As a zone manager I had to balance many expectations, including visiting franchisees at their stores, counseling subordinates regarding work performance, attending community or zoning board meetings, attending management update meetings or reviewing financial performance reports.
The hardest part of the job was advising franchisees as to how to increase the value of their business, especially when they thought they already knew it all.
The most enjoyable part was watching the development of one of my employees, to the point of him/her being promoted.
Significant time to work without direct supervision.
Unrealistic expectations as to annual increases in sales and profits.