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A perspective on the recent past now looking ahead...

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Compare: A Large Company loses it's President and doesn't replace him. The Director of Operations (GM) is butting heads with the owner and starts making some moves that are being questioned if they really were the best moves for the company's future (letting J-No go, drafting 3 CBs, signing M Kalil, etc). You lose one of your top 3 managers who produced great numbers (Wilks) after losing another great manager the year before (McDermott). Keep in mind the company only has 3 top managers and a bunch of supervisors. Then the GM is fired right before the busy season (lets say if you are a manufacturing company) so you bring back someone who was trusted but fired for not doing a great job the 1st time. Then in the middle of your busy season the owner and company is turned upside down with scandal and now the owner is seeking and not really running the company. Who's left to run it all? The Operation manger (head coach) in the company with the new GM.

So you now have in 2018, a new owner, new President, 3 new main managers and all new supervisors about to begin busy season when several important employees go down (Williams, Kalil, Cocktrell and one is out of medical leave - TD) but the assembly lines are cranking out product and then the wheels come up. The head mechanic who's job is to keep all the machines running is having health issues and it effects the whole manufacturing floor. Who's the head mechanic? Cam. It's a terrible year for the company as it has loses and it appears a bleak future from most stock holders (the fans).

The future: The new owner reinvigorates the team with life, personality and business sense that no employee or stock holder has seen before from an owner or maybe any large corporation (NFL team). A Operations manager who has held it together but continues to evolve even though has won Operations manager of the year from running a fortune 500 company twice before. A head mechanic who is getting healthy and is determined to keep the machines running smooth. 3 managers who now have a year under their belt and have hired a few "experienced" supervisors to help them. Let's not forget about some of the new employees that have shown they can step up to the plate when needed and now have some experience in the company (CMC, Samuel, Moore, Thomas, A-jax, etc). And we still have one of the best Shipping/receiving clerks anybody has ever seen (so efficient and reliable) in Luke. Even the GM is better the 2nd time around, learning from past mistakes and using his experience to be a solid resource for the company.

I think the future looks bright and I'm happy our operations manager (HC) had so much experience to steer the ship when the storm was happening. If he was let go (by the stock holders) another top company would have grabbed him in a heartbeat. Sometimes good old fashion values and practices are timeless and will stand the test of time and trends and a true leader adapts and learns form their mistakes. The new owner is breathing so much life back into the company it can not only get better, but remain sustainable. The Panthers are a business (and real people with real families) and we fans sometimes don't see the bigger, deeper picture. It's the easy way out to say get rid of the guy or I would do this. It was a perfect storm but now the ship has a clearer direction to the promise land and I see a deep playoff run this year and next year with hopefully one of them reaching the SB. I'm optimistic but realistic. Injuries can happen and people still have to perform but the path is clearer and the pieces are in place that if the machines run smooth, anything is possible.

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Smart companies don't tend to rehire the numbskull that ran the company into the ground just a few years back, especially not when every other company in the field is smart enough to stay away from them.

Of course, if the guy that owns the company is a dumbass who rewards people for loyalty rather than actual competence, that's when that kind of thing can happen. Luckily that guy got run out of town for hitting on the secretaries.

Unfortunately, if the new owner puts lots of nice decorations and cute motivational posters around the plant but doesn't do anything to fix the machinery that's screwing up the product, that doesn't really move anything forward.

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