important events within the case description include Paul’s disability, particularly Crohn’s disease. The disease appears to be hampering his progress within the organization, which is currently forcing Nicholas to rethink the decision to hire him as the account manager, a crucial role that Paul was eyeing (Breward, 2010). The expansion within the organization is forcing Nicholas to make decisions, in this case, tough decisions. There appears to be a moral dilemma in the case; the HR department considers promotions a legal and an ethical grey area. This is mainly because it will involve infringing on Paul’s privacy, as he will be needed to prove he can become a good account manager. A medical examination would be considered invasive to Paul, which is a rather pressing ethical issue involving the disclosure of private information.

The sequential relationship includes Paul contracting Crohn’s disease, which renders him partially disabled. The issue soon forces him to work partially from home. The issue starts to raise concerns within the office as the tasks that Paul was supposed to do he is no longer delivering at the normal high standards. This leads to complaints within the company by his co-workers. The company’s expansion means that the company has started hiring extra employees, and an account manager is deemed necessary within the company. Paul is an ideal candidate; however, his illness sees Nicholas choose to hire from outside.

The most important circumstances that form the setting are economic circumstances and political circumstances. The position of an account manager is a rather senior political position at the company, which means the individuals holding it will be one of the most senior individuals in the company. The economic aspects or circumstances are those surrounding the continuity of the company’s proper functioning, in this case, the issue of whether Paul is firm enough to handle stressful conditions, which will enable him to make vital decisions.

Part b: Discussion (Apply, Analyze/Evaluate)

Guiding change: throughout business life, people are entitled to make critical decisions that will make or break the company. One needs to make the decisions independently without any form of coercion. Guiding change throughout the organization is one decision that needs to be taken and properly implemented. For every organization, change is inevitable, which means that eventually, the organization will have to adopt changes. The leader ought to find a way to introduce changes and guide them through the entire company system smoothly without disrupting any systems within the company. Based on the case study Nicholas is a leader who understands this very well and chooses to act now rather than later. The expansion and additional employees, plus the crucial decision he makes to hire the account manager externally, make him a brilliant leader willing to introduce changes and enforce them.

Critical decision making: this entails making tough decisions even if one doesn’t want to. Decision-making is an art that requires courage and bravery even in the face of doubt or obstacles. It is prudent that a leader develops their decision-making skills as it helps them foster respect from other parties and plays a crucial role in preventing conflicts. Nicholas is a leader who makes rather critical decisions. It is a make-or-break deal for Bunco Canada. Whatever decision he makes will shape the organization’s future, hence the need to make it well.

Successful execution: it is prudent that every leader within an organization plans successfully, which will aid in the successful execution of a plan or a product. There are several reasons why leaders fail to execute. First, most leaders do not follow their plan with discipline. Secondly, most leaders do not keep scores on what matters most. Lately the lack of the right staff to help in the execution. Nicholas successfully executes his plan; even though he seems to struggle with whether it is the right decision to take, he still resigns to the idea that it was the best decision to take. He follows through with his plan with discipline and doesn’t look to change it since it is the best decision for the company.

Perspectives of key players

Decision-making: Paul and Nicholas appear to be extremely good at decision-making. Paul, having worked at bunco Canada within the accounting department for 14 years, is the best-suited individual to become the account manager; however, due to his partial or inevitable disability, he will have to defer his dreams. Decision-making for both Nicholas and Paul acts as the main reason behind their success, with Nicholas appearing to be the cutthroat decision maker though he appears to doubt his decision. Decision-making is critical to the success of Bunco Canada. The company thrives on the proper decision-making of the two senior individuals, Nicholas and Paul. The preparation of financial documents, advice on employees, and development of company spreadsheets all come down to decision-making. The decision-making at the company appears to be at a much higher level based on the various hurdles that Nicholas has to clear to allow Paul to work from home and even access a laptop.

Disability: company preparedness for disability is under question. Bunco appears not to have a well-planned plan of how it will accommodate disabled employees. This can be seen based on how the company at first struggles to accept Paul’s disability and even some employees murmur behind his back. The organization appears to lack a proper system to accommodate the disabled. When Paul is diagnosed with Crohn’s disease, the company employees appear to first struggle with the fact that Paul will be working from home, witnessed by the reluctance of the company HR department to allow Paul to work from home with a laptop. This lack of accommodation for disabled employees and a lack of proper internal mechanisms to compensate employees who get disabled when working for the organization is one of the major challenges in Bunco Canada. The company should accommodate all employees meaning that it should use Paul’s case as a lesson and develop proper mechanisms.

Recruitment and selection: within Bunco Canada, recruitment and selection appear to be a rather smooth process until the company is forced to seek out employees for senior positions. The issue becomes a rather thorny topic because the individual in question is disabled. Bunco Canada needs to re-plan or redevelop its recruitment strategy to make it fair to disabled employees. Too much pressure at the company makes it hard for employees with a disability such as that of Paul not to operate better. This is mainly due to the lack of adequate staff or lack of adoption of proper technology, which exerts much strain on the company and its employees, making some who cannot accommodate the pressure, such as Paul, perform dismally.

Work attitudes: Bunco Canada needs to change its employees’ work attitudes as they appear not to be satisfied with the working environment. The over-reliance on Paul is causing disruptions within the organization, further causing tension in the company. Paul is a critical individual in the company, and challenges cause the rising dissatisfactions that the employees face at work. Nicholas is currently being forced to handle the work issues that Paul used to handle due to Paul’s condition. These challenges need to be solved; however, with the expansion and account manager job, the company will be able to handle the issues, which will, in turn, translate to a positive work attitude.

Part 3: Leadership Intervention

Paul’s Crohn’s disease is a critical issue within the company: there is a need to have a proper intervention measure to handle the disease as its progression may end up forcing Paul to retire from the company much earlier. Nutritional intervention is the best for Paul. Enteral nutrition is the best possible intervention for Paul. This form of diet is focused on providing the necessary amount of calories with the diet being of liquid dietary nature (Caio et al., 2021). This diet is highly recommended, especially for patients with disease relapse, and is applied to help induce remission. Enteral nutrition contains low-fat nutrients such as medium-chain triglycerides and amino acids, which are easily absorbable (Caio et al., 2021). It can be applied together with the normal diet during the remission phases to help control Crohn’s disease.

Disability work formula: disability is an arising issue at Bunco Canada. The company needs to fund an appropriate way to handle the disability issue that has arisen. The company appears not to have a disabled person working formula in place. The disabled persons’ work formula allows the organization to employ and have disabled persons work at the company. This is the most important intention measure as the company will be able to employ disabled people and still have them become productive to the company as the work formula of the disabled is different from that of other individuals.

Action plan

To install mechanisms in place to work from home strategies that will allow disabled people to work comfortably from home.

Designing supervision measures that will allow for productivity despite working from home.

 

 

Reference

Caio, G., Lungaro, L., Caputo, F., Zoli, E., Giancola, F., Chiarioni, G., De Giorgio, R., & Zoli, G. (2021). Nutritional Treatment in Crohn’s Disease. Nutrients13(5), 1628. https://doi.org/10.3390/nu13051628

Breward, K. (2010). Disability Accommodations and Promotions at Bunco. Harvard Business Review.

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