What does it mean to turn around a lagging company? Autumn Bayles, WG’00, a Wharton EMBA alumna, answered that question in the recent Knowledge@Wharton article, "A Piece of Cake? Hardly, but Autumn Bayles Helped Herself, and Others, Rise to the Top."
The K@W article chronicles Bayles’ inspiring role with the 90 year old, Philadelphia based Tasty Baking Company, where she is now senior vice president of strategic operations.
Bayles describes how, as Chief Information Officer, she led the company’s technology transformation. Then, she took on a different leading role in the company’s triage efforts by raising her hand and asking to lead Operations when the position opened up. She elaborates on the ways in which Tasty Baking Company improved its performance, which included her heading the implementation of a mySAP-based enterprise resource planning (ERP) system.
She also offers her recipe for success:
Ø Be Honest and Upfront
Ø Follow Your Passion
Ø Always Be the Best
Ø Always Be Nice
Ø Seek Help
Ø Continuously Learn, Improve and Grow
Ø Take Care of Your People
Ø Be a Salesperson
The Wharton EMBA staff is not surprised by this recipe because the same ingredients were also key to her success as an MBA student during her two years in the executive program. Thanks, Autumn!
Visit the K@W website to read the entire article: