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Beyond The Deal: The General Counsel's Role(s) In M&A Integration

The ink on the deal may be dry and outside counsel may be celebrating with steak and champagne, but for the General Counsel and team, the integration work has just begun. The notion that a lawyers’ work ends at the close of the deal is a common misconception in the legal and business communities; however, seasoned General Counsels and in-house...

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Can Too Much Teamwork on Strategy Create a Monster?

On occasion my family will embark on a family-pizza-night adventure. It's quite the team-building exercise since most of the places we frequent serve pizza sized to feed the entire family rather than the four individuals who make up our clan. The "team building" part of the program comes in deciding what type of pizza to order - a process we...

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M&A Integration: Decision Making and Leader Lessons From The Dunes of Royal Birkdale

As this year’s Open Championship approaches, I couldn’t help but think back to the drama from one year ago. And, how many leadership lessons on decision making emanate from that event. As a Jordan Spieth fan, it was gut wrenching to watch his final round reaction after a wayward drive on the 13th hole at the historic Royal Birkdale Golf Club....

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In a new C-suite role? Your communications style sets tone and culture.

First Impressions Create Lasting Impressions

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After the Merger: Successfully Blending Corporate Cultures

When two companies merge, the primary focus is usually on how quickly the organization can blend and optimize operations and take advantage of sales and marketing synergies. And that’s great. But there’s another issue that requires just as much attention: Corporate Culture.

When companies are merging, differences in corporate culture become...

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Choosing an integration leader? Here's advice from past M&A execs.

When your company is about to embark on a major merger or acquisition effort, one of the first moves you make will be the assignment of an executive to oversee and drive the integration process. It's a critical, lynch-pin role and the success or failure of the entire integration can depend on getting the right person to lead the charge. Even...

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How One Company Hires for Cultural Fit

In our last blog post ⟨"What Theo & the Cubs Teach Us About Corporate Culture"⟩ we shared some thoughts on the importance of screening candidates for character-culture fit in the recruiting and talent selection process. As promised, here is on example of how an organization put culture-fit screening into practice.

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Putting the "Service" Back into Shared Services

Is your organization operating as effectively as possible to deliver for customers and create value for shareholders? Many of the enterprise clients we work with are structured in a matrix with certain functions organized centrally and chartered to support the business units that are providing products or services to customers. In most matrix...

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In a Merger, Employees Don’t Fear Change. They Hate the Uncertainty.

We’d all like to be poised, confident, and self-assured. Too bad life gets in the way. Cancelled flights, unexpected traffic jams, weather emergencies, unwelcome health news, mergers and acquisitions… all situations that create uncertainty.

Some will say that people’s emotions run high in a situation like a corporate merger because of an innate...
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Don't Settle For Another Failed OffSite Strategy Meeting

Imagine you’re attending an offsite strategy meeting. You’re prepared. You’re fired up. You’re eager to engage. But ten minutes into the meeting, you’re checking your email – and so are most of the people around you.

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