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Why you can never over-communicate during the M&A process

[fa icon="calendar'] 13-Dec-2016 12:36:05 / by Jerome Parisse-Brassens posted in mergers and acquisition, Mergers, Communication, Culture Management, M&A

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One of the great challenges in M&As and other deals concerns how people feel. As the various steps of a merger go on, most people will feel a combination of insecurity, anger, arrogance, feeling undervalued, and grieving. When people feel strong emotions, they are not always as rational as they would be if they didn’t have those emotions.

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The only thing we can predict about people is that they are unpredictable

[fa icon="calendar'] 13-Jul-2016 17:43:29 / by Amanda Fajak posted in people, behaviour, Behaviour, Brexit, Communication, compassion, conversation, Human interaction, Mindsets

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The recent political events in the UK have reminded me of a saying that I often use; ‘the only thing we can predict about people is that people are unpredictable’. You may be wondering what I mean by this…
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Brexit and culture: What if the EU were a company?

[fa icon="calendar'] 21-Jun-2016 16:20:42 / by Carolyn Taylor posted in EU referendum, Leadership, Managing culture, Communication, One-Team

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I’m fascinated by the behaviours of people. What we can learn from observing them–especially in organisations.

And so I found myself wondering, in the midst of one the most historic votes in Europe’s history: 'What if the EU were an organisation and Britain one of its business units? What advice would I be giving them?'

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Learn to say "no" - your culture will thank you for it

[fa icon="calendar'] 12-Jan-2016 19:56:49 / by Jerome Parisse-Brassens posted in 6 Culture Archetypes, Accountability, Communication, one-team, People-First

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Are you one of those people who are reluctant to say “no”?

 
I was recently discussing with a friend some of the changes that we have both seen in the workplace in the last 20 years. One of them was the mobile phone. I can still remember when fixed lines were the only way to contact clients. And it was fairly easy: I never used to struggle to talk to my clients over the phone – I sometimes had to leave a message but they would call back or I would call them back later myself.

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How to REALLY 'be the change' to drive culture transformation

[fa icon="calendar'] 05-Aug-2015 20:23:53 / by Carolyn Taylor posted in Gandhi, change, Change, Change communication, Change management, Culture Change, Leading Culture Change, Communication

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How many times have I seen this great quote from Mahatma Gandhi used in training programs? I think every consultant must have it tucked away somewhere inside their slide pack. Trouble is, despite all these presentations, there are precious few leaders who seem to really be prepared to do what it takes to make this true to bring about lasting culture transformation. 
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