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Culture impact trumps culture fit in mergers

[fa icon="calendar'] 26-Aug-2016 14:48:55 / by Walking the Talk posted in mergers and acquisition, Culture assessments, Mergers, Culture planning

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The most effective work on culture begins well before a deal is in full swing.

With thoughtful preparation, a clear strategy and commitment to cultural alignment, organisations can improve their odds of achieving expected merger outcomes.

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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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Why focus is key for culture management

[fa icon="calendar'] 16-Mar-2016 20:59:14 / by Carolyn Taylor posted in focus, change, Behaviour, behaviour change, Culture Management, Culture planning

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Superficiality damages culture initiatives. 

I frequently find organisations developing long, excited lists of the values and behaviours they want to underpin their culture and drive their culture management.

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Are you managing? Let's go beyond leading culture

[fa icon="calendar'] 27-Aug-2014 14:15:19 / by Carolyn Taylor posted in Leadership, Managing culture, Process, Culture planning

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Stop trying to be Zappos and find your own path

[fa icon="calendar'] 17-Feb-2014 10:45:48 / by Walking the Talk posted in Customer-Centric, Zappos, Apple, corporate culture models, Culture planning, Semco, Customer-centric, holacracy, Start-ups, Steve Jobs

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Were we surprised to discover that Zappos are doing away with managers and implementing 'holacracy?' I wasn't.

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