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The Two-Step in Customer Service Mergers

In Texas, everyone must go through the rite of passage of learning the Texas Two-Step. And if you are like me, born and raised in the Lone Star State, you learn quickly that a basic guide to mastering the dance is to move in a “quick-quick-slow-slow” rhythm. This approach of “quick then slow” turns out to be a very useful guide in mergers and...
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International Joint Ventures. Ways To Improve The Success Of Your Long-Distance Relationships.

In 1993, while speaking to graduate students at Columbia University’s School of Business, Warren Buffett was asked how he evaluates investment risks. “Risk,” he told the students, “comes from not knowing what you’re doing.”

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Finishing Up An M&A Integration? It May Be Time For A Strategy Reset.

A good friend of mine and his wife recently went through some major life changes. They had twin baby boys, adopted a second rescue dog and both started new jobs -- all of this in a roughly 5 month period. As the significance of these changes sank in, my friend looked at me over dinner one night and said "it is time for a life strategy reset." A...

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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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4 Key Management Moves in Nearshore Mergers and Acquisitions

Have you ever been in a long-distance relationship? If so, you are likely familiar with the challenges that can arise. Similarly, when a company decides to leverage nearshoring in their operation, executives need to be prepared to think differently about what it will take to successfully lead the expanded operation. Typically, “nearshoring”...
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Are You Planning Acquisitions in 2019? Define Your Integration Philosophy Now To Maximize Post-M&A Performance.

“Running a football franchise is not unlike running any other business. You start first with a structural format and basic philosophy and then find the people who can implement it.”

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How Earnouts Can Spoil Your Acquisition Integration

I didn't play much basketball as a kid. Only a couple of seasons. Soccer was more my thing. But I distinctly remember one fifth grade basketball team. One of the other kids on my team was a pretty good player. We'll call him Blake. Blake could bring the ball up the court and he could shoot. But he would never pass the rock. It seemed as if...

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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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Making It Stick: Technology Adoption During a Merger or Acquisition

“A teacher who is attempting to teach without inspiring the pupil with a desire to learn is hammering on cold iron.”

                         - Horace Mann

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Have mergers and acquisitions left you with too much "stuff" in your corporate garage?

"...that's all you need in life, is a little place for your stuff, ya know?"

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