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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, Communication, Culture management, Jerome Parisse-Brassens

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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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Culture strategy in an M&A: Where context is everything

[fa icon="calendar'] 19-Oct-2016 11:21:25 / by Carolyn Taylor posted in Mergers and acquisition, Carolyn Taylor, Culture archetypes, Communication

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It may seem the obvious thing to do, but many organisations undertaking M&A do not effectively articulate and communicate the business case that underpins their decision to merge or acquire. Often this results in unexpected business and cultural outcomes, and this should be central to your culture strategy in M&A.

Only by understanding overall business context and deal rationale is it possible to develop and execute a coherent culture strategy aligned to realizing value from a deal, as well as enabling future business outcomes for a combined organization.

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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 Behaviour, Communication, Mindsets, Current affairs

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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 Carolyn Taylor, Leadership, Managing culture, Communication, One-Team, Current affairs

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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 Culture archetypes, Accountability, Communication, Empowerment, One-Team, People-First, Jerome Parisse-Brassens

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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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