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Introduction and Mission Robin Hood and his Band of Merry Men had a successful first year. With new recruits pouring in from the furthest outreaches of England, Robin had met his objective of strengthening in number. Although he was satisfied with the size of the organization, he has realized necessary preparations had not been made to accommodate the now over abundance of members of his organization. Many challenges now face Robin such as a lack of provisions and lack of funds to support the band, but he cannot lose focus of their original foundation of "Robbing from the rich and giving to the poor". In addition they have to stay focused on their long term goal to remove Prince John from power by freeing King Richard from his imprisonment in Austria. Robin Hood has to form structure within his organization so that it can continue to grow and prosper.
New Strategy The initial mission of the band, “Rob the rich and give to the poor” was no longer effective to the band. The funds obtained from the outright confiscation of the rich were no longer accommodating the increasing number of the people in the band. The mission statement had to be revised to accommodate the changing ways of the organization. New strategies also need to be introduced to meet the fund requirements of the band. Moreover, there needed to be a revision to the objectives of the band so as to limit the number of people being recruited. This, in my opinion, is a primary concern that needs attention. Robin Hood’s proposal to run a policy of adopting a fixed transit tax to whomever passed through the Sherwood Forest seems feasible but the Merrymen’s concern of jeopardizing the allies’ support in their fight against the Sheriff is also relevant.
SWOT Analysis A SWOT analysis to this problem would make the situation easy to manipulate. We can analyze the different compartments of the situation by identifying the internal and external factors. The Strengths and the Weaknesses of the situation are internal factors since they are within the band’s direct influence. Opportunities and Threats are external problems since the band cannot influence their creation. They are induced by other factors beyond the band’s reach. We will analyze each segments of the SWOT to this problem Strengths Numbers in the band are increasing which would give Robin and his men the upper hand when fighting the Sheriff’s administration Robin’s close encounters each have specific duties and somewhat organized.
Weaknesses Too large…expanding number of recruits but less accommodation available Vigilance and discipline lacking between the men…between raids, the men milled about talking and playing games Disorganized and still caught up to the ways and methods of the early days Opportunities The plot to restore power to King Richard will solve the problem to the Sheriff administration’s schemes from the top…Cause will be answered and there would be no need to steal from travelers. Threats Sheriff is growing much stronger and becoming better organized Sheriff has political connections and powerful friends and he was well regarded by the regent, Prince John
External Analysis Opportunities: A fixed transit tax could be implemented to immediately increase revenues. Expansion of the operation to geographical areas to the north, south, east and west of Sherwood Forest for an opportunity to create new avenues of revenue. The Merry Men could kill the sheriff therefore ending his reign of Nottingham. An immediate downsizing of the manpower of the band would solve the issue of additional expenses due to the ever increasing size of the band. He could explore new means in which to create revenue other than a transit tax which seems an unpopular choice and the current means of robbing rich merchants as they travel through Sherwood Forest. The men could be taught to grow additional fruits and vegetables in the forest to help subsidize the lack of game available in the forest.
In my opinion, Robin Hood’s first priority should be to appropriate structure and organization in the band. He needs to allot someone in charge of curbing the number of new recruits and seek other ways of finding provisions for his men. Once all this is done, he needs to take the great risk of assisting the barons in their mission to rescue King Richard and restore back in power. By doing so, Robin will have gotten his revenge and will not have to require the band’s presence any longer.
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