In "The Boss" column of the November 29, 2009 New York Times Business Section, Randy Papadellis discusses his professional journey from working in his family business as a middle schooler to becoming CEO of Ocean Spray and all the stops along the way.
In discussing his decision to leave a more traditional role at Frito-Lay and take a position building a new marketing department at Cadbury's confections division, Papadellis states, "I knew Frito-Lay would be successful with or without me. I was intrigued with the idea that I was going to make a difference as an individual rather than through a process."
That decision to pursue the roles that would make a difference have certainly contributed to his success in leading the Ocean Spray organization for the past 5 years.
In an interview posted in Prendismo, Papadellis further expands on his thoughts on business and leadership. In this clip, he states, "I had to learn that quite often the best answer isn't the first answer, and business problems aren't solve sequentially."
Click here to see Randy Papadellis' entire interview in Prendismo.