What if Will Muschamp oversaw the daily operations of a gator-shoe business?
OK, let's back up one step: What if you were the president of a large supplier to U.S. retail industries and one of your big businesses were gator shoes?
The executive who formerly oversaw this business retired, having had his fill of the job's high demands and higher stress and believing the business was warped, so you need someone new. You decide to hire Muschamp, a young exec who's held prominent positions in other reputable retail businesses, a hard-charging man with the talent and tenacity for building something.
Every boss he's worked for believes he's got the brains and the gut for revitalizing a brand that's fallen, for leading a booming operation, for taking a successful entity and growing it, for doing anything in this industry. He just needs a chance, and so you give it to him.
He spends the first year restructuring the organization and implementing a culture he believes fosters success. He's...