Since I started this column seven months ago, I’ve tried to talk to local business chiefs about the key strategies they’ve used to overcome a specific challenge.
Now, as the new year approaches, I thought it would be a good idea to repeat some of the suggestions they had:
Stabilizing a shaky company: Former Coke Chairman Neville Isdell said he did three essential things to turn around the mess on North Avenue earlier this decade. When he returned to the company after retiring to the golf courses of Barbados, he traveled the globe, listening to employees, managers, bottlers and retailers. He avoided making public comments for 90 days.
Secondly, he parked his ego, so he and about 150 top managers could come up with a new strategy. Finally, he said he found a No. 2 exec, Muhtar Kent, who was both compatible and complementary to his skill set. Kent now leads the company.
Maintaining excellence after achieving success: Braves President John Schuerholz, who has overseen an