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M&A: How to avoid culture clash

[fa icon="calendar'] 17-Aug-2016 18:04:41 / by Jerome Parisse-Brassens posted in mergers and acquisition, BE DO HAVE, culture clash, Culture planning, M&A

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Every merger or acquisition is undertaken to enhance business value, yet many fail to achieve expected outcomes because of a failure to effectively manage cultural risks and harness cultural opportunities. Data shows that up to 50% - 70% of mergers and acquisitions fail to achieve expected returns. In most of these underperforming deals, culture clash is at the top on the list of reasons for failure.
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A culture of simplicity - keeping it simple, the smart way

[fa icon="calendar'] 25-Feb-2016 15:22:16 / by Carolyn Taylor posted in Work/life balance, Changing behaviour, BE DO HAVE, BE-level, BEDOHAVE, Simplicity, Simplicity Culture

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 "Simple has been one of my mantras. You have to work hard to get your thinking clean to make it simple. But it's worth it in the end, because once you get there you can move mountains."

– Steve Jobs

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A surprising culture change lesson from a taxi driver

[fa icon="calendar'] 25-Nov-2015 00:32:23 / by Jerome Parisse-Brassens posted in BE DO HAVE, BE-level, BEDOHAVE, behaviour change

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I jumped in a cab the other day in a hurry to get to a meeting and was greeted by a resonating “hello” and a smiling driver.

It was raining hard and I expected a more somber attitude. We started chatting and I made a remark about his positive outlook.

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Culture vs. engagement – what every business leader should know

[fa icon="calendar'] 20-Apr-2015 13:43:25 / by Walking the Talk posted in Engagement, Questions, BE DO HAVE, Communication, Culture Defined, leading culture, What is culture?

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If you haven't had a chance to read my first entry in this series, ‘Defining Culture… It’s NOT Engagement', for the purpose of today’s discussion, all you’ll need to know is that culture is a separate construct from engagement. Both are absolutely critical and can be aligned. However, the analogy is something like comparing revenue and profit - they are kind of linked, but there are also a lot of variables between them.

 
 
At Walking the Talk, we like to use the following definition of culture:
 

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Culture change or culture transformation?

[fa icon="calendar'] 16-Jan-2015 09:51:28 / by Amanda Fajak posted in Robert Fritz, Change management, BE DO HAVE, BEDOHAVE, Susanne Cook Greuter, Ken Wilber, transformation

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'Change' has become overused in business rhetoric.

The latest ‘change program’ is often greeted with cynicism from line managers and employees alike. As this HBR article attests, as a business community, success rates for implementing change have shifted little from the 30% mark published by John Kotter almost 10 years ago.

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