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Baseball & Boardrooms: What The St. Louis Cardinals Can Teach Us About Business Strategy

 

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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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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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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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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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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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Executing A Merger or Other Major Initiative? Get Results Through Execution-Focused Program Management (Not Project Administration)

How many of your strategic initiatives achieve the results envisioned? If you are like many organizations, the vast majority of initiatives fail to get results, meet budget expectations or come in on schedule. When taking into account lost revenue, productivity hits and unrealized opportunities, the real costs of having initiatives fall short...

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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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