Every year the globe is adding some 80 million folks—that’s like an entire country the size of Germany, which has the 14th largest population. The sketch to the right shows the hockey stick rate of increase in human beings.
Before midnight tonight, October 31st, the seven billionth baby will be born, according to the…Continue
The next time you see or read about a top executive announcing a merger/acquisition, pay close attention. I’m betting the boss mismanages expectations by making at least one of these five common but wrong-headed remarks.
1. “We don’t anticipate making any changes.”
Why wouldn’t you? During a merger or acquisition, people are primed for change. They expect it. So you should use this window of opportunity to make needed changes. No company is perfect.…
The fact is, mergers and acquisitions are one route to corporate growth. And there is a common set of “growing pains” brought about by mergers. When you see these problems developing, you should not take that as clear evidence that the merger is being mishandled by people at the top.
These are predictable problems. They can be found in practically every…
Beware of the merger integration do-gooders!!
Chances are you have a few of these people scattered across the management ranks. I’m talking about soft-hearted managers, those misguided souls who seem to think you can run an effective merger integration without upsetting anyone. These are the folks who would sacrifice integration success in…Continue