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8. Building a Dairy Plant: Accelerating ... > Splitting and Harmonizing

Splitting and Harmonizing

In October 2000, Zvika was ready to recruit someone to staff the position of the “general contractor,” the person who would serve as the overall manager of construction. He interviewed a number of good candidates for the position, yet Mike, a 69-year-old civil engineer, was the one who caught his attention. He had once worked at a different branch of Zvika’s project management company and had vast experience working on large and complex projects. However, Zvika was concerned that Mike was rumored to have a “centralist” personality, with trouble accepting authority: “I was concerned that we wouldn’t be able to work as a team. I was also worried about his ability to cope with the huge and complicated site at his age. While the other good can....


  

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