Introduction to management
Day in the life of Dave Belbin
Sunday 25th 2014
A manager’s role consists of various responsibilities such as planning, organizing, leading and controlling the business for it to continue operating in the foreseeable future (Schermerhorn et al., 2011, p. 166). Having been given the opportunity to interview Dave Belbin, manager of Anytime Fitness, provided a broad understanding of his responsibilities and tasks which are to be completed on a day to day basis. Dave is thoroughly engaged with the core tasks of a manager such as planning, controlling, human resource management and leading operations of Anytime Fitness. The two key concepts which will be highlighted and brought to attention are planning and human resource management, these concepts will be discussed in depth as they are applied to depict how Anytime Fitness manages to successfully operate.
Concepts 1 - Planning
Planning is the process of setting performance objectives and determining what actions should be taken to accomplish them. (Schermerhorn et al., 2011, p. 20). A strategic plan is a major factor in declaring all tasks are completed to standards, thus everyone works together to achieve satisfying results.
Planning is essential for Dave on a daily basis, he comes in to Anytime Fitness on a day to day routine having a clear idea of the tasks and requirements he needs to work towards. He starts off with clearing 200 emails, being up to date with follow up or calls and further does a regular financial check (D. Belbin, personal communication, March 28, 2014). It is essential for Dave to manage his time wisely and roster his tasks evenly amongst all his priorities. Not having these tasks in mind and scheduled can have a negative impact on him, as he would be unaware of what is needed to be done, thus causing delays in the business operations.
Planning is also a crucial aspect for Dave in successfully operating Anytime Fitness. It involves determining objectives for the entire organisation and then deciding on the actions and resource allocation to achieve them (Schermerhorn et al., 2011, p. 174). Dave believes in forecasting for the future. He stated that planning for long-term and short-term goals are extremely important in achieving desired results and the continuing of a successful business. Dave’s short term goals involves a building of a maximum of 40 clubs in New Zealand along with continuous net increase amongst the clubs each month. His long term goal (strategic plan) consists of building up to a maximum of 60 clubs in New Zealand. In doing so he will be required to maintain financial viability of the existing clubs (D. Belbin, personal communication, March 28, 2014). It was clearly depicted that planning plays a major role for Dave in maintaining his working schedules and striving towards achieving...